Have you ever sat down to consider what led you to buy the PC you own now? Perhaps, some of you might still be using a bulky laptop PC just like my HP ProBook 4520s workstation made by HP years back. It is so heavy to carry about: to and fro from lectures each time I have to use it but thank God for some creative technologists & companies like Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba and the likes. But the question is, will you opt for a slimmer & lightweight PC despite the price & specs than the bulky ones like mine or the gaming Acer Predator and even HP ZBook workstation PCs.
Manufacturers of late have changed the design languages of their smart devices to the tune that consumers would love to listen and thus, making slimmer and lighter machines and this is no surprise to that HP won the hearts of all with the Spectre x360 of 2017 which though had slim & lightweight design measuring 1.5cm; equivalent to 0.898-inches in terms of thickness. The hybrid PC looks strikingly good with copper and black colours known to the company as “Ash Silver”. On the other hand, Spectre x360 was relatively specced up with: a new glossy 13.3-inch Full HD (1,080p) display with very thinner bezels around it. Additionally, it had a 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPU configured with Core i7 which clocked at a speed of 2.2GHz and had others specs like 8GB/16GB RAM variants with 256GB PCle SSD.
Acer Swift 7
2018 is, in fact, a very competitive year as compared to 2017 and Acer opened up the battle of the slimmest, most powerful, and best designs of hybrid PCs and thus: Acer Swift 7. Sells at a launch price of US$ 1,699 equivalent to about GH¢ 7,000. It measures a cool 0.898cm thin making Acer’s Swift 7 the thinnest and most expensive hybrid ultrabooks ever made. The hybrid PC was released about a month ago at CES 2018. The Swift 7 (SF714-51) is super sleek at 8.98mm thick just like my old mobile device: HTC 616 dual sim device and even my current TECNO Spark K7. Acer boast that SF714-51 is the thinnest laptop ever made but unfortunately for them, we are just in the first quarter of the year 2018 and perhaps, any other brand can break this record; and Possibly, HP can renew their lost glory in terms of thinnest laptop with Spectre x360 2018 model which is in the pipeline I suppose.
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Swift 7 features a 14-inch touchscreen display with narrower bezels and a Gorilla Glass protection. It also features a much faster internet speed: 4G LTE of about 450mbps downlink (DL) and 150mbps uplink (UL) with its antenna integrated into the unibody chassis. Though with great design, features and specs, the only disappointment on my side is that, instead of the latest Intel’s CPU (8th Gen. Coffee Lake CPU) powering Swift 7, Acer used 7th Gen. Kaby Lake Core i7 CPU and yet stocked it with enough juice to last up to 10hrs upon a single charge like Hp Spectre x360.
Let’s consider the spec sheet of Acer’s Swift 7 hybrid PC and see if it is worth buying.
- Display / Screen
- Swift 7: 13.3-inch, full HD (1,920 x 1,080) pixel resolution display
- Swift 7: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7, 7th Generation Kaby Lake
- Swift 7: 256GB PCle & 8GB RAM (there is a 16GB RAM variants too)
- Battery Life
- Swift 7: 10-hours
- Swift 7: 4G LTE
- Operating System
- Swift 7: Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader
Acer goes on sale with the Swift 7 this April at a retail rate of US$ 1,699 for this configuration.
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