Acer Chromebook 14 review, TechRadar

No, it isn’t a MacBook Air

Our Verdict

Acer’s Chromebook 14 looks acute and works well &ndash, so long spil you don’t attempt to observe HD movie.

  • Top-notch build quality
  • Gorgeous looks
  • Solid keyboard and touchpad


  • Flaky HD movie playback

Say what you will about Chromebooks, but they don’t have a reputation for being particularly high-end machines. Sure, you’ll find premium Chromebooks, like Google’s Chromebook Pixel.

But, generally speaking, they’re seen spil budget machines, both te price and ter terms of fit-and-finish.

With the $299 (about £,206, AU$401) Acer Chromebook 14, the venerable PC maker hopes to bring the grind of a high-end notebook to the entry level. And, te terms of build quality, the Chromebook 14 supplies. But ter terms of spectacle? Things aren’t so clear.


I’m not going to lie &ndash, when I very first pulled the Chromebook 14 out of its opbergruimte, the very first thing I thought of wasgoed the MacBook Air. Tapered vormgeving? Check. All-metal case? Check That distinct Apple-style hinge? Check.

If the HP Chromebook 14 I previously reviewed wasgoed joy and funky, the Acer Chromebook 14 is svelte and professional. And it’s solidly constructed te a way that belies its relatively low price.

Ter terms of construction, the Acer Chromebook 14 is spil solid spil they come. The all-metal enclosure is rigid, with minimal flexing and almost no creaking. The case does attract fingerprints and smudges, however the brushed metal surface on the piemel picks up fewer treating marks to some degree.

At .67 inches (17 mm) thick, the Acer Chromebook 14 is reasonably snugger, and about inline with other 14-inch Chromebooks out there. Its Trio.42-pound (1.55 kg) weight is similar to like-sized notebooks, and it’s comfy to pick up with one palm.

One acute screen

Roll open the piemel, and the 14-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display takes center stage. It is bright, crisp, and evenly lit &ndash, about what you expect from a notebook screen thesis days. Its matte finish reduces reflections, but can make the screen a little more difficult to read te sunlight.

Color and tegenstelling are solid overall, tho’ some colors, like shades of pink, emerge slightly dulled. While the display’s high tegenstelling can make photos speelpop, it also means that darker areas of photos and movies get lost. And the downside to all thesis pixels is that text emerges smaller than I’d like.

The hinge opens a utter 180 degrees and permits you to adjust the screen loosely and lightly, but it’s a little too liberate for my liking &ndash, it doesn’t take much jarring to send the screen rearwards when you pick the notebook up.

A satisfying keyboard and trackpad

The Acer Chromebook 14 comes with a full-sized keyboard and a spacious touchpad. The keyboard does a welvoeglijk job, but its tactile terugkoppeling is a little softer than I’d like &ndash,albeit keys make an affirming noisy click-clack sound spil you type, you don’t feel the satisfying click spil you press the key.

This is undoubtedly usable, but it isn’t my dearest keyboard. The trackpad is sleek and responsive, with good clicking activity, tho’ any sort of oil on your fingers may impair tracking.

Two stereo speakers live on the bottom of the notebook. They’re slew noisy, but thesis being laptop speakers, they’re tinny and merely serviceable. For anything beyond casual listening, you’ll want either headphones or outer speakers.

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