Acer's swanky Swift 7 launches as the thinnest laptop ever

But it's still packed with premium features.

The battle for barely there computing supremacy continues unabated. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen PC makers brag about releasing the lightest 13-inch laptop ever, the most svelte MacBook ever, and the thinnest notebook of all time (though that last one apparently overlooked 2009’s Dell Adamo). Today, Acer launched the Swift 7, the newest usurper of the “thinnest laptop ever” crown.

The Swift 7 measures in at a scant 9.9mm thick, compared to 10.4mm for the HP Spectre 13.3, and 10.16mm for the aforementioned Dell Adamo. You could slice cheese with these things. The MacBook 12, meanwhile, clocks in at a comparatively chunky (ha!) 13.2mm thick.

Another aspect common to all these limit-pushing laptops: premium design. The 2.48-pound Acer Swift 7 is carved from unibody aluminum, and awash in a black-and-gold finish. Those high-end touches extend to the 13.3-inch 1080p display, which features IPS technology for wide viewing angles and color clarity, Gorilla Glass for durability, and Acer’s own BluelightShield tech to minimize eye fatigue. Under the hood, the Swift 7 packs an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor, a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, along with a pair of USB C ports and dual Dolby Audio speakers.

Of course, premium features come at a premium price. The Acer Swift 7 starts at $1,099.

The story behind the story: Thin doesn’t necessarily mean anemic battery life. Like Apple’s diminutive MacBook 12, Acer’s Swift 7 promises up to nine hours of juice. Always take manufacturer endurance claims with a grain of salt, but if that proves true, it’s a seriously impressive feat.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags acer

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brad Chacos

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?