After seeing HP and Lenovo discount their first 12th gen Intel Chromebooks, Acer is doing the same. Or rather, Best Buy is doing it for them. The $729 Acer Chromebook Spin 714 discount price is already down to $629. That’s a compelling deal on a 12th gen Intel Chromebook with Core i5 processor.
It’s interesting to see the prices of all available 12th gen Intel Chromebooks see a price reduction so quickly after launching. The Spin 714, for example, only became available on July 7. It was preceded by both the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook at $1,149 and the Lenovo ThinkPad C14 Chromebook at $1,049. Those were quickly dropped to $869 and $866.15, respectively.
Although I really liked the HP in my review, it’s still a little expensive. And I’m not a fan of the ThinkPad dual-button mouse and pointing nub, although I’m likely in the minority on that.
So the Acer has been on the radar for my next Chromebook. It’s time to upgrade from the 2018 Acer Chromebook Spin 13.
This ChromeOS laptop may not have the build materials and design of the HP. And it certainly doesn’t have the haptic trackpad found on the Dragonfly either. When compared to the other 12th gen Intel Chromebooks though, you can see what it does have. And for less money.
There’s the Intel Core i5-1235 CPU with Intel Xe graphics, for example. That should offer performance in between the chips in the HP and ThinkPad. It also has 8 GB of RAM, which all three devices include. And the 256 GB SSD is double than what the Dragonfly provides while being on par with the ThinkPad.
All three Chromebooks have the same capabilities when it comes to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And all three offer the standard range of USB and Thunderbolt ports. The ThinkPad does have a pair of USB Type-A ports, which is one more than its competitors.
In terms of displays, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is right in the middle of these options too. It’s a 14-inch, 16:10 touch panel with 1920 x 1200 resolution. The HP has my preferred 3:2 aspect ratio with a 13.5-inch screen, while the ThinkPad goes wide with a 16:9, 14-inch display.
All in all, the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 is very competitive when it comes to specifications. And even at its full price of $729, it’s less expensive than the other 12th Intel Chromebook options.
I know I said this model wasn’t likely for me as I would rather have 16 GB of memory to support my daily Linux usage. But at the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 discount price of $629, I think I’ll take the plunge and order one.
It’s worth it to see if this can be my new daily driver for the next several years. After taking it for a spin, I’ll decide to keep it or return it.