Acer Chromebook 14 CP5-471-312N
Reviews for the Acer Chromebook 14 CP5-471-312N
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is a Chromebook and some people won’t enjoy using the OS. ChromeOS fans like knowing they aren’t vulnerable to viruses like Windows and even Macs suffer today. The OS is also a simple environment. If a user starts to notice strange behavior, they can quickly erase the computer and start fresh in under 10-15 minutes with all their apps and shortcuts back in place. That can take hours to days on a Windows or Mac computer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/24/2016
Model: The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is a Chromebook for those who mean business. This is apparent as it comes with a solid battery life of 12-hours thereby assuring power users of longer productivity without the need for charging. Acer has certainly put in much effort in securing the robustness of this Chromebook. Acer claims that its chassis "can handle up to 60 kg of downward force and drops from heights of 45 cm". It is also MIL-STD-810G certified, which means it can withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, vibration, rain, sand, and dust. Similar certification is found in commercial business laptops such as Dell’s Latitude series and Toshiba's Toughbook series. In addition, the form factor is appealing with a size of 33.02 x 22.51 x 2.29 cm (13 x 8.9 x 0.9 inch) and a weight of 1.45 kg (3.20 lb). It is crafted beautifully with Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass encased top covers which in some way makes it look like a Lenovo Thinkpad. With a minimum order, customers may customize their top covers to include their organization’s corporate identity or other stylized graphics.
The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work is powered by the latest 6th Gen Intel Core i3 processors, thereby making it one of the fastest Chromebooks in the market. Graphics are rendered by Intel HD Graphics 400 with 8 GB LPDDR3 memory. It also comes with 32 GB flash memory, which isn't much. However, its strong integration with Google's cloud system, 'Google Drive', justifies this number. It is fitted with a 14-inch Full HD display with IPS technology. Equipped with Acer’s Comfyview, its screen minimizes background glare and reflectivity for more comfortable viewing. The 14” display on a 13” chassis is achieved with a narrow bezel design, something that is also seen on Dell's XPS 13 and XPS 15 series. However it is not a touch-screen display. Output to high-resolution displays is made possible via Full USB 3.1 Type-C. With its 88 degree wide angle HD webcam supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), clearer and more natural images are captured with improved color.
The dual-array digital microphone facilitates seamless Google Hangouts. Networking includes both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The wireless MIMO 2x2 802.11ac allows faster data transfer rates of up to three times. The connectivity includes a USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and a headphone/microphone jack. There is also an SD card reader for expanding the Chromebook 14's memory. The Acer Chromebook 14 for Work comes with a full-sized, backlit keyboard, which is spill-resistant, as well as a spacious touchpad. Price-wise, it is steeper than average Chromebooks in the market, yet this is justifiable considering its high performance specs. In all, professionals will truly profit from working on Google Chrome’s ecosystem. It is a good choice for people who mean serious business and have very good and stable internet connections at all times as the OS itself depends very much on its connection.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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