Posted By on 31 Aug 2016


Acer is kicking off IFA 2016 with a new Windows notebook that is probably thinner than your smartphone. Acer Swift 7, the first notebook based on Intel’s seventh generation Core processor. It is just 9.98mm thick, making it thinner the HP Spectre notebook. Priced at $999 and due out in October, it was joined by a lineup of thin convertibles. While not as thin as the Swift 7, are every bit as eye-catching.

At 9.98mm, Acer Swift 7 sets a new benchmark for thin and ultralight notebooks. Acer Swift 7 is not just the world’s thinnest notebook but also the first to feature Intel’s 7th gen Core processor. It is also the first to use fanless design with passive cooling mechanism and weighs just 1.1Kg. Acer Swift 7 is not a convertible or a 2-in-1, its a traditional notebook with thin aluminium chassis.

Acer Swift 7 features 13.3-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass protection. It uses black-and-gold dual tone design with aluminium unibody chassis. Acer Swift 7 is powered by Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage. The Swift 7 comes with two USB-C 3.1 port and a headphone jack. With Swift 7, Acer is promising up to 9 hours of battery life.

Spinning around

Moving on to the hybrid offering, the Acer Spin 7 benefits from a 360-degree hinge. The screen can be flipped back partway to be used in 'tent' mode, or all the way. So it's flat to the underside of the keyboard to allow the device to be used as a tablet.

The Spin 7 is also very thin at 10.98mm. It weighs 1.2kg, fitting a 14-inch IPS Gorilla Glass display. A full HD resolution into a 13-inch all-aluminum chassis. As for the components, a Core i7 Kaby Lake processor is running the show. Also 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, and as with the Swift, there's a pair of USB 3.1 ports on board. You also get a roomy glass touchpad which is apparently smooth and responsive to useup to 8 hours of battery life. Deep breath - the Spin 5 boasts a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen. An optional stylus (Acer Active Pen), and a Kaby Lake CPU with up to 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.

Acer's Spin 3 goes with a larger 15.6-inch display (HD or full HD). It plumps for a Skylake processor with up to 12GB of system memory. In terms of storage there are twin drives - up to 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. There's a backlit ergonomic keyboard, with the machine boasting up to 9.5 hours of battery life.

The line is filled out by three other Swift models, all sporting 14-inch displays. Again, just like the Swift laptop, Acer is producing Spin 5, 3, and 1 models to complement this high-end offering. The Swift 1 is the cheapest of the bunch, starting at $249. Acer Swift 7, priced at 6,999 Yuan, will launch in China in September.

The world’s thinnest notebook will then reach Europe and US markets. Acer Swift 7 with new Intel processors put style and form factor ahead of practical design.

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