Acer Chromebook Model Number CB3-431-C5FM laptop
The inexpensive Acer Chromebook 14 Celeron aluminum body is much nicer than the plastic competition. The matte-finish, 14-inch full HD IPS display is a great size for work and play, but still keeps this laptop’s footprint small enough for commuting. Chromebooks — laptops running on Google’s Chrome operating system — are more known for being small and cheap than for stylish design. The majority of them have 11.6- or 13.3-inch screens and are plastic, which keeps the prices low. That’s what makes the Acer Chromebook 14 all the more remarkable.
Under what I would consider a normal load — six to 10 open tabs while streaming music or video — Acer CB3-431-C5FM Chromebook 14. Pushing it beyond this by working in more than a dozen tabs and leaving a couple web apps running in the background while streaming music from Spotify caused the music to frequently stutter or there’d be some lag when switching and loading tabs. The review here is the CB3-431-C5FM with a full HD IPS display, a $ 300 configuration with Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor, 4GB of memory, and 32GB of storage. (Note: Pricing and configuration availability varies by region, and this particular configuration is not available in the UK or Australia.) These features are not very powerful components, but are sufficient for Chrome OS and web applications. When adding support later this year, running an Android application should be enough, but I did not know until then. When I think it’s a normal load, I can open 6 to 10 tabs while playing music or video – Chromebook 14 is fast and responsive. Working beyond a dozen tags and running several web applications in the background while playing music from Spotify causes frequent music breaks or delays in switching and loading labels that exceed this limit.
Basically, advanced users will need more power and Acer offers the Chromebook 14 for Work with a Core i series processor, better graphics and more memory, as well as a rugged case and spill-resistant keyboard. Acer claims that this configuration of the battery life of up to 12 hours (HD screen version is 14 hours). Our streaming media video test reached 9.5 hours, which is consistent with Acer told us that the use of wireless technology to destroy the battery performance is the same. Playing video on your laptop, you should be able to reach this 12-hour standard, but to be sure, you’ll get about 10 hours of mixed use. Basically, power users will need more power, which Acer does offer with its Chromebook 14 for Work that has Core i-series processors, better graphics and more memory as well as a sturdier case and spill-resistant keyboard.
Acer claims a battery life up to 12 hours for this configuration (14 hours for versions with an HD screen). We hit 9.5 hours with our streaming video test, which is in line with what Acer told us to expect using wireless to rundown the battery. Playing video on the laptop, you should be able get to that 12-hour mark, but it’s safe to say you’ll get about 10 hours with mixed use.
|Item model number||NX.GC2AA.007|
|Item Weight||3.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.4 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||13.43 x 9.31 x 0.67 inches|
|Flash Memory Size||32.0|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||1.6 GHz Intel Celeron|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||32 GB eMMC|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Wireless Type||802.11 A/C|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||12 hours|