Acer Swift 7 (2018) review: This spectacularly thin and light PC is a pain to actually use

The good news is we've seen Acer's plans to improve upon the Acer Swift 7 (2018). Read on to discover the flaws that the Swift 7 (2019) should solve.

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It’s worth noting that turning on Dolby Audio—which, as we noted above, improves the sound quality—appeared to steal possibly 45 minutes of battery life. We tested, as we usually do, using a pair of earbuds with Dolby Audio turned off. There’s enough volume that Dolby isn’t necessary except to enhance the sound.

Conclusion: Thin may be in, but count the Swift 7 out

Because of a number of delays, our review of the Swift 7 (2018) arrives after we’ve already seen the Swift 7 (2019), thanks to Acer’s booth at CES. And we’re enthusiastic: Not only is it lighter, but the bezel has nearly disappeared, the USB-C ports now include Thunderbolt capabilities, and—hallelujah!—the touchpad is now a true clickpad. There’s an 8th-generation Core processor, too, which hopefully should bring the performance of the Swift 7 up to par with its competition. In all, it sounds like a substantial improvement.

The updated 2019 version isn’t launching until May, though. Right now, it’s hard to recommend the current iteration of the Acer Swift 7. It’s certainly a joy to behold, and to carry from home to work. But then the problems set in. We’d lower its review score as a consequence of its poor performance, certainly. Its fatal flaw, however, is the poor keyboard and even worse trackpad.

Fortunately, it’s only a few months until Acer ships an improved version of the Swift 7.

Updated on Feb. 5 to add more results of tests using the Swift 7’s integrated Ubigi service. 

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At a Glance
  • Acer's Swift 7 (2018) is an engineering marvel, among the thinnest and lightest laptop PCs. But subpar performance and a poor typing experience make it uncomfortable to use.

    Pros

    • Incredibly thin, exceptionally light

    Cons

    • Clickless touchpad is frustrating
    • Tablet processor in a laptop equals subpar performance
    • Poor battery life
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