Acer's new range of Swift Windows 10 notebooks includes the world's thinnest laptop

HP took the title of 'world's thinnest laptop' when it launched the Spectre earlier this year. But now, that title belongs to Acer, which has unveiled the Swift 7 - the first notebook ever with a body that's less than 1cm thick.

The Swift 7 has an all-aluminum unibody with a dual-tone black and gold design, and is just 9.98mm thick, compared with the 10.4mm profile of the Spectre. Weighing in at 1.1kg, it has a 13.3-inch IPS display with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution and scratch-resistance Corning Gorilla Glass.

Other key specs include a 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of RAM, along with two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Acer also says that buyers can expect up to 9 hours of battery life from the device.

The Swift 7 will launch in October in North America, starting from $999; and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), priced from €1,299.

Acer also unveiled a range of more affordable options in its new Swift notebook family:

Swift 5 | priced from $749/€749
Promising "high-end features without the weight", the Swift 5 has a 14-inch Full HD display, 7th-gen Intel Core i7, 256GB/512GB SSDs, up to 8GB of RAM and a USB 3.1 Type-C port. Along with a backlit keyboard, an optional touchscreen and fingerprint reader are available, and Acer says the device offers up to 13 hours of battery life.
Available in North America/EMEA from November.

Swift 3 | priced from $499/€499
With a 14-inch HD or Full HD display and 6th- or 7th-gen Intel Core processors, the Swift 3 offers "essential features at a compelling price". Buyers will get up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, along with a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and a built-in fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello biometric authentication - all in a package that's 18mm thick and weighs 1.5kg. The backlit keyboard is optional though.
Available in North America/EMEA from October.

Swift 1 | priced from $249/€349
The most affordable device in Acer's new range is intended for students and other budget-conscious buyers. With Intel Pentium or Celeron processor options, 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB storage options, the Swift 1 also features a 14-inch HD display, and Acer says that its battery will last for up to 12 hours.
Available in North America from November; and in EMEA from October.

But if you have a desire for something a little more monstrous, be sure to check out the Predator 21 X, Acer's beastly new Windows 10 gaming laptop. Also unveiled today, it has a 21-inch curved display, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards, eye-tracking technology for gaming, a mechanical keyboard with CherryMX switches and custom backlighting, and more.

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