Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FM

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  • Chromebook runs on Chrome OS – an operating system by Google that is built for the way we live today. It comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically*, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. (*Internet connection is required).
  • All the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
  • With the Google Play Store, you can access a rich library of apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines, and more, all from your Chromebook.
  • Chromebooks come with built-in storage for offline access to your most important files and an additional 100GB of Google Drive space to ensure that all of your files are backed up automatically.
  • 100% Aluminum Chassis, Intel Celeron N3160, 14” Full HD, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC, Up to 12-hours Battery Life
  • Max Memory: 8 GB

Specification: Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FM

Standing screen display size

‎14 Inches

Max Screen Resolution

‎1920 x 1080 Pixels

Processor

‎1.6 GHz celeron

RAM

‎4 GB DDR3

Memory Speed

‎2.24 GHz

Hard Drive

‎32 GB Emmc

Graphics Coprocessor

‎Intel HD Graphics

Chipset Brand

‎Intel

Card Description

‎Integrated

Graphics Card Ram Size

‎1

Wireless Type

‎802.11ac

Number of USB 2.0 Ports

‎1

Number of USB 3.0 Ports

‎2

Average Battery Life in hours

‎12 Hours

Brand

‎Acer

Series

‎CB3-431

Item model number

‎NX.GC2AA.007

Hardware Platform

‎PC

Operating System

‎Windows 10

Item Weight

‎3.42 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎13.43 x 9.31 x 0.67 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎13.43 x 9.31 x 0.67 inches

Color

‎Silver

Processor Brand

‎Intel

Number of Processors

‎1

Computer Memory Type

‎Unknown

Flash Memory Size

‎32

Hard Drive Interface

‎ATA-4

Hard Drive Rotational Speed

‎1

Optical Drive Type

‎BD-R

Power Source

‎Battery Powered

Voltage

‎240 Volts

Batteries

‎1 C batteries required. (included)

5 reviews for Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD, Intel Celeron N3160, 4GB LPDDR3, 32GB, Chrome, CB3-431-C5FM

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  1. K8ee Kat

    This get’s one star because it turns on most of the time. This is by far the worst piece of hardware I have ever used. Don’t buy this. Under any circumstances. Don’t even buy it for someone you hate. Normally I have great success with Acer products, but this is a paperweight. FIrst, the space bar only has a central sensors, so if you type fast and hit the edge, it will not register. If I stop actively correcting this issue, mysentencesstartlooking likethis. Second, laggy AF. Thanks for the HDMI out, seeing as the machine can’t handle outputting any sort of moving image onto a tv without it grinding to a stand still. Want to open more than ten tabs in chrome? Sorry, it’s just too much for this machine. Can’t seem to right click with the touch pad, but oh, don’t worry, it comes with a mouse – which in my case only worked for a week. Awesome. I purchased this as an xmas present for my husband and only now am I finding out it is trash. I see why he hasn’t been using it. Surprised he hasn’t asked for a divorce. Also, be aware this machine can not run anything outside a browser, I was aware of this, but some others might not be. Just don’t buy this. It would be better to draw a picture of this machine on a piece of paper and then use your imagination to read emails and watch funny cat videos. WAY LESS FRUSTRATING.

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  2. Voltron00x

    As I write this, the Acer Chromebook 14 is sitting with 13 reviews, all of which are 5 stars… and I do feel a little bit bad here breaking up the perfect game, but after using this Chromebook for a few days, I feel I have an obligation to point out both its strengths and its drawbacks. Even writing that, I can’t say I’m completely surprised by all of the 5 star reviews, as there are a lot of things that this Chromebook gets right.

    There are five key things worth highlighting here.

    First: the screen. Many of Acer’s Chromebooks have, historically, been hampered by their poor displays. Thankfully, this time, Acer has gotten that part right. The Chromebook 14 has a 1080p IPS display with fantastic viewing angles and excellent brightness. I keep it at about 60-70% and it looks fantastic. It feels wonderful to finally say that about an Acer display.

    Second: the build materials. Chromebooks have generally been budget-friendly devices, but recently we’ve started to see some that are either mid-range and high quality (like the Dell 13) or are upper-low end budget devices that still use more premium build materials, like the Asus C100P “Flip” and now, the Acer Chromebook 14. Note that I said build materials, and not build quality.

    Third: 4GB RAM, 32GB local storage. A more recent trend among Chrome OS devices is the inclusion of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, instead of the 2GB/16GB to which we’ve become accustomed. For a lot of users, the local storage limitation isn’t a big deal, as without applications, local storage isn’t that critical… but it is nice for people who like to locally store music, photos, and movies, or who intent to install Crouton (or are looking ahead to the possibility of Android apps). The extra RAM, however, is great for everyone, as it makes this device more capable of running many tabs, or handling higher demand tasks like streaming content, without tabs crashing out or caching/reloading.

    Fourth: Intel N3160 quad-core processor. This processor isn’t exactly going to light the world on fire, but for most of what folks do with a Chromebook, it is going to be adequate, and it provides a user experience that feels significantly faster and more responsive than the N3050 on Windows 10 or Chrome OS, and is also more responsive in Chrome here than the x5-Z8300 is in Windows 10 (such as you’d see in the Intel Compute Stick or Asus E200HA).

    Fifth: $299. When you stack up all these strengths and offer them at a price of $299, you’re getting a fairly impressive value proposition here with this Chromebook. The screen is great, for both media consumption and general computing/web browsing; it offers a nice amount of local storage and solid performance via the Intel processor and 4GB of RAM, and it looks sharp, thanks to modern design queues and aluminum build materials.

    What’s not to love here, right?

    Well…….. I hate to be “that” guy, but there’s a few things to pick at here.

    I keep reading comments along the lines of: “Forget the Dell Chromebook 13 / Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015, this is the Chromebook to get!” And for a lot of people, that’s likely true, but I certainly won’t say that’s true as a blanket statement.

    Let’s start with the Dell Chromebook 13. It has a smaller screen footprint, but is thicker and about the same weight, with a similar screen quality (and a tendency for backlight bleed); however, it packs a much more solid construction and a significantly more premium “feel” throughout, including its trackpad, keyboard, and overall feel in hand. It also has much better performance, including an easily upgraded M.2 SSD that has faster read/write speeds and much more flexibility for those looking to install Crouton (to use Linux). That last part is a small subset of users, but it is still worth noting; however, the performance and build quality gap are very real and will be notable to all users. And, of course, the Dell can be purchased with an even faster Intel Core i3 or i5, and can also be upgraded to a touchscreen, which again may be significant if Android apps come to Chrome OS.

    What about the Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015? Things are less clear here; the Toshiba again has better performance, and uses a real SSD, but it has less impressive build quality and even less impressive materials; it does offer a backlit keyboard and an even nicer screen, still the nicest of these three.

    I think that a lot of Toshiba customers should probably consider the Acer, but those who were aboard the Dell train for its build quality and performance will likely still want to move forward with that device instead of this one; if I had to choose between the two, I’d likely go Dell… but then again, budget isn’t my number one concern. At $300, this is a great purchase…

    …which leads me to my next point, the omnipresent comments about “This feels like a $1000 computer!” or “This is just like a MacBook Air for $300!” The problem is that neither of those statements are close to accurate, and have to be chalked up to pure enthusiasm and excitement.

    For instance, the $799 Dell XPS 13 feels remarkably better to use than this Acer does, as it has smaller bezels, a much nicer trackpad, a much better (backlit) keyboard, and far faster web browsing and general performance. And while the Acer does resemble a MacBook Air 13 from a distance, when you compare them in-hand, any talk of them being similar will disappear. The Acer is very nice, to be sure, especially considering the price or $299, but tapping the trackpad results in a hollow response compared to the MacBook’s assured sturdiness, and the keyboard lacks the superb feel and response you find in a MacBook keyboard. The Acer may copy the MacBook’s style, but it doesn’t approach it’s premium feel when you actually use it.

    This isn’t say the Acer is bad in the abstract; far from it. It has a nice, oversize trackpad that – like pretty much all Chromebooks – is responsive and a pleasure to use. And, its keyboard is comfortable if unremarkable. It also has pretty decent I/O with two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and also 802.11ac WiFi. It does unfortunately lack an SD or Micro-SD card slot, however.

    I can’t help but feel that people are also slightly exaggerating the performance offered by the N3160. It is solid, and does a decent job rendering pages, and paired with the extra RAM here, it adequately handles streaming content in the background – such as YouTube or Spotify – and still maintains a decent browsing experience across eight to ten additional tabs; but realistically speaking, this Chromebook offers slower performance than the $199 Acer C720 from late 2013. Octane 2.0 benchmarks I ran in Guest mode scored around 8,000 to 8,200 which, again, is not horrible, but isn’t much more impressive than budget devices using the Rockchip 3288 from last year (like the $149 Hisense Chromebook). I only mention this because, in my opinion, you’re getting about $300 worth of performance here; anyone telling you this device runs like a $500 or $800 computer is exaggerating. My Dell i3 Chromebook is much faster at loading tabs in general, especially busy ones like CNN.com, as is my MacBook Air 2014. There’s a very real performance gap here when compared to more expensive devices, but also when compared to Chromebooks running on the Intel 2955U or 3205U/3215U, which in the case of the latter Broadwell chips can churn out Octane scores nearly double what the Acer 14 offers.

    None of this means the Acer Chromebook 14 is a bad Chromebook; on the contrary, it is an excellent Chromebook! I led with those first five points for a reason: being able to purchase a decently-performing Chromebook with aluminum build, a 1080p IPS display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of local storage, and an Intel quad-core processor for $299 is basically what the entirely of the ChromeOS subreddit has been asking for over the past few years; as such I have to tip my had to Acer and commend them on building a very nice Chromebook for the consumer space, one which should do a great job converting people to the idea of Chrome OS.

    That doesn’t mean that I can’t be disappointed in the lack of an SD card slot, the hollow feel and sound of the trackpad, the quite average keyboard, the feeling that the “premium” build quality is really just a nice “coat of paint” so to speak, the solidly average performance which is exceeded by devices 2.5 years old or matched by Chromebooks at half the price, the absence of a touchscreen upgrade, or the use of slower eMMC storage instead of a real M.2 SSD.

    These are all valid points that probably make this more of a 4.5 star device than a true 5 stars. Worth buying? Heck yes! But perfect? Not so much.

    And please, everyone, stop saying this is a $300 Chromebook that is nicer and faster than a $1000 MacBook or PC, because if you’ve really used those devices, you know it isn’t true… even if it sounds great in a review.

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  3. Walter García

    Excelente opción! Precio inmejorable y hardware de calidad. El tamaño es el típico de una laptop de gama media, la pantalla se ve bien y clara, acabado elegante en aluminio El sistema operativo y las especificaciones de esta laptop se mezclan y logran un desempeño impecable. Recomiendo para estudiantes por precio y función: Google se ha esforzado por brindar soluciones nativas o en la nube para cualquier necesidad. En caso de requerir instalaciones distintas, la mejor opción es trabajar con Crouton y hacer un dualboot de Chrome OS y cualquier distribución de Linux o usar el proyecto Crostini por el cual se pueden instalar aplicaciones Linux en Chrome OS. Hoy el día, el único pero que le encuentro es 1) Falta de aplicaciones “exclusivas” de diseño de otros sistemas operativos y 2) falta de procesamiento para labores que lo requieran (edición de vídeo, diseño, rendering).

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  4. Massimo Santini

    Primo punto come sempre positivo per quanto concerne la spedizione amazon.
    Il chromebook è importato US quindi vi ritroverete con il layout della keybord US non retroilluminata (al primo avvio potete impostare il layout ITA ed poi applicare degli adesivi ai tasti per poter così utilizzare la tastiera come fosse italiana, io sconsiglio tutto sto trambusto si riesce ad utilizzare tranquillamente il layout US) passiamo al trackpad ampio, sensibile, presciso restituisce un feeling ottimale merito anche di chrome OS. Il monitor essendo un FHD impressiona per risoluzione/definizione e luminosità per me adeguata in tutte le condizioni (anche in esterno). Materiali premium unibody d’alluminio finitura opaca il tutto veramente bello ed elegante. Unico neo le casse, essendo posizionate sotto producono un suono un pò ovattato e non tropppo potente.
    Mi dilungo un secondo su chrome OS; prima cosa importante da sapere che è un OS cloud based semplificando un grande browser tuttte le app sono sviluppate su questo concetto rendendo poco pratico l’utilizzo off line, non dico impossibile perche sarebbe fuorviante ma se pensate di utilizzare il chromebook come un normale notebook siete in errore. Il sistema è veloce e reattivo il processore Intel Celeron Quad-Core N3160 riesce a portare a termine rendering delle pagine web e piccole elaborazioni decentemente, ma da una cpu a basso consumo è sbagliato pensare di ottenere di più.
    Guardando al futuro con la possibilità di poter installare il google play le potenzialità di questo chrome book sicuramente si amplieranno a dismisura!
    Per il mio utilizo direi un ottimo acquisto!

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  5. M. Chavez

    Here’s my impression of the fifth Chromebook in my life.

    Chrome OS – I love Chrome OS, but the only issue is printing. To print from it you need a cloud ready printer or sync up to a computer connected to a printer via the google cloud print settings.

    Build/Materials – The aluminum body makes it feel like a premium product. It feels solid in hands and relatively lightweight. This is probably the biggest reason why people purchased this. It’s beautiful compared to the plastic chromebooks that we are all used to.

    Screen – The 14″ display makes it easier to see pages when it’s on your lap compared to smaller chromebooks. I love having more screen real estate than the 11.6 inch that I am used from my Acer C740. Colors are on the warm side, but everything looks beautiful, I really like this screen. Brightness is satisfying and sufficient, no issues. The matte screen is not as crisp as a glossy screen, but you won’t notice it unless you have them side by side. Viewing angles are better than any TN panel screen, haha. You’ll love the screen.

    Trackpad – Large, easy to use, firmly held in place (not like the loose pads of the C720s and C740s). Some people say it lags, but I have not had any issues with the precision of the trackpad nor have I noticed any lag that impacts my productivity.

    Keyboard – Key travel may be shallow compared to others, but it is negligible to me and it is comfortable to type on. This keyboard is definitely an upgrade compared to other Chromebooks. There’s no backlit keyboard, but this only an issue when using number keys and the row above it in a room with no lighting. Overall keyboard is great, I really enjoy typing on it.

    Speakers – Sound is balanced between highs and lows, but I wish it was louder at its max, but that might lead to sound distortion. The speakers are underneath and facing down so the sound gets smothered when it’s sitting on your lap and you may find yourself increasing the volume. When it’s on a desk the sound is nice and sufficient. Speakers are acceptable, they will not blow you away, if you’re an audiophile they will leave something to be desired.

    Storage – There’s no SD card slot on this chromebook, if that’s a problem get a USB memory card reader ($6 on amazon). I only used the SD card slot for one use on my C740 – to reload the OS after upgrading the hard disk size. You can’t upgrade the hard disk due to being the soldered type, which is a huge disappointment because it doesn’t have an SD card to expand storage… really Acer!!! 32GB is sufficient for my needs but I can see this being an issue for others.

    Performance – Performance is acceptable but will not impress you if you have used other chromebooks….and may even be a disappointment for some. If constantly surfing from page to page, it may feel sluggish compared to the Acer C720 & C740 and Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015. Once pages are loaded working within them is no issue, its the load times that will annoy you if you’re spoiled from fast chromebooks. It’s really noticeable on graphic/content rich sites like amazon, so It does get annoying because I do lots of shopping on amazon – the pages show up quickly, but doesn’t complete loading until several seconds, so you have to wait to hover over pics to view them (It’s not a bandwidth issue as this is not an issue on my C740). Having multiple tabs open isn’t an issue because the 4GB of RAM helps with multitasking. Video streaming – runs 1080p Youtube videos just fine. I have Chromecast and I’ve streamed pages with videos from this computer and found that watching videos and surfing the web really hampers the performance, that’s another disappointment. Fanless processor – no noise, love it. At first I was disappointed with the performance (coming from a Acer C740), but after a week of only using this chromebook it has grown on me…unfortunately every time I use the Acer C740 I am reminded of the performance flaws of this one. I plan to do some chrome flags tweaks to get pages rendering faster (hopefully). Battery Life was my primary motivator in getting this one over the Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015. It’s estimated at 12hrs but real world performance varies by usage (videos will drain it faster). Octane scores are 7,900 or so, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015 (with Celeron) gets Octane scores of 17,000 or so.

    Price – The chromebook is definitely worth the $300 it is priced for. It’s a lot of bang for your buck.

    THOUGHTS – If you’re looking for the best screen on a chromebook with more pep in performance get the Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015 (the only downside is the plastic materials and battery life at 8-9hrs. If you want the longer battery life (12hrs), aluminum body, and more screen real estate, with moderate performance, get this one. If you’re looking for the fastest processor with the most battery life (12hrs), and a great display, get the Dell Chromebook 13. Acer will be releasing the Chromebook 14 for Work which will give you the backlit keyboard, the SD card slot and all the performance you’ll ever need (i-series processors), and up to 13 hours of battery life – yes, a beast and everything you want in a chromebook. Unfortunately the release date is unknown at this moment.

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