Acer Chromebook Spin 714 Unboxing: great specs, realistic price

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 Unboxing: great specs, realistic price

In this new world of virtual-only events, it’s easy to get a little confused about which Chromebooks are here, which are coming, and which have only been announced. That was somewhat the case with me and the Acer Chromebook Spin 714. Announced this spring via the Next@Acer Global Press Conference, this device was exciting and a bit of a whirlwind. We got a hands-on look at it before production, but weren’t able to test or comment on much of anything as part of that coverage and had to return it pretty quickly.

It’s no nonsense for Acer or any other company to let us test things out a little early: it’s par for the course when we’re talking about devices that aren’t yet ready for mass production. But somewhere in the quick experience I had with the Spin 714 and the excitement building for the also-excellent Acer Chromebook Spin 513, I forgot the things about the Spin 714 that got me so excited in the first place.

When we were notified that this Chromebook was now on sale at Best Buy and that we would have a review unit on the way, I immediately went back to our early 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 to the now familiar price of $729, there’s little to beat this Chromebook, and we’re excited to officially have it back in the office to start the review process.

As a reminder, this Chromebook certainly has the specs. In a world where high-end hardware costs more than $1,000 (a similarly specced HP Dragonfly Chromebook costs nearly double that), it’s refreshing to see Acer put out such a well-made, well-equipped Chromebook as this without letting the price tag get away from them.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 Key Specifications

  • 12th generation Intel Core i5-1235U with Iris Xe GPU
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 1920×1200 14-inch IPS touchscreen @ 340 nits
  • 100% RGB
  • 10+ hour battery
  • USI pen included (internally stored)
  • 1080p webcam
  • Aluminum chassis
  • Loudspeakers that shoot upwards
  • Wi-Fi 6e
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Full size HDMI port
  • 2x USB Type C w/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 sheet like that, looks that put 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 have yet to begin the review process in earnest on this one, but we were able to quickly test some things this time that we had to wait for last time. Before we talk about these, I can already tell you that the build quality, color, fit and finish of this Spin 714 is amazing. It looks good, it feels good, and there’s definitely a nicer quality to this device than we’ve had on previous high-end Acer Chromebooks. I already love the screen, keyboard and USI pen storage that Acer has put into this device, and there are no real questions about the speed of these internals.

The couple of things we couldn’t really talk about last time were benchmarks and speaker quality. Both are very impressive and in the video you will hear a little more of these speakers this time. They are loud, drunk, and I look forward to having them at my disposal when my assessment period begins. In second place is the performance. With Octane scores of 81,000+ and Speedometer 2.0 scores around 240, you don’t have to wonder if this Chromebook is fast. It’s on fire.

Obviously there are things about the battery, the screen, portability and long-term use of things like the trackpad and keyboard that I need time to really evaluate, but Acer has put together a little monster in the Chromebook. I love the Spin 513 I’m using right now, and I enjoyed my time with the HP Dragonfly Chromebook (review coming), but this new Spin 714 has the potential to find a really sweet place to add almost any feature you could want and keep the price tag realistic. With many more 12th Gen Intel-powered Chromebooks on the way, that’s good news for Acer and hopefully a sign of things to come in the Chromebook space as 2022 continues.

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