For those who are all the time in motion / Laptops and PCs

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The name of the series of laptops (Swift in English means “fast”) should not lead you astray – it’s unlikely that Acer marketers hint at the speed of the device. Rather, this epithet should refer to the potential owner of Swift 7, because light and thin ultrabooks are acquired precisely because of mobility.

The recipe for this “dish” is not so complicated: you need to take the most energy-efficient components, put them together in a small package on a small board, and take the rest of the battery. But for the taste it remains to add some unique chip: for example, make a laptop thinner than most smartphones. Success at least to some extent followed: Swift 7 has already been awarded several awards and is called an “innovative laptop”. Let’s see what is so unusual about it.

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# Technical characteristics and the complete set

At the moment, the Swift 7 family consists of two models. A younger version of the “Swift” arrived at our laboratory, but in the table we also cited the characteristics of the eldest – for comparison. True, we could not find the older version in Moscow retail, but, according to Acer’s official website, for a faster processor and a more capacious SSD, we’ll have to pay $ 200.

Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description.

Acer Swift 7
The model number is SF713-51-M90J SF713-51-M51W
Display IPS, 13.3 “, 1920 × 1080 points
The central processor Intel Core i5-7Y54, 2 cores, 4 streams, 1.2 (3.2) GHz, 4.5 W Intel Core i7-7Y75, 2 cores, 4 streams, 1.3 (3.6) GHz, 4.5 W
Operative memory 8 GB LPDDR3-1866
The accumulator SSD, 256 GB, SATA SSD, 512 GB, SATA
The wireless communication module IEEE 802.11ac + Bluetooth V4.1
Interfaces 2 × USB 3.1 Type-C
1 × 3.5mm mini jack (combo microphone / headphone)
The built in battery The battery 4 cells, 41.58 W · h (2700 mAh, 15.4 V)
External power supply unit 45 W (20 V, 2.25 A)
Dimensions, mm 325 × 230 × 10
Mass, kg 1,125
Operating system Windows 10 x64 Home
The price in Russia (in the USA) ~ 90 000 rub. ($ 1,100) N / A ($ 1,300)

The plate clearly illustrates the difference between the models. Strictly speaking, it boils down to the fact that the older Swift 7 uses Core i7-7Y75 instead of i5-7Y54 (both dual-core) and solid-state drive in volume of 512 GB versus 256 GB in the younger.


External power supply

The TDP level of both Intel chips in the nominal mode does not exceed 4.5 watts. The laptop is economical in terms of power consumption, so there is a small external power supply unit with a power of 45W – it suffices with a margin. As always, Acer buys BP on the side, from Delta Electronics, and for the sake of economy does not try to participate in their development or design, but takes the finished one. As a result, the block next to the elegant laptop looks ugly.


Adapters in the kit

Additionally in the box, I found two adapters, both from the USB 3.1 Type-C connector: one on the ordinary USB Type-A, the other on the HDMI.

The laptop is equipped with 64-bit operating system Windows 10 Home and additionally preinstalled the program Acer Care Center. With its help, the user can learn about the main components of the laptop, update the driver settings, defragment the drive and, if necessary, return the operating system to its original state.

# External appearance

The appearance of Swift 7 is an occasion for pride. Black and gold coloring as it hints that in this device everything is expensive and rich, so that his master’s business goes as it should. Other colors are not provided. The body is entirely made of aluminum and all the same is painted: the lid and the bottom panel are black, the working area is gold. In terms of design Acer Swift 7 is somewhat similar to HP Specter 13 – at least it is just as pathetic.

However, dust-colored, fingerprints, small scratches are clearly visible on the painted aluminum in aluminum, so that cleaning can not be done without frequent rubbing.

The cover of Swift 7 opens tight, the hinges inspire confidence. And in general the build quality is excellent: nothing staggers and does not bend. The maximum opening angle of the lid is about 130 degrees.

The main “chip” device – a small thickness: in the thickest place (without legs), it is only 9.98 mm. Less than a centimeter! And this is practically a record: last year in a review of the previously mentioned Specter 13 my colleague Alexander Hryzhin wrote about him “thinner nowhere else”, but, as it turned out, there is where: HP’s ultrabook was 10.4 mm thick, and Acer Swift 7 And the thinner! Even with the Apple MacBook, the thickness of the case in the closed state is 13.1 mm. In the pursuit of records, you have to take into account the hundredths of a millimeter: to distinguish 9.98 and 10.4 mm in the eye heavily. We are waiting for the use of three decimal places.

In my opinion, it is much more important that the Swift 7 weighs a little more than a kilogram without taking into account the external power supply. In a backpack such a burden is practically not felt.


The only connectors of the Acer Swift 7

Naturally, to achieve such records, it was necessary to greatly limit the functionality of the laptop. Among the interfaces there are only two USB 3.1 Type-C (thanks to the fact that there are at least two, and not one) and a 3.5 mm mini jack for connecting the microphone and headphones. All three connectors are located on the right side of the laptop.

Acer has already used large (140 × 65 mm) Synaptics touchpads for a long time. The glass surface is pleasant to the touch, gestures the touch panel recognizes normally, pressing it is accompanied by a distinct and rather loud click. In the work, the touchpad behaves quite adequately – checked in Hearthstone!

The keyboard, with the exception of a couple of moments, I also liked. Features of the layout – it’s an elementary taste, and even to the arrangement of keys sooner or later you get used to it. I liked that the main keys of the laptop are large. Between them a long distance, scoring … a misprint – a minimum. The keys Tab, Backspace, “Shift” and Enter are also made large and convenient. There is a “virtual” digital block – it is activated in conjunction with the Fn button.

“Flying” on the keys F1-F12 control functions of the laptop, with which, for example, you can change the brightness of the screen or the volume of the sound, work without pressing Fn, but if you need keys F1-F12, then Fn can not do without.

The stroke of the keyboard buttons is small, pressing tactile feels distinctly, and the sound appears only with fast printing. Fans will work in the twilight Swift 7 is unlikely to like – no backlighting is provided.

Ultrabook received a 1.3-megapixel webcam capable of shooting video at a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels at a rate of 30 frames per second. The video quality is mediocre: even in the daytime the image decently rustles. Two microphones are located under the screen, on either side of the logo.

# Screen and sound

Swift 7 screen frames are large enough. In 2017, it’s rather strange to see on the laptop stickers proudly announcing that a full HD display is used here. The screen is covered with a protective glass Gorilla Glass, so that the surface is glossy. With all the ensuing consequences: fingerprints, stains, dust on the screen and glare.

The CMN1367 IPS matrix from Chi Mei Innolux is used – the same is found in the HP Specter 13 and Specter x360 models. With a diagonal of 13.3 inches, the pixel density is 165.63 dots per inch.

The screen has a high contrast for the IPS-matrix – 1143: 1, and the color temperature is kept around the standard 6500 K. The gamma is slightly overestimated – 2.31 versus the standard 2.2. The minimum brightness is 22 cd / m 2 the maximum is 320 cd / m 2 . A good range that allows you to use the laptop as in clear weather, if you can avoid sunlight glare, and in the absence of external lighting.

Unfortunately, the calibration of the display did not pay much attention. The average deviation on the gray scale is 3.9 (the maximum is 6.6). In the ColorCheker test, which uses 24 color templates, the average error was 5.2. For normal use, such matrix parameters are not critical, but I would not advise designers and artists of Swift 7.

Color coverage

Color temperature

As with other IPS-matrices, the Glow-effect can not be avoided anywhere: it is clearly visible on a black field, but you hardly notice it on color images. No PWM or its frequency is too high for the human eye to see it, – the LED backlight used can be classified as Flicker-Free-solutions in the entire operating range. The claimed viewing angles – 178 degrees vertically and horizontally – correspond to reality.


The bottom panel of the Acer Swift 7

Two speakers are located on the bottom of the notebook. The manufacturer claims support for the Dolby standard, but in fact the sound of the Swift 7 is insipid: yes, there is a good volume reserve, at the maximum of wheezing and other artifacts it was not noticed, but the acoustics clearly lacks the bottoms and high frequencies. However, it would be strange to expect otherwise from the speakers hidden in a shell less than 10 mm thick.

# Internal structure and upgrade possibilities

Now the low-voltage processors of the Y-series are also called Core i5 and Core i7 – just like the big ones, although in fact they are renamed Core M5 and M7. And this introduces some confusion, since Core i5-7Y54 and Core i7-7Y75 have the same number of not only cores, but also threads – two and four, respectively. The cache volume of the third level is identical to 4 MB. Only the frequency is different. The level of the calculated thermal power of the Y-processors is 4.5 W, but the manufacturer can “strangle” the crystal, reducing the TDP to 3 W, and keep its performance at a higher level, increasing this parameter to 7 W. Therefore, the frequency of the Core i5-7Y54 can vary in a wide range from 1.2 to 3.1 GHz.

Swift 7 uses completely passive cooling, hence the laptop runs absolutely noiselessly. All cooling is a small copper plate that covers the memory chips and the CPU. A large part of the internal space is occupied by a battery for four cells with a capacity of 41.58 W * h (2700 mAh).

Surprisingly, Acer Swift 7 has the ability to upgrade components: the bottom is easily removed, and this allows you to replace the SSD with any other SATA analog with an M.2 interface and a length of 42 mm. You can also change the network controller. The rest of the elements can not be upgraded. In the test ultrabook used solid-state drive Lite ON CV3-SD256 volume of 256 GB and wireless module Atheros QCNFA344A.

The 8GB of memory, which are directly soldered on the board, operate in two-channel mode. DDR3-1866 chips with very high delays of 14-17-17-40 are used for this type of memory.

Under serious load, the processor is noticeably heated – the temperature of the cores reaches 72 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the Core i5-7Y54 frequency under load is at the 1400 MHz mark, which allows you to go without passing bars. In a simple CPU temperature fluctuates around 42-50 degrees Celsius.

In LinX 0.7.0, the maximum power consumption of the notebook was 17.2 W, in games – 37 W.

Under load, the laptop decently warms from the outside – to keep the aluminum laptop warmed to 49 degrees Celsius on its lap is not very pleasant. In this case, the keyboard is practically not heated – hands are not hot.

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