CES 2018: New Acer Laptops Unveiled, Including ‘World’s Thinnest’ Swift 7


This CES 2018, laptop manufacturers flaunt performance, features, or battery life. Meanwhile, the new Swift 7 from Acer claims to be the current "world's thinnest."

Reports reveal that the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer prepared four new models intended for release this year. The company has prepared several devices for different users and their budget.

Furthermore, two products that were supposedly the highlight of the firm's IFA presentation last year were on display with information related to their release date and retail price.

Acer Swift 7 (2018)

Acer's timing is surprisingly impeccable as it waited for 2018's first major electronics show off its slimmest laptop model. The company took the 2017 model's chassis, which was already considered thin at 0.39 inches and shaved off a few more. Therefore, this year's Swift 7 measures only 0.35 inches fully closed.

While its thickness was reduced, the new model now sports a 14-inch touchscreen with full HD resolution. A sheet of Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 keeps its IPS display protected from scratches. At its core lies a seventh-generation Intel Core-i7 processor and 4G LTE connectivity.

It advertises an improved battery life with 10 hours on a single charge, which is an hour longer than its 2017 model. It will be available this April with starting price of $1,699.

Acer Nitro 5

While the Acer Swift 7 claims the title of "world's thinnest" laptop, the Nitro 5 hopes to become the entry-level gaming laptop of choice. The 15.6-inch notebook comes with an AMD Ryzen CPU and AMD Radeon RX560. It is pre-installed with Nitro Sense performance monitoring software, which gives users a real-time view of each individual component's status.

Gamers should be able to run some of the popular games on Steam such as PUBG, Overwatch, Rocket League, and DOTA 2. It will carry a retail price of $799 and launch sometime this April.

Acer Spin 3 (2018)

Another product refresh for CES 2018 is a convertible laptop with updated hardware. Changes from its previous version include a smaller 14-inch display and an eighth-generation Intel Core processor. As the name suggests, the touchscreen can be folded backward to turn the laptop into a tablet form factor.

It will hit retailers next month with its basic configuration starting at $599.

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018)

This Chrome OS-powered laptop comes in two variants, the touch-enabled CB311-8HT and regular CB311-8H. Both models can run up to 10 hours on a single charge and feature two USB Type-C ports.

The laptop supports Android apps through the Google Play Store and is expected to become available in April for $249.

Other Acer Products

Consumers in the United States will finally get a chance to try out two notable products that were considered highlights during the IFA expo last year.

The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition, a 2-in-1 laptop that is reportedly the first ever fanless notebook manufactured. The device showcases an eighth-generation Intel Core processor as well as an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. It includes a stylus with Wacom's EMR technology and an integrated fingerprint sensor for biometric security. It will retail for $1,699 and ship later this month.

Secondly, the Acer Predator Orion 9000, the firm's powerful desktop gaming rig, is all about options. Gamers can choose to install an Intel Core-i9 Extreme Edition processor, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti GPUs, and up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory. The entire setup is water-cooled and is enclosed in a special metal mesh, which reportedly works like a Faraday cage to keep electronic interference away from its components.

The Orion 9000 is massive and completely opposite from the "world's thinnest" Swift 7. In fact, the desktop is so big that Acer installed a pair of wheels and a pair of carbon fiber handles to help move it around. The entry-level setup starts at $2,000.

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