Acer Chromebook 314 review

The Acer Chromebook 314 is a good entry-level laptop for students, college and school.

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Our Verdict

The Acer Chromebook 314 is easy to use, has a great battery life and is more than capable of running multiple apps. This is a great Chromebook for students as it's durable and Google's suite of office apps are excellent. It can be a found wanting for art projects, and you may want to consider upgrading to the touchscreen model. As an entry level Chromebook, it's worth a look.

For

  • Good value for money
  • Excellent for blogging and video
  • Fantastic battery life

Against

  • Build quality could be better
  • We'd prefer a better screen

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There's a proud workhorse feel to the Acer Chromebook 314. It's not the highest spec Chromebook on the market and it's not the most feature rich, but this is a solid alternative to a Windows laptop, has a broad 14-inch screen and is just about compact enough to slip into a small bag.

The best Chromebooks on the market have touchscreens and we love the overpowered Google Pixelbook series in particular that feature Intel Core i7. But while the Acer Chromebook 314 is found lacking when compared to those beefier and more costly Chromebooks, this compact machine knows who it's for; this is one of the best laptops for students on the market, and definitely one of the best Chromebooks for students.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Acer Chromebook 314 review

The Acer Chromebook 314 is easy to use, has a great battery life and is more than capable of running multiple apps. This is a great Chromebook for students as it's durable and Google's suite of office apps are excellent. It can be a found wanting for art projects, and you may want to consider upgrading to the touchscreen model. As an entry level Chromebook, it's worth a look.

Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.