Acer Chromebook 514: 14-inch laptop with matte touchscreen
With the Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT, Acer has a 14-inch laptop that's based on Chrome OS in its lineup. The company opts for a gray case that is made of plastic (base unit) and metal (lid back). A maximum opening angle of 180 degrees allows the display to be folded back all the way down to the surface. The laptop has three video outputs, and it can be enhanced with extensive docking solutions via the two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
The Core i3-1115G4 dual-core processor (Tiger Lake), 8 GB of RAM (LPDDR4X, soldered, no memory slots), and a 256 GB SSD (PCIe 3, M.2 2280) equip the device for office and Internet use. Both noise and heat development are very limited in the actively cooled laptop.
The system runs well and smoothly. Chrome OS loads quickly, and applications open promptly. Thanks to the integration of the Google Play Store, countless Android apps are available to use on the Chromebook. A Wi-Fi 6 module (Intel AX201, 802.11ax) allows access to networks.
The Chromebook doesn't lack endurance: The 50 Wh battery is sufficient for a Wi-Fi battery runtime of almost 9 hours. Good: The included USB-C power adapter (45 watts) can be plugged into both Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C; Power Delivery, DisplayPort).
The matte (!) touchscreen display (Full HD, IPS, 14-inch) offers stable viewing angles and good contrast. Its brightness is too low, though. The touchscreen can only be operated with the fingers, since there's no stylus support.
For more information and many benchmark results, head over to our review of the Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP.