Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT in review: A quiet office laptop with good battery life | Techy Kings

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The Acer Chromebook is primarily designed for use in companies or organizations – at least the price point suggests that. Under €580 (~$611) is a lot of money for a simple Core i3 laptop. Comparable Windows laptops cost around 150 to 200 euros less (~$158 to ~$211).

The relatively high price may make the Acer Chromebook 514 uninteresting for private users.

The Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8 GB RAM (LPDDR4X, non-expandable) and 256 GB SSD (PCIe 3, M.2 2280) prepare the device for office and Internet use. The laptop runs quietly but not silently. The CPU actively cools down.

One battery charge (50 W) is enough for a Wi-Fi runtime of 8:53 hours – a good rate by Chromebook standards, but not outstanding. Positive: CB514 can work with both USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery, DisplayPort). Matte (!) touch screen (Full HD, IPS, 14-inch) offers stable viewing angles and good contrast. Although the brightness is very low. The touchscreen has no stylus support, so it can only be operated with the fingers.

An alternative from the Windows world is the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05. It’s about the same price, but offers more processing power and better battery life thanks to the Ryzen APU.

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