To be fair, there just isn’t much room for them. ”

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and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, this Swift isn’t ex­actly a high-power ma­chine. You might think a pro­ces­sor would throt­tle in a chas­sis this thin, but that’s tech­ni­cally not the case here. In­stead, Acer opted for a low-power Y-Se­ries CPU that’s de­signed to have a widely vari­able clock speed. The Core i7-7Y75 is rated to go up to 3.6 GHz Turbo Boost, but in our test­ing it only reached 3.2GHz dur­ing re­peated runs of Cinebench R15. Clearly Acer is lim­it­ing the clocks to keep de­sign is too thin to make that pos­si­ble, so Acer ditched the func­tion­al­ity. That means tap­ping to click through Win­dows.

The key­board has its own share of ques­tion­able de­sign de­ci­sions. For starters, there’s no ded­i­cated func­tion row. Those ac­tions are shared with the num­ber keys by hold­ing down the func­tion but­ton. Ac­tions that are of­ten as­signed to the func­tion keys, like mut­ing the vol­ume or ad­just­ing the back­light have been rel­e­gated to the QW­ERTY enough power, and the click-free touch­pad and odd key­board will re­quire users to re-learn some fun­da­men­tals of in­ter­act­ing with a com­puter.

An­drew E. Freed­man

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