Remember the MacBook Air? It was that ultra thin, ultra light, almost powerful Mac notebook from yesteryear. Funny thing; true story, too. Apple still sells the MacBook Air. Yes, it’s long in the tooth but, hey, that’s Apple, amirite?
The MacBook Air, was and still is, wedge shaped. Oh, and it’s a personal computer in the notebook category. And, we’re done here. That’s about all the venerable MacBook Air has in common with Windows-based notebooks these days. Here’s a real wannabe Air.
Acer’s new Swift 7 is a thin notebook personal computer. Limitless? To quote Al Borland, “I don’t think so, Tim.” That’s Tim Cook. The same Tim Cook who thinks the Mac mini– the one with a 4th generation Intel inside while the rest of the world ships 8th generation chips– is a bargain.
While MacBook Air may have once been the thinnest laptop, it’s now thick, heavy, and slow, especially when compared to the Swift 7 which is, well, swift.
Does this look familiar?
If you didn’t know better, you might think that was Darth Vader’s MacBook Air above, right?
Acer’s little PC notebook that could is less than 9-mm thin. The MacBook Air is about twice that thickness and weights just below 3-lbs. Or, put another way, about a pound heavier than Swift.
Acer managed to stuff in an 8th generation Core i7 Intel Inside, give it HD graphics on a 14-inch display with outer-worldly thin bezels and 10 hours of battery life.
With a fingerprint reader.
With a touchscreen. And a backlit keyboard. And 8GB of RAM. And a 4G LTE option. And Dolby Audio Premium.
Don’t get too excited. First, Acer Swift doesn’t run macOS High Sierra or Mojave or even Bakersfield. Second, Acer is so proud of its new baby, the new baby doesn’t even have storage options yet.
But Swift is pretty. And light. And expensive. Even more expensive than MacBook Air. That Darth Vader look comes with a heftier than Air price tag.