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Acer Chromebook Spin 714: The Premium Chromebook to Beat


Acer had among the finest Chromebooks obtainable in 2021 with the Spin 713, and now it is repeated that success with the Chromebook Spin 714. The premium two-in-one would not stray removed from its predecessor by way of what it presents, however Acer did make some adjustments to maintain it aggressive. And whereas HP’s Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is a notch above the Spin 714 in design and options, the Acer is a significantly better worth and it barely outperformed the HP, too, which is why it landed our Editors’ Alternative award. 

Like

  • Nice efficiency, lengthy battery life
  • Dockable USI stylus
  • 1080p webcam
  • Sturdy construct

Do not Like

  • Small touchpad
  • No microSD slot

For the Spin 714, Acer moved from a 13.5-inch, 2,256×1,504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 facet ratio to a 16:10 14-inch, 1,920×1,200-pixel touchscreen. It is a decrease decision however this time round it has 100% sRGB shade gamut protection. The show within reason vibrant, too, although you may nonetheless be combating reflections open air. 

Though I desire the three:2 facet for productiveness and stylus use, the 714’s show nonetheless offers you further vertical area to work in comparison with a 16:9 widescreen, and it feels extra balanced general, slipping extra simply right into a backpack. And for individuals who do wish to use this for note-taking, sketching out a floorplan or utilizing it as a digital whiteboard, Acer tucked a slim USI stylus underneath the front-left fringe of this Chromebook. 

Close-up of the Acer Chromebook Spin 714's dockable stylus sticking out from the dock on the bottom of the device.

The stylus prices in its dock; a 15-minute cost powers it for 240 minutes. 


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The Spin 714 is focused at hybrid employees, college students and lecturers and anybody on the lookout for a extra highly effective Chromebook for productiveness. As such, it is not probably the most attention-grabbing design, however it’s constructed harder than less-expensive fashions. The show is roofed in antimicrobial Gorilla Glass for added sturdiness and the bolstered aluminum physique is Mil-Spec examined (MIL-STD-810H) for defense from minor drops, vibration, rain, mud, excessive and low temperatures and humidity. The bolstered physique may be no less than partially accountable for its 3-pound weight, which is barely heavy in comparison with smaller, less-expensive Chromebooks. 

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (CP714-1WN)

Value as reviewed $729
Show measurement/decision 14-inch, 1,920×1,200 contact show
CPU 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-1235U
Reminiscence ‎8GB LPDDR4X
Storage 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD
Connections Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (x2), USB-A, HDMI 2.0 out, 3.5mm combo audio jack
Networking Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2
Working system ChromeOS/Android 11
AUE June 2030

The configuration I examined is at the moment the one mannequin obtainable and is priced at $729 however is recurrently discounted. It’s not but obtainable within the UK or Australia, however the worth converts to roughly £640 or AU$1,090. When it launched in Might, Acer mentioned a higher-end configuration was anticipated to be obtainable that includes as much as an Intel Core i7-1260P, as much as 16GB of RAM and as much as a 512GB PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD however that is not obtainable but. For many customers, although, the configuration I examined will probably be greater than sufficient. 

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) in tablet mode, side view

The Spin 714 is a bit thick to carry in pill mode however is ok on a desk or lap.


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The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is Intel Evo verified, which implies it meets sure requirements for efficiency, battery life (as much as 10 hours on this case), responsiveness, and wi-fi and wired connections, amongst different issues. The Spin 714 confirmed no indicators of slowing down underneath common productiveness use — Microsoft Workplace PWAs, Chrome, Slack, primary photograph enhancing with Photoshop Specific — in addition to leisure like cloud and Android gaming and streaming video. Battery life on our streaming video take a look at was nice, too, lasting 13 hours, 38 minutes.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714's keyboard and small touchpad on wooden background.

Comfy backlit keyboard. Tiny touchpad.


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Rounding out the top-flight options are Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, twin Thunderbolt 4 ports (one on both sides for handy charging and docking), a cushty backlit keyboard and a full-HD webcam with a privateness shutter. The webcam and the audio system are significantly better than you’d discover on a typical Chromebook, so when you spend quite a lot of time on Zoom, Groups and Meet, you may be proud of what’s in-built right here. And the followers stayed whisper-quiet, even underneath load. Actually the one disappointment is the touchpad and that is merely due to its measurement. It performs simply positive, however it’s oddly small. 

In the meanwhile, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is among the greatest productiveness Chromebooks obtainable. It may be a bit buttoned-up so far as its general design goes, however it’s made for sturdiness. In any other case, you are getting nice efficiency and battery life, a very good show, a dockable stylus and powerful connectivity and conferencing options. It is even obtainable at an affordable worth when you get it on sale. However not everybody wants all of this in a Chromebook, and there are extra inexpensive choices on our record of the very best Chromebooks. That features Acer’s Chromebook Spin 513, which is a fanless model of the Spin 713 with the identical 13.5-inch, 2,256×1,504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 facet ratio.

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