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Acer Chromebook 14 Review

Presentation, Design and Features

To state Acer has bet everything on Chromebooks would be a hard and fast modest representation of the truth.

The organization is covering the market with a model for each specialty, including a conservative 11-inch demonstrate that is a 2-in-1 with a touch screen (the Acer Chromebook R 11), a wide screen/small spending plan SKU (the $200 Acer Chromebook 15), ruggedized models for training, and everything in the middle. With its smooth aluminum skin and thin, decreased body, the Chromebook 14$440 at Amazon is pursuing the Windows ultrabook swarm searching for an upscale machine at a Chromebook value point. We took a gander at a model named CB3-431-C0AK, a Celeron-based $300 excellence that came in what Acer terms "Extravagance Gold."

In reality, you get a considerable measure for your $299: awesome looks, executioner battery life, and an entire 1080p 14-inch screen in an effortlessly compact bundle. (It's under 4 pounds.) The financial plan cognizant Celeron CPU in this machine keeps down execution (at any rate on fine-grained benchmark testing) contrasted with others we've tried. In any case, for perusing and other average Chromebook tasks, you're probably not going to take note.

Plan and Features

The Acer Chromebook 14 has the look of a top of the line Windows ultrabook, finish with a thin, decreased aluminum suspension. It's positively extraordinary compared to other looking Chromebooks available. You can get it in silver-dark or the striking matte gold of our test unit.

The all-aluminum undercarriage includes a tenderly decreased shape that measures only 0.67 inch at its thickest point.

It's not super-light, but rather the unbending aluminum case keeps the weight down contrasted with plastic-clad models, with the gadget coming in at an inadequate 3.4 pounds. Obviously, a special reward of the aluminum shell is the top of the line look that it gives. The machine feels strong in the hand and is anything but difficult to slip into a sack or rucksack to have good to go.

Acer did not ration the 14-inch screen. It's a 1080p high definition board utilizing IPS (in-plane exchanging) innovation, which implies a wide review edge from all headings off of focus. The board is likewise brilliant. The 1,920x1,080 local determination, LED backdrop illumination, and high greatest shine level outcome in fresh, clear pictures that pop. Indeed, even thin, sans-serif text styles hold sharp edges, and locally 1080p video looks tremendous.

Likewise, on account of the liberal screen estimate (for a Chromebook) and the IPS board's wide survey sweet spot, you can really share said video with a companion or two accumulated around the machine.

The main thing missing from the board condition, contrasted with the top of the line screens on the present Windows PCs, is bolster for touch input, which would be decent (yet not fundamental) for looking through Web destinations. All things considered, we can't ding this machine for that. Chrome OS isn't designed for touch input, so the touch Chromebooks we have attempted have dependably felt somewhat like a confuse of ideas, regardless.

The console on the Acer Chromebook 14 isn't impeccable, however thinking about the value, assemble quality, and slimness of this PC, it's a champ once you add up to up the monetary record. In the in addition to segment, the design is a full-measure spread, and the all around divided, Chiclet-style keys are anything but difficult to discover while touch writing.

Our lone design bandy is with the half-estimate bolt keys. Be that as it may, trim workstations far pricier than this one have influenced a similar key-size to trade off, or more regrettable...

The committed Chrome work keys (set up of the standard Windows or Mac F1 to F12 push) and the sound keys have additionally been trimmed down on a level plane. In any case, these will be jabbed less regularly than the rest by generally clients. So the measure of these keys doesn't give us an indistinguishable level of interruption from the bolt key cutdown.

The keys are likewise calm, if maybe too tranquil. We incline toward more positive capable of being heard input for a key press. The key dive (the measure of up/down movement) is likewise somewhat shallow, with a hard stop at the last, a protestation we frequently have with thin PCs.

Conversely, we have no issues at all with the touch cushion. First of all, it's absolute colossal. The curiously large cushion measures 4.1 inches wide by 3 inches tall. It offers smooth cursor development, and in addition bolster for looking over and swiping when you utilize two fingers at first glance.

The sound subsystem on the Acer Chromebook 14 is another feature. The down-terminating speakers in the base aren't colossal, yet they convey spotless, clear solid and enough volume to share around a table. We would lean toward more bass reaction for music playback and to give the sound more nearness, however generally speaking the quality is useful for a thin, ease convenient. The speakers are on the underside, with little grilles at left and right...

The 720p Webcam, in the mean time, is a blended sack. It offers great low-light reaction, however that implies in a brilliantly lit room subjects are overexposed, with extinguished feature territories and washed-out hues. And keeping in mind that the 1,280x720 determination in fact falls into the domain of HD, it really means around a 1-megapixel picture, as opposed to the super-sharp pictures individuals are presently used to on their cell phones. Yet, the focal point has a genuinely wide catch edge, which implies a few people assembled around the PC can join a video call and all be seen by the beneficiary in the meantime.

For installed capacity, the Acer Chromebook 14 accompanies 32GB of inner eMMC streak memory; take note of that the machine does not have a SD or MicroSD opening. In the event that you anticipate downloading and keeping interactive media content, the two USB 3.0 ports bolster the present rapid outer drives. There's likewise a HDMI port, perfect for spilling HD substance to an extra large flat screen television. (The Man in the High Castle, anybody?)

On the off chance that you need to remain quiet about that substance, there's a headset jack beside the AC plug; you can see them both underneath. You likewise may ask yourself: Is, maybe, putting two gaps that are so comparable so near one another not the best outline thought? You'll need to be aware of what you connect to which port.

Adjusting the highlights list are Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac double band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) remote availability, the last being doing the-minute and critical for any Chromebook.

Execution, Battery Life and Conclusion

How did Acer deal with an aluminum case and top of the line screen at this value point? Indeed, first off, it spared a couple of bucks on the central processing unit.

While higher-end Chromebooks currently accompany Intel Core I-arrangement processors, the Acer Chromebook 14 manages with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3160 central processing unit. That limits execution—in any event from a one good turn deserves another benchmarking point of view, contrasted and premium models furnished with Core I-arrangement chips. On the in addition to side: The 4GB of RAM and incorporated Intel GPU are in any event not bad, but at the same time not enough to blow anyone's mind, and superior to a few; some low-end Chromebooks manage with only 2GB of fundamental framework memory.
We coordinated up the Acer Chromebook 14 and its Celeron central processing unit with a little aiding of contending machines. The greater screen Acer Chromebook 15 (2016) spending model and the training centered/toughness disapproved of Asus Chromebook at Amazon are Celeron-based device utilizing N3060 chip. The Dell and ThinkPad 13 Chromebook 13 $300.00 at Dell, in the mean time, are pricier, higher-controlled Chromebooks utilizing Core i5 ultramobile-review chips.
Here's a cheat sheet of the CPUs in play...

We started our testing with Peacekeeper, a program based test from Futuremark that directs a progression of HTML 5 works out. (Futuremark never again formally underpins this benchmark, yet you can in any case run it on the Web, and we have a sound database of Chromebook comes about for examinations.) The Celeron-controlled Acer and Asus models in our aggressive set could scarcely gather a score one-fourth of those posted by the Core-CPU models.

Also, on the SunSpider JavaScript test, which times to what extent it takes to run an ordinary content (a lower time implies better execution), the Acer Chromebook 14 and alternate Celerons trailed the all the more capable Core I machines. Our numbers reveal to us that contents were taking 500ms longer to run, and keeping in mind that we couldn't recognize that in certifiable utilize, we figure those half-seconds include.

JetStream is WebKit's substitution for the SunSpider test, which has been a staple Web-based test for a long time now. We likewise ran that trial on the Chromebook 14 and its contending swarm, to much a similar corresponding impact...

Furthermore, we have ran the Google's Octane 2.0, an examination that burdens a JavaScript motor with execution and workloads profiles illustrative of unpredictable, certifiable Web applications. (Like Peacekeeper, it yields a higher-is-preferable engineered score rather over a lower-is-better coordinated outcome.) The Acer model trailed the gathering on this measure, with a similar two levels characterized by the Celerons and the Cores.

Principled Technologies' WebXPRT benchmark is a program based test that runs four HTML 5-and JavaScript-based workloads—photograph altering, confront recognition, stock value graphing, and notes administration. It endeavors to reenact ordinary Web applications performed inside a program. Here, the Acer Chromebook 14 drove the second level of frameworks, likely given something of a lift by its 4GB of memory.

We additionally ran Principled Technologies' Chrome OS-particular WebXPRT benchmark test. This test contrasts from the Web-based ones, in that it is a genuine Chrome OS application that you download; it doesn't work entirely inside the program. It reenacts ordinary undertakings like gaming, photograph altering, and light composition and perusing errands...

We saw a slight moving of arrangements among the Celeron units, yet the three were grouped quite close, and the Core-based Chromebooks kept up their own, typical level.

Battery Rundown Test

At long last, we ran the framework through our battery-rundown trial. A more tireless deplete on a machine than occasional perusing and work in Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365 on the web, our battery test includes circling a privately put away video (the full The Lord of the Rings set of three) with screen brilliance set at 50 percent and sound volume at 100 percent until the point when the battery kicks the bucket.

The Acer's tri-cell battery went on for right around 13 hours, which is an exceptionally solid outcome. In more common utilize, you ought to have the capacity to go 15 hours before expecting to connect to.


On the off chance that you have a spate of Android applications you adore on your telephone, observe that the Acer Chromebook 14 is on the rundown of Chrome OS gadgets that will bolster running Android applications once all the similarity testing is finished. That will open up the workstation to that universe of usefulness, alongside the dozen or so "preloaded" (on the off chance that you can call connects to Web administrations "stacked") applications: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Keep (the note-taking application), et cetera. There's likewise the universe of Chrome OS applications (as particular from Android applications), huge numbers of which can run locally on a Chromebook notwithstanding when it isn't associated with the Internet.

On the whole, the Acer Chromebook 14 conveys a brilliant blend of movability, ease of use, and top of the line offer at an awesome cost. Truly, the CPU is less capable than what others offer, yet for web-based social networking shenanigans, light work in Google Docs, and Web-based play, with this Chromebook we're remarkably content with the long battery life and cost funds we get in return.

Some survey destinations are scanty with regards to portraying a PC's speed, saying just that a "framework's Core i7 processor gives it awesome execution," or subjectively taking note of that it feels smart or slow. Different destinations overpower perusers with 15 or 20 pages of benchmark outlines, harping on contrasts that are imperceptible without a stopwatch or unless you're in unmistakable registering situations.

PC Shopper endeavors to guide a center course. Our surveys consolidate the essayist's close to home involvement and subjective conclusion with a page or two of benchmark graphs in light of a modest bunch of promptly accessible and (significantly more vital) reproducible tests, a large portion of which reenact certifiable applications and amusements.

A portion of our tests measure the execution of a PC's particular segments—particularly the CPU and illustrations subsystem—while others adopt an all encompassing strategy, running a few sub-tests and conveying a solitary score intended to give a general feeling of how proficient a machine is contrasted with others. All things considered, no single test paints a plain, straightforward picture of how well a workstation handles different errands, from office tasks to top of the line picture or video altering, to running the most recent requesting gaming title.

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Additionally, it's normal to keep running into a test or two that declines to keep running on a framework we have in for testing. We endeavor to explain these issues and get the majority of our benchmarks to finish, regardless of whether that is not generally conceivable. Therefore, we run a battery of tests to ensure we have enough examination numbers to get a reasonable feeling of how a surrendered machine stacks against its opposition, regardless of whether it be a sub-$300 spending tower, a midrange across the board, or an extraordinary gaming machine intended for playing bleeding edge titles on top of the line 4K screens.

We utilize the accompanying technique to test a wide range of Windows-and Mac OS-based workstations, and also Windows tablets, with stipulations point by point in each test.

PCMark 8 is a PC-investigation and - benchmarking instrument comprising of a blend of use based and engineered tests that measure framework execution on PCs and Windows tablets running Windows 7 and more up to date forms of Microsoft's OS. The benchmark contains a few presets that reenact diverse certifiable profitability and substance creation work processes.

As incorporated designs and drive stockpiling speeds have enhanced, the PCMark suite has developed also, setting more accentuation on these parts and giving less weight exclusively to processor execution than in past adaptations.

Of the six separate benchmark preset "situations" accessible inside the test, we play out the Work Conventional test to get a feeling of how well the framework handles profitability errands.

How We Test 

What does it test?

The Work Conventional situation evaluate general framework execution for office-driven assignments, for example, word handling, spreadsheeting, Web perusing, and videoconferencing.

What are the units of estimation?

The test creates an exclusive numeric score; higher numbers are better.

Contrasts in PCMark Work Conventional scores are corresponding to the review of frameworks being referred to. (A little distinction in scores is more significant between two spending PCs than it is between two costly top of the line towers.) We don't suggest making a buy in view of only one given test score; you'll need to take a gander at the ones most pertinent to how you utilize your gadget. In any case, as an all encompassing execution test, PCMark 8 conveys an important measure of a given PC's general abilities in respect to others.

What classes of workstation do we test with PCMark 8?

We test all Windows-based workstations, work areas, and Windows tablets that will run PCMark 8 utilizing this benchmark, from ease spending frameworks to top of the line gaming towers, and everything in the middle.

To run the test, the framework must run Windows 7 or a later form of Microsoft's working framework, and have no less than a double center processor, 2GB of random access memory, and 30GB of free storage room.

Essentially all new workstations qualify, despite the fact that every now and then we keep running crosswise over PCs that can't run the test for one reason or other. Specifically, low-end Windows tablets or other minimal effort frameworks that utilization eMMC memory may need adequate storage room to run this test.

What settings and testing process do we utilize?

We first duplicate the PCMark 8 installer (a heavy 2.9GB record) to the work area of the test framework and introduce it on the boot drive. We at that point run the program, introduce any updates if fundamental, and info our PCMark 8 Professional enlistment code so we can get to the Work test. 

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