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Acer Chromebook 714 Review – A solid choice for a student laptop

I don’t often cover Chromebooks, the last time being the Dell Chromebook 11, which I had forgotten about until writing this.

I have become a bit of a convert since using this, with it being well made, quick to load and login, a superb battery and plenty of performance to handle all the apps I run.

Specification

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  • Processor- Intel Core i3-8130U Processor
  • RAM- 8 GB DDR4
  • Storage- 128 GB eMMC
  • Display-  14-inch 1920 x 1080p
  • USB – USB Type-C x 2, USB 3.1 x 2
  • Battery life- Up to 12 hours
  • Dimensions- 18 x 323 x 239 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight- 1.5 kg

Design and Build

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There is nothing fancy about the design here; this is all function. The footprint of the Chromebook is much larger than I would have expected from a 14-inch device, it is physically larger than my recent review of the Huawei Matebook 13.

Technically, it is not that much wider than the ultra-lightweight 14-inch Acer Swift 5, with only a 5mm difference, however, this laptop is around 28mm deeper which is likely thanks to the chunky top and bottom bezels of the display. The Swift 5 and Matebook are both double the price, so a more refined design is to be expected.

Thankfully, the build quality feels superb with this, and at 1.5 kg it is lighter than its size would suggest.

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To the bottom right of the keyboard is a fingerprint reader which makes logging faster and easier, it is not quite as sleek as the Huawei implementation with the power button also scanning your finger, but it is accurate and quick

The Chromebook’s 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is good enough, it is on par with most laptops around this price. The display is matte so thankfully no reflections, but it isn’t the brightest.

The size of the laptop gives you a fairly generous keyboard which is pleasant to type on, as far as laptops go. 

You get a healthy number of ports, and Acer has kept a Type-A port so you don’t have to worry about USB-C adaptors.

On the left side, you’ll find a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port and a headphone jack. The right side has a Kensington lock, a microSD card reader and another USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port.

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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