Acer's refreshed Swift 7 features insanely thin bezels for a 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.

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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