Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5XK, Aluminum Chassis, 14-inch Full HD Review

14 inch FHD Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5XK

Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5XK

Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431-C5XK is a premium 14 inch Full HD laptop with a solid 100% aluminium chassis, Full HD display with IPS panel, advanced 802.11ac wireless and up to 12 hours of battery life. It is offered with a modern dual core Braswell Intel Celeron N3060 processor at 1.6GHz up to 2.48GHz speeds with Intel Burst for more power and efficiency, 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM memory to multitask efficiently, 32GB internal eMMC flash storage plus free 100 GB Google Drive storage for two years and Chrome OS that boots up in just seconds.

It has the built-in virus protection and updates itself regularly in the background without you being aware so thing will continue running quickly and smoothly. 14 inch LED-backlit FHD ComfyView widescreen display with anti-glare panel has the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with 41% more pixels than regular HD display and 16:9 image aspect ratio and IPS panel with very large viewing angles horizontally and vertically for much sharper texts and clearer images with vivid colors.

Intel HD graphics offers reasonable multimedia performance and helps with playing Google Chrome games comfortably. Sound is reasonable through the dual stereo speakers and high definition webcam has the 1280 x 720 resolution and 88 degree wide angle lens that supports HDR- High Dynamic Range Imaging for clearer and brighter photos and videos so you can have live video chats on Google Hangouts (as Skype does not work on Chrome OS), or take good quality still photos. Celeron N3060 CPU is adequate for simple everyday tasks, basically for anything you may want to do on a Chrome machine but not for very complex software or current games on Windows.

Sparkly silver hairline brush finish Acer CB3-431 (NX.GC2AA.001) looks a bit like Mac Air- is very easy on the eyes with its symmetric and rounded corners and feels very sturdy with its 100% metal chassis, has a fan-less design that helps the machine stay cool and run quietly, weighs 3.42 pounds with measurements of 13.43 x 9.31 x 0.67 inches. It has an ultra slim frame, is lightweight and compact so you can fit it into your bag or briefcase easily and with impressively long battery life you can be out of your home and office and away from power outlets and run any Google apps for your documents, photos, songs and videos as long as you want.

Acer Chromebook 14 FHD CB3-431-C5XK

For connectivity it has no SD Card slot and no DVD drive but the dual band 802.11ac wireless with the new MIMO 2×2 technology (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with three times faster connection for streaming videos faster and better online gaming with larger coverage anywhere in your house, the latest Bluetooth 4.2, 2 x USB 3.1 ports and an HDMI port with HDCP Support.

Keyboard is not backlit and doesn’t have a numeric pad on the side but is very comfortable to type on. Battery life is up to 12 hours in theory from its 3-cell lithium polymer battery and you should be able to get 10-12 hours in light use with reduced screen brightness. You can use Google Docs for your Office files, Hangouts for live video chats, Google Play and more online and offline when there is no wireless connection at the time and everything will synch when you go back online. To sum up, you’re getting very good value for your money here, with high end features that make this Acer stand out from other Chrome OS machines out there, like the large 14 inch Full HD screen and IPS panel, 802.11ac WiFi, very long battery life, aluminium chassis, fast and snappy performance with Chrome OS and a nice price tag.

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