A Chromebook for the workplace
Chromebooks and the associated Chrome OS have quite a long way to come where they are now. Whereas these notebooks used to be light-weight devices that only served you with an internet connection for light (administrative) work, this has long since ceased to be the case. This also shows Acer’s latest Chromebook, aimed at the business market.
The Chromebook has matured. Previously felt the device as a pilot balloon, now it has become a platform that can measure with the higher segment of devices.
Several manufacturers put their shoulders under the Chromebook where you obviously do not have to expect Ultrabook specifications, but have more than enough HPs to work fine without losing the benefits that Chromebooks bring. Acer, who have put a device for business users on the market with the Chromebook 14.
Housing and gates
Immediately the housing of the device falls. For example, the valve is fitted with sturdy Gorilla Glass with a metal strip around it. That does not only look very nice, it also ensures that the device can take a beating. For ports, you have two USB 3.1 ports at your disposal, plus an HDMI port and a USB-C port.
The notebook comes in different configurations, we started with the model with the highest specifications. This runs on an Intel Core i5 processor with two cores of 2.30 GHz. In terms of internal memory you have 4GB at your disposal plus 64GB of storage, expandable via an SD card.
The 14-inch display is really attractive to the device. This has small screen edges which looks nice and gives the Chromebook a stylish look. In addition, that keeps the device compact.
The LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 is matte and tops the majority of available Chromebooks with a very impressive viewing angle. It does not matter from which angle you look at the screen, of washed-out colors is completely out of the question and we regularly see it differently.
Work on a Chromebook
As far as material and specifications are concerned, Acer will not let you down, but working on the Chromebook is great too. The recipe is known: you log in with your Google account and then you can use all Drive apps, also offl ine. The typing on the keyboard feels nice and soft, which means: no loud tap sounds, but the necessary haptic feedback. The only downside is the lack of backlit keys that some business users will probably find a loss.
The Chromebook is also very suitable for conferencing. The Full HD camera has a wide viewing angle which makes it possible to have a video call with multiple behind the Chromebook via Google Hangouts.
Impressive battery life
We previously called this review all the advantages of a Chromebook. These are mainly price and an impressive battery life. The Chromebook 14 also has a very efficient power policy. You easily tap the 12 hours on average use, which makes it a great device to take on long business trips.
Acer Chromebook for Work 14
Price: € 579, –
OS: Chrome OS
CPU: Intel Core i5; 2.30 GHz
Display: 14 “; 1920 x 1080; 16: 9 IPS
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 520
Acer Chromebook for Work 14
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