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Acer Chromebook 514 (2022) review

Acer Chromebook 514 (2022): Two-minute review

If we weren’t reviewing the Acer Chromebook 514 (2022), the words ‘perfectly adequate’ would probably feel like we were doing our target laptop down. But this isn’t a normal laptop. It’s a Chromebook, for a start, which means it gets graded on a very generous curve. And it is, well, perfectly adequate, and it turns out that’s probably just what you need.

Context is everything. Inside you’ll find a relatively pedestrian combination of 11th-gen Core chip – ours being the Core i5 spin, though a Core i3 model is more readily available – along with 8GB RAM and 128GB of proper SSD storage. Not much to write home about in, say, a Windows laptop, but put to work grinding out ChromeOS it’s a package which chugs away without missing a step.