Acer's refreshed Swift 7 features insanely thin bezels for nearly borderless display

Acer impressed with the launch of the super-compact Swift 7 laptop at CES 2018, but it's ratcheting up the awe factor at CES 2019 with a refresh that matches the laptop's thin chassis with a nearly borderless display.

The 14-inch Swift 7 now packs a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio, making the bezels around the display nearly disappear. Shrinking the bezels has the added effect of making the 14-inch laptop more compact than its as well, dropping its width and depth to just 12.5 inches x 7.5 inches. At under 1 centimeter thick and just under two pounds, the Swift 7 remains incredibly portable, too.

As for raw specs, the 14-inch IPS touch display comes with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, running at 300 nits of brightness and covering 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. The new Swift 7 is powered by Intel's 8th Gen Core i7-8500Y processor, up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, and up to 16GB of RAM. Battery life comes in at around 10 hours, according to Acer's estimates.

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As for ports, you're looking at two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support and Displayport 1.2. Wireless connectivity includes Gigabit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. There's also a fingerprint reader embedded in the power button for Windows Hello authentication, and the laptop features a pop-up webcam above the keyboard.

The Acer Swift 7 is expected to launch in North America in May, with prices starting at $1,700. Buyers in EMEA regions and China can expect to get their hands on the laptop starting in April at €1,800 and ¥15,000, respectively.

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