Acer Chromebook 14 Review – Right on the Money

What is the Acer Chromebook 14? Well, in the simplest of explanations, it’s no MacBook AIr, despite it looking like one. However, once you get passed the Apple-esque design of its casing, you will be able to experience a Chromebook that is put together really well, which does make many budget-hunters very happy. Do note, however, that it does not have the fastest processor on the planet, but what it makes up for a slower processing speed are a larger screen and a better-than-average battery life.

Acer Chromebook 14 Review - Right on the Money

The Acer Chromebook 14 Promotes a Larger Screen Real Estate and Better Battery Life

When it comes to its layout and design, the Acer Chromebook 14 does look incredibly similar with that of Apple’s own MacBook Air. It has sharp edges while having round corners, and overall it looks very stylish. There is also an integrated keyboard tray that makes the device look far more expensive than it actually is. Add the fact that it contains many metallic pieces found in its light-gray chassis, and you might even mistake it for a high-end machine.

However, those good looks don’t come in combination with light weight, because the Chromebook 14 weighs almost 1.7-kilograms. This means that carrying it around inside your backpack will let you feel its weight after a while. This is the price you have to pay for a machine with a larger screen. Nevertheless, this is still a worthy compromise. After all, you won’t be carrying this around wherever you go for days, unless you’re the type of individual who is a power Chromebook user. Furthermore, the notebook comes with a thickness of only 1.8-centimeters.

This particular unit also has no shortage of connectivity options as it packs two USB 3.0 ports and a full-sized HDMI connector found on the left side of the unit, and the right has the power connector and a combination of 3.5-millimeter jacks for your headsets.

While you can gawk at its exteriors the entire day, turn on the display and it will leave more to be desired. The 1,366 x 768 resolution on the screen is poor, and it only covers 52-percent of the sRGB color gamut. In other words, color contrast is not very satisfactory. As for the maximum brightness, it is pretty much so-so, but the screen is covered with a matte coating so using the device outdoors won’t be an issue.

Performance on the Acer Chromebook 14 is what you would expect from such a device, and you won’t find it to be incredibly fast. But the processing speeds are pretty decent for such a device and within its price point. The battery life, on the other hand, is exceptionally good as it will give you 9 to 10-hours of continuous use. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly Chromebook that doesn’t look like an inexpensive model, then gaze your eyes (and your wallet) upon this.


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