Acer launches new laptop families with the ridiculously thin Swift 7

Acer announced new laptop families during the company's IFA event in Germany. The Swift and Spin product lines offer premium Windows-powered laptops with some interesting features. The Swift 7 leads the way being just 9.98mm thick with a gorgeous design and speedy specifications. It's billed as the first laptop to be less than 1cm thick, which still blows the mind of many who can't fathom how the company has managed to pack components inside.

The Swift 7 sports an aluminum body, a 13.3-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass, Dolby Audio, a 9-hour battery life and comes with Intel's brand new 7th-gen ("Kaby Lake") Core i5 processor. Not only will you be purchasing the laptop for its looks and portability, but also the amount of power that will be under the hood in such a thin design. We're excited to get our dirty paws on one to see just how Acer has managed to nail its latest high-end laptop. It'll hit the U.S. and Europe in October for $999.

Acer Swift 3

Next up is the Acer Swift 1, which is just 17.9mm thick and weighs in at only 1.68 kg. This laptop offers improved battery life with up to 14 hours, ideal for those who find themselves without power outlets for extended durations. The Swift 3 comes with a 14-inch HD display and alongside its Swift 1 and 5 siblings, feature slower processors than the Swift 7. Acer has managed to include a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello in the Swift 3 and 5, however.

Prices for the Swift line commence at $249, bumping up to $499 and $749 for the Swift 3 and 5, respectively. They will launch around the same time as the Swift 7.

Acer Spin 7

Should you desire something a little different, the company's new Spin laptops will be just that as convertible Windows PCs. The Spin 7 leads the pack with its 8-hour battery life, measuring in at just 10.98mm thick, sports a 14-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 4, and features Intel's 7th-gen processors. Spin 1, 3, and 5 are laptops with lower specifications and more affordable price points, much like the new Acer Swift family of products.

Prices for the Spin family start off at $249 and top $1,199 for the Spin 7. The laptops will — again — launch in October.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.