In this new world of virtual-only events, it’s easy to get a little confused about the Chromebooks here, those that are coming and those that haven’t been announced. That was somewhat the case with me and the Acer Chromebook Spin 714. Announced in the spring via the [email protected] global press conference, this device was exciting and a bit whirlwind. We got a hands-on pre-production preview, but we weren’t able to test or comment on anything within the scope of that coverage and had to turn it around fairly quickly.
It’s not a blow to Acer or any other company that allows us to test things a little early: it’s normal when we talk about devices that are not yet ready for mass production. But somewhere in the quick experience I had with the Spin 714 and the excitement that was building for the excellent Acer Chromebook Spin 513, I forgot the things about the Spin 714 that had me so excited in first place.
When we were alerted that this Chromebook was now on sale at Best Buy and that we would have a review unit on the way, I immediately returned to our first hands-on video and was quickly reminded why this might be one of Acer’s best Chromebooks yet. From the build quality to the feature set at the now known price of $729, there’s not a lot going on for this Chromebook, and we’re excited to officially bring it back to the office to begin the process. of examination.
As a reminder, this Chromebook absolutely brings the specs. In a world where high-end hardware costs over $1,000 (a similarly spec HP Dragonfly Chromebook costs almost double the price), it’s refreshing to see Acer offer a Chromebook as well-made and well-equipped as this without letting the price escape them.
Acer Chromebook Spin 714 Key Features
- 12th Generation Intel Core i5-1235U with Iris Xe GPU
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB SSD
- 14-inch 1920×1200 IPS touchscreen at 340 nits
- 100% SRGB
- Battery over 10 hours
- USI pen included (internal storage)
- 1080p webcam
- Aluminum frame
- Up-Firing Speakers
- WiFi 6th
- 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 Touchpad
- 0.71″ x 12.3″ x 8.8″
- 3.09 pounds
- AU: June 2030
With a spec sheet like this, a look that puts it above any previously made Acer Chromebook in my opinion, and a form factor that will make it both productive and portable, there’s clearly a lot to like about this Chromebook.
I haven’t even seriously started the review process on this one yet, but we were able to quickly test some things this time around that we had to wait for last time. Before talking about those, I can already tell you that the build quality, color, fit and finish of this Spin 714 is fantastic. It looks great, it feels great, and there’s definitely a finer quality to this device than we’ve had on previous high-end Acer Chromebooks. I already love the tidy USI screen, keyboard, and stylus that Acer has put in this device, and there’s not really a question of speed with those internals.
The few things we couldn’t really talk about last time were the credentials and speaker quality. Both are very impressive, and in the video you’ll hear a bit more of these speakers this time around. They’re loud, full, and I can’t wait to have them available to me when my review time begins. Second place is performance. With Octane scores of over 81,000 and Speedometer 2.0 scores of around 240, you don’t have to wonder if this Chromebook is fast. It blazes.
Obviously there are things about battery, screen, portability and long-term use of things like the trackpad and keyboard that I’ll need time to really assess, but Acer has implemented a little monster in the Chromebook. I love the Spin 513 that I’m using at this particular time and really enjoyed my time with the HP Dragonfly Chromebook (testing in progress), but this new Spin 714 has the potential to find a real sweet spot to add almost any feature you could want and keep the price realistic. With many more 12th Gen Intel Chromebooks on the way, this is good news for Acer and hopefully a sign of things to come in the Chromebook space as 2022 continues.