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Acer Swift 7 (2019) review: Slim and light fails to succeed – Pocket-lint

Acer makes laptops for regular individuals who like a great deal. For probably the most half, anyway. The Swift 7 line is the place it branches out. Earlier fashions have given us a few of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the earth, with weird caveats like trackpads that don’t click on.

After that final model, the 2019/2020 Acer Swift 7 appears positively regular. Its trackpad clicks, it has an eighth Gen Intel processor, it’s nonetheless extremely petite, and has a number of the narrowest display borders you’ll discover on any laptop computer.

Nevertheless, you must in all probability solely think about it ultra-lightweight and millimetre-shaving thicknesses are your prime priorities. As a result of it’s in any other case expensive, not massively highly effective they usually keyboard isn’t as satisfying to sort on as some Acer laptops which value a 3rd of the worth.

Design

  • 318 x 192 x 9.95mm; zero.89kgs

There are 4 essential elements to the Acer Swift 7 design: low weight, MacBook-shaming thinness, tiny show borders, and the casing materials itself.

That final one allows the Swift 7’s slim and lightweight tips. The laptop computer makes use of a magnesium alloy fairly than a predominantly aluminium one, which is the default selection for a high-end moveable laptop computer.

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Magnesium is lighter and stronger on the similar thickness. This is the reason you see it in a number of excessive weight-loss laptops. That the Swift 7 doesn’t really feel as metallic as aluminium is one purpose magnesium alloy just isn’t used extra typically. It’s hotter to the contact. Some may mistake it for plastic, though it feels so much nicer than easy plastic to our fingers.

Love magnesium or not, the Asus Swift 7 is among the greatest laptops on the planet for these fast weekend holidays or work journeys whenever you attempt to pack the whole lot right into a carry-on aircraft bag. The laptop computer solely weighs 890g, and is so skinny that it takes up much less area in a rucksack than the laptop-specific padding some rucksacks have.

The Swift 7 can also be lots much less deep than most 14-inch ultraportable laptops. Dell acquired plenty of consideration for its very slim display bezels within the XPS 13, however that has fairly an enormous chunk of clean area under the display itself. Not a lot on this Acer, which suggests the keyboard plate can slim down too, for a smaller footprint all-round.

You’re in all probability getting the thought. The Swift 7 could be very slim and lightweight. It isn’t the sturdiest-feeling laptop computer, although. Decide it up by one finish and you may really feel the shell bend somewhat. You may also activate the mouse clicker by urgent the Asus Swift 7’s underside.

This doesn’t make us assume it’s on the verge of falling aside as quickly as you’re taking it out of the field. Nevertheless it isn’t what you need at £1799.

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Acer has additionally used one notably unusual measure to make the Swift 7’s design work: there’s no room for the digital camera on the entrance, so it sits underneath a bit pop-up flap simply above the keyboard. You press it and the digital camera clicks open and closed like a retractable pen.

That’s a horrible angle to carry a video name from – simply as we stated of the design within the Huawei MateBook –  and you must transfer your head to a barely uncommon place to slot in the body. It’s a little bit of a cludge, no-doubt with the thought most individuals gained’t use the webcam a lot, if in any respect.

Display

  • 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD
  • 300-nit brightness
  • Anti-glare layer

The Acer Swift 7 has a 14-inch Full HD display. It seems extra uncommon than this spec sounds as a result of the border on the backside of the display is so small.

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That is a powerful technical development – even when telephones’ display protection have already reached far additional. It isn’t an unalloyed sensible enchancment, although. Much less clean bulk under the display pushes the show additional down. Use the Acer Swift 7 in your knees and you must bend your head down barely greater than typical. Your shoulders gained’t thanks.

The Acer Swift 7’s display can also be not almost as sharp as a MacBook’s. Full HD (AKA 1080p) is sufficient for a 14-inch laptop computer, however textual content seems to be a bit pixellated.

Just like the construct high quality considerations, this will not be what you anticipate when opening a £1800 laptop computer. Then once more, when you’re after one thing you possibly can depend on to final some time between expenses, growing the decision wouldn’t justify the hit on battery life.

In different respects, the Swift 7 display is nice. The show development is extraordinarily well-suited to vibrant circumstances. We took the laptop computer out to a park on a really sunny day and located paperwork and web sites are nonetheless completely seen at minimal brightness, which is fairly superb. Whites look inexperienced till you whack up the backlight, however this is among the greatest type laptops you should purchase for outside use, on the earth, anyplace. Color saturation is nice too.

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This show continues to be reflective, although, because it has a glass prime layer. Why? The Acer Swift 7 has a touchscreen. This isn’t a hybrid, although. You’ll be able to solely fold the display again to the basic laptop computer commonplace of about 135 levels.

Keboard and trackpad

The Asus Swift 7 is in some ways a sensible laptop computer, even when it’s an interminable show-off in some respects. However can it do actual work?

It has a barely deeper keyboard than at the moment’s MacBook, however the Swift 7 keys nonetheless really feel insubstantial. We’ve written a number of articles on it, amounting to a number of thousand phrases. And, nicely, it’s OK.

Key motion is fairly poor although. There’s little meat to the button depress. Nevertheless it’s a cut-down model of the usual laptop computer really feel somewhat than the “clicky nothing” of a MacBook.

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The Acer Swift 7 additionally has a key backlight. You possibly can’t alter the extent like some top-end fashions, however it does auto-dim after some time when you depart it on whereas watching a video.

We discovered a couple of bits of the keyboard tough to mattress into. The directional keys are very small. The backspace and delete keys are crammed-in. However solely the marginally obscure key really feel places us off. If you wish to do critical doc, spreadsheet or coding work on-the-go, get a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 quite than this.

After all of the construct niggles, although, we’re glad to report keyboard itself is stiff, suggesting it’s strengthened inside.

Efficiency

  • Intel Core i7-8500Y CPU
  • Intel UHD 6215 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 2x USB-C (1x Thunderbolt Three)

The Asus Swift 7 is way from probably the most highly effective laptop computer you will get on the worth. It’s one of many least highly effective.

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Its Intel Core i7-8500Y processor has solely half the cores of many barely chunkier options. The overwhelming majority of “Core i7” laptops right now have one among Intel’s extra highly effective chipsets.

When you simply have to edit shows, fiddle with phrase docs and reply to emails, it’s no huge deal. Home windows 10 runs properly.

If you wish to stretch the CPU or graphics chipset somewhat, the Acer Swift 7 is likely one of the worst Home windows laptops at this worth level. We’d a lot quite have a quad-core i7, and even an i5 CPU, for video modifying. And even macro-loaded spreadsheets.

How concerning the precise enjoyable stuff? The Swift 7 has an Intel HD 615 GPU, the identical because the final era of Intel Y-series processors. If you wish to play video games in your downtime, it’s no higher than final yr’s ultra-thin laptops. Which means you possibly can play Skyrim at 720p on low settings (a lot the identical as a Nintendo Change, actually).

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An Intel Core i7-8500Y shouldn’t be the ticket if efficiency issues most. There’s an enormous “however” right here. Laptops this skinny and lightweight have a tendency to make use of both of these “Y” Intel processors or a Qualcomm Snapdragon, just like a telephone processor. We’d a lot quite have certainly one of Intel’s. Too many apps and video games don’t run correctly, or in any respect, on a Qualcomm laptop computer – as we stated of the Lenovo C630 WOS in evaluation.

Battery life

  • Three-cell lithium-ion battery (2770mAh)
  • As much as 13 hour battery life

There’s a trade-off. Laptops with Qualcomm chipsets are likely to last more between expenses than any others. Producers typically quote figures above 20 hours, which tends to equate to round 14 hours of actual use.

The Acer Swift 7 doesn’t get near this. Streaming video from YouTube at 50 per cent brightness and it lasts round 9 hours. It can final round this period when writing paperwork and shopping easy web sites too.

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For a day’s work it does the trick. However when some options just like the LG Gram 14 (a full Intel CPU laptop computer) and Lenovo Yoca C630 WOS final 50 per cent longer, or extra, battery life isn’t a key draw right here. As anticipated in a skinny and lightweight laptop computer, we suppose.

Silent operating is a draw although. The low energy CPU lets Acer get away with utilizing all-passive cooling within the Swift 7. There’s no fan, no whirring noises. The underside does get a bit heat at occasions do you have to use it resting in your knees. And due to the darkish metallic end the display’s lid can get extraordinarily scorching on a heat sunny day outside. That’s thermodynamics in motion, although, not a techy fail.

Verdict

The Acer Swift 1, Swift Three and Swift 5 are fairly straightforward to advocate to only about anybody after a wise all-purpose moveable laptop computer. Sadly, Acer’s Swift 7 shouldn’t be. It prices a packet. It isn’t that highly effective. And due to a collection of construct concessions allowed to maintain it skinny and lightweight, elements of the Swift 7 really feel flimsy. You shouldn’t be capable of click on a mouse button by urgent the underside of a laptop computer.

Its appeals are specialised. Some will love its ultra-light weight and phone-like thickness. These design features are spectacular, little question. The unimaginable outside visibility is what we come again for above all else although. It makes extra sense in LA than Loughborough, then, however even that star-studded function can’t stability out this laptop computer’s attraction.

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Apple MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air initially appears less expensive than the Acer. However spec it up with a 512GB SSD and it prices £1599. That’s nonetheless a lower cost, in fact, however the Air solely makes use of Core i5 CPUs, not the Core i7 you get right here. Its display doesn’t have the ambient light-countering tech of the Swift 7, however it’s a lot sharper, and construct high quality is extra constant all through.

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Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS

This is likely one of the prime Qualcomm CPU choices. The apps it is going to run in consequence are restricted. Nevertheless, its battery lasts a number of hours longer, it has a 4G sim slot and is a whole lot of kilos cheaper. It’s one other moveable hit, though the Swift 7 is 2.5mm thinner (that’s rather a lot) and about 20 % lighter.

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LG Gram 14

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Right here’s a sensible choice if the worth:efficiency ratio of the Swift 7 makes you are feeling a bit of sick. The LG Gram 14 has been round some time now, however is rather more highly effective than this Acer. It’s underneath 1kg too, and lasts a couple of hours longer between fees. One massive distinction: the Gram 14 just isn’t that skinny at 16.5mm thick. Given the small fortune you save right here, although, it’s nonetheless a compelling various.

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