Acer’s Swift 7 line of laptops have always been thin and light. Now the company is promising to make release the smallest model to date thanks to a significant reduction in screen bezels.
The model I reviewed in 2016 measured under 0.4 inches thick, weighed 2 pounds, and had a 13.3 inch display. Earlier this year Acer introduced a new model that was about the same size, but which featured a 14 inch display.
At the IFA show in Berlin Acer provided an early look at a new model that keeps the same 14 inch display, but which shrinks the body by 15 percent.
The new Acer Swift 7 has slimmer top, bottom, and sized bezels for a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio. It’s also lighter than its predecessors, weighing in at about 2.2 pounds.
Acer says the laptop has a lithium-magnesium chassis and side bezels that measure 4.27mm.
The notebook will be available with up to an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor. Acer didn’t say which Core i7 chip, but if I had to guess I’d say the new 5 watt Core i7-8500Y Amber Lake-Y chip seems like a safe bet.
There’s no word on the price, release date, or other specs. When Acer unveiled the laptop on stage during its IFA press event, I couldn’t tell whether the laptop has a webcam at all, let alone if it’s above or below the display. One thing I did notice is that the new Swift 7 appears to have an enormous touchpad.
More details will likely be announced closer to launch.
Shrinking the bottom bezel makes a HUGE difference.
I bet this will be a trend other manufactures start doing in the next few years.
I’d settle for shrinking the bottom bezel but keeping the top one thicker for a webcam.
The device looks great, wonder when it will actually launch.
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