Chromebook Comparison – Acer 514 vs Lenovo Ideapad 3i

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If you’re looking for a budget Chromebook and have your eyes on either the Acer 514-1H or Lenovo 3i Chromebook. Then you’ll want to take a look at this Chromebook comparison. When you’ve finally narrowed down your search for a new laptop it can be difficult making the choice between your favourite two. The main things to compare when it comes to buying a new Chromebook is the build quality, performance, storage, display and connectivity.

This Chromebook comparison between the Acer 514-1H and Lenovo Ideapad 3i will provide you with all the information you need.

CHROMEBOOK COMPARISON – BUILD QUALITY

The good news is both the Acer 514 and Lenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebooks both look good. Neither of them looks cheap, which can often be the case when buying a budget Chromebook. That being said, when it comes to build quality the Acer 514 wins the Lenovo Ideapad 3i. It has a more streamlined body and the casing is aluminium, which is really good to see on a budget Chromebook. The Lenovo Ideapad comes with plastic casing, so it instantly loses the wow factor compared to the Acer 514. However, even though it’s made of plastic it still looks strong and well built.

The Lenovo weighs in at 1.4kg/3.08 pounds, which is exactly the same weight as the Acer 514. You’d expect the Acer to weigh a little more being that it’s made of aluminium. The reason why there isn’t any difference in weight is that the Lenovo comes with bigger dimensions. This is another reason why the Acer 514 wins on build quality. The smaller the laptop the better, especially if you want a Chromebook to use on the move.

So I’m sure you’re not too surprised with me awarding build quality to the Acer 514. The smaller dimensions and aluminium body makes it impossible for the Lenovo Ideapad 3i to compete on build quality.

Acer 514 ChromebookLenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebook
Body type – AluminiumBody type – Plastic
Dimensions – 16.9 x 323 x 232 mm (H x W x D)Dimensions – 18.8 x 328.9 x 234.35 mm (H x W x D)
Weight – 1.4kg / 3.08 poundsWeight – 1.4kg / 3.08 pounds
Colour – SilverColour – Platinum grey

PERFORMANCE COMPARISON

The performance is something you need to consider when buying a new laptop. Even though both of these Chromebooks are from the budget range. There is still a difference when comparing the performance of both of these laptops.

The Acer 514 uses an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor. It has a base speed of 1.1 GHz but is capable of turbo speeds of 2.4 GHz when extra power is needed. To help the processor deal with regular tasks quicker data is stored inside the cache. The more data you can store inside the cache means you’ll get better performance. The Acer 514 comes with 2MB of cache, which is not uncommon when buying a budget laptop.

The Lenovo Ideapad 3i wins when it comes to performance. This is because it comes with a faster processor. The Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor has the same base speed of 1.1 GHz but has a higher turbo speed of 2.8 GHz. Another reason why the Lenovo Ideapad 3i will perform better is that it comes with double the amount of cache. Instead of 2MB, which you get with the Acer 514. The Lenovo comes with 4MB. This will help regular tasks perform much quicker.

The processor isn’t the only thing you need to think about when it comes to performance. The amount of RAM available is also an important factor. The RAM stores information required for the processor to perform tasks. Any apps and web browsers you open will use up RAM. Again, the more RAM your Chromebook has the better it will perform. Both the Acer 514 and Lenovo Ideapad 3i comes with 4GB of RAM. In this case, it means the only deciding factor when it comes to performance is the processor.

Acer 514 ChromebookLenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebook
Processor – Intel Celeron N3350Processor – Intel Celeron N4020
Cores – Dual-coreCores – Dual-core
Speed – 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHzSpeed – 1.1 GHz / 2.8 GHz
Cache – 2MBCache – 4MB
RAM – 4GBRAM – 4GB
Chromebook comparison – Performance Specification

STORAGE COMPARISON

A few years ago before Android apps were available for the Chromebook. You did not need to worry about having too much storage available. This is because the Chromebook is a cloud computer, so you should try to save most of your files in the cloud. It’s a different story in 2021 because storage is now an important factor. It all depends on what you’ll be using your Chromebook for. If you intend on installing Android apps then the more storage your Chromebook has. The more Android apps you’ll be able to install.

The Acer 514 comes with 32GB of storage, which isn’t bad considering it’s a budget laptop. You’ll be able to install a few Android apps without any issues. However, you may need to keep on top of your storage by doing a regular clean up of your Chromebook storage. The five ways to free up storage space on your Chromebook.

The Lenovo Ideapad 3i comes with double the amount of storage. The 64GB available is a good amount of storage for a budget laptop. You’ll be able to install a lot more Android apps compared to the Acer 514. It also means you’ll not need to worry about running out of storage as much. If you love your Android apps and like to install plenty of them. Then the Ideapad is the one to consider here.

Acer 514 ChromebookLenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebook
Storage – 32GBStorage – 64GB
Chromebook Comparison – Storage Specification

DISPLAY COMPARISON

I’ve always said one of the most important things to think about when buying a laptop is the display. You can have the best performing laptop, which looks great. If that does not continue with providing a decent quality display then you’ll most likely be disappointed. After all, the display is what you’ll be staring at all day long. Whether that is to do work or play Android app games. Having a good quality display will make a huge difference in how you feel about your Chromebook.

The two models I’m comparing today is the Lenovo Ideapad 3i and the Acer CB514-1H. The Acer 514 does not offer Full HD, which is disappointing to see on a 14-inch display. The Lenovo Ideapad 3i comes with a 14-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080. Therefore, the Lenovo Ideapad 3i offers a better quality display. That being said, neither of these budget Chromebooks offer an IPS panel. Cheap Chromebooks can have this problem. The Ideapad wins, but that doesn’t mean the display is outstanding due to the lack of IPS. The more expensive Acer 514 – 1HT comes with a touchscreen, IPS panel and full HD.

CHROMEBOOK COMPARISON – CONNECTIVITY

The connectivity your Chromebook offers is often overlooked. This is understandable to some extent because most people think about the build, performance and display over anything else. The connectivity a laptop provides is important. It depends on what you’ll be using your Chromebook for and any peripherals you already own, which you may want to connect to your new laptop.

Both the Acer 514 and Lenovo Ideapad offer both old and the newer type USB ports. This is good to see because it means you’ll be able to connect older peripherals, which do not support USB Type – C. USB Type – C is the new standard for USB ports. They allow you to add hardware and also use the same port for charging your laptop. You should also be able to use the USB Type – C to connect your laptop to an external display if that is something that is important for you.

It’s good to see both models offer a USB 3 and USB Type – C on both sides of the laptop. This means you’ll not need to worry about where you are located for charging your laptop. You’ll also not need to be concerned about, which side you’ll have to plug in any hardware such as an external mouse, hard disk or keyboard.

Both Chromebooks come with a Micro SD slot, which means you can easily add extra storage at a later date. It’s important to remember this extra storage cannot be used to store Android apps. It can only be used to store files. That being said, It’s still good to see both provide you with the option to easily add extra storage with a Micro SD card. You can also use a pair of wired headphones on both devices thanks to the 3.5 mm jack. If you prefer to use Bluetooth headphones this is also possible because both laptops come with Bluetooth 4.2.

Acer 514 ChromebookLenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebook
USB 3 – 2 portsUSB 3 – 2 ports
USB Type C – 2 portsUSB Type C – 2 ports
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Headphone 3.5 mm JackHeadphone 3.5 mm Jack
Micro SD slotMicro SD slot
Chromebook comparison – Connectivity specification

IN SUMMARY

Both of these Chromebooks have different things going for them. The Acer 514 is better-built thanks to the aluminium body and smaller chassis. However, the build quality of a laptop isn’t the only thing you need to consider. The performance is critical, and the Lenovo Ideapad 3i is the winner here. This is thanks to the better performing processor, which comes with double the amount of cache. When it comes to the amount of RAM both are equal.

The Lenovo comes with double the amount of storage space, which is something to think about if you’re intending on installing plenty of Android apps. When it comes to the display. Again, the Lenovo wins thanks to offering Full HD compared to the Acer 514 offering standard definition. However, neither offers an IPS panel, so I would not expect to be blown away by either of the displays on these two Chromebooks.

It’s good to see both Chromebooks come with decent connectivity. There is no clear winner when considering connectivity alone. Overall, The Lenovo Ideapad 3i is the best Chromebook. This is mainly down to it offering a Full HD display compared to SD, which is too low for a 14-inch display. Find out more about the type of display you should be looking for when buying a Chromebook.

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