If you’re looking to buy a Chromebook in 2020 one thing you’ll notice is you have a lot more choice compared to what was available just a couple of years ago. This is great news for anyone on the lookout for a laptop running the Chrome OS operating system.
One manufacturer who makes pretty decent Chromebooks is Acer. They’ve been providing us with some great Chromebooks over the last few years. This includes budget Chromebooks like the Acer 14 CB514-1HT and the newer Acer Chromebook 314 CB314. The latter of these two has only been recently released, and if you are on the lookout for a budget laptop you’ll not go far wrong with the Acer 314.
It’s not just budget Chromebooks because Acer also makes some great high-spec laptops such as the Acer 713. The Acer 713 is one of the best Chrome OS devices you can buy in 2020, which is why it made the number two position in my Top Ten Chromebooks in 2020.
So even looking at the Chromebooks available from Acer alone. The Acer 714 has a lot to live up to. The question is should you be considering the Acer 714 for your next laptop? Well, let’s find out in this Acer 714 Chromebook review.
I really like a Chromebook that looks smart and sophisticated and this is just what you get with the Acer 714. This is thanks to the all over aluminium body, which just screams class. If you’re after a laptop that looks premium then you’ll not go far wrong here.
It’s just 18mm thin, which is really nice to see as big bulky laptops are a nightmare to carry around with you. It weighs in at 1.5kg / 3.307lbs, so it’s not the lightest laptop out there, but it certainly isn’t too heavy either.
I’ve noticed a lot of websites suggest this is a touchscreen laptop. I can tell you now the Acer 714 CB714-1W does not have a touchscreen, so if you’re after a touchscreen Chromebook you’ll need to look elsewhere. Maybe take a look at the HP x 360 14c or the Asus C434. Both of these come with a touchscreen and are fantastic mid-range laptops.
Being that the Acer 714 does not support a touchscreen also means you’re getting just a laptop. What I mean by that it’s not a Hybrid 2-in-1 Chromebook where you can spin the display, which turns it into a tablet. I’m not overly convinced a 2-in-1 is necessary. That being said, I’m pretty convinced a touchscreen is necessary when buying a Chromebook. For most of us anyway.
If you’re looking for a laptop for work and you’ll not be using Android apps. Then this laptop will be fine without a touchscreen. However, if you want to take full advantage of what Chrome OS offers, which is having access to hundreds and thousands of Android Apps. Then I’d be looking for a laptop with touchscreen capability.
ACER 714 PERFORMANCE
When it comes to performance you’ll be pleased with what is on offer. Considering Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system. You don’t necessarily need a really high performing processor.
There are a few different configurations available but the most popular comes with an Intel i3 eight-generation processor. A dual-core processor with a base speed of 2.2 GHz but is capable of turbo boost speeds of 3.4 GHz for when that extra power is needed.
On top of that, it comes with a 4MB cache, which is great for making regular processes even faster. If you’re looking for a Chromebook to surf the internet, stream HD movies, word processing or spreadsheets. Then you’ll have no problem with the processor on offer here.
This is the same if you’re considering using advanced Android apps, but remember this laptop does not have a touchscreen, so Android apps are not going to be that great to use. You’ll also have no issues if you’re considering playing games on your Chromebook using services such as Stadia or Nvidia GeForce Now.
RAM & STORAGE
The Acer 714 can certainly perform and this isn’t just to do with the processor. The 8GB of RAM, which comes with the laptop as standard is excellent to see. RAM has a big part to play when it comes to performance and the 8GB on offer together with the Intel i3 processor means you’ll experience blazing fast speeds.
It also means this Chromebook is pretty future proof when it comes to the RAM. It’s not only more than enough for what you need now. It’s also enough RAM for what you’ll need in a few years from now.
It’s the same with the storage. There was a time when storage on a Chromebook was not too important. Since the launch of Android Apps, this has changed because these install locally on your computer.
The 128GB of storage, which comes with the Acer 714 is more than enough. You’ll have no problems installing plenty of Android apps and still have plenty of storage leftover. You should, however, try to avoid storing too many files locally because these should be saved in the cloud using Google Drive. One of the issues of storing files locally on your Chromebook.
ACER 714 DISPLAY
When you’re buying a laptop there are a lot of things that you need to consider. Sure, the build quality and performance are really important. The display though is one of the most important because this is what you’ll be staring at all day.
Luckily, the Acer 714 comes with a pretty decent display. The 14-inch display with Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 will be pleasing to the eye.
This is helped by the IPS panel used, which means whether you’re viewing the display directly on or at an angle; the display quality will not deteriorate. This is really important because some cheaper laptops without an IPS panel can look awful.
The only thing that lets down the Acer 714 is not being a touchscreen. To take full advantage of what Chrome OS offers a touchscreen is essential. There is no point in having access to Android apps if you can’t interact with the display. Sure, a lot of Android apps work without the need for a touchscreen, but a lot of them don’t.
If you’re looking for a laptop for mainly internet surfing, word processing or spreadsheet work. Then you may not be too bothered about having a touchscreen. If this is the case then I would not be put off. However, if the idea of using Android apps is appealing. I’d seriously consider whether this is the laptop for you.
The Acer 714 comes with a fingerprint scanner. This can be really useful because it allows you to bypass having to enter a password on each occasion. If you’ve closed your Chromebook down completely you’ll need to enter your password to access your laptop.
The fingerprint scanner is useful once you’ve powered-up your Chromebook and entered the password. If the laptop locks throughout the day, you can use the fingerprint scanner instead of having to type your password again. This can save a lot of time if you spend time away from your laptop regularly throughout the day.
All Chromebooks are known for having a decent battery life. Compared to a laptop running Microsoft Windows the battery life you get from a Chrome OS device is superior.
All Chrome OS laptops vary when it comes to battery life. The Acer 714 boasts up to 12 hours of juice from a single charge. That is really impressive, but in reality, you’ll most likely get about 10 hours.
It depends on what you’ll be using your Chromebook for. If you’ll be internet surfing most of the time it should be closer to the 12 hours. However, if you’re intending on using a lot of Android apps and streaming HD moves, then the battery life will be closer to 10 or even 9 hours. You’ll easily get a full day of use out of your laptop before having to recharge.
ACER 714 KEYBOARD
The keyboard is important for anyone who is looking for a laptop to do plenty of typing. The Acer 714 keyboard is perfectly fine and responds well. It’s not the best keyboard out there, but it’s perfectly fine to use for many hours without experiencing any issues.
It’s also backlit, which is great for anyone who wants to continue typing when natural daylight has disappeared. Perhaps not something you’ll make the most of in the summer months. In the winter months though you’ll welcome the backlit keyboard, as it makes it much easier to locate keys.
When it comes to connectivity the Acer 714 has you covered. It comes with two older type USB ports, which means you’ll have no problem using older peripherals. You’ll also find two newer type USB Type – C ports.
Type C is the way forward when it comes to USB. They are not only used to plugin peripherals that support Type C. It can also be used to charge your laptop and to connect an external display. So you can easily hook up your laptop to a larger display at your desk if you need to.
The Acer 714 already comes with a lot of storage. You can add even more storage if necessary thanks to the Micro SD slot. Adding further storage to a Chromebook using an SD card is not only easy but relatively cheap.
When it comes to audio. If you’ve not yet moved over to wireless headphones. You’ll be happy to know the Acer 714 also comes with a headphone jack.
The Acer 714 Chromebook is great for anyone looking for a laptop for work. It’s got a great build quality and looks sophisticated. The all-over aluminium body also gives it a premium feel.
It’s a great laptop when it comes to performance as well. The Intel i3 will handle almost any task and it comes with enough RAM and storage for now and in the future.
The display offers Full HD and the IPS panel means you’ll get great visuals. The only real let down is it does not come with a touchscreen display. If you’ll not be using Android apps much then I would not be put off by this. If Android apps are important to you, then you’d have to consider whether a non-touchscreen Chromebook is the right choice.
I love everything about this Chromebook apart from it not having a touchscreen. This also means it’s just a laptop, so it does not offer the versatility a Hybrid laptop can offer.
That being said, if you’re after a laptop and don’t need a touchscreen display. Then this Chromebook is definitely worth considering.