Acer Chromebook 514 Spin Review- Top Chromebook

Solve everyday tasks and get the best experience with a Chromebook 514 Spin from Acer, the ideal laptop for students, graduates, homemakers, and professionals.

A few days back at CES 2022, Acer launched a series of new laptops. Since Hybrid laptops are the core theme of the event this year so we have seen a lot of thin and lightweight laptops in 2022 that feature top-of-the-line hardware with exceptional build quality and the latest technologies built in.

The laptops range from Content Creation models to Gaming Models from brands like GigabyteHPLenovoRazerAsusDell, and MSI

While are you seeking a laptop for your daily office usage or for traveling but don’t want to spend much, then Acer has a perfect Chromebook for you in 2022. Acer’s Chromebook Spin 514 slim is a durable laptop that delivers great performance along with great battery life.

Acer is offering you this laptop with two options, either with the AMD Ryzen 5 series 3500C CPU or Intel’s Core-i5 115G7 CPU. Both of these CPUs deliver excellent performance but according to our testing, the AMD Ryzen processor is way better than the Intel CPU.

Now further any delay let’s check out the new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 Laptop.

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 Review – Specs

Here are the detailed specifications of the Acer Chromebook Spin 514.

VariantChromebook
CPURyzen 5 3500C or Core-i5 115G7
RAM8GB
Boot DriveSSD for Intel version/eMMC Flash Memory for AMD version
Memory128GB SSD / 64GB eMMC Flash Memory
Screen Size14 inches
Touch optionYes
Panel TypeIPS, 1920x1080p, 60Hz
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe for Intel CPU/Radeon HD for AMD CPU
Operating SystemGoogle Chrome OS
Ports2x USB C 3.1 Gen 1
1x USB A
1x Audio Mic combo jack
1x HDMI out
1x microSD card slot
Wireless ComponentWiFi 6 only for Intel/Bluetooth v5.0 additional for AMD
Dimension0.66×12.7×8.9 inches for AMD/ 0.76×12.7×8.7 for Intel
Weight3.09 lbs for Intel / 2.87 lbs for AMD
Battery Life TestedUp to 15hrs

Acer Chromebook 514 Review – Price and Availability

Acer’s 2022 model Chromebook Spin 514 is priced at approximately $779 for the Intel Core-i3 version and $659.99 for the AMD 3500C version. It is available worldwide with all major online and offline retailers. But the price of this laptop may vary from one country to another country.

Chromebook Spin 514 – Design and Build Quality

Chromebook Spin 514 - Design and Build Quality
Chromebook Spin 514 – Design and Build Quality

Acer Chromebook’s 2022 model Spin 514 comes with a typical Chromebook design with a silver finish. The main chassis body is made up of a mixture of materials which includes aluminum on the lid of the laptop and a polycarbonate plastic for the base and the keyboard deck. The balance feels much better than the Acer Chromebook 514 i3 Variant. The edges of the laptop are highlighted around the corners with a gem cut chamfer and feature a comfortable cutout below the touchpad as well.

For speakers, there are some grill holes placed below the laptop. The touchscreen display unit features Corning Gorilla Glass. Besides, This Acer’s 2022 model also comes with a 720p webcam which is placed at the top-center position of the display unit. Overall, Chromebook Spin 514 comes with a very basic design but with an extremely functional system.

Acer Spin 514 – Display

Acer Spin 514 - Display
Acer Spin 514 – Display

Acer has constructed a small 14-inch size display unit in the Chromebook Spin 514 model. The panel comes with a 60Hz refresh frequency rate with a touchscreen feature. The quality of the panel is IPS and it delivers close to 100% sRGB for you if you want to do some basic photo editing on this one.

The maximum brightness of the display goes up to 450 nits. We have found no dead pixels on the entire screen and the experience is really good while watching movies or other high definition video content. The display comes with a glossy finish so it might be difficult to work under direct lighting conditions. Other than that this Chromebook can serve a great purpose for everyone.

Top Chromebook Spin 514 – Keyboard and Touchpad

Keyboard

Acer has constructed an ordinary quality keyboard in its Spin 514 model. The keycaps are big and slim in size and style. Also, the keyboard comes with white backlighting and it is really good when working in the dark. The typing experience of this entire keyboard feels really smooth and nice. Although the key travel is a little less to our liking.

Chromebook Spin 514 - Keyboard and Touchpad
Chromebook Spin 514 – Keyboard and Touchpad

Touchpad

The touchpad area of this keyboard comes bigger rater than any other laptop. The surface of the pad comes with a matt finish style and it feels very much comfortable and smooth while operating with fingers. The total area of the touchpad is sensitive and 100% accurate in terms of response or feedback without any kind of lag or glitches.

Acer 2022 Chromebook 514 – Ports and Connectivity

Acer is offering you a limited number of ports in their Chromebook Spin 514 model. On the left side, there is one USB 3.2 Type C port, one USB Type-A port, and one 3.5mm universal headphone-mic combo jack and a microSD card reader.

Acer 2022 Chromebook 514 - Ports and Connectivity
Acer 2022 Chromebook 514 – Ports and Connectivity

On the right side of the laptop there is one USB Type C Port amd one HDMI port for an external display output.

For wireless connectivity, Acer features Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.0. But only the Intel model does not come with a Bluetooth component. Both of these wireless components are very fast in terms of network connectivity and data delivery without any kind of lag or disconnection issues.

Acer 514 Spin – Audio, Battery, and Webcam

Audio

Acer has placed 2 downward facing speakers on the backside of this laptop. The speakers are quite good, But on a high volume level, it creates noise distortion. Although the 3.5mm universal audio-mic combo jack delivers excellent sound quality through when you plugin any good quality headphones. You can also use a pair of bluetooth headphones and go completely wireless!

Battery

Acer has managed to squeeze an outstanding quality battery into Chromebook Spin 514. Acer claims that it features a standby time of up to 15 hrs. We did some experiments with the battery and here are the results.

GeekBench 5.0 Pro32 points, while 1440p Aztec Ruins OpenGL at Offscreen
Battery Test Rundown14hr 50 minutes
Tex Editing on G Drive11hr 32 minutes
Watching HD movies on Netflix10hr 3 minutes
YouTube at 1080p9hr 22 minutes

Webcam

Acer is offering you a 720p resolution quality webcam in the Chromebook Spin 514. The quality of the video and pictures are decent and not something extemely surprising. Even with the presence of blurriness, doing online classes, video calls, zoom calls can be done pretty easily. We expected atleast a 1080p webcam with the Acer but we think we have to wait for that till next year.

Acer Chromebook Spin Laptop – Performance

Acer has manufactured its Chromebook Spin 514 laptop with two CPU options, Ryzen 5 3500C CPU and Core-i5 115G7 CPU. We are lucky enough to test out both the laptops. Both the laptops feature 8GB RAM while the Intel one comes with a 128GB SSD and the AMD one comes with a 64GB eMMC memory. We did some benchmarking experiments with both models and here are the results.

Intel Core-i5AMD Ryzen 5 3500C
CrXPRT2 Performance183points243 points
PCMark12036points12936 points
Basemark Web 3.01003points1104 points

Acer Chromebook 2022 Laptop – Cooling

Acer Chromebook 2022 Laptop - Thermal
Acer Chromebook 2022 Laptop – Thermal

Although the Acer Chromebook comes with a very ordinary type chassis and cooling design, it still keeps the entire laptop cool. Even in heavy load mode, the laptop doesn’t cross 35 degrees celsius temperature in our tests. The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 features a single fan cooling system with a single heat pipe. Even with such a simple and single fan/Heatpipe design, it can easily keep its temperatures under control.

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 2022 – FAQ

What are the free software that comes with this Chromebook laptop?

The laptop comes with its very own Google Chrome OS. The Acer Chromebook comes with different shortcuts for several applications which are already in place, but this may differ slightly from Chromebooks to Chromebooks. If we want to install an app which not already existing on your Chromebook, it can be easily added through the Chrome Web Store.

Can I upgrade my Acer Chromebook?

Unfortunately, Acer doesn’t provide any types of hardware component upgrade on its Chromebook 2022 model. Although Google gives free upgrades regularly to the apps installed on the system. You can also use an external SSD if you think the internal storage space is not enough for you.

How much warranty does the Acer Chromebook have?

The new 2022 Acer Chromebook Spin 514 carries a 1 year warranty.

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 – Verdict

Acer’s 2022 Chromebook Spin 514 model is an entry-level laptop that comes with AMD and Intel CPU options. This is an astonishing laptop when it comes to performance level and battery life. Although, the limited features of this laptop and the absence of a dedicated GPU, don’t justify the price of both Intel and AMD variant models. But that dosent mean this is not a good laptop. This chromebook is really good for everyday usage and with the display being a touchscreen it is extremely popular among students and college goers. The full 1080p display and the lightweight makes it easier to carry around in your backpack as well.

So this was all about the all new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 Review. Feel free to drop in your suggestions if you think we missed out on anything.

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