Is the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) a Worthy Successor?
Over the years, Acer’s Chromebook Spin series has produced numerous fan favorites, including the Chromebook Spin 713 from 2020 and 2021. The Chromebook Spin 513 is one of the personal favorite Chromebooks of 2022. With the Spin 714, Acer went in a slightly different direction this year, opting for a different screen size, a different aspect ratio, and a different resolution. Are there enough redeeming qualities to make the 714 a fan favorite again this year? Let’s find out.
The Spin 714’s Design and Chassis
The story of the Spin 714 is an interesting one. In some ways, it is a better device overall than the previous 713s, but in other ways, people may miss those devices. By contrast, with the Spin 714, Acer changed up the winning formula they’ve had by taking the general chassis and design for the Spin 713 and relegating it over to the well-received MediaTek-powered Spin 513. Acer’s 2022 3×2 Quad HD Chromebook is the Spin 513, and the Spin 714 departs from the tried-and-true Spin 713 formula in nearly every other way.
The Spin 714’s Performance
Apart from the solid internals and a convertible form factor, the Spin 714 actually departs from the tried and true Spin 713 formula in nearly every other way. While this isn’t a versus video, it’s important to talk about the Spin 714 in reference to the Spin 713s that came before it. Regardless of Acer’s intent here, people are seeing the Spin 714 as the Spin 713 successor, and that’s both a good and a bad thing for this Chromebook.
The Spin 714’s Display
One of the biggest wins Acer has had in the past few years with the Spin 713 has been the display used in each model. With a QHD resolution, 13.5-inch size, and a 3×2 aspect ratio, the Spin 713 has always been beloved mainly because of its screen, and many times it was even in spite of some serious shortcomings with those previous Chromebooks. It’s easy to forgive a mediocre keyboard and speakers when the screen that you look at every moment you use the Chromebook is so damn good.
The Spin 714’s Price
The model currently on sale at Best Buy comes in at $729, and it’s equipped with a Core i5, 8 gigs of RAM, and 256 gigs of NVMe storage. As always, there may end up being other variants on Acer’s website, but for now, the Best Buy model is what’s available. This thing is crazy fast. For those of you that get into benchmarks, we’re talking Octane scores above 80,000 and Speedometer 2.0 scores that push north of 240.
Food for Thought
The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) is a high-end Chromebook designed to offer powerful performance and versatility. It comes with a 14-inch touchscreen display, 11th Gen Intel Core processors, and up to 16GB of RAM. While it departs from the tried and true Spin 713 formula in nearly every other way, it’s still a worthy successor in many respects. Whether it will be a fan favorite again this year remains to be seen, but it’s definitely worth considering for anyone in the market for a new Chromebook.