Acer Chromebook Spin 514 review: Mean green machine

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Sometimes (slightly) bigger is better. Computing on small screens can leave you feeling cramped and unproductive. That’s why the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 packs a 14-inch screen in a convertible form factor, giving you a wide range of ways to use it. This mid-range Chromebook targets those seeking to get more from their machines, such as business users, college students, and teachers. And it comes in a number of configurations to suit your budget. Does it deserve a home in your backpack or briefcase? Find out in the Android Authority Acer Chromebook Spin 514 review.

About this Acer Chromebook Spin 514 review: I used the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (Ryzen 5, 8GB/128GB) for seven days running Chrome OS 89. The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 review unit was provided to Android Authority by Acer for this article.

What you need to know about the Acer Chromebook Spin 514

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 front face

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  • Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (Ryzen 3, 4GB/64GB): $479/£479/€479
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (Ryzen 3, 8GB/64GB): $529
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (Ryzen 5, 8GB/128GB): $599/£599/€599

The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 comes in three different variants. The main differences between them are the processor, RAM, storage, and ports. We tested the high-end model (priced at $599), which has the fastest processor along with the highest configuration of RAM/storage and the most ports. Beyond these differences, the Spin 514 is the same across the versions.

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That means you get a 14-inch Full HD display, an aluminum chassis with military-grade durability, a spacious keyboard, nearly all-day battery life, and the 360-degree spinning form factor. While the entry-level model is available only in Pure Silver, the middle and high-end models are available in Pure Silver and Mist Green. We tested the green colorway.

How is the hardware?

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 right angled profile

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In a word, solid. Acer built a hefty Chromebook in the Spin 514. This device is semi-rugged and can take a beating, which means the chassis is substantial. The lid is covered in aluminum, the lower chassis is made from a toughened plastic material, and the display is covered by Gorilla Glass 3. The Chromebook is…

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