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Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT in review: Quiet office laptop with good battery life

Low emissions. Acer's 14-inch laptop offers a matte touchscreen display (Full HD, IPS), low operating noise, good battery life, and Thunderbolt 4. The integration with the Google Play Store allows the use of countless Android apps.

With the Chromebook 514, Acer presents a 14-inch laptop that's powered by a Core i3-1115G4 processor. Google's Chrome OS serves as the operating system. Competitors include devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05, the Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400, the HP 14s, and the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05.

Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP (Chromebook 514 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i3-1115G4 2 x 3 - 4.1 GHz, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4X, onboard, no memory slots
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, capacitive, 10 touchpoints, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Storage
SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N, 256 GB 
, HFM256GD3JX016N, 240 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined headset port, Card Reader: microSD
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.3 x 323 x 219.8 ( = 0.76 x 12.72 x 8.65 in)
Battery
50.3 Wh, 4471 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10 h
Operating System
Google Chrome OS
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 284 g ( = 10.02 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
579 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.7 %
06/2022
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
i3-1115G4, UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
1.4 kg19.3 mm14.00"1920x1080
83.7 %
05/2021
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg17.95 mm13.30"1920x1080
76.9 %
09/2021
HP 14s-fq1357ng
R5 5500U, Vega 7
1.5 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
83.9 %
11/2021
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.5 kg19.2 mm14.00"1920x1080
86.3 %
05/2021
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
R5 5500U, Vega 7
1.4 kg19.1 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case and connectivity - Chromebook with Thunderbolt 4

The gray case's build quality is good, but it lacks rigidity: The base unit (plastic) and lid (metal) can be twisted too easily. A maximum opening angle of 180 degrees allows the display to be folded down completely towards the surface. Both the battery and the rest of the hardware are accessible after removing the bottom cover. Caution: The battery is only held in place by the screws of the bottom cover. After removing the latter, the battery is left inside the case without anything to hold it in place.

A pity: The two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C; Power Delivery, DisplayPort) as well as the third video output (HDMI) are on the same side of the case. The possibility to connect the power adapter, monitor, and/or docking solution on either side would be an advantage for a mobile device. Furthermore, Acer doesn't exclusively use USB-C; there's also a USB-A port (USB 3.2 Gen 1).

The webcam (0.9 MP) generates images in a maximum resolution of 1,280x720 pixels. There are problems with color accuracy: Colors deviate significantly from the target. Good: The camera has a mechanical shutter. In addition, there's a fast microSD memory card reader (reference card: AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60), and a Wi-Fi 6 module (Intel AX201, 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5). A fingerprint scanner is optionally available.

Size comparison

323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 215.6 mm / 8.49 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 1.5 kg3.27 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 219.8 mm / 8.65 inch 19.3 mm / 0.76 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.22 lbs321.57 mm / 12.7 inch 211.59 mm / 8.33 inch 19.1 mm / 0.752 inch 1.4 kg3.04 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.4 kg2.98 lbs
Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C; Power Delivery, DisplayPort), HDMI, combo audio
Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C; Power Delivery, DisplayPort), HDMI, combo audio
Right side: Memory card reader (microSD), USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB-A), slot for a cable lock
Right side: Memory card reader (microSD), USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB-A), slot for a cable lock
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
77.5 MB/s ∼100% +8%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
72 MB/s ∼93%
Average of class Office
  (17.7 - 196.8, n=75, last 2 years)
67.5 MB/s ∼87% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U (Angelbird AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
37 MB/s ∼48% -49%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
34 MB/s ∼44% -53%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7 (AV Pro V60)
25.3 MB/s ∼33% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
85.9 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Office
  (17.2 - 201, n=74, last 2 years)
76.7 MB/s ∼89%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
37.3 MB/s ∼43%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7 (AV Pro V60)
26.6 MB/s ∼31%
ColorChecker
10.3 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
20 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
13 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
22 ∆E
0.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP: 13.5 ∆E min: 0.59 - max: 21.96 ∆E

Input devices - The Acer laptop offers a backlit keyboard

The flat, slightly roughened keys of the backlit chiclet keyboard (five brightness levels) have a short travel and a clear pressure point. The keyboard's slight yielding didn't prove to be bothersome. Overall, Acer delivers a keyboard suitable for everyday use here.

A multitouch-capable ClickPad (approx. 10.3 x 6.3 cm) serves as mouse replacement. Its smooth surface makes it easy for fingers to glide on it. The pad has a short travel and a clear pressure point. The touchscreen (10 touchpoints) doesn't present any problems, and it responds quickly to inputs. It can only be operated with the fingers, since it lacks stylus support.

Chromebook 514 - Input devices
Chromebook 514 - Input devices

Display - Matte IPS touchscreen

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

While the matte 14-inch touchscreen display (1,920x1,080 pixels) delivers a good contrast (1,344:1), the maximum brightness (224.9 cd/m²) is below the target (>300 cd/m²).

The measuring devices register a high-frequency flickering (25,000 Hz) at brightness levels of 80% and below. Sensitive users shouldn't suffer from headaches and/or eye problems.

240
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 242 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 224.9 cd/m² Minimum: 7.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 245 cd/m²
Contrast: 1344:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.61 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 6.21 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
Gamma: 2.54
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AUO403D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Chi Mei CMN14D4, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AU Optronics B140HAN04.E, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Display
Display P3 Coverage
38.11
42.8
37.47
sRGB Coverage
57
63.9
56
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
39.37
44.3
38.71
Response Times
-25%
-11%
3%
-2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 ?(20, 18)
47 ?(20, 27)
-24%
41 ?(19, 22)
-8%
35.2 ?(18, 17.2)
7%
41 ?(18, 23)
-8%
Response Time Black / White *
24 ?(13, 11)
30 ?(14, 16)
-25%
27 ?(15, 12)
-13%
23.2 ?(14, 9.2)
3%
28 ?(15, 13)
-17%
PWM Frequency
25000 ?(80)
25000 ?(20)
0%
29800
19%
Screen
23%
14%
2%
6%
Brightness middle
242
242
0%
220
-9%
256
6%
357
48%
Brightness
225
232
3%
223
-1%
239
6%
315
40%
Brightness Distribution
82
85
4%
85
4%
83
1%
82
0%
Black Level *
0.18
0.235
-31%
0.225
-25%
0.23
-28%
0.455
-153%
Contrast
1344
1030
-23%
978
-27%
1113
-17%
785
-42%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
6.61
1.99
70%
4.16
37%
6.2
6%
3.98
40%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
22.53
2.77
88%
7.43
67%
18.2
19%
6.92
69%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.21
1.78
71%
2.35
62%
5
19%
3.33
46%
Gamma
2.54 87%
2.31 95%
2.62 84%
1.97 112%
2.47 89%
CCT
6373 102%
6567 99%
6389 102%
7364 88%
6138 106%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
3.8
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / 13%
2% / 9%
3% / 2%
2% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

The display's color reproduction is still acceptable out of the box, but the colors deviate a bit from the target. The display doesn't suffer from a blue tint.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 41 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25000 Hz ≤ 80 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 80 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19959 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The viewing-angle stable IPS panel is legible from any position. The screen content can be read outdoors when the sun isn't shining too brightly.

The Chromebook outdoors.
The Chromebook outdoors.

Performance - Sufficient for office and Internet

With the Chromebook 514, Acer has a 14-inch laptop in its lineup that provides enough performance for office and Internet applications.

Processor

The Core i3-1115G4 dual-core processor (Tiger Lake) runs at a base clock speed of 3 GHz. An increase to 4.1 GHz is possible via Turbo. Hyper-Threading (two threads per core) is supported. The CPU delivers results above the 1115G4's average in the browser benchmarks.

CPU Performance Rating - Percent
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
88.2 pt ∼88%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
86.5 pt ∼87%
Average of class Office
 
83.3 pt ∼83%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7 -12!
Intel Core i5-1135G7
74.6 pt ∼75%
HP 14s-fq1357ng -12!
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
70.4 pt ∼70%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE -13!
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
66.1 pt ∼66%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE -12!
Intel Core i3-1115G4
65 pt ∼65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE -9!
Intel Core i5-10210U
50.4 pt ∼50%
Geekbench 5.4
Multi-Core
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
5523 Points ∼100% +105%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
5468 Points ∼99% +103%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4416 Points ∼80% +64%
Average of class Office
  (1150 - 9687, n=116, last 2 years)
4349 Points ∼79% +61%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
3573 Points ∼65% +32%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Intel Core i3-1115G4
2802 Points ∼51% +4%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
2699 Points ∼49%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
  (2341 - 2983, n=7)
2609 Points ∼47% -3%
Single-Core
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1345 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1345 Points ∼100% +13%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
  (1190 - 1352, n=7)
1288 Points ∼96% +8%
Average of class Office
  (531 - 1778, n=116, last 2 years)
1254 Points ∼93% +5%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1190 Points ∼88%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1119 Points ∼83% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
1118 Points ∼83% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U
989 Points ∼74% -17%
CrXPRT 2
Score
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
147 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
147 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
147 Points ∼100% 0%
Photo Effects
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
243 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
243 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
243 Points ∼100% 0%
Face Detection
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
1825 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
1825 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
1825 Points ∼100% 0%
Offline Notes
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
88 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
88 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
88 Points ∼100% 0%
Stocks Dashboard
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
130 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
130 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
130 Points ∼100% 0%
DNA Sequence Analysis
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
310 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
310 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
310 Points ∼100% 0%
3D Shapes
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
5358 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
5358 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
5358 Points ∼100% 0%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U (Chrome 89)
239.4 ms * ∼100% -64%
Average of class Office
  (97.3 - 361, n=12, last 2 years)
191.7 ms * ∼80% -31%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
145.8 ms * ∼61%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
145.8 ms * ∼61% -0%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U (Chrome 89)
1013 ms * ∼100% -54%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (Chrome 82)
848 ms * ∼84% -29%
Average of class Office
  (531 - 1961, n=113, last 2 years)
844 ms * ∼83% -28%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (Chrome 82)
837 ms * ∼83% -27%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 82)
747 ms * ∼74% -14%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
  (658 - 770, n=6)
740 ms * ∼73% -12%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7 (Chrome 82)
716 ms * ∼71% -9%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
657.9 ms * ∼65%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
59497 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
  (49170 - 59497, n=2)
54334 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Office
  (20009 - 75963, n=32, last 2 years)
51045 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U (Chrome 89)
44040 Points ∼74% -26%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
181 runs/min ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
181 runs/min ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (39.7 - 222, n=20, last 2 years)
135.6 runs/min ∼75% -25%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U (Chrome 89)
118 runs/min ∼65% -35%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
296.3 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
296 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (101.3 - 360, n=19, last 2 years)
235 Points ∼79% -21%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
162.9 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
 
162.9 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (62.1 - 252, n=44, last 2 years)
161.7 Points ∼99% -1%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 102)
257 Points ∼100%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7 (Chrome 82)
229 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Office
  (89.2 - 296, n=97, last 2 years)
217 Points ∼84% -16%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4
  (200 - 257, n=5)
216 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Chrome 82)
213 Points ∼83% -17%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (Chrome 82)
208 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U (Chrome 89)
193 Points ∼75% -25%

* ... smaller is better

System performance

The operating system loads quickly, and programs open promptly. The hardware configuration is sufficient for simple office and Internet applications.

RAM can't be expanded.
RAM can't be expanded.
PCMark for Android: Storage 2.0 | Work 3.0
PCMark for Android / Storage 2.0
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
24872 Points ∼100% +21%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
20509 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4, Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
 
20509 Points ∼82% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
20509 Points ∼82% 0%
PCMark for Android / Work 3.0
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
11801 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-1115G4, Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
 
11801 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (last 2 years)
11801 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9775 Points ∼83% -17%

Storage

Acer equips the CB514 with a 256 GB SSD (PCIe 3, M.2 2280). It would be theoretically possible to exchange the SSD, but this would require the removal of a ribbon cable inside the case.

Graphics card

The Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EU graphics core (400 to 1,250 MHz) is in charge of graphics output. A decoder that's integrated into the GPU can unload the CPU when playing videos in common formats like H.264 and HEVC/H.265.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE -1!
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
100 pt ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
 
92.9 pt ∼93%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
88.4 pt ∼88%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE -1!
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
83 pt ∼83%
Average of class Office
 
69 pt ∼69%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE -1!
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
42.7 pt ∼43%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
12146 Points ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
 
12146 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1450 - 12146, n=2, last 2 years)
6798 Points ∼56% -44%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
5190 Points ∼43% -57%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
2074 Points ∼100% +30%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
  (1593 - 2072, n=4)
1781 Points ∼86% +12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15ITL05 81X80074GE
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
1721 Points ∼83% +8%
Average of class Office
  (286 - 3713, n=22, last 2 years)
1700 Points ∼82% +7%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
1593 Points ∼77%
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
9566 points
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Emissions and energy - The Acer laptop barely heats up

Noise emissions

The Acer laptop doesn't produce all that much noise over the entire load range. The fan usually stands still during idle usage and silence prevails. It only revs up a bit under load. The maximum sound pressure level is 32.3 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
25.4 / 25.4 / 25.4 dB(A)
Load
32.1 / 32.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.730.732.628.72537.733.835.937.73142.9444642.94029.731.534.429.75032.933.93732.96324.228.330.524.28017.2212017.210016.117.319.116.112517.217.419.417.216013.314.915.913.320012.813.913.812.825013.213.71313.23151313.312.91340015.215.712.315.250014.614.912.214.663021.321.212.521.38001616.312.216100019.719.311.719.7125020.119.112.220.1160020.119.512.420.1200020.82012.920.8250021.420.81321.4315019.918.913.419.9400021.120.613.921.1500022.121.913.922.1630018.118.614.318.180001821.414.7181000021.924.716.221.91250021.224.514.421.21600016.218.813.416.2SPL32.232.325.632.2N1.51.60.71.5median 18.1median 18.9median 13.4median 18.1Delta2.82.21.12.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung PM991 MZALQ128HBHQ-000L2
HP 14s-fq1357ng
Vega 7, R5 5500U, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VDS02G00
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, Samsung PM991A MZALQ256HBJD
Noise
-5%
-14%
2%
-8%
off / environment *
25.4
26.5
-4%
26
-2%
23.8
6%
24.6
3%
Idle Minimum *
25.4
26.5
-4%
26
-2%
23.8
6%
24.6
3%
Idle Average *
25.4
26.5
-4%
26
-2%
23.8
6%
24.6
3%
Idle Maximum *
25.4
26.5
-4%
31.6
-24%
26.5
-4%
26.7
-5%
Load Average *
32.1
32.6
-2%
41
-28%
28.6
11%
38.9
-21%
Load Maximum *
32.3
35.5
-10%
41
-27%
37.4
-16%
42.8
-33%
Witcher 3 ultra *
30.6

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Chromebook's case temperatures remain within the green range in everyday use (office, Internet). Under load (the Octane V2 and Jetstream benchmarks run in a loop), the chassis can be described as lukewarm at best.

 28.8 °C
84 F
28.5 °C
83 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 27.6 °C
82 F
26.9 °C
80 F
25.3 °C
78 F
 
 24 °C
75 F
24.5 °C
76 F
24 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 28.8 °C = 84 F
Average: 26.2 °C = 79 F
27.1 °C
81 F
32.5 °C
91 F
28 °C
82 F
24.8 °C
77 F
26.5 °C
80 F
26.2 °C
79 F
23.4 °C
74 F
24.9 °C
77 F
24.6 °C
76 F
Maximum: 32.5 °C = 91 F
Average: 26.4 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.9 °C = 91 F | Room Temperature 23.6 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.5 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.5 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.9 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.2 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.5 °C / 79.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (+1.3 °C / 2.3 F).
Heat development - Top (load)
Heat development - Top (load)
Heat development - Top (idle)
Heat development - Top (idle)
Heat development - Bottom (load)
Heat development - Bottom (load)
Heat development - Bottom (idle)
Heat development - Bottom (idle)
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4, Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
HP 14s-fq1357ng
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Lenovo ThinkBook 14 G2 ITL 20VDS02G00
Intel Core i3-1115G4, Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
Heat
-15%
-10%
-13%
-1%
Maximum Upper Side *
32.5
43.1
-33%
37.7
-16%
41.7
-28%
35
-8%
Maximum Bottom *
35.9
53
-48%
45.6
-27%
54.3
-51%
38
-6%
Idle Upper Side *
28.8
25.5
11%
30.6
-6%
26
10%
28
3%
Idle Bottom *
32.5
28.5
12%
29.8
8%
27.1
17%
30
8%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers deliver a passable sound that can hardly offer any bass.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.632.630.62534.435.934.43142.34642.34029.334.429.35031.23731.26324.430.524.48016.92016.910016.519.116.512521.719.421.71602915.92920039.813.839.825053.71353.731561.812.961.840066.912.366.950065.212.265.26306712.56780079.512.279.5100079.411.779.4125076.112.276.1160072.812.472.8200068.212.968.2250071.71371.7315073.413.473.4400073.913.973.9500072.213.972.2630072.714.372.7800076.814.776.81000079.516.279.51250074.614.474.61600067.913.467.9SPL86.825.686.8N700.770median 71.7median 13.4median 71.7Delta10.41.110.422.422.822.429.735.929.731.830.631.824.425.624.422.424.722.424.122.124.122.921.122.925.122.325.131.217.231.233.515.433.539.713.539.753.715.553.759.914.759.964.219.464.259.213.359.257.612.957.663.212.263.271.912.971.970.813.170.867.712.467.767.31367.367.413.267.468.613.168.668.913.268.964.813.564.859.613.659.659.913.559.960.513.660.55713.45760.712.660.779.225.679.243.10.743.1median 60.5median 13.4median 60.56.80.96.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DPLenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 18%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 39% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy consumption

The Acer laptop doesn't reveal any surprises in terms of energy consumption. The maximum power consumption of 25.3 watts is reached during the stress test. The included USB-C power adapter (45 watts) has an adequate capacity.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 6.7 / 7.4 Watt
Load midlight 9.7 / 25.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.

Energy consumption during our The Witcher 3 test / stress test

No graph data

Energy consumption with an external monitor

No graph data

Battery life

The 14-incher achieves a runtime of 8:53 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test. A script is used to reproduce the load caused by accessing websites here.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 102)
8h 53min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 82LM005YGE
R5 5500U, Vega 7, 56.5 Wh
649 min ∼100% +22%
Average of class Office
  (241 - 1715, n=103, last 2 years)
549 min ∼85% +3%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
i3-1115G4, UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, 50.3 Wh
533 min ∼82%
HP 14s-fq1357ng
R5 5500U, Vega 7, 41 Wh
507 min ∼78% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 CB 13IML05 82B80010GE
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
457 min ∼70% -14%
Asus ExpertBook B1 B1400CEAE, i5-1135G7
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 42 Wh
416 min ∼64% -22%

Pros

+ IPS touchscreen display
+ low operating noise
+ low heat development
+ good battery life
+ three video outputs
+ Thunderbolt 4
+ DisplayPort via USB-C
+ Power Delivery
+ Wi-Fi 6
+ keyboard backlighting
+ Android apps available

Cons

- low display brightness
- RAM not expandable/replaceable
- relatively expensive

Verdict - A well-rounded Chromebook

The Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP, provided by Acer Germany.
The Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP, provided by Acer Germany.

The Acer Chromebook has been primarily designed for use in companies or organizations - at least the price level suggests that. Just under 580 Euros (~$611) is a lot of money for a simple Core i3 laptop. Comparable Windows laptops cost a good 150 to 200 Euros (~$158 to ~$211) less.

The relatively high price is likely to make the Acer Chromebook 514 uninteresting for private users.

Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8 GB of RAM (LPDDR4X, not expandable), and a 256 GB SSD (PCIe 3, M.2 2280) gear the device for office and Internet use. The laptop operates quietly, but not silently. The CPU is actively cooled.

One battery charge (50 Wh) is enough for a Wi-Fi runtime of 8:53 hours - a good rate by Chromebook standards, but not an outstanding one. Positive: The CB514 can be powered via both USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 4; Power Delivery, DisplayPort). The matte (!) touchscreen display (Full HD, IPS, 14-inch) offers stable viewing angles and good contrast. The brightness is too low, though. The touchscreen can only be operated with the fingers, as it lacks stylus support.

An alternative from the Windows world would be the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05. It's on par in terms of price, but it offers significantly more processing power and better battery life thanks to its Ryzen APU.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, you can find the Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT in almost the same configuration that we just reviewed, except for the storage space, for around $660 on Amazon (Core i3-1115G4, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD). A version with 256 GB of storage doesn't seem to be available at the moment.

Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP - 06/25/2022 v7
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 73%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 91%
Battery
85%
Display
79%
Games Performance
67 / 78 → 85%
Application Performance
92 / 95 → 97%
Temperature
95%
Noise
96%
Audio
71%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
76%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2022-06-29 (Update: 2022-06-29)