Acer Chromebook 14 Review, Metal Body

Chromebooks are in a quite weird place right now: they are neither full-fledged office laptops, nor gamer ones. The intended target audience for these cheap and low-end laptops running Google’s Chrome OS are average end-users who only use their PCs for browsing and some very light text editing or similar office work. Since the device does not run Windows, the amount of apps and games available are quite limited. The Acer Chromebook 14 is one of these newest budget laptops. Let’s see what the most notable Chromebook manufacturer came up with this time!

Acer Chromebook 14 front

Acer Chromebook 14 – Metal Body Design:

What is immediately noticeable with the Acer Chromebook 14 is its entirely metal body. This chassis is sturdy enough to withstand some minor knocks and is somewhat scratch-resistant too. The lid is made of metals so that part is also strong and durable, and the screen stays at the angle you leave it in. In contrast to the well-made and elegant design of the chassis and associated parts, the keyboard feels to be a letdown: it looks like it was made from cheap plastic, and the keys do not have high travel. However, they are fairly comfortable and easy to use when actually typing. The touchpad is alright for the price: even complex gestures are recognized easily and instantly, unlike in many other Chromebooks. The laptop’s screen size is 14 inch, the device weighs 1.55 kg, and is about 1.7 cm thick; these dimensions are pretty good and make it easy to pack up and carry in your bag.

Acer Chromebook 14 side

Acer Chromebook 14 – Specs and Battery Life:

Since this is a budget laptop, do not expect anything spectacular when it comes to performance. The Acer Chromebook 14 screen size is a full-HD 1920×1080. Regardless of screen resolution, the device comes with a low-end 1.66 to 2.48 (from idle to max speed) GHz Intel Celeron N3160 dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage. This is quite limiting, especially when coupled with the fact that this laptop does not have an SD card slot. It does have two separate USD 3.0 slots and an HDMI for external screens. Battery life is stated to be around 13-14 hours. In reality, 9-11 hours are to be expected, depending on use.

The screen on Acer Chromebook 14 is somewhat disappointing, as the low budget is quite noticeable here: colors are fairly good overall, but the display’s weaknesses come out when watching videos. Some colors seem to be dull and according to some expert tests and measurements, the display can only output 60-65% of the full RGB spectrum, thus, some colors will get lost. This does not impact daily use, but due to this issue, the device is not recommended for heavier photo editing where staying true to color is very important. Audio-wise, the speakers are well-made; they produce clear sounds for a laptop, both during voice calls and loud music.

Acer Chromebook 14 rear

Acer Chromebook 14 – Price:

As the Acer Chromebook 14 is a lower-end budget laptop, it only starts from $299. For this price, you get a reliable Chrome OS-based device that is a bit better and more powerful than its Chromebook competitors.