CES 2021: Acer Chromebook Spin 514 line is powered by AMD Ryzen processors

Last September, AMD introduced its first Zen-based processors specifically for the Chromebook market. We’ve seen a few brands build devices with the Ryzen 3000 C-Series chips and now it’s Acer’s turn. The newly announced Acer Chromebook Spin 514 lineup can be had with AMD’s Silver 3050C, Gold 3150C, or all the way up to an AMD Ryzen 7 3700C chipset, which includes integrated AMD Radeon Graphics.

By “lineup”, I mean that while all of the configurations offer certain features such as the same military-grade (MIL-STD 810H), reinforced aluminum chassis, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, ports, and keyboard. The main difference will be choosing among the several AMD Ryzen processors, storage and memory. There is one notable port exception: Only the Ryzen 5 and 7 configurations include a full-sized HDMI port.

Acer says the Chromebook Spin 514 will start at $479.99, which is presumably powered by the AMD Silver 3050C. A Chromebook Enterprise edition of the convertibles will also be available, which includes a Chromebook Enterprise license and zero-touch enrollment.

Here’s a full rundown on the lineup of specifications:

CPUAMD Ryzen Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)
GPUMD Radeon Vega Mobile Graphics
Display14-inch IPS LED 1080p touchscreen
Memory4 to 16 GB DDR4
Storageup to 128 GB (eMMC) or up to 256 GB (NMVe),
microSD slot for expansion
ConnectivityWi-Fi5 802.11ac (2×2)
Note: No mention of Bluetooth
but I’m sure it’s there.
InputBacklit keyboard, multitouch trackpad, 720p camera,
two integrated microphones
PortsTwo USB Type-C (3.2), one USB Type-A, HDMI port on select models,
combination microphone/headphone jack
BatteryUp to 10 hours expected
Weight3.42 pounds
SoftwareChrome OS automatic update
expiration date: TBD

All models have the same 14-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen that can be rotated 360-degrees for tent and tablet modes. A backlit keyboard is available as an option.

Keep in mind that the AMD processors aren’t built on the latest Zen architecture from the chip company: They’re a bit older than that but should offer solid performance. I’ll have to get my hands on one for some testing to compare to the latest Intel processors to have more information on that.

In terms of the processors, the above chart provides details about AMD’s Ryzen processor lineup for Chromebooks used in the Acer Chromebook Spin 514.

Acer expects the devices to be available next month in North America, followed by EMEA markets in March.

2 thoughts on “CES 2021: Acer Chromebook Spin 514 line is powered by AMD Ryzen processors

  • January 7, 2021 at 6:25 pm
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    Sadly AMD and the Chromebook vendors have decided to put these now old Ryzen APUs in Chromebooks, where vendors like Lenevo are shipping the very latest AND VERY HIGH performance (as in almost matching M1) laptops such as the Ideapad S540 (sadly running windows) for about the same price as the top end models of these Chromebooks but with performance that beats desktop class intel CPUs!

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    • January 11, 2021 at 8:51 am
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      Agreed! This is really a stop gap measure for AMD. But it’s better than nothing!

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