Acer - 14" Chromebook - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Sparkly silver
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Google Chrome OS
Automatically downloads and installs security and software updates, so you don't have to waste your time managing patches and waiting for restarts.
14" Full HD display
Acer ComfyView technology reduces reflection. The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology. LED backlight.
Intel® Celeron® processor N3160
Entry-level quad-core processor for general e-mail, Internet and productivity tasks.
4GB system memory for basic multitasking
Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.
32GB eMMC flash memory
This ultracompact memory system is ideal for mobile devices and applications, providing enhanced storage capabilities, streamlined data management, quick boot-up times and support for high-definition video playback.
Built-in cloud support
Easily save your files to your Google Drive account for secure access wherever you go. You can also sync with your other devices running Chrome and even work offline when needed. Fees may apply.
Intel® HD Graphics 400
On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.
Weighs 3.42 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin
Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 3-cell lithium-polymer battery.
Bluetooth 4.2 interface syncs with compatible devices
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices
USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).
HDMI output expands your viewing options
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
Next-Gen Intel® Wireless-AC connectivity (2x2, 867 Mbps)
Connect to a Wireless-AC router for nearly 6x the speed, more capacity and wider coverage than Wireless-N (150 Mbps). Backward-compatible with all other Wi-Fi networks and hotspots.
Built-in HD webcam with microphone
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Google Hangouts or other popular applications.
Built-in virus protection and Google products
Work, play and do right out of the box with Search, Gmail, Talk, YouTube and Hangouts, then personalize with the Chrome Web Store. Multiple layers of protection defend against viruses and malware.
Note: This Chromebook does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
- 3-cell battery
- Acer Chromebook CB3-431-C5EX
- Power adapter
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Little laptop that could.Posted .
First of all, you need to know that this is a Chromebook. Expect accordingly and you'll find it very good at being one. It is very fast for general web browsing, even if you view quite a few complex websites at once. I have Ubuntu Linux installed via CHROOT and this Chromebook is surprisingly capable for my university coding needs, not to mention the entire world of possibility that comes with the actual Linux OS. The all aluminum build is fantastic, the screen is crisp, and the track pad is better than any Windows track pad I've ever used, until it suddenly stopped working. It turns out to be a loose ribbon connector, all I've had to do is unscrew and pull out the bottom panel, re-seat the ribbon cable (the one with a blue tap in the center), then put everything back. While I consider it to be easy to fix and maintain, I do recommend that you look for something else if you really care about build quality and reliability. Overall, I'd say this Chromebook is well worth the price, especially comparing to Windows laptops of the same price, if you can find any to begin with.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is ITPosted .
This is IT. Ultimate hardware I ever hoped for. You need to install the Gallium OS linux. First flash the BIOS ROM with mrchrombox RW_LEGACY. Then download and burn gallium OS braswell live latest image on to a flash drive. Then install the linux with the flash drive.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Snappy lil chromebookPosted .
Got it for my wife for Xmas. She loves it. Lighter and easier to carry around than her windows laptop. Also alot faster and less glitchy. Battery life is awesome. Screen looks really good at all angles.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Good and affordablePosted .
I bought this computer for my little sister and it is amazing. it’s at a very affordable price and the resolution is great. The screen is big and clear. It is fast too and very easy to use.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
great camera fast netPosted .
i just love it is very fast and i can take just everywhere i goI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great ComputerPosted .
I work primarily in the Windows environment, using SQL Server/C#/TSQL and related Microsoft stuff. But I've always like the Chromebook idea. My prior 2 Chromebooks are primarily the easy-access and cheap machine around the house or office; not too expensive and good for some limited work. The Acer 14 is simply great. It's my always-on machine. Unlike earlier Chromebooks, the display is superb. WiFi - great. Keyboard - great. And it's fast. I use it at work. Great for Google Keep and MS onenote, which I rely on heavily. To my surprise, Zoho Assist program works on this Chromebook. I've always relied on GoToAssist for user support, but Assist on this Chromebook is fully functional. This is a fun, useful machine.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Trackpad failure in first 10 minutes of operationPosted .
I've been looking around for a chrome book for a few weeks now. The particular Best Buy where I live only carries 2 and neither are ones I wanted. So I drove an hour north to another best buy that had 6 in stock. I had debated on getting the Asus 2 n 1, but noticed this Acer was on sale for $50 off retail, plus it had 32 gb's of memory rather than the standard 16. The one on display worked really well and the 14" screen was a big plus. I couldn't wait to get home and try it out! Boy was I in for a shocker. Got it unpacked, plugged in, turned on and once it booted (which was fast), I logged in with my credentials, connected to my network, then launched the chrome browser. Everything was working great then BOOM! The mouse pointer disappeared. I tried everything. Considering the Chrome Books and Chrome Boxes pretty much require a mouse of some kind to navigate with, I was pretty crippled. I had to search on my phone for shortcuts on how to restart the chrome book. I did a restart a few times. I did a hard reset and power wash 3 times. After pressing Esc + refresh + power - I got the message that the chrome OS was either missing or damaged. So I created a USB recovery stick and did that. It worked! I was so happy! I went ahead and checked for updates and it updated the browser to the latest version. Played around on chrome a bit. Then decided to open up a solitaire game that's in my chrome for my mac mini. Sure enough, not 10 seconds after the game loaded, the mouse cursor disappeared. Again, I did the hard reset but this time the mouse didn't come back. After the power wash, a screen appeared asking me to connect a mouse to the chrome book (apparently it wouldn't detect it's own trackpad). I just finished reloading the recover USB drive again. Why you ask? It was the only way to "sign me out" before I pack it up and return it to the store on Tuesday. No "new" computer...whether it be a Windows based, Mac Based, or ChromeOS based....none should have any kind of hardware failures within the first 10 mins. I have 3 Acer laptops going back to 2006 and have always been impressed by them. Almost every monitor I've purchased in the last 10 years has been made by Acer. I'm typing this review from my Mac Mini and I'm using a 24" widescreen Acer monitor. This is the first Acer product I've purchased that didn't work right out of the box. Hopefully this is an isolated issue...but based on a few group message boards I've been to before writing this review, it's been an ongoing problem with chrome books from all manufactures for some time now, especially Acer. Also, I never write reviews. This is the first product I've bought from best buy in years that I've felt compelled to write a review about. So for the rest of you out there....based on the specs of this unit, if you're lucky enough for it to work for you right out of the box, it looks like a good product. Just beware that there's a chance the trackpad will fail on you, so have a spare mouse laying around. PS: if someone from Acer decides to reply to this review, think about it - why would I send it back to you for repair, when I can just return it to the store for a full refund OR exchange it for the ASUS 2 n 1 unit? I can understand if I had it for 6 months or so...but 1 day?No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I'm a geek and VERY impressedPosted .
I'm a geek and VERY impressed with this machine. I originally bought it for my 87 yr old mother, but she refused to touch it. I was going to return it, but decided to keep it after playing with it. It has a gorgeous aluminum body and looks and behaves like a much more expensive computer (can anyone say macbook?) Documentation is poor, but I cobbled together shortcut cheatsheets from various chromebook articles and taped summaries to to the empty spots around the keyboard. Each time I use it I'm more impressed than the last time. Unless a person has need for enormous compute power, such as for video editing or gaming, this is the way to go! Most apps have cloud based versions, and many can even be accessed off-line. Even though this only has a 16 GB SSD drive, it hasn't really mattered because I keep a 128 GB USB3 flash drive (the short stubby version) connected. I became a convert after listening to Leo LaPorte's podcasts (The Tech Guy) on my phone.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionCan you download Microsoft office onto this? I want to use this for school so I need to be able to use word and PowerPoint.
Asked by Lexa.
- A:Answer You cannot install typical Microsoft Office apps on this device, as it runs ChromeOS. You can however edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using the included Google Apps (Docs,Sheets,Slides) that are FREE apps on the Chrome Web Store and are compatible with most/all files from Office proper... Also, Microsoft makes web-based versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are also in the Chrome Web Store and these would better support existing files but these have some limits to their functionality, and I believe full usage requires an active Office365 account/subscription. I hope this helps! Sorry it's not a yes/no answer. YOU HAVE OPTIONS!
Answered by GadgetGuy1981
Asked by Asia.
- A:Answer I use it for school and 95% of the time it's fine but there are some things I ran into. Google Docs and Microsoft Office does not read older RTF file (rich text format) some of my online classes still use that format, Some online classes are Internet Explorer only and in my case some proprietary software such as Network Simulator is only Windows/Linux/Mac (with one exception) I got though these issue because I also have a Windows Laptop and I would Remote from my Chromebook at school, to my Windows Laptop with a app called Chrome Remote. Another thing Android Apps are coming to Chromebooks, Android has Apps for all of those issues as well.
Answered by John
Asked by LJ.
- A:Answer The screen is matte and it's awesome! It seems to be an IPS display with great colors and contrast.
Answered by EddieN
Q: QuestionHow's the text size? Not small I hope? Can it be adjusted by pressing Ctrl while scrolling wheel on mouse? Is there any other way to enlarge text?
Asked by rover27.
- A:Answer You are able to adjust the font settings in the Chrome browser. Everything is via Chrome browser, so all you do is open Settings>Open Advance Settings>Web Content> Adjust font size. Hope this helps.
Answered by veggiehed
Q: QuestionIs there any difference in specs between this model (CB3-431-C5EX) and model CB3-431-C5FM, of which I've read reviews elsewhere? Is "EX" just the Best Buy code?
Asked by ChromeFan.
- A:Answer Same hardware. Yes, I believe the EX just denotes the Best Buy version.
Answered by FBOL
Asked by bignick.
- A:Answer Yes you can.
Answered by Elio
Q: QuestionHas anyone loaded Linux in dual-boot configuration? Or has anyone booted this computer from a USB drive?
Asked by JW44.
- A:Answer http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/
Answered by HamOp