Acer Swift 7 and Spin 7 are Absurdly Thin: Hands On

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Acer had more than monster gaming PCs at IFA, it also debuted what it claims is the thinnest notebook, the Swift 7. Not content with just that, it also launched the so-called slimmest 2-in-1 in the world, the Spin 7.

The Acer Swift 7 is less than a centimeter thick.

The Acer Swift 7 is less than a centimeter thick.

The Acer Swift 7 is the only PC in the world thinner than one centimeter, measuring precisely 9.98 mm, or 0.39 inches. That makes it slimmer than any MacBook. It sports an aluminum body, available in either black or gold, and weighs just 2.4 pounds. That’s slightly more than the most recent MacBook, which just tops 2 pounds.

Acer Swift 7 sports a 13.3-inch IPS display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, which offers great contrast regardless of viewing angle. Color saturation is above average with an emphasis on the hotter part of the spectrum and an emphasis on black tones, making for impressive and effective imaging. Acer covered the display in Gorilla Glass, and it’s not very reflective, but it is a smudge magnet. Also, the display bezel is thick, perhaps thicker than those on the HP Spectre or MacBook.

The keyboard seems praiseworthy, at least during our quick time with it at IFA 2016, for such a thin device, with pleasant key resistance that’s just deep enough. Also, the keys have good distance and are well sized.

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For a thin device, it has some impressive specs. The Acer Swift 7 sports a seventh-generation of Intel Core i5 processor (Kaby Lake), with passive cooling. Yep, it’s fanless. In addition, it runs Windows 10 with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. It has two USB-C 3.1 ports and a headphone jack, and Acer representatives claim the battery provides nine hours of active work. Acer Swift 7 ships in October, costing $999 in the US, and €1299 in Europe.

The Acer Spin 7 is the "world's thinnest" 2-in-1.

The Acer Spin 7 is the “world’s thinnest” 2-in-1.

Acer also launched a version with a 360-degree hinge and a slightly larger 14-inch display, calling it the Acer Spin 7. It too has a Full HD resolution, but has a Core i7 inside, along with two USB-C ports and a headphone jack. It also has 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

The display has a smaller bezel, and a black keyboard. The Acer Spin 7 measures 10.98mm, making it slightly thicker than the Swift 7, but still the slimmest convertible in the world, according to Acer. It weighs 2.6 pounds.

We came away just as impressed with the Spin 7 as we did the Swift 7, after brief hands-on time. It’s set to launch in October for $1,199 in the US, and €1,299 in Europe.

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