In this new world of all-virtual events, it’s easy to get confused as to which Chromebooks are here, which are coming, and which are just announced. That was a bit the case with me and the Acer Chromebook Spin 714. Announced back at the Next@Acer Global Press Conference back in the spring, this device was exciting and a bit of a whirlwind. We got a hands-on look at pre-production but couldn’t test or comment on a lot of things within the scope of this coverage and had to return it fairly quickly.
That’s no reason for Acer or other companies to let us test a little earlier: it’s a given when it comes to devices that aren’t ready for production yet. But somewhere in the quick experience I had with the Spin 714 and the excitement building for the equally excellent Acer Chromebook Spin 513, I forgot the things about the Spin 714 that got me so excited in the first place.
When we were notified that this Chromebook was now for sale at Best Buy and that we’d have a review unit on the way, I immediately went back to our early hands-on video and was quickly reminded why This could be one of Acer’s best Chromebooks yet. From the build quality to the feature set to the now-familiar price of $729, there’s little to fault with this Chromebook, and we’re excited to officially have it back in the office to begin the review process.
As a reminder, this Chromebook absolutely packs the specs. In a world where high-end hardware costs over $1000 (an HP Dragonfly Chromebook with similar specs costs almost double that), it’s refreshing to see Acer releasing a Chromebook as well-made, well-equipped as this , without missing the price tag.
Acer Chromebook Spin 714 key specifications
- 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U with Iris Xe GPU
- 8GB of RAM
- 256GB SSD
- 1920 x 1200 14-inch IPS touchscreen at 340 nits
- 100% SRGB
- 10+ hour battery
- Includes USI pen (stowed internally)
- 1080p webcam
- aluminum chassis
- Upward-firing speakers
- WiFi 6e
- Bluetooth 5.2
- Full size HDMI port
- 2x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt
- 1x USB Type A (3.2)
- MIL-STD 810H certified
- Backlit keyboard
- Gorilla Glass trackpad
- 0.71″ x 12.3″ x 8.8″
- 3.09 pounds
- AUE: June 2030
With a spec sheet like this, a look that I think sets it above any Acer Chromebook made before it, and a form factor that makes it both productive and portable, there’s clearly a lot to like about this Chromebook.
I haven’t even started the review process in earnest, but this time we were able to quickly test a few things that we had to wait for last time. Before we get into that I can already tell you that the build quality, color, fit and finish of this Spin 714 is fantastic. It looks great, feels great and this device is definitely better quality than previous high-end Acer Chromebooks. I already love the screen, keyboard, and tucked away USI stylus that Acer has stuffed into this device, and there’s no real question about speed with these internals.
The few things we didn’t really get to talk about last time around were benchmarks and speaker quality. Both are very impressive and in the video you’ll hear a little more of these speakers this time. They’re loud, crowded and I look forward to having them available when I start my review time. Second is performance. With Octane readings over 81,000 and Speedometer 2.0 readings around 240, You don’t have to wonder if this Chromebook is fast. It’s burning.
Of course, there are things related to the battery, the screen, portability, and long-term use of things like the trackpad and keyboard that I really have to rate, but Acer has put together a little monster with the Chromebook. I love the Spin 513 I’m using right now and have really enjoyed my time with the HP Dragonfly Chromebook (review is on the way), but this new Spin 714 has the potential to find it a real sweet spot for adding almost any feature you could want while keeping the price realistic. With many more Intel-based 12th Gen Chromebooks on the way, it’s good news for Acer and hopefully a sign of what’s to come in the Chromebook space in 2022.