Acer Chromebook Spin 714: the premium Chromebook to beat

Acer had one of the best Chromebooks available in 2021 with the Spin 713, and now that success is repeated with the Chromebook Spin 714. The premium two-in-one isn’t far off from its predecessor in terms of what it offers, but Acer has made some changes to keep it competitive. And while HP’s Elite Dragonfly Chromebook is up a notch than the Spin 714 in design and features, the Acer is a much better value and it also slightly outperformed the HP, which is why it got our Editors’ Choice award.

Like

  • Great performance, long battery life
  • Dockable USI stylus
  • 1080p webcam
  • Sustainably built

Not fun

  • Small touchpad
  • No microSD slot

For the Spin 714, Acer has switched from a 13.5-inch, 2,256×1,504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio to a 16:10 14-inch, 1,920×1,200-pixel touchscreen. It’s a lower resolution, but this time it has 100% sRGB color gamut coverage. The screen is also fairly bright, although you’ll still be battling reflections outside.

While I prefer the 3:2 aspect for productivity and stylus use, the 714’s screen still gives you extra vertical workspace compared to a 16:9 widescreen, and it generally feels more balanced and glides easier in a backpack. And for those who do want to use it to take notes, sketch a floor plan, or use it as a digital whiteboard, Acer has tucked a thin USI stylus under the front left edge of this Chromebook.

The stylus charges in its dock; a 15 minute charge gives it 240 minutes of power.

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The Spin 714 is aimed at hybrid workers, students and educators, and anyone looking for a more powerful Chromebook for productivity. As such, it’s not the most interesting design, but it’s built sturdier than cheaper models. The screen is covered with antimicrobial Gorilla Glass for extra durability and the reinforced aluminum housing is Mil-Spec tested (MIL-STD-810H) for protection against minor drops, vibration, rain, dust, high and low temperatures and humidity. The reinforced case may be at least partly responsible for the 3-pound weight, which is only heavy when compared to smaller, less expensive Chromebooks.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (CP714-1WN)

Price as rated

$729

Screen size/resolution

14-inch, 1,920×1,200 touchscreen

Processor

1.7GHz Intel Core i5-1235U

Memory

‎8GB LPDDR4X

Storage

256GB NVMe PCIe SSD

Connections

Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (x2), USB-A, HDMI 2.0 out, 3.5mm combo audio jack

Networking

Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2

Operating system

Chrome OS/Android 11

AUE

June 2030

The configuration I tested is currently the only available model and costs $729, but is regularly discounted. It’s not yet available in the UK or Australia, but the price converts to around £640 or AU$1,090. When it launched in May, Acer said a more advanced configuration was expected to be available with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD, but that’s not available yet. However, for most users, the configuration I tested will be more than adequate.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) in tablet mode, side view

The Spin 714 is a little chunky to hold in tablet mode, but is fine on a desk or lap.

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is Intel Evo verified, which means it meets certain standards for performance, battery life (up to 10 hours in this case), responsiveness, and wireless and wired connections. The Spin 714 showed no signs of slowing down with regular productivity use – Microsoft Office PWAs, Chrome, Slack, basic photo editing with Photoshop Express – as well as entertainment such as cloud and Android gaming and streaming video. The battery life on our streaming video test was also great, at 13 hours and 38 minutes.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714's keyboard and small touchpad on wooden background.

Comfortable backlit keyboard. Small touch pad.

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Rounding out the top features are Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports (one on each side for convenient charging and docking), a comfortable backlit keyboard, and a full-HD webcam with a privacy hatch. The webcam and speakers are much better than on a typical Chromebook, so if you spend a lot of time with Zoom, Teams and Meet, you’ll be happy with what’s built in here. And the fans remained whisper-quiet, even under load. Really the only disappointment is the touchpad and that is simply due to its size. It performs fine, but it is oddly small.

Right now, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is one of the best performing Chromebooks out there. It may be a little buttoned up in terms of the overall design, but it’s made for durability. Otherwise, you get great performance and battery life, a good screen, a dockable stylus, and powerful connectivity and conferencing features. It’s even available at a reasonable price if you get it on sale. But not everyone needs all this in a Chromebook, and there are more affordable options on our list of the best Chromebooks. That includes Acer Chromebook Spin 513a fanless version of the Spin 713 with the same 13.5-inch, 2,256×1,504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio.