The way Chrome OS is built means that specs aren't quite as important as they would be for an ordinary Windows PC. That said, there are a few things to be aware of with the Acer Chromebook 14.
The Acer Chromebook 14 configuration provided to TechRadar is as follows:
- CPU: 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3160 processor (quad-core, 2MB cache, up to 2.24GHz)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
- Screen: 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display
- Storage: 32GB solid state drive
- Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, headphone jack
- Connectivity: Intel 802.11ac, Bluetooth
- Camera: Built-in webcam
- Weight: 3.42 pounds (1696g)
- Size: 13.4 x 9.3 x 0.67 inches (340mm x 236 x 17mm) (W x D x H)
Specs-wise, the Acer Chromebook 14 is comparable to similarly-priced Chromebook models out there, like the HP Chromebook 14, right down to its Intel Celeron processor. Acer offers a Chromebook 14 model that starts at $279 (about £192 , AU$375), but a model with the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and more powerful quad-core Celeron processor costs only $20 (about £13 UK, AU$27) more.
Compared to Windows notebooks, the 32GB of storage is tiny, but it's a decent amount when compared to other Chromebooks, which often come with only 16GB of storage. The lack of an SD card slot means that you can't add more storage down the road, though.
Depending on your usage patterns, this may not be a big deal: storage space is less of an issue on web-centric Chromebooks than it is with a typical Windows PC or Mac.
In regular usage – such as streaming music, browsing the web, watching YouTube videos and writing this review, the Acer Chromebook feels plenty responsive, even though its 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3160 is hardly a powerhouse by modern PC standards.
Video playback was hit-and-miss, though: I noticed stuttering and dropped frames while watching 1080p HD video, an issue I also noted with the HP Chromebook 14.
Here's how the Acer Chromebook 14 fared in our suite of benchmark tests:
- Mozilla Kraken 1.1: 3958ms
- Octane 2.0: 8228
- JetStream 1.1: 47.312
- TechRadar Battery Test (movie test): 9 hours, 2 minutes
These benchmark results place the Acer Chromebook 14 right there with other lower-end, Celeron-based Chromebooks. The Kraken benchmark score of 3958 milliseconds is roughly on par with that of the similarly-specced HP Chromebook 14.
It lags well behind that of the more powerful – and more expensive – Dell Chromebook 13, however, which scored 2139 milliseconds on the Kraken test (lower scores are better), and 13,795 on the Octane test (higher scores are better).
How big an issue the Acer Chromebook 14's relatively slow performance is depends on how you use it. If all you're doing is working in Google Docs, browsing the web and so forth, you'll probably be just fine with this notebook.
If you're watching a lot of HD video or performing more advanced tasks – like performing frequent image editing in a tool like Pixlr Editor – maybe you'll want to spring for a more powerful Chromebook.
Solid battery life
And, if you're not a super demanding user, you should be pretty happy with the Acer Chromebook 14's battery life. In TechRadar's Chromebook battery test – in which we play an HD video continuously until the battery calls it quits – the Acer Chromebook 14 managed a runtime of about 9 hours and 2 minutes (screen set at 50%brightness).
While that's a few hours short of the 12 hours of run time that Acer promotes, and well behind the Dell Chromebook 13's 14 and a half hours, it's still longer than day's worth of work. In my hands-on time, the battery paces for closer to 7 hours with the screen at about 65% brightness.
Put another way, this Chromebook should be able to make it through most of your workday without a charge, but you may want to pack the power adapter, just in case.
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Daniel W. Addison (Nov 8, 2018) on Amazon
What a great value. I do all the basics plus some. Google has it down! Thanks
Amazon Customer (Oct 27, 2018) on Amazon
i like its great thank you
Sealands (Oct 2, 2018) on Amazon
Like: weighs about 2.5lbs, easy to carry in backpack without need of additional case/sleeve, runs cool, long battery, matte screen so no reflections of people in lecture hall/classWhat I use laptop for: primarily taking pictures of my textbooks and notes. Most of what i do are on the web so this laptop fits my current needs.Chrome OS: it took the laptop about 30mins to update but it updated to the current Chrome OS 69.0.3497.95. I did not encounter any issues with web store apps as stated by others.CPU: the cpu is faster than Celeron N3350 which are found on current chromebooks in this price range.Dislike: 1366x768 screen resolution & non back-lit keyboard. Since im reading my textbooks so it is okay. This laptop not for entertainment.Overall: the laptop looks great, feels sturdy. I'm happy with my purchase.
Chris Franson-Wright (Feb 22, 2020) on Amazon
Fast and smooth. It was time for an update.
Amazon Customer (Dec 10, 2019) on Amazon
Great value and very easy and quick to uae
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Amazon Customer (Aug 25, 2018) on Amazon
superb chromebook, great with stremings videos in HD.faster processing time. light weight
Speedbyrd (Jul 27, 2018) on Amazon
Glad I switched to Chrome! This is a great laptop with fast performance and stability. Simple to use yet fully functional, this highpowered system does all I want it to and more. The best part is I was able to install my favorite Android apps which work fine (except the Kindle app). Now my phone and laptop almost mirror each other so transitioning is easy. Very clear 1080 HD display which can be adjusted for better viewing. If you're Google oriented, this is for you.
Angel Doss (Jun 20, 2018) on Amazon
Love, Love, Love my laptop. it's fast!
Zac A (May 1, 2018) on Amazon
One of the best Chromebooks you can buy, sturdy construction, nice screen, plenty fast.
Acer Chromebook Spin 713: the Chromebook to buy
Several Chromebooks came out this year vying to become the best “premium” Chromebook of 2020. Two big factors set Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 apart from the rest.
The first is its 3:2 display. Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook, Asus’ Chromebook Flip C436, and many of last year’s top contenders like the Pixelbook Go all used a 16:9 aspect ratio — a more square 3:2 screen is taller and gives you significantly more vertical space.
The second is the price. The Spin 713 starts at $629 (and has been on sale for $529 already). That’s fairly midrange as Chromebooks go, but it significantly undercuts some competitors from Samsung, Google, and Asus. By unveiling the Galaxy and the C436 at CES 2020, the companies essentially posed the question: can a Chromebook be worth $1,000?
The existence of the Spin 713 says that the answer to that question is no (for now). It’s not a perfect Chromebook, but it offers similar specs and performance benefits to those high-end competitors at a much lower cost. There’s no other way to say it: this is the best Chromebook I’ve used this year.
- Excellent 3:2 screen
- Good keyboard
- Great port selection with HDMI
- Performance and battery on par with more expensive competitors
- Bad speakers
- No fingerprint sensor
- Utilitarian design
Buy for $629.00 from Best Buy
Almost every feature of the 713 is excellent. The keyboard is one of the best keyboards I’ve ever used on a Chromebook, with a smooth and comfortable texture, decent travel, backlighting, and a satisfying but quiet click. The port selection means you’re unlikely to need a dongle: there are two USB-C ports, a USB-A, a headphone jack, a microSD slot, and something you don’t see on thin Chromebooks every day: HDMI. The Gorilla Glass trackpad is quite smooth and has no issues with palm rejection (though it’s a slightly stiffer click than some of the best touchpads out there).
A few corners have been cut, but the fact that they’re even worth mentioning is a testament to how excellent this laptop is. For one, there’s no biometric login — fingerprint or facial — which is a feature that Samsung and Asus have both built into their devices. The downward-firing stereo speakers are also not great. The music was tinny and even at maximum volume was just barely loud enough to be heard from across my living room.
USB-C and HDMI on the right.
But the main drawback is the design — and again, by “drawback,” I really mean “aspect that’s not quite as exceptional as everything else.” The Spin’s chassis isn’t necessarily ugly, but I’d call it utilitarian. It’s on the bulky side at 3.02 pounds. (Holster the pitchforks — I know that’s not heavy in the grand scheme of laptops, but it’s noticeably heavier than the Galaxy and the Go.) There’s a shiny aluminum lid and a plastic keyboard deck, and it’s all a sort of drab gray color. And there’s a clunky bottom bezel with a large Acer logo that dates the screen a bit. Again, the 713 isn’t an eyesore, but it’s not what I’d call stylish: It just looks like something I might expect to see on a school laptop cart.
The upside of that is that this Chromebook is quite sturdy. I was afraid of putting the Galaxy down too hard on my desk while I was testing it, but I would be quite comfortable battering the Spin around in my backpack all day. There’s very little flex in the keyboard and screen. Acer says it’s able to survive drops of up to 48 inches and downward force of up to 132 pounds. I didn’t test those claims, but I’d believe it.
But the absolute highlight of this Chromebook, as I mentioned earlier, is the display. If you’ve been using a 16:9 display your whole life and you try a 3:2, you’ll probably never want to go back. You get noticeably more vertical screen space, and I could comfortably stack windows side by side without ever having to zoom out.
Aspect ratio aside, the 713’s touch display is gorgeous, delivering a sharp picture and vibrant, accurate colors. Side-by-side, it actually looked better than the MacBook Pro’s screen: I would say it’s not too far from the screen of the Galaxy Chromebook, which was one of the company’s primary justifications for its $1,000 price tag. The only thing to note is that the Spin’s screen is glossy, and I did experience some glare when using it in direct sunlight.
The Spin 713 carries Intel’s Project Athena label, which is meant to certify that the laptop’s performance and battery life are up to Intel’s standards. A host of higher-end 2020 Chromebooks, including the Galaxy and the C436, have earned this distinction but have still yielded disappointing battery life results. I’m relieved to say that the Spin 713 delivers comparable performance to those devices without that drawback. I got eight and a half hours with my usual load of around a dozen Chrome tabs and apps at 50 percent brightness. It also charges quickly, juicing from zero to 35 percent in 30 minutes.
The model I tested, which costs $629, has a Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. (You can configure it with an i3 or an i7, and can jump up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as well.)
I didn’t encounter any performance issues with that system when I ran it through my daily load of office work, which included bouncing between 10–12 Chrome tabs and spreadsheets, Slack, Twitter, Spotify, streaming, and occasional photo editing. It’s a load that has given weaker systems (like Lenovo’s $279 Chromebook Duet) some trouble. Everything was smooth and stable, with nothing freezing or randomly quitting. The fans (this Chromebook contains fans, unlike the Galaxy and the Go) did an excellent job of cooling the chassis, and I never once heard them.
This configuration worked so well that I’m comfortable saying the i7 model is really best for developers and other power users who are coding or running desktop Linux applications. Everyone else can stick with the Core i5 model and save the cash.
The 713 supports all the latest Android apps, which are in varying stages of development for Chrome OS. Some are still just blown-up versions of their Android counterparts, which makes them hit-or-miss on a laptop screen. (Slack, for example, is somewhat glitchy and crashed a couple times, and you can’t highlight in the Google Docs app without physically holding down and dragging the cursor, as you would on a phone screen.) This isn’t the worst problem for an operating system to have — these apps have fine browser counterparts — but it does mean there’s something of a learning curve to figuring out where you’ll use what. Other apps, on the other hand, have adapted well to Chrome OS over the years; Spotify now has a nice laptop interface, for example.
Apps aside, Chrome OS as a whole ran smoothly and looked great on this system. There’s a nice tablet mode that uses Android-esque gesture controls as well.
If you’re deciding between the Spin 713 and the $1,000 Galaxy Chromebook or the $849 i5 model of the Pixelbook Go, I would say you need a pretty good reason not to choose the Spin.
Specifically, if you’re looking for a laptop for everyday multitasking, office work, and streaming, and you’re going to shell out an extra couple hundred for those devices, what you’re really paying for is design. That’s the primary department where both of those computers, despite other drawbacks, are top of their class (and one where the 713 is very much not). You’ll want the Galaxy if your top priority is a bold look that turns heads and the Pixelbook if you need a sleek and elegant vibe. If those aren’t your top priorities and you just want a good Chromebook, don’t bother with those and just get the Spin.
The more interesting comparison is to Asus’ Chromebook Flip C434, which offers less powerful specs (a Core M3 instead of an i5 and 64GB of storage rather than 128GB) for a slightly lower price ($599 for the model with 8GB of RAM). The C434 also has a 3.3-pound aluminum chassis and the same port selection minus the HDMI, but small bezels give it a more premium look.
To a certain extent, the best choice comes down to your preferences. But if you’re stuck between the two, I think the 713 is worth buying for the screen alone. The 3:2 panel is a game-changer, and the extra storage, standout keyboard, and HDMI port are icing on the cake. Personally, I would pay a bit more.
In short, some people thought 2020 might be the year of the premium Chromebook, the year companies proved that it was worth paying $1,000 for a nice Chrome OS device. The Spin 713 shows that, for the majority of us, it’s still not. 2020’s best Chromebook doesn’t look like a fancy, flashy, high-end machine — it looks like this.
Photography by Monica Chin / The Verge
Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ 11.6-Inch Laptop (Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor,2 GB RAM,16 GB Solid State Drive,Chrome), White
All Day Productivity
With a long-lasting battery life, the Chromebook 11 keeps the full Chrome OS experience at your fingertips. Up to 9 hours of battery life helps you power through both work and play. With more battery life and mobility than competitors, you can extend your productivity and enjoy life on-the-go.
Included in its sleek design, I/O ports are included directly in the slim profile of the Acer Chromebook 11. The Chromebook comes with a USB 3.0 port to help you share and send data faster than ever and all files will automatically appear in Acerâs new Files app 'USB Drive', so data is always at your fingertips.
Store and access your photos, music, videos, documents and more from anywhere with Google Drive. Itâs simple, and all your files are backed up automatically online, safely and securely. Plus enjoy 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.
Chromebooks come with popular Google apps built in: Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. So you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box. Create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings with apps like Google Docs, Zoho and SlideRocket. Enjoy full screen video chats with up to nine friends using Google+ Hangouts. Don't have WiFi access? Use the offline versions of Google apps when Wi-Fi isnât available and your information will automatically sync when youâre back online.
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Acer's new Chromebook Spin 514 features a fanless design and improved webcam
As part of its usual autumn laptop refresh, Acer is announcing a host of new Chromebook today that'll roll out in the coming months. There are four models being refreshed today: the Chromebook Spin 514, Chromebook 515, Chromebook 514, and Chromebook Spin 314. That's a lot of product names, but Spin devices can flip around with a 360-degree hinge, and the last two digits denote the screen size. That should hopefully ground you as we go through these new models.
Most interesting is probably the Spin 514 (pictured above), which combines a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen that has minimal bezels with Intel's 11th-generation Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. This laptop has no fans, which means these probably aren't the highest-powered versions of Intel's chips, but they should still provide solid performance for Chrome OS. Acer also put some focus on the webcam, a wise choice given how we're all still stuck on videos calls for the foreseeable future. It's a 1080p camera with a blue glass filter and new noise-reduction technology to remove things like light flares. We'll have to see how this works in practice, but given how many laptops have entirely mediocre webcams, any improvements here will be welcome.
Gallery: Acer fall 2021 Chromebook lineup | 13 Photos
Other specs include up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, Intel Iris Xe graphics and 10 hours of battery life. The Spin 514 weighs in at 3 pounds, so it's not going to be the lightest thing to use in tablet mode, but otherwise it sounds like it'll be a very good Chromebook — it also simply looks nice and well-built, at least as far as I can tell from these images. And Acer has a solid track record of making very good Chromebooks, so hopefully that'll continue here. The Spin 514 is expected to arrive in the US in January and starts at $700.
Acer's Chromebook 515 (which comes in consumer and enterprise editions) has similar specs to the Spin 514, though it has a larger 15.6-inch display. Given the large size, this laptop isn't a convertible, which is probably a smart move. For a 15-inch laptop, though, it's pretty light — only 3.75 pounds. It comes with the same 11th-generation processor options as the Spin 514, though it also has a budget Pentium Gold option (paired with Intel's UHD graphics rather than the Iris Xe). The Chromebook 515 will initially be available in Europe this month for €499; the Enterprise version will come to the US in January 2022 starting at $640.
Acer has a few less expensive Chromebooks coming out, as well. The Chromebook Spin 314 starts at $500 and arrives in the US in November. For that price, you'll get a 14-inch screen with an unfortunate 1,366 x 768 resolution, which is pretty unacceptable in the year 2021. It also features budget processors in the form of Intel's Pentium Gold or two Celeron options and has a 360-degree hinge, as the name implies. More intriguing is the Chromebook 514, which pairs a 14-inch, 1080p display with MediaTek's 8-core Kompanio 828 processor and 8GB of RAM. We haven't tested a MediaTek Chromebook in a while, so we can't say for sure how it'll perform yet. But Acer is promising 15 hours of battery life, and the laptop weighs less than 3 pounds, so it does have some potential as a budget Chromebook (the 514 will cost $400 when it is released in December).
The best Acer Chromebook for your needs and budget
As it goes with anything, finding the best Acer Chromebook isn’t as easy as it seems. Multiple factors come into play when finding the best option for your own needs and budget. Today we’ll help you make the right decision for your next computer by showing you a list of our very favorite ones.
The best Acer Chromebook models:
- Acer Chromebook Spin 13
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713
- Acer Chromebook Spin 513
- Acer Chromebook 311 Touch
Editor’s note: We will update this list as more Acer Chromebooks are released.
What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are computers that run Google’s Chrome OS operating system. This is a straightforward web-based operating system made for those who use their computers mostly for browsing. It uses the Chrome browser as its backbone, adapting its abilities to a desktop-like user interface that makes it feel like a traditional desktop PC.
Chrome OS has advanced its offline capabilities since its inception. They became especially more capable when Google gave Chrome OS support for Android applications, giving users access to a huge library of applications, services, and offline features. For an in-depth explanation of Chrome OS, its pros, and its cons, check the link below.
Buyer’s guide:What is a Chromebook, what can and can’t it do?
Why go with Acer?
Founded in 1976, Acer has positioned itself as one of the leading computer brands in the industry. It has a 5.9% market share as of 2021’s first quarter. Though that may seem like a small number, Acer continues to be one of Google’s best Chrome OS partners. Their laptops offer clean designs, good performance, and their latest offerings can be very impressive, even for demanding users.
1. Acer Chromebook Spin 13: The best high-end option
If you really want to know which is the best of the best Acer Chromebooks, this is it. The Spin 13 features an aluminum design, making it both sturdier and more stylish than plastic alternatives. It also has specs that will make high-end Windows/macOS laptops jealous. The Chromebook Spin 13 has an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a stunning 13.5-inch 2,256 x 1,504 display. The keyboard is backlit, there’s an included stylus, and it has a touchscreen. It’s a pricey computer, though.
If you aren’t too picky about specs, you can opt for a more affordable version with a lesser processor and/or less RAM.
2. Acer Chromebook Spin 713: High-end runner-up
Here’s another high-end laptop for those who want great performance and design without going overkill. The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 features a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It also sports a metal chassis and a 13.5-inch 2K display.
More:Here are the best new Chromebooks you can find
This is still expensive for a Chrome OS laptop, but it’s definitely one of the best Acer Chromebooks around, and the specs justify the price. And it’s not nearly as pricey as the Spin 13 listed above.
3. Acer Chromebook Spin 513: The mid-ranger
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The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is a great device for those who want a great experience without paying too much money. The device is built very well and still benefits from a convertible design and a touchscreen. Specs aren’t the best, but they’re better than what you see in affordable Chromebooks. The better version features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 13.3-inch FHD IPS display. You can also get a slightly cheaper variation with a Qualcomm Kyro 468. The keyboard is backlit too, which is a nice sign that this laptop is more than your budget Chromebook.
4. Acer Chromebook 311 Touch: For the portability buffs
Need something smaller? The Acer Chromebook 311 Touch will do the trick thanks to the 11.6-inch display and much smaller profile. It helps that it’s also a much more affordable Chromebook. The specs found inside aren’t as impressive, but this laptop is one of the best options for those who want something they can carry around more easily.
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1. Testing conducted by Acer using Google Chrome OS power_LoadTest. Battery life will vary and the maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/testing/power-testing for test details.
2 802.11ac 2x2 160 MHz enables 1733 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, 2x faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 80 MHz (867 Mbps) and nearly 12x faster than baseline 1x1 BGN (150 Mbps) Wi-Fi as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and requires the use of similarly configured 802.11ac wireless network routers or better. To achieve Gigabit wireless speeds, the network requires a wireless router/access point that supports 160 MHz channels.
3 Starting from 2021, availability of the MicroSD Card Reader feature on this Chromebook device may vary depending on model and/or region.
* MIL-STD 810G/H is a testing protocol conducted in controlled settings and does not guarantee future performance in all situations. Do not attempt to simulate these tests, as damage resulting from this will not be covered by Acer's standard warranty.
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