On the 3rd day of CES 2021, as Acer sent us some packages, we will bring you some surprises. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 is also the second Chrome operating system device launched at this year’s virtual technology event. We will use a pre-production model of a convertible powered by AMD Ryzen technology. Although we are currently unable to report performance, we would like to organize a short video that briefly introduces the features offered by the new Chromebook and initial impressions of the device. Check it, and then I will detail Acer’s latest premium Chromebook.
Acer Chromebook Spin 51
As I mentioned in the video, Acer is not only targeting the corporate market with this new Chromebook, but also its consumer sector. When it debuts next month, the entry-level model with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage will be priced at $479, but the range of options will go all the way to the Ryzen 7 with 16GB RAM and 256GB NVMe storage. Currently we don’t have the price of the higher-priced model, but you can bet that the price of the top model will not be less than $1,000.
The Chromebook Spin 514 may look a bit familiar, because it has many design clues to the Spin 713. At first glance, the biggest difference is the display. The Chromebook Spin 514 equipped with Ryzen technology is equipped with a 14-inch 16:9 display instead of the 713’s 13.5-inch 3:2 panel. In addition, these two devices can also pass close relatives. The new Chromebook 514 has an aluminum cover and a base with a magnesium alloy keyboard panel. Although the design is similar, 514 does feel more “split” than Spin 713, which is probably due to its MIL-Spec grade drop test, water resistance and direct downward force. The hinges are tight, the chassis is firm, and hardly bends, so you can bend no matter which mode you are in. The best part is that the Spin 514 only adds 1mm of thickness to the 713, so it doesn’t feel like a bulky and sturdy device.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard on the Chromebook is standard on Acer devices, which is a good thing. No, this is not a Pixelbook Go, but the Acer keyboard works well, and this is no exception. The 514 does offer optional keyboard backlighting, which looks very good compared to the black keys. The trackpad is definitely where Acer might sneak up, but that’s not to say it’s bad. What is certain is that it is not glass, but no matter what it is made of, it is not a floppy disk or cheap feel. My guess is polyester film, but I have to do a little research on it. Either way, it has a fairly loud clicking sound, and you will occasionally see very little playback on a non-glass trackpad.
Ports and speakers
Externally, Acer has added many good ports. You will get two USB-C ports, one A port, MicroSD; for Ryzen 5/7 models, you will get one HDMI port. Of course, there is a headphone jack and Kensington lock. The speakers are not the best speakers I have heard on a laptop, but they are far from actual work. In fact, they are loud for downward-emitting audio, with midrange and high pitches as clear as bells. There is just no bass, but hey, this is a laptop. They are great for video conferencing and light media consumption. This is what we currently have until we can do the retail sector and do some realistic benchmarking. The following is a breakdown of the specifications of the Acer Chromebook Spin 514, which will be available at some point in February or March. ->
Chromebook 514 specifications
- Chrome OS/Chrome OS with Chrome Enterprise upgrade function
- 14-inch IPS display, touch screen, full HD 1920 x 1080
- AMD Ryzen Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)
- Up to 16 GB of DDR4 system memory
- AMD Radeon Vega mobile graphics
- Up to 128 GB eMMC, up to 256 GB NVMe SSD
- 2 – USB Type-C port supporting USB 3.2 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
- Display port via USB-C
- USB 3.2 Type A port
- HDMI® port (Acer Chromebook Spin 514 with Ryzen 5 or 7 APU will have a built-in HDMI port. For other SKUs, such as Ryzen 3, Athlon Silver will not have a built-in HDMI port)
- 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack, supports headphones with built-in microphone
- Dimensions: 322.6 (W) x 225.5 (D) x 17.35 / 17.35 (H) mm (12.7 x 8.88 x 0.68 / 0.68 inches)
- Weight: 1.55 kg (3.42 lb)
- Battery life: up to 10 hours
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 5 2×2 MIMO Bluetooth 5
- Audio: two built-in stereo speakers; two built-in microphones
- Durability: American MIL-STD 810 (based on the sand and dust test of MIL-STD 810F).