The new Acer Spin 714 Chromebook

I’ve owned a few Acer Chromebooks and I’ve been pretty impressed with them. I still own the budget Acer 311 C722. It’s a budget device with a mediocre display, which I don’t think is suitable for everyone. I’ve also previously owned the Acer Spin 713, which I really liked, and the display was amazing.

So I’ve been pretty happy with the Acer Chromebooks I’ve previously used, so I would definitely consider another Acer Chromebook. Their latest model the Acer Spin 714 looks like an interesting new addition to Chrome OS.

This is a Hybrid Chromebook, which means you can use it as either a laptop or tablet. This is thanks to the screen that can rotate 360 degrees. I’m no big fan of Hybrid devices because I’ve never really used them in tablet mode. They are great for stylus use and being that the Spin 714 comes with a stylus, the Hybrid design is a must-have.

The latest in performance

The Acer Spin 714 is powered by the latest twelve-generation processor. The Acer website states the processor will be up to the Intel i7, so you’ll most likely find an i5 and possibly an i3 model will also be released. I own the Asus CX5, which has the eleventh-generation Intel i5 quad-core processor and it’s crazily fast.

It also means the 714 should be compatible with Steam Linux Alpha, which allows you to play PC games on your Chromebook locally. At the moment it’s a work in progress, so not all PC games work at the moment. That being said, I managed to play Age of Empires 2 on my Asus CX5 Chromebook without any issues whatsoever.

Acer 713 Chromebook
The Acer Spin 714 has a black keyboard – much better than the grey keyboard on my Spin 713

When it comes to RAM you’ll find models with up to 16GB, which is a huge amount of RAM for a Chromebook. However, you’ll also find models with the more typical 8GB of RAM, which will no doubt be a little cheaper. A year ago I would have said you don’t need more than 8GB of RAM for a Chromebook with a powerful processor. This is still true at the moment, but the success of Steam Linux Alpha will possibly change that. Find out more about how much RAM you need for a Chromebook.

Acer 714 Spin display

One of the huge plus points of the Acer Spin 713 was the fantastic display. It was without question what I loved about the Spin 713 the most. Therefore, it would have been rather strange if Acer didn’t continue with this on the 714.

Their website suggests it will be available with a whopping resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. On a 14-inch display that’s going to look fantastic. It appears they will also be offering a cheaper model that comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. The Acer website states about the display that specifications may vary depending on the model and/or region.

Acer Spin 714 Chromebook
The new Acer Spin 714 Chromebook

This may mean at first you’ll only be able to get the Acer 714 with either the Full HD or the higher resolution display. As time passes I’m sure you’ll find both models are available, so you’ll be able to make the choice.

I think this is a really good move because not everyone will necessarily want or need a 14-inch display with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Don’t get me wrong, it will certainly look better than a Full HD display, but Full HD on a 14-inch screen still looks great.

The Spin 714 looks nicer than the 713

One thing I did notice is that the 714 looks much nicer than the 713. Don’t get me wrong I liked the design and look of the 713. The only thing that frustrated me was the slightly rough edges of the USB ports. Apart from that, it was fine, but the grey keyboard that was backlit didn’t really stand out. It was pretty dull to look at, and the backlit keyboard wasn’t very noticeable.

The Acer Spin 714 has a black keyboard, which I think not only looks better; it also makes it a better option when the keyboard is backlit. I personally don’t understand the logic of offering a backlit keyboard on a grey keyboard, so that’s a really nice change to see.

Stylus and HDMI port

One thing that was missing from the particular Acer Spin 713 model I owned was a Stylus. Previous versions of the 713 came with a Stylus but some of the later models did not. I think this was a bit of a mistake, but it could have been to try and reduce the price.

Acer Spin 714 Stylus
The Acer Spin 714 comes with a stylus

The 714 not only comes with a Stylus it also has a docking station. My current Asus CX5 came with a Stylus, which is great, but no docking station. Instead, you got a clip you could attach to your Micro SD slot, which worked but a docking station would have been much better.

I’m glad to see that Acer has continued to offer an HDMI port. Not many Chromebooks come with an HDMI port. I was pretty shocked at how useful an HDMI port can be on Chromebook. It allows you to connect to peripherals that just isn’t possible with a USB port. One of the reasons why I made sure my CX5 had one before replacing my Acer Spin 713.

Summary

I’m glad to see that Acer is well behind Chrome OS. Their Acer Spin 713 is a very well-liked Chromebook and has constantly won the best Chromebook on many websites. I think the Acer Spin 714 is possibly going to be another success for Acer. It looks very similar to the 713, but with a few upgrades and improvements.

Anyone looking for a Chromebook to take advantage of Steam Linux Alpha. Then this is possibly a good choice at the moment. It will be available in the USA and the UK, and most likely in other countries where the Chromebook is now popular.

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