Acer Chromebook 14

Last updated date: December 31, 2020

DWYM Score

8.3

Acer Chromebook 14

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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.

Editor's Note December 31, 2020:
Checkout The Best Chromebook for a detailed review of all the top chromebooks.

Overall Take

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.


In our analysis of 63 expert reviews, the Acer Acer Chromebook 14 placed 5th 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

Expert Summarized Score

8.9
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.1
1,318 user reviews

What experts liked

We quite enjoyed typing on the Acer Chromebook 14’s keyboard, which is generously spaced and offers large keys.
- Digital Trends
June 15, 2016 | Full review
One of the main benefits of Chromebooks is the generally dependable battery life.
- Trusted Reviews
October 19, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Laptop Magazine
May 13, 2016 | Full review
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.
- PC World
November 17, 2017 | Full review
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.
- CNET
June 23, 2016 | Full review
It’s made of aluminum, has a fantastic keyboard / trackpad combo, and a crisp 1080p display.
- The Verge
June 24, 2016 | Full review
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.
- New York Times Wirecutter
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
- Good Housekeeping

What experts 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.
- Digital Trends
June 15, 2016 | Full review
Connectivity is also surprisingly limited, considering how much space is available along the sides.
- Trusted Reviews
October 19, 2018 | Full review
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).
- Laptop Magazine
May 13, 2016 | Full review
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.
- PC World
November 17, 2017 | Full review
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.
- CNET
June 23, 2016 | Full review
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.
- The Verge
June 24, 2016 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Chromebooks

Tired of your old and heavy laptop? Is your desktop computer slowing down and out-of-date? It may be time to get yourself a Chromebook laptop. Chromebooks are light, portable and won’t drain your bank account. Chromebooks are different from your typical laptop computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems. Chromebooks use Google’s Chrome OS, which was created from the Linux operating system. Chrome OS differentiates itself from the competition by running only web-based applications.

Chromebooks hit the market in 2011 and have continued to grow in popularity today as a popular choice in schools across the country.

Chromebooks tend to be lighter and have better battery life than other laptops. While a Chromebook can’t do everything, it’s a good option if you plan to use your computer to browse social media, watch shows on Netflix or Hulu and use the stable of Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive.

Chromebooks also tend to be safer than other computers. Thanks to Chrome OS, Chromebooks are less susceptible to viruses than computers that run Windows or Mac operating systems.

Unlike other laptops, when you start up a Chromebook, the only app that you will see is the Google Chrome web browser. Chromebooks rely on the internet because they function with Google’s web-based applications. When you go with Chromebooks with a 32 GB hard drive, the bulk of your storage space will exist in the cloud on Google Drive. This is one of the great benefits of Chrome OS and the cloud because you will be able to access all of your documents on any computer with internet access. Just log into your Google account and you can view and edit any of your documents or emails.

If you are looking for a lightweight laptop that has fast boot times (on average, just 8 seconds), is optimized for Google apps, has a long battery life and is easy to use, then a Chromebook may be right for you.

The Chromebook Buying Guide

  • Google’s Chrome OS is based off of Linux’s operating system, allowing Chromebooks to run Linux applications.
  • Chromebooks have become the go-to laptop for schools across the country. As of January 2018, more than 25 million students and teachers use Chromebooks in the classroom. The affordable price point is the main reason why this product has become so popular in school. But the price isn’t the only advantage of having a Chromebook in the classroom. Chromebooks are also very secure and school administrators can make sure they prevent students from visiting websites that are inappropriate for the classroom. Chromebooks also work with Google’s educational suite of apps.
  • Chromebooks have always been able to run Google applications, but starting with 2017 models, Chromebooks began having the functionality to run Android applications as well. The result: Chromebooks can now run more than a million additional apps, helping to increase their popularity. Chromebooks can run more apps than any other device.
  • The Google Pixelbook is the first Chromebook to come installed with Google Assistant. Like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, Google Pixelbook allows you to talk directly to your laptop and ask questions to Google Assistant. You can also tap a key on your keyboard to activate Google Assistant and type your question in an on-screen chat window. You can also control your music and videos by talking to Google Assistant.
  • While Chromebooks work best when they are connected to the internet, more than 200 apps exist that work while offline. Applications like Gmail, Pocket and Google Drive can all be used without an internet connection. The offline apps will automatically sync up and save to the cloud once an internet connection returns.
  • Chromebooks are known for being light-weight — most are under 3 pounds. They also tend to have a long battery life. Most Chromebooks can run for an entire day before needing a charge. Some models have a battery life of just 12 hours, so you’ll want to determine how much time you need before purchasing.
  • While Chromebooks aren’t known for coming with large hard drives, there are models that come with 32 GB hard drives. Plus, you can still get two years of 100 GB Google Drive cloud storage for free with a new purchase of a Chromebook.
  • Making a laptop that you won’t have to worry about your kid dropping on the floor isn’t easy. But that is exactly what some Chromebooks have done (another reason why these devices are so popular in schools). They are put through a series of military-grade durability tests, so know they will stand up under pressure. The Samsung Chromebook 3 has a water-resistant keyboard. Other models are temperature-resistant. If durability is one of your top priorities, a Chromebook should be at the top of your list.
  • Chromebooks may not be the laptop for you if your main priority for a computer is gaming. While a Chromebook provides a lot of great advantages, playing PC games isn’t one of them.
  • The monitors of Chromebooks typically range from 11 inches to 13 inches. You can find a slightly larger screen, but these tend to top out at 14 inches. You’ll want to consider how important screen size is to you before making a purchasing decision.