Chromebooks have been fully embraced by schools for their low cost and ease of use. The past few years have experienced a lot of higher-end Chromebooks with better specs and more premium designs. Tech experts believe the trend will continue in 2021. Acer has now announced Chromebook Spin 514 with advanced features. The company added AMD chips into its Chromebooks for a couple of years and now it’s refreshing the lineup with the latest Ryzen mobile processors. Its first Chromebook to use those CPUs is the Spin 514. You will be able to tap into built-in Radeon Vega graphics, whether you opt for a Ryzen 5 3500C or Ryzen 7 3700C processor.
Acer has also claimed that you’ll get up to 10 hours of battery life out of the Spin 514 due to the improved power efficiency of the CPUs. The Chromebook weighs 1.55 kg (3.42 lb) and 322.6 x 225.5 x 17.35 mm (12.7 x 8.88 x 0.68 inches) dimension. Acer is promising military-grade, MIL-STD 810H-compliant durability because of the reinforced aluminum chassis. The Spin 514 has a 14-inch Full HD touch IPS6 display that’s covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3. You can have up to 16 GB DDR4 DRAM and 256 GB of storage in the new device. However, we found the new keyboard deeply satisfying after some brief hands-on time.
The new Acer Spin 514 Chromebook has 2 USB Type-C ports. These are Display-Port compatible and can be used for charging. Two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one supports power-off charging and one for a MicroSD card reader. Other features of the Spin 514 include dual microphones, Google Assistant integration, an HD webcam, dual-band WiFi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0 support. The Chromebook Spin 514 will be available in North America in February 2021 and it will start at $480. The device will hit Europe in March and the base model will cost €529. The enterprise versions of the Spin 514 include the Chrome Enterprise Upgrade, in which the baked-in business features of Chrome OS are unlocked. These models will be available in both regions in March 2021 and will start at $750/€799 respectively.