ACER SWIFT 7 (2019) REVIEW

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The Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest và lighthử nghiệm máy tính xách tay I’ve ever reviewed. At 1.96 lbs (890 grams) & 0.39 inches (9.95mm), it beats out Apple’s recently departed 12-inch MacBook for portability. It’s even a full third of a pound lighter than an Máy tính bảng iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard attached.

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The Swift 7 also one-ups the MacBook with a 14-inch touchscreen display. This isn’t a tiny máy tính xách tay for occasional use — it’s designed to lớn be a primary computer for someone looking for the ultimate thin-and-light laptop.

On paper, the Swift 7 has everything else that would make it the ultimate thin-and-light: a dual-core bộ vi xử lý Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of NVMe storage, & two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. In the box, Acer includes a thin pouch and a dongle that adds a USB-A port and HDMI. Despite its diminutive form size, the Swift 7 is a lot of computer for its $1,699.99 price tag.

But it doesn’t take long living with the Swift 7 lớn learn it makes some significant compromises lớn enable its form factor.


Our Đánh Giá of Acer Swift 7


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That feeling was amplified by my initial Reviews device: the first Swift 7 I had in for đánh giá developed a screen flicker out of the blue, despite never having been dropped or mishandled. The replacement unit Acer sent me did not exhibit the same problem after a few weeks of use, but I’m still a little wary of carelessly tossing this máy vi tính inkhổng lồ my bag.

Aside from the issue I had with the first model, the Swift 7’s screen is impressive sầu. It’s a large, 14-inch panel with the tiniest of bezels above và on the sides. It has 1080p resolution, which is plenty sharp at this size, & is rich & vibrant with good viewing angles.

The display is a touchscreen, but oddly, the panel is not very responsive. I frequently have lớn tap the screen twice for it lớn register my touches, especially if I’m not actively using the touchscreen khổng lồ navigate. It’s almost lượt thích the touch controller goes lớn sleep and needs khổng lồ be awakened before it will start responding.


The pop-up webcam is equally useless as it is clever

Around the screen is where you’ll find another feature that was compromised to lớn make the Swift 7 as small as possible: there’s no webcam. Instead, Acer has hidden the camera in a pop-out module on the left side of the keyboard dechồng, combining the approaches of Dell’s older XPS 13 laptops and Huawei’s MateBook X Pro. The camera, unsurprisingly, provides a terrible experience, capturing either my fingers typing on the keyboard or the middle of my chest when on a gọi. It’s essentially useless for any practical purposes.

Since the camera can’t be used for facial login, Acer has built a fingerprint scanner into the power button, located just to lớn the left of the keyboard. This worked fine in my tests, until a rogue Windows Update caused the computer lớn “forget” the fingerprint scanner existed at all. Rolling bachồng the update and reinstalling it fixed the problem, but troubleshooting it did waste half a day.


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The Swift 7’s keyboard is another example of compromise. In an effort khổng lồ cram as many keys into the layout as possible, Acer made some unorthodox key placement decisions that I was unable lớn get accustomed to, even with weeks of use. The caps lochồng key is half form size, the arrow keys are surrounded by home page & over keys, & worst of all, the delete key is found right next lớn the backspace key, with no space between them. Needless khổng lồ say, I constantly hit the delete key when I intended to hit backspace, và would l& on the trang chủ & kết thúc keys instead of the arrow keys when I wanted to lớn scroll or move sầu the cursor around.

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Aside from the layout issues, typing on the keyboard is fine, but it’s not the best I’ve ever used. The Swift 7’s keys have very little travel, as you’d expect, & they feel a bit mushy, but they are backlit and have adequate spacing between them.


I could never get used lớn the Swift 7’s keyboard layout

Similarly, although the trackpad is weirdly wide, it tracks nicely and feels smooth under my fingers. But it has poor palm rejection, which, combined with its unusually wide shape, means the cursor jumps around a lot when I’m typing.

Inside, the Swift 7 is using a fanless 8th Gen Vi xử lý Core i7 processor paired with 16GB of RAM. As we’ve sầu seen in laptops with similar Y-Series chips, it’s not hard khổng lồ find the limits of this processor, even with everyday productivity tasks lượt thích website browsing, email, Slaông chồng, and using Office. If you’re not a heavy multitasker, the processor is probably fine, but if you bounce between different tasks frequently, it won’t be hard khổng lồ make the Swift 7 sweat.

The fanless kiến thiết means the computer stays quiet, but it also means the deông chồng gets rather warm, especially on the right side when the laptop is charging. (The charging ports are on the right side of the computer.) It’s not enough khổng lồ burn my fingers or stop me from using it, but it’s definitely less comfortable to lớn use than a more actively cooled computer.

Underneath the máy tính are two small speakers, which sound about as good as you might expect them to. They are thin and squawky, & don’t provide much volume, not lớn mention any bass. You’ll definitely want khổng lồ use a set of headphones more often than not.

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Finally, the Swift 7 has merely average battery life, hitting just under six hours between charges in my real-world usage tests. I don’t typically expect much more from a máy tính xách tay this thin, but it does mean that you can’t really rely on it lớn last a whole day of work, and you might have sầu issues using it for a full cross-country flight. Exacerbating the matter is the pickiness of the USB-C ports: the Swift 7 did not like powering up with any other charger than the one it came with. Even if I used a USB-C cable & charger that were rated for well above the 45W of the stoông xã charger, the Swift 7 would refuse to accept a charge. That means that even though the Swift 7 is extremely light, you’ll also be carrying its power briông xã around with you everywhere since it won’t reliably charge off of a USB-C battery or other adapter.

The goal of the Swift 7 is noble: make a standard clamshell máy vi tính as thin and light as possible in order to lớn make it as portable as it can be. As a regular commuter, it’s something I’d typically appreciate — anything that makes my backpaông chồng or shoulder bag lighter makes me happier. But the number of compromises the Swift 7 has lớn make to hit its màn chơi of thinness & lightness are just too much for me. I’d rather put up with an extra half pound of weight & quarter inch of thickness for a better keyboard, better performance, more reliable build unique, & a usable webcam.

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