And while Acer has shown up at CES this year with a trio of updated versions of older models, there is at least one high note: the updated Swift 7, which is even thinner than the previous version at just 8.98 millimeters thick.
Acer has used aluminum for the Swift 7’s chassis, and the 2018 update includes a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. This time around the display is also a touchscreen fitted with a Corning Gorilla Glass facade. The keyboard is fully backlit, and is alongside a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.
Customers can configure the Acer Predator Orion 9000 series rigs with up to Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition 18 core processor, up to 128GB DDR4 memory and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti cards in SLI. There is one big change in the Swift 7 that may be enough to get more users on board, though: it has integrated 4G LTE connectivity, which is still nearly oddly rare in laptops.
You get WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth as you’d expect, naturally. Acer also throws in a Wacom Stylus. The Swift 7 gets a Transatel profile with 1 GB of free data valid in 48 countries out of the box; you’ll be able to upgrade that, and extend it, through the preloaded Mobile Plans app.
Acer has a new Chromebook 11 that promises up to 10 hours of runtime per charge and has a silent, fanless design. The Spin 3 boasts Intel’s eighth-generation processors, and Acer claims up to 12 hours of battery life. Integrated audio supports Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology, while connectivity includes a USB-C port, GbE, HDMI 2.0, and more.
Acer says the new Spin 3 will go on sale in the U.S. come February; it’ll be priced from $599.
But LTE aside, it’s hard to look at the starting price tag of $1,699, and not consider something like the Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo Yoga 920, both of which sacrifice the Swift 7’s thinness for newer Intel processors, more RAM and storage space, and higher resolution touchscreens at lower price points.