Acer Chromebook 14 review: Solid and affordable, with a informed …
September 5, 2017 - chromebook
Chromebooks come in a operation of sizes and configurations these days, including automobile models that double adult as both laptop and tablet. However, Acer’s Chromebook 14 (CB3-431) is a candid device that simply aims to yield a low-cost choice to a normal laptop.
The plea for any Chromebook, of course, is to keep prices low though origination too many compromises. Thankfully, a Chromebook 14 achieves that aim, providing good build peculiarity and connectivity, along with a 14-inch display, during a rarely rival price.
The pattern is frequency original, as a Chromebook 14 shamelessly imitates a pattern of Apple’s MacBook Air — right down to sum such as a recessed keyboard row and a hinge that connects a keyboard and shade panels. The 14-inch arrangement means that a aluminium surrounding is 16mm wider than a 13-inch MacBook Air, though with a dual laptops sitting side by side it’s usually a rather darker shade of grey selected by Acer that unequivocally sets them apart. It’s a satisfactory bit heavier, during 1.7kg, though we can still collect adult a Chromebook 14 and lift it in one palm though too most trouble.
The fact that Acer has managed to yield such an appealing and stout pattern for so small cost — a Chromebook 14 starts during usually over £200 (inc. VAT) with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage — is no meant feat, and positively represents glorious value for money.
The 14-inch arrangement is splendid and clear, with 1,366-by-768 fortitude (112ppi). The colours aren’t utterly as frail and clear as we competence like, suggesting that a contrariety could be improved, though a arrangement is ideally adequate for web browsing, video streaming and elementary request creation. Sound peculiarity is good too, nonetheless not terribly loud, so a set of headphones or outmost speakers will substantially come in accessible from time to time. There’s a 3.5mm headphone hollow for that, along with dual USB 3.0 ports and HDMI for an outmost monitor.
Prices start during usually £210 (inc. VAT; £175 ex. VAT, or $280 in a US) for a indication with an Intel Celeron N3060 regulating during 1.6GHz (up to 2.48GHz in detonate mode), along with a medium 2GB of RAM (4GB in a US) and 16GB peep storage (but usually 9.4GB accessible for users).
That pattern felt ideally manageable for some elementary word estimate and series crunching, though if you’re going to be doing any offline modifying afterwards it competence be correct to step adult to 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for a still-competitive £250 (inc. VAT; £208.33 ex. VAT, or $300 in a US). If we need a small some-more power, Acer offers a Chromebook 14 For Work, that costs $600 with a Core i3 processor and a full-HD fortitude (1,920×1,080) display. This indication isn’t now accessible in a UK, however.
Battery life is really good too, with Acer’s explain of 12 hours from a 3-cell 3,920mAh li-polymer section not being distant off a mark. We got a full 10 hours when regulating a Chromebook 14 to tide video from a BBC iPlayer, for example, and we could substantially widen that a bit serve if you’re doing some offline work with Google Docs or Sheets.
There’s room for improvement, though a multiple of plain build quality, clever battery life and a 14-inch arrangement for request modifying creates a Chromebook 14 glorious value for money.
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