What we learnt from using the thinnest laptop in the world

The Swift 7 is a 13-inch laptop by Acer that is thinner than one centimetre.

May 2, 2017

Acer unveiled the Swift 7 at an event back in September last year. We got to play around with it for a while and even covered it in out November issue, but a few technical delays meant that we only got to take it home in March this year. 

At 9.98mm, Acer’s Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world. We knew this of course, but it felt unnaturally thin when we unboxed it. We’ve been using sleek laptops for a long time now, but we somehow never got used to holding a laptop as thin as this one. At 1.1 kgs, the Swift 7 weighs as much as the HP Spectre and is a tad heavier than the MacBook, though one could hardly tell the difference.

It’d be hard not to get drawn towards a Swift 7. The gold and black paint job is just too attractive to simply skim over. We were the subject of a number of double takes from passersby as we “worked” from coffee shops. The black keys really stand out against the gold keyboard and are spaced well enough to avoid your stubby fingers from accidentally hitting more than one key at a time.

The Swift 7 is a traveller’s delight. We carried it to London – since we’re still allowed to take laptops as part of the hand luggage – and managed to throw in more than a few other things. Take it from someone who has used a Dell XPS for years and even flirted with a MacBook before giving up, this 13-inch laptop is by far the best one to carry around. 

Tech-enthusiasts will argue that the 7th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1080p non-touch display is not even up to standard in today’s world, but don’t let them yuck your yum.

If you’re planning to surf the internet with about 20 tabs left open, using any of Microsoft’s Office apps or editing multimedia with Adobe’s apps; you’re good to go. On the other hand, if you plan on playing graphic intensive video games, you might want to skip this one. The Swift 7 is not ready to take on that kind of load and will most certainly overheat and crash. 

Sadly, it’s not all good though. The biggest gripe we’ve had with Acer’s new laptop is that it features two USB Type-C slots. Nothing more. This means we had to use the included converters is we wanted to plug in standard USB or HDMI ports. What’s worse, one of the USB-C slots moonlights as a laptop charger. With the entire hullabaloo about portability, it would have been convenient if users didn’t have to remember to carry their slot converters. 

The Acer Swift 7 starts at AED 2,799.