The first day of IFA 2018 has already seen major OEMs like Dell and Acer unveil some impressive new laptops which can put Apple’s MacBook lineup to shame. Dell’s new Inspiron 7000 lineup has now entirely become a 2-in-1 laptop with some impressive upgrades.
Firstly, Dell has done away with the plastic body and gone for a machined aluminum chassis. The bezels surrounding the screen have also reduced and despite this Dell has managed to place a webcam at the top bezel. The company has managed to do this by using a new small camera module which it is first debuting on its 7000 series model.
Dell’s Inspiron 7000 lineup makes use of Intel’s 8th-generation Whiskey Lake processors and is available with an optional UHD screen and up to 16GB RAM. The lineup consists of models with 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch screen sizes. The entire lineup also packs a USB-C port which supports both USB-Power Delivery and DisplayPort. The base variant of the Inspiron 7000 starts at $879.99,
While Dell’s Inspiron series is going to please a lot of professionals and casual users alike, its the Acer Swift 7 that’s going to catch the fancy of most people. Featuring a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio, the Swift 7 weighs in at less than 2.2 pounds and is <10mm thick. To keep its weight in check, Acer has used a magnesium alloy body. The company also claims the Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world right now, though that’s a record that some other PC OEM will end up breaking sooner than later.
Despite its thin chassis, Acer will ship the Swift 7 with an 8th generation Core i7 processor and up to 16GB RAM. Other specs and pricing details of the Swift 7 will be revealed at a later date.
There’s also the Swift 7 which weighs in at just 990 grams and which Acer claims is the lightest laptop in the world. It features a 15.6-inch display with an 87.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The new Dell Inspiron 7000 and Acer Swift lineup shows that there’s a lot that Apple needs to do. Other PC OEMs are able to churn out laptops with some impressive design and form-factor, while Apple has all but ignored the $999 and lower price point.
The company’s MacBook Air lineup is now too old to compete with any of the newer laptops, with its TN panel display being a major dealbreaker. Then there’s the 12-inch Retina MacBook which continues to use Intel chips which are over two years old and are simply not good enough for any kind of heavy workload.
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