Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK) 14-inch Full HD Laptop


To state Acer has bet everything on Chromebooks would be a full-scale modest representation of the truth.

The organization is covering the market with a model for each specialty, including a smaller 11-inch demonstrate that is a 2-in-1 with a touchscreen (the Acer Chromebook R 11), a widescreen/little spending plan SKU (the $199 Acer Chromebook 15), ruggedized models for instruction, and everything in the middle. With its smooth aluminum skin and thin, decreased frame, the Chromebook 14 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 $299 magnificence that came in what Acer terms “Extravagance Gold.”

To be sure, you get a considerable measure for your $299: extraordinary looks, executioner battery life, and an entire 1080p 14-inch screen in an effectively versatile 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. However, to browse and other regular Chromebook tasks, you’re probably not going to take note.

Design & 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 absolutely 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 delicately decreased shape that measures only 0.67 inches 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 a sparse 3.4 pounds. Obviously, a special reward of the aluminum shell is the top of the line look that it grants. The machine feels strong in the hand and is anything but difficult to slip into a sack or rucksack to have primed and ready.

Acer did not ration the 14-inch screen. It’s a 1080p HD board utilizing IPS (in-plane exchanging) innovation, which implies a wide survey point from all bearings off of focus. The board is additionally brilliant. The 1,920×1,080 local determination, LED backdrop illumination, and high most extreme shine level outcome in fresh, clear pictures that pop. Indeed, even thin, sans-serif text styles hold sharp edges, and locally 1080p video looks astounding.

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

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

The console on the Acer Chromebook 14 isn’t flawless, however thinking about the value, fabricate quality, and slimness of this laptop, it’s a champ once you add up to up the monetary record. In the in addition to segment, the format is a full-estimate spread, and the all-around dispersed, Chiclet-style keys are anything but difficult to discover while touch writing.

Our exclusive format bandy is with the half-estimate bolt keys. Be that as it may, trim laptops far pricier than this one has influenced a similar key-size to trade off, or more awful…

The committed Chrome work keys (set up of the typical Windows or Mac F1 to F12 push) and the sound keys have additionally been trimmed down on a level plane. Yet, these will be jabbed less frequently than the rest of general clients. So the extent of these keys doesn’t give us an indistinguishable level of respite from the bolt key cutdown.

The keys are likewise calm, if maybe too tranquil. We incline toward more positive perceptible input for a key press. The key dive (the measure of up/down travel) is additionally somewhat shallow, with a hard stop at the last, a protest we frequently have with thin laptops.

Conversely, we have no issues at all with the couch cushion. First of all, it’s out and out gigantic. The larger than usual 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 gigantic, however, they convey perfect, clear stable 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 used for a thin, ease compact. The speakers are on the underside, with little grilles at left and right…

The 720p Webcam, in the meantime, is a blended pack. It offers the great low-light reaction, yet that implies in a splendidly lit room subjects are overexposed, with extinguished feature zones and washed-out hues. And keeping in mind that the 1,280×720 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. Be that as it may, the focal point has a genuinely wide catch edge, which implies a few people accumulated around the laptop 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 an SD or MicroSD opening. In the event that you anticipate downloading and keeping mixed media content, the two USB 3.0 ports bolster the present rapid outside drives. There’s likewise an HDMI port, perfect for gushing 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 alongside the AC plug; you can see them both underneath. You likewise may ask yourself: Is, maybe, putting two openings 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 significant for any Chromebook.

How did Acer manage an aluminum case and high-end screen at this price point? Well, for starters, it saved a few bucks on the CPU.

While higher-end Chromebooks now come with Intel Core i-series processors, the Acer Chromebook 14 makes do with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3160 CPU. That does limit performance—at least from a tit-for-tat benchmarking perspective, compared with premium models equipped with Core i-series chips. On the plus side: The 4GB of RAM and integrated Intel GPU are at least par for the course, and better than some; some low-end Chromebooks make do with just 2GB of main system memory.

We matched up the Acer Chromebook 14 and its Celeron CPU with a small helping of competing machines (as well as an Acer sibling). The bigger-screen Acer Chromebook 15 (2016) budget model and the education-focused/ruggedness-minded Asus Chromebook C202S$209.00 Celeron-based machines using the N3060 chip. The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook and Dell Chromebook 13$299.00 at Dell, meanwhile, is pricier, higher-powered Chromebooks using Core i5 ultramobile-grade chips. (The Lenovo we tested had the 6th-Generation/”Skylake” Core i5-6300U, the Dell the 5th-Generation/”Broadwell” Core i5-5300U.) And the HP Chromebook 13 occupies a performance middle ground, using a last-gen Core M CPU, the 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y57.

Here’s a cheat sheet of the CPUs in play…


How did Acer deal with an aluminum case and top of the line screen at this value point? All things considered, first of all, it spared a couple of bucks on the CPU.

While higher-end Chromebooks now accompany Intel Core I-arrangement processors, the Acer Chromebook 14 manages with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3160 CPU. That limits execution—in any event from 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 CPU with a little aiding of contending machines (and also an Acer kin). The greater screen Acer Chromebook 15 (2016) spending model and the training centered/roughness disapproved of Asus Chromebook C202S$209.00 Celeron-based machines utilizing the N3060 chip. The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook and Dell Chromebook 13$299.00 at Dell, in the interim, are pricier, higher-fueled Chromebooks utilizing Core i5 ultramobile-review chips. (The Lenovo we tried had the sixth Generation/”Skylake” Core i5-6300U, the Dell the fifth Generation/”Broadwell” Core i5-5300U.) And the HP Chromebook 13 involves an execution center ground, utilizing a last-gen Core M CPU, the 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y57.

Here’s a cheat sheet of the CPUs in play…


At long last, we ran the framework through our battery-rundown trial. A more constant 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 splendor set at 50 percent and sound volume at 100 percent until the point that the battery kicks the bucket.

The Acer’s tri-cell battery went on for just about 13 hours, which is an exceptionally solid outcome. In more ordinary 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 laptop 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 additionally the universe of Chrome OS applications (as unmistakable from Android applications), huge numbers of which can run locally on a Chromebook notwithstanding when it isn’t associated with the Internet.

By and large, the Acer Chromebook 14 conveys an eminent blend of movability, ease of use, and top of the line claim at a spectacular cost. Truly, the CPU is less capable than what others offer, yet for online networking shenanigans, light work in Google Docs, and Web-based play, with this Chromebook we’re especially content with the long battery life and cost investment funds we get in return.

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