As Chromebooks continue to mature, device manufacturers have also begun to incorporate a wider range of components. This year, Acer announces its first AMD Ryzen-based offering in the Chromebook Spin 514.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 514 comes with an AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processor with Radeon graphics. AMD announced back in September 2020 that it released better processors for Chromebooks, and that’s the Ryzen 3000 C series. Until now, there has not been much talk about what Chromebooks would get the processor upgrade, but it is not surprising that Acer would come out with one. Was just a matter of time!
Starting at just $ 480, Acer’s Chromebook Spin 514 is poised to be one of the better performing and more durable Chromebooks in its segment. That’s because it’s it equipped with up to one AMD Ryzen 7 3700C CPU, which is one 4-core / 8-wire processor with a 2.3 GHz base clock (4.0 GHz boost), 6 MB cache, 10 Radeon Cores at 1400 MHz and 15W TDP. This is a big step up from the A6 and A4 processors AMD introduced for Chromebooks at CES 2019.
It also has 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, and Acer says that the Chromebook Spin 514 has “military” durability thanks to the sandblasted aluminum frame (available in silver, gray and green), which has been tested to withstand drops of up to four meters.
Acer has also included a 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen with Gorilla Glass on the front, along with convenient features, including a backlit keyboard and some low-resolution but still usable HD webcam. However, while Acer says that it has slimmed down the Chromebook Spin 514 frames down to 6.1 mm, the overall screen-to-body ratio of 78% does not seem so impressive to me.
The Chromebook Spin 514 comes with a decent selection of ports, including two USB 3.2 Type-C ports (both of which support video output and charging), a microSD card reader and even an optional HDMI port on select models. You also get support for Bluetooth 5, dual stereo speakers and dual microphones for better handling of video calls. Unfortunately, unlike many other new laptops that will debut at CES 2021, the Chromebook Spin 514 will have to settle for 802.11 ac wi-fi instead of supporting Wi-Fi 6.
Finally, thanks to a closer partnership with Google, along with standard Chrome OS stuff to support running Android apps, the Chromebook Spin 514 is also Google Assistant Lab certified, so Google’s integrated AI helper should be able to understand your questions and commands better.
The standard Chromebook Spin 514 is scheduled for sale in North America in February from $ 480, with the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 with higher specifications expected to be available later in March for $ 780.
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