Acer Chrome Book 14 is far from being a MacBook Air, though they look similar. Looking past an Apple-aping design you will encounter an amazing piece of devising put together by Acer which is a great value Chromebook that is sure to make buyers on a budget very excited and fulfilled. It might not be the fastest computer in the world in terms of processor, however, its large screen and long-lasting battery life make up a great deal of whatever it may lack couple with the fact that it is very affordable for buyers which are on a budget.
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The model I got is the cheapest one, at about $250, which has 4GB of RAM and a 1,366 x 768-pixel screen. Above this model is a model that nets you a full HD screen and 4GB of RAM. The price difference is significant, but if you value quality more than the price and you are financially stable and upgrading will probably be worth it for that extra screen fidelity and memory.
In the category of layout and design, the Acer Chromebook 14 looks very similar to the MacBook Air. Stylish, sharp edges, rounded corners, and an integrated keyboard design make the Chromebook 14 look far more expensive than its real price.
Meanwhile, the lid has a brushed-metallic coating that doesn’t really fit the other parts of the machine; it looks cheap. Above all, this is a great and well design laptop for the price.
The beauty of the machine doesn’t come in combination with a lightweight, however; it weights not more than 1.7kg. This is as a result of its large screen. There is no shortage of ports on the Chromebook 14. Acer includes two USB 3.0 ports and a full-sized HDMI connector on the left, which functions well. Also on the right side of the laptop, we have the power connector and a combination 3.5mm jack for a headset.
An additional USB 3.0 port located on the right side would have been more effective in avoiding the left side of being too crowded with activities when plugging peripherals. Nevertheless, this remains a brilliant selection and it is as good as it gets for a Chromebook.
The keyboard well design with soft keys are fast responding and are made in a not particularly-crispy with the keys featuring stuck-on letters, numbers, and symbols, rather than those of different varieties. This entails a possibility that it might wear out over a period of time. However, it is common for most laptops of that price range.
The smooth operation of the keyboard as I worked with it for long with it without encountering any difficulty or issue. The touchpad is brilliant and very sensitive responding to two-fingered in exactly the way one will expect it to. The click action is very responsive and doesn’t ping the cursor around the screen. Clicking and dragging objects around the screen was smooth.
You start encountering problems when you start pushing the Chromebook 14 too hard, in which case it starts to stutter. But this occurs only when you get too ambitious and impatient with your browser tab opening habits.
With its standard, the Chromebook 14’s 1,366 x 768-pixel screen is poor. It uses only 52% of the SRGB color gamut, making it a screen that lacks vibrancy. The laptops contract has been rated at just 339:1 due to slightly black levels of 0.60 nits. Its maximum brightness can be experienced at 236 nits, and due to the matte coating of the screen. It is an OK feature to have when using this device in the bright sunlight outside, but not much of use inside. You will experience a fair amount of color shift when you move off-center. However, there is no point at which the screen is unclear. The best feature of the screen is to lie completely flat. This makes it easy to work with your laptop on the bed in suitable positions.
Acer Chromebook 14 has a low-power Intel Celeron N3060. Which is a dual-core chip running between 1.6HZ and 2.48GHZ, depending on thermal conditions. It does not have a cooling fan, so it runs silently. The processor is known to be supported by 2 GB RAM, which is not enough to run activities in this modern computer age since it is difficult to run smoothly about 5 media-heavy browser tabs open at once.
One area of this device that cannot be faulted is its wireless connectivity: it has the latest 802.11 Ac Wi-Fi on board. This means faster and more reliable connections and during my time of usage, I have not experienced any problems with weak signals.
If you are familiar with windows, Chrome OS will be a bit of new to you. The OS is a web browser and has about 32G of memory, so you will be relying on cloud services a lot. There are several applications you will want to download and are all browser -based. This is going to change soon since the introduction of Android apps on Chrome OS but has not yet been installed on most Chromebooks.
If you are planning to start working on Google drive or any other cloud services such as Office365, you will excel with Chrome OS. Google drive is the most preferred at the moment since it has a Chrome OS plug-in that allows you to edit your documents while you are offline. It is advisable to spend more time near a wireless connection.
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Acer Chromebook 14 offers the best performance and better than any laptop you can purchase at this price range with an excellent battery life that can last for a long period of time, great build quality and adequate performance for most operations. It makes a great laptop for basic work tasks but lacks other uses because it’s so heavily browser-based.
- Price is just right
- Works well in daily use
- Battery life
- You can't play with this laptop
- The whole PC is browser based
- Very limited memory
Specification: Acer Chromebook 14 review