Acer Chromebook Spin 713 was at the top of our Best Chromebooks list for a few consecutive years now. It’s one of the best-loved Chromebooks of recent years, and it had a to-do list: blazing-fast Intel processors, a crisp, high-resolution 3:2 display, a generous port selection with Thunderbolt 4 , all day battery life, and one of the best keyboards you’ll find in the Chromebook space. I had very high hopes for its sequel, the Chromebook Spin 714.
So it gives me no pleasure to point out that the Chromebook Spin 714 is worse than the 713. That doesn’t make it a terrible computer – and at my Core i5/8GB/256GB unit’s MSRP of $729.99, many of these flaws are more forgivable than they would be at a price of, say, $1,000. But I see it, unfortunately, as a step backwards. Here’s why.
The main area where this device has improved over the 713 is speed. The 714 is one of the few Chromebooks with 12th Gen Intel processors. He is flash quick. It handled my heavy multitasking workload very well, and I can’t imagine it would have a problem running things on Linux either. Nothing I threw at it – even when jumping between 20 and 25 tabs and apps – generated any heat or spun the fans. As I tested the Spin 713 last year, the fans were raging all the time. So it’s a welcome improvement.
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