At 0.39 inch, the Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world, or one of them — it’s a contested and oft-shuffling title, depending on new releases and where you measure the device, but this one seems to be the current winner. It’s a striking package: slim, lightweight and finished in an unusual and attractive matte black and gold combination, giving the laptop a premium, standout look. Of course, to achieve a profile as slim as this, Acer had to make some compromises. These include stripped-down ports and a somewhat lightweight battery. There are two USB type C ports, an audio jack and adapter dongles (for USB-C to USB-A and Ethernet). Acer says you’ll get up to nine hours of use out of the battery, but I got a little less, so you’ll want to keep the power cable handy if you’re taking the device out for a full workday. The screen measures 13.3 inches and has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s got great colour and saturation, but a glossy finish means grappling with glar...

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