Acer had one of the best Chromebooks available in 2021 with the Spin 713 and has now repeated that success with the Chromebook Spin 714. The premium two-in-one doesn’t stray far from its predecessor in terms of what it offers, but Acer has some changes to stay competitive. And while HP Chromebook Elite Dragonfly is a notch above the Spin 714 in terms of design and features, the Acer is a much better value and slightly edged out the HP, earning our Editors’ Choice award.

like

  • Excellent performance, long battery life
  • Docking USI stylus
  • 1080p web cam
  • Durable construction

I do not like

  • Small touchpad
  • No microSD slot

For the Spin 714, Acer went from a 13.5-inch, 2256×1504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio to a 16:10 14-inch, 1920×1200-pixel touchscreen. It’s a lower resolution, but this time it has 100% sRGB color gamut coverage. The display is also reasonably bright, although you’ll still struggle with reflections outdoors.

While I prefer the 3:2 aspect ratio for productivity and stylus use, the 714’s display still gives you some extra vertical space to work with compared to the 16:9 widescreen format, and overall feels more balanced, tucking more easily into backpack. And for those who want to use this to take notes, sketch out a floor plan, or use as a digital whiteboard, Acer has tucked a slim USI stylus under the front left edge of this Chromebook.

The stylus charges in its docking station; A 15-minute charge powers it for 240 minutes.

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The Spin 714 is aimed at hybrid workers, students and teachers, 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 display is covered with antimicrobial Gorilla Glass for added durability, and the reinforced aluminum housing is Mil-Spec (MIL-STD-810H) tested to protect against small drops, vibration, rain, dust, high and low temperatures, and humidity. The beefed-up body may be at least partially responsible for its 3-pound weight, which is heavy only when compared to smaller, cheaper Chromebooks.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (CP714-1WN)

Price according to review

$729

Display size/resolution

14-inch, 1920×1200 touchscreen display

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 output, 3.5mm combo audio jack

Networking

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

OS

ChromeOS/Android 11

AUE

June 2030

The configuration I tested is currently the only model available and is priced at $729, but is regularly discounted. It’s not yet available in the UK or Australia, but the price translates to roughly £640 or AU$1,090. When it launches in May, Acer said a higher-end configuration is expected to be available, featuring 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 yet available . For most users, however, the configuration I tested will be more than sufficient.

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

The Spin 714 is a little thick to hold in tablet mode, but it’s 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, among other things. The Spin 714 showed no signs of slowing down in regular productivity use—Microsoft Office PWA, Chrome, Slack, basic photo editing with Photoshop Express—as well as entertainment like cloud and Android gaming and video streaming. Battery life on our video streaming test was also great, lasting 13 hours and 38 minutes.

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

Comfortable backlit keyboard. Small touchpad.

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Rounding out the premium 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 shutter. The webcam and speakers are much better than you’d find on a typical Chromebook, so if you spend a lot of time in 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’s simply because of its size. It works well, but it’s oddly small.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is currently one of the most productive Chromebooks available. It may be a little buttoned up in terms of its overall design, but it’s built to last. Otherwise, you get great performance and battery life, a good display, a docked stylus, and strong connectivity and conferencing features. It even comes at a reasonable price if you get it on sale. But not everyone needs all that on a Chromebook, and there are more affordable options on ours list of the best Chromebooks. This includes Acer’s Chromebook Spin 513which is a fanless version of the Spin 713 with the same 13.5-inch, 2256×1504-pixel touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio.