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Acer Chromebook 14

Acer has been making Chromebooks for years, with the newest mannequin aimed on the enterprise. The Chromebook 14 for Work combines highly effective , lengthy battery life, and the Chrome for Work initiative to make a laptop computer prepared for work.

Chromebook 14 for Work configured as examined:

  • OS: Chrome OS
  • CPU: sixth era Intel Core i5, 2.3GHz
  • Reminiscence / storage: 8GB / 32GB
  • Show: 14-inch, 1920×1080, non-touch
  • Battery life: 10 hour
  • Ports: USB-C, HDMI, 2- USB three
  • Dimensions: 13 X zero.88 X zero.9″
  • Weight: three.2 lbs

The laptop computer has a shiny black lid and a black backside. There’s a USB-C port for charging on the left, together with a full HDMI port, USB three port, and audio port. On the fitting facet is one other USB three, which is the extent of the ports. The Chromebook 14 is lower than an inch thick when closed (zero.88 inch). At three.2 kilos it’s mild for a 14-inch laptop computer.

Further Chromebook protection:

The dimensions is spectacular as Acer has integrated MIL-Spec ruggedization into the Chromebook 14 for Work. It may possibly deal with four-foot drops amongst different hardships, making it ideally suited for tough dealing with widespread on the go.

Opening the lid exposes the 14-inch show and keyboard. The latter is low profile and feels good to make use of. It is not the very best keyboard I’ve used however has typing expertise. The trackpad beneath the keys is giant and operates easily, widespread for Chromebooks. Those that desire a mouse over the trackpad can plug one in as any USB mouse ought to work. I even examined the Microsoft Bluetooth Arc Mouse and it labored high quality out of the field.

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The show as reviewed is excessive for a Chromebook at 1920×1080. It’s not a contact display and is vivid and vivid. Acer used a skinny bezel across the Chromebook 14 for Work and the 14-inch show is in a case usually used for a 13-inch mannequin. This retains the scale down whereas giving nearly an additional inch of viewable actual property. The Chromebook 14 for Work is roughly the identical dimension as my Chromebook 13 (see photo gallery for comparison).

The excessive decision makes it productive to have two home windows show side-by-side, my most popular methodology of operation. Having the Chrome browser open alongside one other app works properly.

The excessive decision show elements closely into utilizing the Chromebook 14 for Work every single day. Whether or not displaying apps within the Chrome browser or in a separate window, issues may be too small to learn. Fortunately, there are two methods to zoom home windows up in Chrome OS.

First, you’ll be able to change show decision on the fly in Chrome OS which makes every thing larger in Settings | Show. Second, as a result of the OS makes use of the Chrome browser as the bottom you’ll be able to zoom home windows throughout the browser, which is simpler than the primary methodology. A easy COMMAND – Plus Signal zooms the lively window a little bit, and you may repeat this as typically as needed till content material is large enough. You too can zoom down utilizing COMMAND – Minus Signal the identical approach. The fantastic thing about zooming this manner is every window, even system home windows, keep in mind the zoom degree till it’s modified.

The highly effective makes the Chromebook 14 for Work the quickest mannequin I’ve used. Tapping one thing on the display leads to a direct motion.

To ensure the Chromebook 14 for Work is an efficient match for the enterprise, Acer has affiliated it with Google’s Chrome for Work initiative. Amongst different options, Chrome for Work makes it straightforward for company IT to deploy and configure Chromebooks for the enterprise.

The takeaway

The Chromebook 14 for Work is highly effective and prepared for the enterprise, particularly for workers working remotely. This large show permits companies to deploy it with out an exterior monitor for these within the workplace to maintain prices down. The Chrome for Work initiative permits IT employees to deploy and configure all Chromebooks with out further price.

This Chromebook is rugged but cellular, and staff will discover it a succesful laptop computer for working remotely. It is not low-cost at $750, however it’s an inexpensive choice and price a glance. There are different configurations obtainable beginning at $350.