Acer Chromebook Spin 514 CP514-1H-R79Q
Average of 8 scores (from 11 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 CP514-1H-R79Q
So who is the Chromebook Spin 514 for? It’s priced at $499 for the base model here in the U.S. at Best Buy, which includes the Ryzen 3 3250C, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC flash storage. Acer also offers configurations of the Spin 514 including 8GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage for $529, and the model we tested with the Ryzen 5 processor retails for $599. Between the incredible keyboard experience, the versatility offered by the rotating hinge, and the MIL-STD 810H rating, this would make a wonderful Chromebook for a student. 14-inch displays are kind of the sweet spot for productivity, as 11-inch displays are just too small, and anything larger tends to be too heavy to carry for long periods of time. The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is really the complete package, and if you can get over the potential frustrations with the trackpad, then we would definitely recommend it for just about everyone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/13/2021
Rating: Total score: 90%
If you’re looking for a larger Chromebook with an FHD resolution, touchscreen and 2-in-1 functionality, solid build quality, decent performance, and great battery life, the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is a great choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/06/2021
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 90%
Source: Android Authority
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is a well-built machine that is more durable than many Chromebooks thanks to the MIL-STD rating. It can handle drops and other abuses and come away none the worse for wear. This makes it ideal for people who are frequently working or studying on the go. It also happens to be attractive for such a durable piece of tech, particularly in green. It is held back some by the AMD Ryzen 5 processor and battery life, of that there’s no question. The speakers could be a little better, too. At least it has a solid selection of ports, a good trackpad, and a good keyboard. The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 will best serve people who need a rugged machine, but who don’t need a top-performing laptop. The Spin 514 is a horse of the slow and steady variety, a working animal rather than a thoroughbred racehorse. It gets the job done at its own pace.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2021
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 fails to deliver in too many regards to be worth its $599 asking price. While standout Chromebook hardware is almost an oxymoron, in this premium price range, it is reasonable to expect more and we’ve even seen that from Acer itself with the Chromebook Spin 713. If you can find it on sale, there are reasons to recommend the Spin 514; the keyboard is one of the nicest I’ve used on a Chromebook, the durable chassis means it can hold up to being tossed in a bag and taken everywhere (although the 3.64 pounds makes that less enticing) and the performance is above average for a Chromebook. It doesn’t belong in the upper-echelon of Chromebooks as would be suggested by its retail price, so if you are swayed by the things that it does well, then I’d advise holding out for a sale before you pick up the Spin 514. And while you wait, take a hard look at the best Chromebooks; I promise you, there are better options out there for less.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/28/2021
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Mag
We waffled between giving the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 three-and-a-half or four stars on our five-star scale before deciding that its relatively rare and convenient inclusion of a full-size HDMI port tipped it into four-star territory. It doesn't bump its Spin 713 sibling from Editors' Choice honors because of the latter's squarer 3:2 screen and solid-state storage, but if you watch a lot of videos or otherwise prefer the more common 16:9 aspect ratio, it's a flexible and successful Chromebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/26/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Central
Acer's first Ryzen-powered Chromebook is looking to steal the aging ASUS Chromebook Flip C434's section of the Chromebook market, targeting users looking for power without blowing their budget out of the water. Even the lower-end configurations are plenty powerful for the average workload, and there are options for up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB SSD storage if you feel the need for speed.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/10/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (2021) has seen a boosted performance thanks to AMD's new chip, making this a seemingly great all-rounder ChromeOS laptop at a very attractive price point. Although there's no escaping the fact it looks a little bland compared to more expensive options.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/18/2021
Source: Pocket Lint
If you're looking for a mid-range Chromebook with certainty that it'll last the duration then the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 - as the first one with an AMD Ryzen processor on board - is a good bet. It's well made, fairly priced, has ample ports and power, plus that 360-degree hinge for added versatility. Sure, Google's Chrome OS has its limitations, but for office-heavy digital workloads it could be the ideal companion.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/11/2021
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is the first Chromebook from Acer that's powered by AMD hardware, and it represents a big leap in performance for Chrome OS-based laptops.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/11/2021
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/29/2021
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 80% performance: 85% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/04/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
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80%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
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