One of the best things about the Chromebook market is that it provides those with a modest needs a portal to the web and to basic productivity at an extremely affordable price. On the downside, reaching these generally sub-$300 prices means that most Chromebooks are plastic-clad and put very little value into aesthetics. Thankfully, the new Acer Chromebook 14 manages to bring a bit more “premium” style looks without breaking the bank.
Acer’s first metal-clad Chromebook takes pretty obvious inspiration from Apple’s Macbook Air series, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The new Chromebook 14 is easily one of the nicest looking Chromebooks on the market, but what about the specs? There are two variants of the Chromebook 14, though both models share a number of similarities.
The entry-level variant has a 14-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, 2 or 4GB RAM, 16 or 32GB storage, and reportedly gets 14 hours of battery life. The higher-end version trades the resolution up for 1080p, has 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, and gets around 12 hours battery life. Both are powered by dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 Brawell chips, have dual USB 3.1 ports, Bluetooth, 801.11ac Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, and an HDMI port.
The highest end model is actually only $299.99 “and up”, with the lower end version’s pricing not yet revealed. Given the small differences in specs, we’d say probably somewhere around the $250 “and up” mark, but that’s just a guess at this point. For those interested in the Acer Chromebook 14, you can pre-order it now via Amazon, though no estimated arrival information has been set just yet.