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2023 Acer Chromebook 314 features a new Intel i3-N305 inside

Quietly announced earlier this month, the 2023 Acer Chromebook 314 now appears on the company’s site. This is a refresh of last year’s model that ran on an Intel Celeron for its base model. And the main upgrade is the chip inside.

This year’s Acer Chromebook 314 is powered by the new Intel i3-N305 processor, an Alder Lake chip with 8 cores and 8 threads. Don’t let the first value of the model number fool you though as this Chromebook isn’t playing the budget space. Acer currently shows a price of $649.99.

2023 Acer Chromebook 314 front

There’s little difference on the outside of the 2023 Acer Chromebook 314 that I can see. The same 14-inch, 1080p resolution touchscreen is there, along with that big bottom bezel. So too are the dual, upward firing speakers and general design cues. Short of the internals, it’s difficult to see any visual changes.

The aforementioned Intel i3-N305 processor should provide good performance for most mainstream Chromebook tasks. I have yet to test a Chromebook with an N305, but have used a device with a chip that’s two steps down.

The 2023 Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook runs on an Intel 100 with just four cores. And frankly, the overall performance exceeded my expectations. Given that you’re getting double the cores in the Acer Chromebook Spin 314, I’m sure it will be fine for most people. Of course, I’d like to test one for myself.

Paired with the processor is an unspecified amount of LPDDR5 memory and 128 GB of fast PCIe NVMe storage. For the listed price, I have to believe there’s 8 GB of RAM inside, however, I can’t confirm that.

This Chromebook has a pair of USB Type-A 3.2 ports as well as a pair of USB Type-C 3.2 inputs. WiFi 6E is there but there’s no mention of Bluetooth. I’m sure it’s there though. Also included is a microSD card slot and a webcam with unannounced sensor. Sadly, the keyboard is not backlit.

2023 Acer Chromebook 314 keyboard and trackpad

Although these are nice upgrades from last year’s model, the price for what’s essentially a Core i3 Chromebook with some corners cut seems out of whack.

Obviously, the $649.99 price could change between now and availability but that’s what I have to go on. Even with an expected 8 GB of memory and decent camera, the 2023 Acer Chromebook 314 looks like a $450 to $550 device on paper.

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Kevin C. Tofel

4 thoughts on “2023 Acer Chromebook 314 features a new Intel i3-N305 inside

  1. Missed opportunity. The TDP on that chip is 15W by default – the same as the M1 iPad Pro is speculated to be – but configurable down to 9W. Should have been a tablet. However to be fair, I acknowledge that Acer rarely makes tablets – whether Android, ChromeOS or Windows – anymore. If HP, Lenovo, Asus and CTL refresh their Duet, CM3, X2 11 etc. with ARM chips – or don’t refresh them at all – instead of using Intel N or AMD 7020C it will be very disappointing. I can’t help but think that these are what Google would have used for a Pixel Slate 2 had they not wasted 2 years trying to come up with a Tensor that could compete with the M1 before failing scrapping the Pixelbook line altogether.

  2. “Sadly, the keyboard is not backlit.”

    The value of backlit keys is greatly overstated and is primarily just a waste of battery power. You only only need backlit keys if the color of the letters doesn’t strongly contrast with the color of the keys. For example, white on a off-white/silver/light-gray background is virtually impossible to see in dim lighting. White letters on very dark keys stand out quite well except in the dark. They feature light colored keys just to differentiate ad pictures as a (effective) marketing gimmick. Light colored keys also much more quickly look dirty and discolored.

    1. Interesting! And I’m familiar with Minisforum already; I bought one of their newer mini PCs to run Linux as my primary development machine. It’s stellar for what I need.

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