In addition to having a premium-looking aluminum chassis, the Acer Chromebook 714 also features a sleek and professional design that will improve your urbane and professional appearance as you transport this polished gadget from one office meeting to another.

The laptop has undergone MIL-SPEC testing, so if you’re the clumsy kind with butterfingers, you’ll take comfort in knowing that this Chromebook can resist shock and other traumatic hits. The Chromebook is available for purchase today. The Acer Chromebook 714 also features a one-of-a-kind fingerprint scanner, which is uncommon on laptops running Chrome OS.

The display on the Chromebook 714, on the other hand, is dull when compared to that of its competitors. Its speakers, on the other hand, are underwhelming.

The Acer Chromebook 714’s base model, which costs $499, is equipped with a 2.3-GHz Intel Pentium 4417U processor, 8GB of RAM, 32GB of flash memory, and an Intel HD Graphics 610 graphics card.

The device I examined was the $649 variant, which features an Intel Core i3-8130U processor running at 2.2 GHz, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of flash memory, and an Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. In addition, you can get a $799 option, which has an Intel Core i5-8350U CPU running at 1.7 GHz, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage, and an Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU.

Design

Acer Chromebook 714 – Design

When I say that the Acer Chromebook 714 isn’t attempting to impress anyone, I mean it in the best possible manner. A dark-gray chassis made entirely of aluminum conveys the message: “I am a practical-looking Chromebook that is serious about its work; glitter and gold do not create a wonderful laptop!” The Acer logo is located in the center-left of the lid, and a black Chrome logo is located in the top-left corner. The laptop is impervious to fingerprints, which is something I appreciate.

When you open the lid, the interior is filled with even more aluminum deliciousness, which also feels very lovely. With its huge white lettering overlaid on massive black keys, the island-style keyboard is easy to use. The trackpad is bordered by a stylish reflective accent that adds to its appeal.

The side bezels are quite thin, but the top and bottom bezels are substantial in comparison. The webcam is located on the top bezel. The Acer logo is imprinted on the bottom bezel in a subdued silver color that almost disappears into the backdrop.

The Acer Chromebook 714 weighs 3.3 pounds and measures 12.7 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches, making it somewhat heavier than its competitors. These two laptops, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 (3.1 pounds, 12.6 by 8 by 0.6 inches) and the Google Pixelbook Go (2.3 pounds, 12.2 by 8 by 0.5% inch), have significantly lower weights and are slimmer than the competition. Note that the Chromebook 714 retains its mobility, as demonstrated by the fact that it fit comfortably within my daily bag throughout my testing.

Performance

Another minor feature is the 14-inch 1080p screen, which is only marginally better than nothing. Because it is an IPS display, color accuracy and viewing angles are both acceptable. However, it lacks a certain amount of punch, brightness, and vibrancy. It’s not a bad panel by any means. However, it isn’t excellent enough to be a standout element or something you can appreciate on its own merits, either.

Because of the quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, this Chromebook delivers impressive performance. Much more than simply online surfing and media consumption are possible with it as well. On the go, it’s strong enough to do light content development tasks.

If there is a flaw, it is the 128GB eMMC solid-state drive. That is not a setup that is focused on performance. To be sure, Chromebooks are heavily influenced by the concept of cloud storage rather than local storage. Additionally, the USB-C connections enable relatively quick access to external devices. It is, nevertheless, a limitation nonetheless.

Battery life

The Acer Chromebook 714’s battery life is without a doubt one of its most notable assets. During our 720p movie playback test, it maintained its performance for more than 13 hours. Working or viewing the web continuously will deplete the battery more quickly, that is true. However, in this environment, this laptop is capable of lasting a genuine 10-plus hour, indicating that it is a true all-day gadget.

The Acer Chromebook 714 lasted 9 hours and 5 minutes on our battery life test, which consisted of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits while the screen was lit up. This is suitable for a full day’s work or study, but it falls short of the average Chromebook battery duration of 10 hours and 30 minutes (10:01). Both the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 and the Google Pixelbook Go outlasted the Chromebook 714 in terms of runtime, with 9:58 and 11:29 minutes, respectively, in our test.

Pros

  • Unique fingerprint scanner
  • Great performance for multitaskers
  • Military-rated durability
  • Good aluminum chassis
  • Clicky, backlit keyboard

Cons

  • So-so speakers
  • Dim display
  • Slightly dated styling
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