Acer announces refreshed Swift 7 as 'the world's thinnest laptop'

Acer is joining the pack of laptop reveals at CES with its own trio of updated models. New for 2018 are updated versions of the insanely thin Swift 7, the convertible Spin 3, and the beastly Nito 5 gaming laptop.

Of the three new models, the one that sticks out most is the Swift 7. Acer claims that the refresh makes this year's model the "world's thinnest laptop" once again, and it's not hard to see why: it measures in a just 8.98mm thin. Packed inside its svelte frame, the Swift 7 includes a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. The Swift 7 also counts itself among the ranks of always-connected PCs with built-in 4G LTE connectivity. Lastly, the display, which is a 1080p IPS affair, has been bumped up to 14 inches.

That thin exterior comes at a cost, however: the new Swift 7 will be available in North America in March starting at $1,699. Those in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) can expect the laptop to arrive in April starting at around €1,699.

Acer Nitro 5, Spin 3

Acer has also opted to update its Spin 3 and Nitro 5 laptops for 2018. The Spin 3 keeps its convertible design with a 360-degree hinge, but it now comes with Intel's latest eighth-generation processors. The display, a 1080p panel, has been downsized from 15.6 inches to 14 inches, and Acer says you can likely expect up to 12 hours of battery life out of the machine. The Spin 3 is expected to launch in North America in February starting at $599. EMEA regions can expect the device to launch later in January starting at €649.

For gamers, the Nitro 5 has been updated with AMD Radeon RX560 graphics and Ryzen processors. The laptop also supports up to 32GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. The included display is a 15.6-inch 1080p panel, and Acer has kitted out the exterior with a textured finish and red accents. Acer says the Nitro 5 will launch in North America in April starting at $799. EMEA territories can expect the Nitro 5 to arrive in April starting at €1,099.

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