Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 has been on the prime of our Finest Chromebook listing for a number of years working now. It is one of the vital beloved Chromebooks of the previous a number of years, and it had a laundry listing of issues going for it: blazing quick Intel processors, a crisp and high-resolution 3:2 display, a beneficiant port choice with Thunderbolt 4, all -day battery life, and one of many higher keyboards you could possibly discover within the Chromebook house. I had very excessive hopes for its sequel, the Chromebook Spin 714.
So it brings me no pleasure to report that the Chromebook Spin 714 is worse than the 713. That does not make it a horrible pc — and at my Core i5 / 8GB / 256GB unit’s MSRP of $729.99, many of those flaws are extra forgivable than they’d be at a value of, say, $1,000. However I do see it, sadly, as a step again. Here is why.
The main space during which this system has improved over the 713 is pace. The 714 is certainly one of few Chromebooks that comes with Intel’s twelfth Gen processors. It’s lightning practically. It dealt with my heavy multitasking workload simply nice, and I can not think about it could have an issue working issues in Linux, both. Nothing I threw at it — even after I was hopping between 20-25 tabs and apps — generated any warmth or made the followers spin up in any respect. Whereas I examined final 12 months’s Spin 713, the followers have been raging mainly the entire time. In order that’s a welcome enchancment.
That is additionally, for my part, a barely better-looking pc than the 713. I will not go as far as to name it a handsome system — the design continues to be considerably boring and drab, and an “Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass” brand etched into the highest bezel is especially unappealing. Nonetheless, there are some good accents across the touchpad that make every thing look extra skilled. And the end is high-quality — this system was battered round in my backpack with no scratch. Visually and materially, this system is a step up from the 713. (However, I can not overemphasize, it nonetheless seems to be boring.)