Acer laptops don’t always stand out from the crowd, but there are two things the company does consistently well: make great Chromebooks and great prices. Acer’s new laptop, the Chromebook Spin 514, checks both boxes; position It is recommended as a pick for all those looking for a premium laptop at a budget-friendly price.
I haven’t tested the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 yet, so the laptop may still face a hurdle when it’s released., but this looks like a solid entry just looking at the specs and price. The Spin 514’s standout feature is the new AMD Ryzen 5000 C-series processor, which should offer a big performance leap over the previous model and rival the speeds of the pricier Intel-based Chromebook Spin 713. Design, 1080p display and few other welcome features.
Pricing and availability
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 3 5125C CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD and will be available in the third quarter of this year for a starting price of $579.
Acer Chromebook Spin 514 design, specifications and battery life
The Chromebook Spin 514 isn’t the most exciting-looking device. To put it mildly, it looks like a utility. What it offers is durability and quality materials: Spin 514 aluminum with top and bottom covers and certified to military grade STD 810H durability standards.
There are some interesting angles and some nice chrome trim on the deck, but that’s about it—this is your basic black-on-silver convertible with simple display bezels. At 3.3 pounds and 0.63 inches, the Spin 514 is more portable than most mainstream laptops in this class, and shouldn’t add too much weight to your bag when you lug it to your next class.
The most interesting thing about the Spin 514 boils down to three letters: AMD. The laptop uses the newly announced Ryzen 5000 C-series chips, a Chromebook-specific refresh of AMD’s Barcelo: Zen 3 APU. If that’s all gibberish, that means the Spin 514 should be faster than any AMD-powered Chromebook before it — and by a margin. must be. to be big. In fact, AMD’s flagship Ryzen 7 5825C chip is expected to boast 67% better web browsing performance than its predecessor Ryzen 7 3700C and surpass Intel’s 11th Gen chips.
We’ll have to check those results for ourselves, but I’m optimistic about the good performance we’ve seen from AMD-powered laptops over the past year or so. As always, your mileage may vary; Because the Spin 514 starts with the Ryzen 3 5125C and goes up to the Ryzen 7 5825C. The latter tIt’s the very first eight-core, x86 CPU for Chromebooks. These chips are combined With 16GB LPDDR4 RAM and up to 256GB SSD.
Each of these chips will be powerful enough to stream your favorite shows or movies on a 14-inch, 1080p display. There’s nothing special about this panel, and in fact, it’s one of the few remaining 16:9 screens in the category.. Personally, I prefer a higher aspect ratio. And we hope that the next edition will at least change to 16:10.
Some nice perks that aren’t available on every Chromebook are a touchpad covered in Gorilla Glass, an optional backlit keyboard, and a 1080p webcam. You also get two USB-C ports, a USB-A portheadphone jack and HDMI connection (That’s the last one Only on some parts, obviously).
Acer rates the Chromebook Spin 514’s battery life at up to 10 hours, which worries me. At 10 hours, that’s slightly above average for Chromebooks. But laptop makers tend to exaggerate by using outdated benchmarks. I’d be surprised to see similar results in my own testing, which closely mimics real-world runtimes. We should know next month after Acer drops a review sample.