Acer 14 Google Built-In Storage Chromebook, 14-Inch

Last updated: January 5, 2022

The Acer Chromebook 14 has a reliable keyboard, a dependable battery and a sleek design. We think the 14-inch screen is perfect for watching shows on Netflix. You'll also get a display that protects your eyes against strain, even when you're working or playing for long periods of time.

We looked at the top Chromebooks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Chromebook you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Dependable battery, sleek design and reliable keyboard.

In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the Acer 14 Google Built-In Storage Chromebook, 14-Inch placed 7th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C9W7 comes with these high level specs: Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.24GHz, Google Chrome Operating System, 14″ Full HD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM Memory, 16GB eMMC, 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, HD Webcam (1280 x 720), supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), 2 – USB 3.0 Ports, 1 – HDMI port with HDCP Support, 3-cell Li-polymer Battery Pack (3950 mAh), Up to 12-hours Battery Life, Protective Sleeve, 3.42 lbs. | 1.55 kg (system unit only) (NX.GC7AA.003).

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

We quite enjoyed typing on the Acer Chromebook 14’s keyboard, which is generously spaced and offers large keys.
One of the main benefits of Chromebooks is the generally dependable battery life.
The Acer Chromebook 14 has none of these problems, as its brushed metal lid and aluminum chassis give it a sleek design and great build quality.
Acer touts the all-aluminum chassis on the Chromebook 14, and for good reason. Amid a pile of plastic competitors, the brushed-metal shell looks refined and feels great.
And really, this Chromebook is perfect for all types of uses thanks to the larger-than-usual screen and its portability. The 14-inch size is enough to comfortably work with two windows side-by-side, but it's not so big that you can't use it on a plane or train.
It’s made of aluminum, has a fantastic keyboard / trackpad combo, and a crisp 1080p display.
This affordable 12-piece set has the largest pots and pans of all the sets we tested, giving you the most bang for your buck. Every pan distributes heat evenly and is durable enough to take some abuse in a busy household.
Distributed heat evenly on gas and electric ranges. Browned steak evenly. Comes with detailed owner's manual. Pans/lids are oven safe up to 500°F

What reviewers didn't like

The Celeron line is much less powerful than the Intel Core line most users are familiar with, and is optimized more for battery usage than performance.
Connectivity is also surprisingly limited, considering how much space is available along the sides.
Acer gave the notebook keys with only 1.14 millimeters of travel, which is too shallow and leads to bottoming out (the act of slamming one's digits against the deck).
I was particularly unhappy with the keyboard, which has the hard-plastic keys and harsh, abrupt travel typical of entry-level Chromebooks—not what the Chromebook 14 is supposed to be.
Perhaps because it is so thin, though, the keyboard's keys don't have much travel. If you tend to hammer on your keyboard when typing, it might be an issue. The keyboard also isn't backlit, which is more of an issue for me than the shallow key travel.
But on the other end, the Chromebook 14 is hindered by its lack of a touchscreen — just as Google prepares to usher Android apps into Chrome OS.
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