A few years ago budget Chromebooks is what most people opted for because there were not many higher spec models to choose from. This has all changed recently with some really good high-spec models being released.
So the manufacturers had to release better budget Chromebooks than what we had seen before. The Acer 14 CB514-1HT is one of those models. In fact, it’s the best budget Chromebook you can get your hands on, so let’s get on with the Acer 14 Chromebook review.
ACER 14 BUILD QUALITY
The Acer 14 build quality makes it look a more expensive device than it actually is. This is thanks to the all over aluminium design, which adds a little elegance to this sophisticated looking laptop. If you want a Chromebook that looks the part then you will not be disappointed.
PLEASE NOTE: Acer is well known for launching many laptop versions, which can be extremely confusing. This review is of the Acer 14 CB515-1HT.
The all-over aluminium design makes it a durable Chromebook. For a 14-inch model, the weight isn’t too bad either at 1.50kg. The thickness of just 17mm makes it pretty slim and adds to the overall looks. It has slim bezels on either side of the display, which not only looks good. It also means the chassis is compact for the 14-inch display that is on offer.
The Acer 14 is not a hybrid Chromebook, so you cannot use it as a tablet. However, the display is a touchscreen, which makes it perfect for using Android Apps.
The keyboard is perfectly usable and you can type long essays or novels on the Acer 14 without your fingers getting tired. This is good to see on a budget Chromebook because they’ve been known to offer poor keyboards. It’s definitely not the best keyboard but it’s not the worst either, especially in the budget Chromebook sector. It also has a backlight, which is great if you want to use your Chromebook at night.
ACER 14 PERFORMANCE
The processor used on the Acer 14 is the quad-core Intel Pentium N4200. This is a budget processor, which is what you’d expect from a Chromebook in this price range.
That being said, it’s perfectly capable of everyday tasks such as word processing and internet surfing. It’s capable of 2.4 GHz with a base speed of 1.1 GHz and comes with 2MB cache.
When it comes to Android Apps you’ll find basic Apps run without any problems. However, you’ll also find Android Apps such as 3D games can struggle to perform at times, which makes you instantly realise you’re using a budget Chromebook.
MEMORY & STORAGE
The 4GB of RAM that comes with the Acer 14 works perfectly fine for what this Chromebook was designed for. You’ll have no problems with most tasks and Android Apps will work just fine.
In fact, the 4GB of RAM is not the one that will let you down here. If you ever come across a problem with performance. It will be the processor that is holding your Chromebook back and not the amount of RAM available. The USA model comes with 64GB of storage.
However, the 4GB of RAM does mean you’ll be able to number crunch on a rather large spreadsheet without too many problems. Also, writing a large essay will be absolutely fine on the Acer 14.
The amount of storage at 32GB is the absolute lowest you would want to accept on a Chromebook that supports Android Apps. This is because Android Apps uses your local storage space when installing new apps. We do, however, need to remember this is a budget Chromebook, so the memory and storage on offer aren’t too bad.
ACER 14 DISPLAY
The display on the Acer 14 is one of the reasons why this Chromebook should be on your shortlist. It comes with an IPS panel, which means you get vibrant colours, sharp pictures and great viewing angles.
It also comes with a true Full HD display as the resolution on offer is 1,920 by 1,080. This together with the IPS panel means you get a fantastic image from the Acer 14.
If you’re looking for a budget 14-inch Chromebook then there is only a handful that can compete with the Acer 14. I don’t know about you, but the display is one of the most important factors when choosing a Chromebook. The display on offer here will definitely not disappoint.
Connectivity is an important factor that people often overlook when buying a new Chromebook. It’s important because the connections on offer will help you decide how future proof the Chromebook is.
The Acer 14 comes with two USB 3.0 ports, which is great if you still have old peripherals such as a hard disk that does not support Type-C. It also comes with two Type-C ports, which is great because USB Type-C is up to ten times faster at data transfer than the older USB 3.0.
The Micro SD card reader means you can easily add extra storage at a later date. Adding extra storage using an SD card reader is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of adding extra storage to your Chromebook.
- Intel Pentium 4200 processor
- 2.4 GHz max
- 1.1 GHz base
- 2MB Cache
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB Storage
- Full HD 1,920 x 1,080
- IPS Panel
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB Type – C
- Micro SD slot
- Backlit keyboard
The Acer 14 Chromebook is the best budget Chromebook you can buy today. Sure, the processor means you’re not going to get amazing performance. However, this can be said for every budget Chromebook out there.
It’s got a touchscreen display, which makes it perfect for Android Apps and the backlit keyboard is also a nice touch. It’s got great connectivity with both USB 3.0 and USB Type – C connections making it future proof. You can also increase the storage at a later date by adding an SD Card.
What makes the Acer 14 standout from the rest is the display. It offers Full HD with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and comes with an IPS panel. That means you get fantastic visuals and great viewing angles.
If you’re looking for a budget Chromebook with a great display that also looks the part. Then you will not go far wrong with the Acer 14 CB514-1HT.