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  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Memory

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Would you care for some Ryzen with that laptop?

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    What a treat it has been to work and play with this brand new convertible Chromebook with a beautiful narrow-bezel 14 inch full HD screen, stunning aluminum lid, spacious back-lit keys, and AMD Ryzen 3 3000 Series processor. It looks amazingly like its more expensive sibling, the Spin 713, but with a bigger screen. Yes, this laptop has a 14-inch screen, and the Spin 713’s spec is only 13.5 inches! Admittedly, their design is different in that the 713 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, and the 714 has the more commonly seen 16:9, the latter being better for media consumption and the former having more available real estate for office work. But I am typing this review with the Microsoft Word app, and have no usability complaints whatsoever. How is the Ryzen and is 4gb of memory enough? For my purposes, the Ryzen 3 has easily and speedily handled every task I have thrown at it, and 4 gigs of memory has been plenty for my work and play. This Ryzen chip was designed for use with chrome OS, and it shows. There is a fan, and after hours of work, I could sometimes hear it turn on, but it never bothered me. This Spin has not bogged down on me at all, and all tasks have been completed with aplomb. I seldom use the Linux apps, but did turn on the feature to install and use several apps, including Thunderbird mail. I had no problems, but I think you would be pressing the limits of this laptop’s memory if you wanted to keep several Linux apps going at once. The 64gb of internal storage is on an eMMC chip, and not an SSD. It has not slowed me down. I stuck a 256gb card in the micro-SD slot, and have more than enough storage for my future use. The card installs flush and does not protrude at all. There are ports aplenty. USB-C on both sides, and you can charge from either. And there are USB-A ports on either side as well, and an earphone jack. The power button is on the left side, and the volume control on the right. The chassis on this device are MIL-STD 810H certified. That means this laptop can stand some punishment. It is so pretty, I would never want to intentionally test that specification! The sturdy hinge allows the screen to be folded back for the tent mode, and then all the way back to use as a tablet. When you fold the screen all the way back, the keyboard is disabled. The battery life is specified to be up to 10 hours. I have already used it for eight solid hours on a full charge, and it is still going strong. I have no reason to doubt that spec. I think this Spin 514 Chromebook should be considered by anyone looking for an attractive midrange feature-rich Chrome OS device. Streamed movies render beautifully. Office work is a cinch. Honestly, this a lot of machine for a great price. If you are considering a Chromebook, you will want to give this one a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Display, Price, Speed

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to set up and use

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    Within a few minutes of opening the box, I was online and working on this Acer Chromebook – it is that easy to use. The setup is made easier if you have a Gmail account, as many people do. Just enter your account information and verify and you will be online and able to download updates, applications and access your Gmail and G Suite products to which you may have access. The speed of accessing webpages and email is more than adequate – I did not notice any kind of delay. The Ryzen 3 processor in this thing is supposed to have tested to specs near an Intel i7 chip. The Full HD display is every bit as nice as the HD on my much more expensive business laptop thanks to an AMD Radeon graphics processor. There whole thing is very lightweight thanks to a solid state hard drive for memory, but it still appears to be very sturdy. In fact, it claims to meet a military standard for toughness, (MIL-STD 810-H, the latest version of this standard), but I have not drop-tested it and do not plan to do so. Still, it gives me peace of mind to know that it can withstand a little rough handling. I appreciate that it has two USB ports, one on each side – one more than my expensive machine - and it also has all the other ports I need: headphone jack, HDMI port for presenting, USB rectangular (Type C), and MicroSD for my photos. With only 64Gb of memory, however, I will have to get used to storing more things in my cloud accounts. The 360 capability is nice for watching video or sharing documents such as those that you want to sign by drawing with your finger on the touchscreen. The hinges seem very sturdy and the whole thing moves much better than a “yoga” machine I used to own from another manufacturer. Acer claims 10 hours of battery life and I have not used it for that long, but it has exceeded 8 hours. The only real drawback I found is that the keyboard is small, taking up only about half of the real estate available on the surface. I know there are things going on beneath the surface that limit the keyboard size, but I could have done with a smaller touchpad or perhaps moving the pad to the side rather than give up almost 50% of keyboard size. All in all, this is a very competitive Chromebook at a very affordable price and suitable for just about every member of the family except the very young, the power user and the gamer. If I get 3 years’ use out of it, it will have been well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Speed

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

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    Acer 14" Chromebook Spin 514 Convertible - 14” Full HD Touch – Ryzen 3 3250C– 4GB DDR4 Memory – 64GB eMMC Flash Memory The set up is easy. I unpacked the Chromebook, plugged it and pressed the power button on. A welcome page is the first thing you see. Click on the "let's go" button to begin logging in. Connect to your wifi, check and download the latest updates, sign in using your Google account, accept a few more terms and conditions and then it will walk through voice assistance. In order to save battery power, it will default to only being available while the Chrome is plugged in to power. To activate, press the Assistant button or say "ok google" anytime. There are also tips and tricks to set up your Chromebook. It was super easy to connect my printer. I don't have an android device to connect but I obviously have a Google account and it pulled up documents easily. I love how it's compatible with other Google devices or accounts. The Chromebook has full HD (1920x1080) touch capabilities and the latest AMD Ryzen 3 3250C Dual-Core Mobile Processor. The 14" bezel screen made of Gorilla Glass, offers more visual real estate. Though, I think there's some wasted space on the bottom of the screen. There is over an inch tall of black that runs along the bottom of the screen that is unusable and only holds the logo. That should be shrunk down to one third of it's size to allow more usable screen. It's highly durable with the military grade metal chassis. It also has a 360 degree hinge, so the cover can swing completely around which offers so much versatility. The backlit keyboard has concave keys for comfort and ease. For port accessibility there are USB-C ports and USB-A on both sides, and a headphone jack and microSD slot on the left. There is a front facing camera and microphone too. I would personally prefer the power cord to be longer too because I don't think it reaches far enough away when it's charging and I'm working on it. I'm not always right by an outlet. The Chromebook feels pretty heavy and thick for my personal preference but I don't plan on traveling with it. This is my fourth Chromebook, some Acer and some Google. It's not my favorite one, the Google Pixelbook Touchscreeen is, but the Acer Chromebook Spin is still a decent one to have. I appreciate the updated version with the faster processor and higher memory and durability. It will meet all of our needs. Our family loves Chromebooks for online learning, Google Meets, playing games, watching videos. It will adapt to all of your needs easily with the screen being able to rotate all the way around. It's especially great for the kids so they don't have to use my more expensive laptop. If you are looking for a laptop for your basic needs, this will be great. It always boots up quick, is easy to use and the display quality is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Having crash issues

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I initially loved this Acer Chromebook Spin 514, but I keep having issues with it. I took it to the Geek Squad about 10 days after I purchased it because it kept giving me the "Aw Snap" message after crashing the websites I was trying to use as well as my emails. It was supposedly fixed and suggested I not have so many tabs open at once. Made no sense to me because my much older Samsung Chromebook never had that problem and still does not. This problem keeps occurring so frequently that I'm taking it back and leaving it with the Geek Squad until they figure it out or replace it.

    Features

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from TeamAcer
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      We are sorry to hear your Acer Chromebook is crashing frequently and we understand this is frustrating for you. This is not the experience we want our customers to have and we would like to help you get this resolved. If you are located in the US or Canada, please feel free to contact our support team at 866-695-2237; they are available to assist 24/7 for in-warranty products.
      We appreciate you taking the time to write this review.
      Regards,
      Acer America acer

  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Use with apps

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile, mid-range, solid Chromebook

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    The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is a convertible 14” laptop with a 1080p HD touchscreen built with the latest AMD RyzenTM 3 3250C Dual-Core Mobile Processor that provides plenty of performance, with its built-in APU/GPU and great battery life. It came with 64 GB eMMC storage which is more than enough for general web use and apps, but if you plan to download lots of media files and large documents, you may want to also take advantage of the microSD card slot for additional storage expansion. The 4 GB of memory is sufficient for running many Chrome web tabs, watching YouTube videos, Netflix and much more, though it will get a bit sluggish if you never close unused apps. It came with a 45W USB-C charger which helps fully charge the Lithium battery only in a couple of hours. I have not been able to use it for 10 hours consecutively, but I can say it lasted at least 8 hours of mixed use, mostly web, youtube and Netflix. This chromebook has more external USB ports than many much more expensive, high-end laptops. Very thoughtful layout, 1 USB-C and 1 USB-A 3.0 slots on each side, for a combined total of 4 USB ports. Additionally, it still has a good’ol standard headphone jack. The built-in Webcam, microphone and speakers complete the package that makes teleconferencing easy peasy, It worked great when I tried it with Zoom, Teams and Duo. The keyboard has a nice solid feel to it, just enough key travel and most of all it is backlit, which is great while watching TV in the dark. The touchpad is rather large, which makes the wrist pad quite wide, pushing the keyboard further up closer to the screen. It will take some getting used to from my other Chromebooks and Windows laptops. The overall build quality is solid, a bit heavy for its size, but it’s probably because of its MIL-STD 810H rating that reinforces the chassis and will keep it functional and one piece if dropped, which I was only willing to try a slide off the couch onto the carpeted floor :-) I also have an older Acer 15.6” touchscreen chromebook that’s much larger, but only weighs about 0.5 lbs more than this Spin 514 that weighs just under 3.5lbs. It’s certainly light enough to take on travel/vacation. It works well with Chromebook apps and Android Apps from the Google Play store, which automatically loaded once I logged on with my gmail account that was previously used on two other Chromebooks. The durable 360 degree hinge allows you to view at any angle, turn it into a tablet, or stand it up as a tent when watching movies in bed, etc...versatile!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Speed

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful little Chromebook

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    I work in education and since the pandemic, we have been using Chromebooks for any virtual learning and meetings with parents and staff. I had been using an old school-issued Chromebook but saw this device and decided to give it a try. The speed and clarity of the video are amazing! I am working off the same school internet but I don't have issues with freezing or being dropped altogether. This is small enough to carry to work and home every day without issue. It lasts the whole school day on a single charge. I am able to switch between a work google account and my personal account easily. I also love the touch screen (something the school laptop did not have). I no longer worry about not being able to meet with students or parents online.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Memory

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Chromebook value

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    Chromebooks are popular because they are easy to use, fast, inexpensive, and have all day battery life. They are this way because they run a fundamentally lightweight OS that is basically just Google's Chrome browser. Because of this, there are a LOT of inexpensive Chromebooks out there, often with 11" screens. If you have kids in school, you've likely come across these, especially in the last few years (and especially during the pandemic). But what if you want something a bit nicer than those? Some manufacturers have gone overboard, with super high resolution screens that sap the battery life advantage Chromebooks have, along with power hungry processors that Chrome OS will never use fully. (And these have Windows Ultrabook-like prices, to match). Here I think Acer, with the Spin 514, has really done a great job of giving you everything extra that makes a nicer Chromebook a superior experience, without larding it up with "extras" that look good on a spec sheet, but only serve to detract from a Chromebook's advantages over other platforms. The Spin 514 is a 14" touchscreen Chromebook convertible that has a 180 degree hinge that allows for easy conversion to tablet, tent, or laptop mode. The chassis is metallic and sturdy, and I felt the hinges seemed beefy enough to sustain constant folding. This Spin 514 is powered by a Ryzen 3 3250C, a new AMD APU launched late last year seemingly intended for premium Chromebooks. It’s a dual-core, four-thread design with a configurable 12-25W TDP, but AMD lists typical TDP of 15W. Most likely this is what Acer is using for this as they give the base clock as 2.6Ghz, which matches AMD’s 15W specs, so presumably the boost clock is 3.5Ghz. The Ryzen APU also has 3 Radeon graphics cores serving as the onboard GPU, most likely based on AMD’s older but still capable Vega architecture (I don’t believe any Navi-based APUs are slated until later this year at the earliest.) The rest of the internal hardware is rounded out by 4GB of DDR4 RAM along with 64GB of eMMC storage. While eMMC is not the fastest interface, especially compared to PCIe-based SSDs, and 4GB would no longer cut it on a Windows machine, these haven’t hindered the user experience at all. It feels just as fast and responsive--for my uses--as another Chromebook I have with 8GB RAM and a PCIe SSD. In short, the hardware is there to provide the snappy, fast-booting Chromebook experience that’s made them so popular. I would caution, however, that if you do move beyond basic web tasks and productivity software, you might hit some limitations with the 4GB RAM. At 14” and 1080p resolution, I think this is the sweet spot for the screen size and pixel density. (I'm not sure, but I assume it is scaled somewhat to allow for easier reading of text, which is common with smaller screens.) It’s an IPS panel as well, so the viewing angles are pretty good as well. I also found that the 14” size mattered more to me than the 13.3” screen I’ve typically used on a Chromebook--it’s not much on paper, but the subjective experience was somehow large to me than before. Overall, Acer did well with the screen and I think most will be quite happy with it. I also like the feel of the keyboard and trackpad. I’ve found it a pleasure to type on, as I’m a fairly heavy Google Docs user. Having a backlit keyboard is a nice touch as well--a non-backlit keyboard is a deal breaker for me now on anything but the most budget-minded devices. Connectivity was fairly generous as well--two Type C USB ports (either can be used for charging) and two Type A. They are not the newest USB spec, however, so they are limited to the 5Gbps speed. Given that there’s only 64GB of internal storage, I doubt many users will be moving large files between this device and external storage to notice the difference. (I generally find large amounts of internal storage to be of limited utility on a Chromebook--they’re built clearly with the cloud in mind. Only if you load up tons of Chrome apps--or Android apps as well in this case--might this ever be an issue.) Overall, I have really enjoyed using this Chromebook. Because of the larger screen and nice feel of the keyboard, it’s largely supplanted my other Chromebook that has higher specs, but only a 13.3” screen. I don’t do game streaming or play any games--that’s what I have a gaming PC for--but for content consumption and basic productivity (what I think Chromebooks are ideal for, for the vast majority of consumers), it’s really just about perfect. The only thing I’d like is perhaps to have 8GB of RAM. It’s really well built, has a nice screen, good keyboard, and has the flexibility to change between laptop to tablet modes. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Display

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop

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    This is the 3rd Chromebook I've had and they have all been easy to setup and use. Coming from Windows laptops my whole life, I like the fact these don't take any time to maintain. Updates happen automatically, antivirus software is included and all the productivity tools are connected to your Google account. From the time I took it out of the box, I was able to get everything setup and configured in about 10 minutes...however, there was a large update that needed to be downloaded and installed before I could really use it. Once that was done, it was all set to go. During the setup process, you connect it to your Google account and all your settings for Chrome, your photos and Drive are all linked automatically. Most of what I use laptops for these days are web-based and this Chromebook is perfect for that. The display is a touch screen and is bright enough to use outdoors in sunlight. It can also be flipped completely to use it like a tablet. Overall, I would recommend this laptop for anyone looking for using web-based tools or surfing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Display, Price, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Premium with an asterisk

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    This is a premium feeling device, which I find to be rather awkwardly positioned. Looking around the $500 price point, you can get a better spec’ed Windows laptop, which is going to be much more powerful and versatile since you can install software that’s not from an app store. That being said, let’s actually go over this device. Body (positives): This is a premium feeling laptop shell. It is all metal which feels very nice and cool to the touch. There is a tasteful polished beveling to the edges which enhances this and adds some visual interest while also making sure there are no sharp edges. The keyboard feels nice, and each key has a very minor concave shape which provides a nice feel when typing. Body (negatives): The screen enclosure is very slightly smaller than the main body/keyboard enclosure. This, coupled with stiff hinges, makes it actually quite difficult to open this laptop. If you’re not moving around too much, this may not be an issue, but it is worth noting. Also, the “acer” logo on the back of the screen enclosure is raised, rather than etched into the metal, which makes me think it is actually just a sticker that will peel off at some point. Ports (all positives!): This has all the ports you could want, including 2 USB-C ports that will allow you to connect a hub and added monitors, and 2 USB 3.0 ports for anything else on the go. There is even a micro-SD card reader built in – and the obligatory headphone jack. Screen (all positives!): This has a beautiful screen. I’d say it is on par with high-end laptops (similar to my HP Spectre that I use daily). The bezels are slim all the way around, though a little fatter at the bottom than I’d expect on a premium modern laptop. Video playback is beautiful. Sound (all negative!): There are speakers. That’s about all I can say. They are very tinny sounding and somehow always sound like they are pointing away from you, no matter how you position the laptop. If you want to use this for media, invest in some headphones. Camera (all positives!): The camera appears to be very sharp on this laptop. This also lets you see that the graphics work very well (on top of the smooth video playback) as there is no fuzzing or distortion even with reasonably fast movement. Who is this good for?: Chromebooks are good for two or three sets of people, broadly speaking: (1) students who don’t need anything beyond web-browsing and basic document editing for school, (2) tech people interested in the sandboxed security and an easier way to code in Linux than Windows can offer, and (3) people who aren’t comfortable with computers and just want a simple point-and-click interface to get to what they want and are intimidated by even looking at the file explorer on a Windows or Mac machine. For the student, this is a high-end feeling machine, but if they get interested in video or audio editing, or anything requiring more specialized software, this isn’t going to work in the long run (better to get a Windows or Mac machine that will have more RAM and storage anyway). For the Techie, they know what they want and probably already have it. For the profoundly not-tech-savvy, this is a nice machine for browsing the web, having video calls, etc. But, if they are interested in even uploading photos from a device that doesn’t automatically upload them to Google Photos, things will get very complicated. Add to this the premium appearance and price, and you’re looking at a very small subset of the population that this seems targeted toward.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Use with apps
    Cons mentioned:
    Gaming, Memory

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a bullseye, but definitely on target

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    This has been a pretty hard review to write. Out of the box, I was a little disappointed (trackpad issue), then as I continued using it, I grew to really appreciate what Acer was trying to do with this model. At just over 2 weeks of use now, I have aligned my expectations of what the device is capable of and given that, I can appreciate it as a solid laptop. I will detail my issues and what you should expect, but my recommendation is that it is great for general basic use: browsing, researching, document creation, etc. If you plan to heavily use Android Apps, tablet mode, and use with a USI Stylus...you will want to increase your budget as you will need no less than 8GB RAM. Configured with the Ryzen 3 CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB Storage, I think the real kink in the armor is the 4GB RAM, if you try and use the Spin 514 to its full potential. And since most Chromebooks do not have upgradeable memory or storage, there is nothing that can be done to mitigate this. I did do some research to see if anyone else was having issues with what I ran into and it appears that for the US, Acer chose to only give one configuration and that is this model I am reviewing. Which is unfortunate as it greatly hampers the full potential of the device. I do have to warn about the trackpad. It was having some pointer drift (Mario Bros slide effect) when trying to access a menu button. It can be mitigated by turning down the pointer speed, but then compromises the smoothness of the cursor. I did turn on the Touchpad Acceleration and that did seem to help with the cursor drift. I am not sure if this is just a software bug or just the trackpad material used? Touch-to-click is enabled, but if the acceleration is off or speed is turned down, I found it typically did not register and required a full-button press. App Usage While I do have some of my “utility” Android apps like, home security and car maintenance installed and running fine; Gaming is pretty much a non-starter here, unless it is browser based. Stadia Gaming is totally fine and not glitchy, but that can be done with any device as it is not using so much of the system resources, rather the internet connection. I was really excited to use this as a tablet with a stylus as I have really liked this transition from paper and pen and have done so with Android OS, iOS, and Windows OS devices over the years. Sometimes you just need to write your thoughts down. I purchased a USI Penovoal Stylus (Universal Stylus Initiative; Acer does not list this compatibility on the device page, but it is compatible). Based on the reviews of the stylus and the recommendation from websites, the negative experience with the Spin 514 I can only assume is due to the device limitations and not the Stylus. That experience was considerable stroke inconsistency, oddly enough, not lag, just missing pen strokes. Palm rejection is actually an app issue, not a device one. Squid, which was a default app on the device, performed the best overall with consistency of pen stroke and palm rejection, but still not good enough to recommend. While I have become accustomed to digital pens and devices, I do recognize that the Acer Spin 514 would be the cheapest device to do this well, by a large margin. So, while I was hopeful and excited to try that feature out on a Chrome OS device with higher hardware specs than those I have used in the past, it just isn’t in the cards for me on this device. My Gaming Experience Clash of Clans and Angry Birds 2 would never even load, and actually crashed (not the whole system, but the app itself). Asphalt 9 loaded, but I couldn’t get it log-in to my Google Play Games, whereas another person was able to get Asphalt 9 to not only load, but was playable; so if gaming is on your horizon, you may want to look elsewhere as this was not designed for that purpose. Unless however, you are a Google Stadia user. That had no issues running and syncing the controller with the Chromebook was no issue at all...if doing it through Stadia. If trying to just sync it via the device Settings menu, it would not recognize it in Bluetooth or USB-C. It is a little hard to fault Acer in the Android App experience, as that really falls to Google to make it good since they control the hardware requirements for emulation. All of the current Chrome OS devices can do it, but the best experience will require higher hardware specs. The Spin 514 is fine for standard apps, but the gaming element is going to be hit and miss depending on the app. One of my favorite aspects is the Dual USB C ports which either of them can be used to charge the device and handy when locating a wall plug to charge. The power brick can also charge your smartphone and tablets at 15w, 25w, and 45w. Battery (4800mAh) life is pretty good when just using for general web browsing and tasks. I streamed a baseball game while outputting via USB-C to HDMI to a 4K 65” tv using Chrome Browser and the battery died after about 3 hours. I was running extended display mode, so both screens were on the whole time, I think that is pretty good considering. The audio ran through the TV, so no issues there. The claimed 10 hours is pretty close, I used it for about 3-4 hours each day for about 3 days for general web browsing, YouTube, and document creation before needing to charge. Audio seems to be highly dependent on the content for max volume level, but even then just using the built-in speakers it quiet. Whether it was streaming via a browser app or from a local file, the audio at high was very quiet. Loud enough to hear, but definitely no rattling. Plug in some headphones and you better turn down that volume, it definitely gets a lot louder. The screen is nice and gets bright enough for most settings, but you won’t want to use it outside; it just doesn’t get bright enough and is highly reflective. Inside use is fine (facing away from a window) and it will get extremely dark when in a low light setting, which for night use is very handy. Going off the sound profile and the brightness profile, it seems this was definitely designed for a classroom or library setting. The keyboard is a perfect size and the keys feel great with nice feedback and bounce and quiet, seems to be a running theme! And wouldn’t you know the fan is quiet too. Coming back to the screen, it is advertised at full 1080P, but the default screen size setting is 1536x865. That is typical for a small screen that can output 1080P. I prefer the 1707x960 output as the 1920x1080 is just too small. But it can output 2194x1234, so the screen can technically be considered 2K. The touchscreen works as it should at default resolution. When I increase it as stated above, I find it takes a few more taps to get a window to close or minimize and sometimes on menu buttons as well. I did jump back to the default resolution when trying out any of the Android Apps and/or using the stylus, but the results were the same. Some nice features are a backlit keyboard, larger trackpad and double charging ports (as already stated), but also dual-usb 3.0 ports. For a 2-in-1 that is a lot of ports. The hinge is very strong and feels solid when moving one-handed. Opening the screen does require two hands, but I have found that pretty typical of 2-in-1’s. Even if you are not in the market for a 2-in-1, I highly recommend the design. Very few laptops offer 180 degree displays and tap out around 120 to 135. But when in the standing position, that just isn’t enough sometimes and a 2-in-1 gives you 360 degrees of range so you can definitely find the perfect angle for your needs. The keyboard provides really nice feedback and is quiet, again using in a classroom/meeting setting would not bring any distraction to anyone around you. I’m used to a 13.3” size and the small bezels and 14” screen on the Spin 514 is a nice upgrade in screen size, without a noticeable increase in overall size, but there is about 1lb in added weight I’m guessing due to the MIL-STD81H rating. Storage may be a concern for you if you like to have a lot of personal pictures, videos, or other media that typically are larger in size, as the storage is not upgraded on the Spin 514, but there is a MicroSD card slot that could always remain inserted and their are the 4 USB ports already mentioned. The minus 2 Stars in the score comes from the RAM limitations and overall score of the 3 Stars. But if you are looking at this for just general internet browsing, YouTube, document creation, etc. and because of the build quality, number of ports, and design style, then it is easily 5 Stars; Google's security updates until June 2029 for this device is good news too! I can recommend the Spin 514, just know your needs and what you are wanting/needing this device for.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Loving it so far!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Love that it is touchscreen and has the spin option to be able to prop it up or lay flat like a tablet. I also like the backlight in the keyboard. Start up is super fast and it has good features. It works well and suits my needs. So far so good!

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
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    Display
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Travel

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    This has been an excellent performer, plus ported for USBs and Micro SD cards so I can upload files to Dropbox, making standard laptops even more obsolete. Supposedly tougher than the average Chromebook, with the Gorilla Glass touch screen. I take this thing everywhere, so we shall see.

    Features

    Battery Life
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Review of Acer Chromebook Spin 514 6-25-2021

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I like it. It is very similar to the Acer Chromebook 15 I had previously. I especially like the fact that the keyboard has lighted characters, so that if I need to use the Computer while my wife is sleeping with the light not on, the keyboard characters are all lit up. Also, because my new Computer is a mirror of my old one, the installer was able to do a 1:1 copy of my old gmail and google.doc Files, so I did not lose any information from my old Computer. The whole install was pretty slick. I guess that's about it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome purchase

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This is a really nice chrombook so far, I bought two. One for me and one for my 17 year old son. He had to have one when he seen mine. It’s touch screen and you can flip the screen all the way back and use it as a big ole tablet. It is so convenient we are both obsessed with it. My youngest son now wants one and he is a die hard apple fan.

    Features

    Battery Life
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Display, Use with apps
    Cons mentioned:
    Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Chromebook Option

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    I have been wanting an android tablet or a Chromebook for a while. Though I am primarily a PC Windows guy as an avid gamer, for anything non gaming I felt like a Chromebook could be right for me. And I have to say I have not been disappointed at all. First I have to mention how insanely easy set up was. Within minutes I was streaming videos, testing the video capabilities of this machine. If you can handle creating a gmail account, I think you can handle the initial setup and basic operations of this computer. Even with so many things being just slightly different from my PC, I was able to pick up what I needed to know pretty quickly with very little online assistance. So if you are worried about learning a new system, I wouldn’t stress to much. The video is great. It offers full HD with beautiful, crisp colors. Actually it goes a bit beyond that. Full HD is 1920x1080 resolution and this thing can go to 2194x1234. It’s not the brightest screen I have ever seen and it seems a bit more reflective than some. This can be an issue if you are near sunlight. Even inside near a bright window. But other than that, video quality is excellent. Audio is less impressive, but that is typical on portable computers like this. My wireless headphones hooked right up though easily enough for when I need something a little more dynamic sounding. I need to mention the feel of this thing. It does seem a bit on the heavy side, but wow does it feel solid. The casing is impressive. The hinges look and feel very solid and well built. The keyboard is great too. It is responsive, smooth and quiet. I actually prefer the feel of the more clickity clack of mechanical keyboards on my gaming PC. But for something to use on the couch, in the evening when I’m sharing a close space with my girlfriend, this style is perfect. The touch screen is excellent too, very responsive. Although on the highest resolution settings it’s a little tricky to navigate. It can be difficult to hit the right spot on the screen sometimes. As such I dial the setting back a bit if I’m doing something that requires more interaction with the screen. This battery has impressed me. As someone who was just using it for an hour or two in the evenings I think I went well over a week before I had to charge it back up. It doesn’t seem to get that hot and the fans are fairly quiet. All good on this front :) Flipping the screen over and using it more as a tablet is a bit bulky feeling. Not the biggest fan of that, but it does work quit well. So if the weight doesn’t bother you holding it like that, I think its great. I’ll probably use it pretty much just as a laptop style, but I did find I liked that configuration when I was laying on the couch with my knees bent with my head propped up on a couple pillows. As far as running my android apps it seems pretty hit and miss. A lot are supported and work great, but I have also run into many that don’t work. Especially my apps for things like lights, my front door lock, and my smart speaker. But over all I think about 2/3s of the apps I have tried to move off my phone have worked. Gaming is still a work in progress on these things, but I did try some android games and they ran beautifully. My girlfriend plays Townville and has a massive city from 2 years of playing and it ran silky smooth. Hooking up my wireless headphones and printers were a snap. All in all I am very impressed with this device. From being solidly built to its quality performance. If you are looking for a portable computer to use for surfing the web, social media, android app based games (keep in mind not ALL will work), email, word processing and other basic activities this is a great choice. Not a good choice If you are looking to do some serious gaming or video editing or anything that typically needs a lot of RAM to run smooth. And in that context, I would absolutely recommend this to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Display, Price, Use with apps
    Cons mentioned:
    Design

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality updates from Acer!

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    This notebook is a LEAP for Acer's quality - Particularly on their ChromeOS portfolio. Design: The book is heavy, and feels thicker than it should for its size. There was a lot of attention given to heft and the feeling of premium, but the device has almost TOO MANY chamfered edges and almost a fragility introduced from having sharp edges and lots of brushed/polished surfaces. Maybe I just prefer the rounded look and feel of notebooks like the Pixelbook Go or other Chromebooks with a "softer" feel. I didn't get the feeling from this device that I could take it anywhere and use it comfortably, as those sharp edges and shiny parts looked like they'd take nicks and scratches easily, and no one is going to make a snap case for a niche Acer product. Keyboard/Typing: The keyboard on this is the FIRST Acer that felt like a premium device - This is AS GOOD or BETTER than my Dell or Apple keyboards on much more expensive enterprise devices. It also rivals premium typing experiences on Dell's XPS line or HP's Spectre series. The SLIGHTLY indented keys and excellent/even travel are the stadards for everyone else. This is the FIRST Acer device that didn't have a flexy cheap keyboard that I've experienced - This is even better than their gaming laptop keyboards! Performance: The Ryzen 3 in this device is hard to fully evaluate - I think for MOST ChromeOS use cases it will be perfect. I did find that in running certain Linux apps in VM Containers the graphics performance was mixed compared to Intel-based laptops, which could either be shortcomings in Linux to support Ryzen, or in net lower performance compared to 10th/11th gen Intel kit. Since this is a MINOR use case example, I didn't take any points off for this. Android apps and Chrome web-based experiences were smooth and fluid, so this platform is perfect for most users and use cases. Battery: Battery life was good, but not any different than I get from my other ChromeOS devices, so I dont think the Ryzen platform has derived significant benefit. Screen/Display: The 1080p display on this device is an EXCELLENT IPS panel, with good color (not calibrated for a specific color space, but looks great with apps and online). Contrast and brightness are similar to other premium business laptops, but aren't super-premium ultra contrast or ultra-bright displays featured on some flagships. This is expected considering this isn't a specialty or ultra-premium offering. The other concern is the MASSIVE lower bezel, where most other midrange and premium manufacturers have moved to 16:10 or 3:2 ratio displays that escew this design trend, Acer seems to EMBRACE it in the name of keeping a 16:9 aspect display employed (I'm sure to keep costs down) but there isn't even a logo or any information on the bezel - Just a distracting dark VOID - And an opportunity to brand or emblazen the device with some style. Just looking at it from a distance, the top and side bezels look quite modern, while the bottom takes the design language back a few years. It makes the entire laptop look like a design from 2016-era... Overall: Acers first attempt at premium materials and business-grade specs is an admirable one - Their design language just isn't compatible with it (big bulky vents and excessive chamfered shoulders are out-of-style)- If they can solve some of the aesthetics and come up with a Chrome-first design language, this offering will only get better. As it stands, if you like the way it looks, Its a FANTASTIC offering from them that should serve a broad range of users well at the right price point if the value is there!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Just good not great.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    It’s good but not great. I got my gf a Samsung & this one for myself, I think I pick the wrong one. This screen is just good the sound is dissatisfying it seems always low.

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Speed, Use with apps
    Cons mentioned:
    Design

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid build and superb performance

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    This Acer chromebook combines superb performance with solid build quality and excellent battery life. We have a family of heavy Chromebook users and over the past two weeks they’ve been sharing this device for a wide range of tasks from basic homework to web browsing to 3D modelling and writing this review. In all cases the device has performed flawlessly and with performance which often rivals mid-range Intel based laptops. Pros - High quality construction and solid feel - Sharp touch screen with above average color reproduction and contrast ratio - Full size keyboard with excellent feel and large trackpad - Decent built in speakers - Multi-day battery life for moderate use – expect about 4-5 hours of continuous use from a charge - Excellent performance for everything from games to MS Office apps and even 3D modelling (Tinker CAD). - Full set of ports including two USB-A, two USB-C, and even a microSD slot. - Runs cool. - Ultra fast WIFI performance (I got > 400 Mb/s up and down). Cons - Limited software library (remember that by design you cannot download and install Windows apps on a Chromebook) - Typical Chrome related bugs such as apps not installing and printers not being detected. Again, these issues are problems with the Chromebook platform and not with this device. Running Office web apps is easy and fast and documents are seamlessly available across other devices via OneDrive. While these are not the full featured desktop Windows apps, they are quite powerful and flexible and do maintain full compatibility with the desktop versions. In order to really stress test the device, we loaded up the Tinker CAD 3D modelling system. A cube was placed and duplicated over 3,000 times, a hole was extracted from the shapes and gradients applied. In all cases the results rendered within a few seconds and ran at least as quickly that a mid-range Windows laptop running Chrome – in some cases much faster. Chromebooks are not a perfect replacement for a desktop OS, but for web based apps, browsing, email, schoolwork, and other online-centric tasks they provide a great, lightweight alternative. If you’re somebody for whom a Chromebook is a good fit, or if you’re already a Chrome fan, this device is easy to recommend as a high quality and powerful computing companion.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Buy is the only way

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Couldn’t ask for more. Thank you Best Buy

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Acer chromebook

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This was a replacement for last chromebook and is much improved.

    Features

    Battery Life
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Display
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Speed
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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