Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK) Chromebook Review

Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK) is a 14 inch Chromebook which belongs to Acer Chromebook 14 series laptops. Acer Chromebook 14 laptops are traditional Chromebooks with stylish design and powerful specifications.

This model, CB3-431-C0AK is a 14 inch Full HD display Chromebook with latest processor (released in Jan 2016) and other best specifications. Lets see the review of Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK).

Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK)


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Design:

Design is a major pro for Acer Chromebook 14 series laptops. These Chromebooks have aluminum alloy casing for better strength and durability. This model features a stylish and very attractive design with well spaced keyboard and large trackpad. Available in Gold and silver colors at the time of writing this review and the model we are reviewing is a gold color laptop.

This Chromebook weighs around 3.42 lbs and is about 0.7 inch thin. You will have a feel of looking at a MacBook because of its sharp edges and attractive keyboard. Overall, its design is unique and attractive.

Display:

This is a 14 inch Full HD LED-Backlit LCD IPS display Chromebook. Basically, Chromebooks of this price range doesn't feature a Full HD display at the time of writing this review. Entry-level Chromebooks and convertible Chromebooks like Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK) feature a 720p display. But in this model, you are getting a Full HD display. So, you can enjoy 1080p movies or videos on a budget-friendly Chromebook.

When using the laptop under lighting conditions, reflections on display becomes major problem. To reduce those reflections on screen, this Chromebook uses Acer ComfyView Technology.

So, getting a Full HD display for a $300 Chromebook is not usual.

Performance:

This Chromebook has enough power to do your daily computing tasks. You can browse internet, play mobile games like android games or Chrome web store games, watch Full HD movies and do light multi-tasking.

Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK) is powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.24 GHz. This processor is almost similar to Intel Celeron N3150 processor which we have seen in Acer Chromebook R 11 (CB5-132T-C1LK). N3160 is released in early 2016 and outputs slightly higher performance than N3150 processor.

So, for a Chromebook, this processor is more-than-enough. 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM is enough to support the processor. Mobile processor and mobile RAM are also a reason for this Chromebooks long battery life.

For entry-level Chromebook, storage is always less. This Chromebook comes with a 32 GB eMMC storage which is common for Chromebooks at the time of writing this review. If you want more storage, you have to use an external hard drive.

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In-built Intel HD Graphics 400 chip is suitable for Full HD display and also for playing games on this Chromebook. You can play Android games or Chrome games without any issues. You may feel lag for high graphic game apps but in general, you can play mobile games in this notebook.

Overall, for a Chromebook, this performance is enough for browsing internet, playing android games, using android apps, doing office work and doing light multi-tasking. Best suited for students and people who want a laptop for general use.

Webcam and Audio:

Make high quality video calls with this Chromebook's HD webcam. This webcam features an 88 degree wide angle lens supporting HDR. So, you can have HD video calls, record HD videos and take high clarity pictures.

You can listen to decent audio with two in-built speakers of this Chromebook.

Overall, this Chromebook features amazing webcam and outputs decent audio from the speakers.

Connectivity:

Connectivity options for this Chromebook are very limited and basic. At left side of the Chromebook, you will find neatly placed lock set, two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port with HDCP support. At right side, you will find few indicators, power socket and Headphone in/out jack.

For wireless connectivity, this model comes with an integrated 802.11 ac WiFi adapter and Bluetooth V4.1 adapter.

Overall, connectivity is for modern users. One of the main drawback of this Chromebook is not having an SD card slot. Also doesn't have a LAN port. Other than that, connectivity options are accepted for this Chromebook. You can have fast data transfers, connect to other display and have better wireless internet connectivity.

Battery:

This Chromebook comes with a 3-cell Lithium Polymer (3920 mAh) battery which can give up to 12 hours of battery life in normal usage. We can expect battery life in between 9 to 12 hours and totally depends on your usage.

Operating System:

This Chromebook runs on Chrome OS.

Others:

You may get 100 GB cloud storage free for two years.

Pros:
  • Very stylish design with attractive colors.
  • Full HD display for the price is major pro for this Chromebook.
  • Outputs good performance for basic computig. You can use this notebook for general computing and entertainment purposes.
  • Intel HD Graphics 400 chip is enough for its display and playing android games.
  • HD Webcam and supports HDR.
  • Two USB 3.0 ports and 802.11 ac WiFi are the best connectivity options to get.
  • Amazing battery life.
Cons:
  • No SD card slot.
  • No LAN port.
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Specifications:


Technical Specification of Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C0AK)
Display 14 inch Full HD LED-Backlit LCD IPS display with Acer ComfyView Technology
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.24 GHz
RAM 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage 32 GB eMMC
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 400
Webcam HD Webcam with HDR and integrated microphone
Audio Two Stereo Speakers
Headphone Jack
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology
Built-in Bluetooth V4.1
Interface One COMBO audio jack
Two USB 3.0 ports
One HDMI port with HDCP support
Battery 3-cell Lithium Polymer (3920 mAh) battery (Up to 12 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 13.4 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight Approx. 3.42 lbs

Conclusion:

This is one of the best Chromebooks to buy at the time of writing this review. Attractive design, best performing specifications for a Chromebook and amazing battery life all under $300.


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