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Among 4 New Laptops, Acer Introduces World's Thinnest Laptop

| January 7 , 2018 , 18:40 IST

Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, Acer today unveiled four new laptops in its Window 10 line-up: Swift 7, Nitro 5, and Spin 3. The Company also added a new Chromebook 11 and revealed US availability for the previously-announced switch 7 Black Edition and predator Orion series. All the devices are slated to ship in the first half of the year.

Acer barely makes the top 5 list of PC makers, depending on who you ask. Its CES 2018 line-up is unlikely to change that, but you should still skim what's new to see if anything catches your eye.

The Swift 7 (SF714-51)

Acer claims this year's Swift 7 (SF714-51) is the thinnest computer in the world with a thickness of 8.98mm (0.35-inches). The company says its assertion is based on its own internal survey conducted on January 8, 2018, of "competing clamshell laptop design available on the market running Windows or OS X. If Slimness is your prime concerns, the tradeoffs are you can't get 8th-generation Intel Core processors - the Swift is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. It does, however, offer integrated 4G LTE connectivity, a 14-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touch screen with full HD resolution, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

The Swift (SF714-15) starts at $1,699 and ships in March 2018.

The Nitro 5 (AN515-42)

Acers's Nitro 5, Its casual gamer 15.6-inch laptop, has been updated (AN515-41) to include AMD Radeon RX560 graphics, the latest AMD Ryzen mobiles processors, Nitro Sense GPU/CPU monitoring software, and fast DDR4 RAM. The included Nitro Sense software is supposed to offer real-time Metrics for monitoring the GPU and CPU. Acer didn't provide a battery life expectation, so don't expect anything amazing.

The Nitro 5 (AN515-42) starts at $799 and ships in May 2018.

The Spin 3 (SP314-51)

Acer's Spin 3 laptop line, Its cheapest Windows 10 option, has been updated to support 8th generation Intel Core Processors. Previously only offered with a 15.6-inch display, the Spin 3 now has a 14-inch full HD display option. Acer promises up to 12 hours of battery life.

The Spin 3 (SP314-51) starts at $599 and ships in February 2018.

The Chromebook 11 (CB311-8HT/CB311-8H)

Acer's Chromebook 11 has a new model (CB311-8HT/CB311-8H) with up to 10 hours of battery life, fanless design, and two USB 3.1 Type C ports. There's a touch (CB311-8HT) and non-touch (CB311-8h) version, with both supporting Android apps via the Google Play Store.

The Chromebook 11 (CB311-8HT/CB311-8H) starts at $249 and ships in April 2018.