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Acer Chromebook Spin 714 Unboxing: big specs, real price

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In this new world of virtual events, it’s easy to get confused about which Chromebooks are here, which ones are coming, and which ones have just been announced. That was a bit of the case with me and the Acer Chromebook Spin 714. Announced back in the spring at the Next@Acer global press conference, this device was exciting and a bit whirlwind. We got a preliminary hands-on look at it, but weren’t able to test or comment on much of anything within that coverage, and had to get it back pretty quickly.

It’s not a blow to Acer or any other company that lets us test things a little early: that’s normal when it comes to devices that aren’t ready for mass production yet. But sometime during my quick introduction to the Spin 714 and the excitement that grew over the excellent Acer Chromebook Spin 513, I forgot what got me so excited about the Spin 714 in the first place.

When we were alerted that this Chromebook was now on sale at Best Buy and that we would have a review device coming soon, I immediately went back to our early hands-on video and quickly remembered why. this might be one of the best Chromebooks from Acer. From build quality to feature set to the now-famous $729 price tag, this Chromebook has little to brag about, and we’re glad it’s officially back in the office to begin the review process.

As a reminder, this Chromebook is fully compliant. In a world where high-end hardware costs over $1,000 (an HP Dragonfly Chromebook with similar specs costs almost twice as much), it’s great to see Acer releasing a well-made, well-equipped Chromebook like this without letting the price tag get away from them.

Key Features of Acer Chromebook Spin 714

  • 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U with Iris Xe GPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 14″ IPS touchscreen, 1920×1200 resolution, 340 nits brightness
  • 100% SRGB
  • 10+ hours battery
  • USI handle included (stowed inside)
  • Webcam 1080p
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Upward facing speakers
  • Wi-Fi 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 lbs
  • AUE: June 2030

With a spec like that, a look that in my opinion puts it above any previously built Acer Chromebook, and a form factor that will make it both performant and portable, there’s clearly a lot to like about this Chromebook.

I haven’t even started the review process for this in earnest yet, but this time we were able to quickly test a few things that we had to wait with last time. Before we talk about them, 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 the quality of this device is definitely better than previous, more expensive Acer Chromebooks. I already like the screen, keyboard, and USI pen that Acer has put in this device, and there are no real speed issues with these internals.

A couple of things we couldn’t talk about last time are benchmarks and speaker quality. Both are very impressive, and you’ll hear a little more of these speakers this time around in the video. They are loud, full and I look forward to having them at my disposal when my review time begins. Second, performance. With an octane rating of 81,000+ and a 2.0 speedometer around 240. you don’t have to wonder if this Chromebook is fast. He’s on fire.

Obviously, there are things around battery, screen, portability and long-term use of things like the trackpad and keyboard that I need time to really appreciate, but Acer has put together a little monster in a Chromebook. I love the Spin 513 I’m using at the moment and have really enjoyed spending time with the HP Dragonfly Chromebook (review on the go), but this new Spin 714 has the potential to find a real sweet spot for adding just about every feature you could possibly want and keeping the price realistic. With many more Intel-powered 12th Gen Chromebooks on the way, this is good news for Acer and hopefully a sign that there’s more to come to the Chromebook market in 2022.

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