“The Aspire 7 offers flagship hardware in a slim package”

At IFA 2018, Acer announced several new laptops and refreshed its lineup. Even though most eyeballs were garnered by the Predator Thronos gaming chair and the innovative Predator Triton 900 gaming laptop, I also got swayed by its other offerings. The Swift 5 (first impressions) caught my attention as the lightest 15-inch laptop currently, and then there’s the Aspire 7 – the brand’s flagship offering with features like a 4K display, up to 8th-gen Core i7 processors from Intel and 4GB graphics card. I was able to play with the device for some time to bring you my first impressions of the Acer Aspire 7.

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Even though the Aspire 7 isn’t as light as the Acer Swift 5, it’s certainly not on the bulky side and can be carried around easily. The laptop tips the scales at 1.5kg, and offers a solid build thanks to the use of magnesium alloy. The bezels on the left and right side of the display are quite narrow, though they get a tad thick at the bottom.

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Like other laptops from the brand, the ultraportable doesn’t miss out on any ports either. You get three USB Type-A ports, a full-sized SD card slot, a Type-C port and an HDMI port along with the charging socket and a 3.5mm audio port. The hinge of the Acer Aspire 7 seems to be solid and allows the laptop to lay flat on the table, which is quite interesting.

The display on the Acer Aspire 7 is a 15.6-inch affair, bearing a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. The panel is crisp, vibrant and offers great brightness levels. Enhancing the display further are Acer’s ColorBlast and Color Intelligence features. There’s support for Dolby Atmos, promising rich sound output too.

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Powering the show on the Aspire 7 is Intel’s 8th-gen Core i5-8305G processor, with the higher-end variant being equipped with Core i7-8705G CPU. The chipset is paired with up to 16GB RAM. Taking care of the graphics requirements is AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M which comes with 4GB memory. Sadly, I couldn’t play any games to test it out, but on paper, this is among the most loaded laptops I’ve come across. The machine offers up to 512GB SSD storage.

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The keyboard offers a good typing experience as there is enough travel and the key size is large as well. I was able to familiarise myself with the layout in no time. The good thing is that touchpad is generously proportioned too, and allows you to navigate easily and precisely. There’s a fingerprint reader as well, which works in conjunction with Windows Hello to unlock the device.

The Aspire 7 ships with Windows 10 out of the box, and also supports Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

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Unfortunately, the brand hasn’t disclosed the pricing or availability details of the Acer Aspire 7 as of now. However, there’s little doubt that the Acer Aspire 7 can ruffle the feathers of the competition, if priced well.