Almost every year a device which markets itself as a “Surface Pro Killer” don’t exactly do the job. But this time, The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition might finally do it because it does everything a Surface Pro does, but does it better and you’ll understand why. Once again, Acer is looking to bring the competition directly to Microsoft with the Swift 7 taking on the Surface Pro. The Swift 7 has a beautiful 12.5 inch 2256 x 1504 p display with a home button and the embedded fingerprint scanner placed to the side of the screen.
The device also comes with a pretty good stylus and a standard keyboard cover. ( detachable and connect via magnetic pins ). And, the keys are back lit this time. The I/O is skimpy, it just has USB 3.0 port, a USB type C port, a micro SD card slot and a headphone jack. The Switch 7 has a cool new feature – Auto-stand. What happens is, whenever the device is pressed against hard surface, it automatically opens the stand so that you don’t have to awkwardly fiddle around the back and save yourself those precious 2 seconds.
If you’re thinking ” Wow! the device looks so beautiful” Let me tell you, it’s true beauty lies on the inside. And that beauty in this one is the cooling system. Thermal Management – undoubtedly the biggest nemesis to a super thin and light notebook. It has been that way for many years now, but Acer seems to have found a very elegant solution for this. They showcased us a technology they invented – Liquid Loop Cooling Technology and I should say, it’s pretty darn impressive. They said it was inspired by space science and the human circulatory system.
How it works is, The heat generated by the CPU heats up the liquid in the chamber and drives in through the loop where it cools down. And this cooled liquid in turn cools the CPU ( the latest Quad Cor Intel 8th Gen Core i7 ). It’s all one closed loop. And what’s better than one closed cooling loop? That’s right, Two. Even the GPU (Nvidia MX 150) has it’s own Liquid Loop. This technology eliminates the use of a battery and fans, leading to ridiculously thin device. I have to say, this is by far one of the most innovative technologies in electronics in the past few years. And I predict this cooling solution will definitely makes it’s way to other Acer laptops in the coming years. Kudos to Acer!
But the big question is, how well will it fare against the good old ventilator-fans setup found on most laptops. We’ll only know once they’re out. Speaking of release, the Swift 7 is set at a base price of $1699 (INR 1,00,000. But don’t expect to make its way officially to India any time soon 😦 ) which is same as the Surface Pro ( price is without the keyboard and pen ). Add up the prices of the keyboard cover and the Pen, you’re looking at $200. This effectively makes the Swift 7 200 bucks cheaper. And it has way better internals and a better looking design. Like I said, the Switch 7 Black Editon is defintely bringing the competiton to the Microsoft Surface Pro and I’m really looking forward to how it’s going to play out.
- If you want to learn more about the Microsoft Surface Pro, be sure to check out my article covering the device!
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