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Considering its performance, size, and cost, the Acer Chromebook provides a lot of value as a laptop. Anyone in the market for the best Chromebook has to offer, expecting excellent battery life, reliability, a crisp screen, and small yet not-too-small package – it has a inch screen, after all – will appreciate this portable.

The Acer Chromebook is not a monster of a laptop and it knows this, working extremely within its limitations. As such, it manages to balance performance, battery life, features, usability, and design for a well-rounded computing experience.

Highlights include a screen that is crisp, clear and bright, and the size of the screen allows for a roomy display with plenty of space to arrange apps, view tabs and documents; all promoting productivity greatly. 

Equally, the battery life of a good 12 hours is a great thing to have, and really helps you get the most out of the solid performance that the offers.

It'll handle all your online work needs, including web browsing, admin and watching entertainment. The keyboard is satisfying and a joy to use, with a satisfying click and clack, while the touchpad interacts well with all your fingers' movements and commands.

The connectivity and ports offered are pretty good, too. There's two of each kind of USB (C and A) to keep your extra devices live (one USB-C is for charging the Chromebook).

However, you'll quickly run out of space after you've connected a mouse, keyboard and phone or external drive, so that could be seen as an opportunity missed, particularly if its trying to emulate a laptop experience.

It also has no external display ports so there's no opportunity to hook this up to a monitor or screen for presentations, unless you use an adapter - again, sacrificing a USB port.

However, when you team the range of ports with its very reliable WiFi connection, the overall connectivity of Acer Chromebook is pretty solid - though not spectacular.

It's not as compact as some might like, making it slightly more unwieldy - a hangover of its laptop-inspired design. It also suffers a bit from not having a touchscreen - unlike its smaller brother the Acer Chromebook Flip which really gives that Chromebook an edge in interaction. It also lacks a fingerprint reader, though that seems like nitpicking somewhat.

If you're looking for something to use as an everyday next-to-the-sofa laptop or something to do all your online work on with no trouble, then this is the best Chromebook for you.

Spec sheet

Here is the Acer Chromebook configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: Intel Celeron N Ghz (dual-core)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 4GB
Screen: inch LED; high definition x pixels
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Ports: 2 x USB-A; 2 x USB-C; MicroSD; Audio jack
Connectivity: Wireless IEEE a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth
Cameras: HD webcam
Weight: pounds ( kg)
Size: x x inches ( x x 2 cm; W x D x H)

Price and availability

Acer's Chromebooks are some of the most readily available in the world, and as a result, at the time of writing - and to be expected - the Chromebook is available globally. 

However, it does appear to have to be imported into Australia, so expect to pay more for it there; it might not quite be the same value as it is elsewhere. The list price is $ for the US, and £ in the UK (around AU$ - and that's before any import fees that may well apply). 

They're a reputable maker of tech and machines so there's no reason to be unsure about the quality too. And at its price point, the Acer Chromebook is certainly an attractive proposition. 

Design

Receiving the silver variant of the machine (it's also available in black), straight out of the box, you'd think the Acer Chromebook was a small laptop or notebook. 

And that's not to the detriment of the 's design: it's pleasing as a result and immediately feels familiar. 

The metallic silver casing surrounds it all apart from the black keys on the board and the black surrounding the screen. A pleasing contrast and exactly what you'd expect from a sleek Chromebook. 

The screen itself is nestled nicely in the dark frame with a thick bezel on the bottom housing the logo, two thin ones on the sides, and a medium one at the top. The latter houses the camera and does it so neatly that you have to look hard to confirm its there. Nice and subtle. 

Underneath that, the traditional restrained Chromebook keyboard is bang in the middle of the bottom pad and sits neatly above the large touchpad. Simple and effective; it never feels like we accidentally hit buttons or the pad so there's a good balance in the layout.

Stepping back its modest dimensions of x x inches ( x x 2 cm; W x D x H) do allow for that spacious keyboard and touchpad arrangement and the roomy and bright screen that's plenty big enough to feed your eyes with spreadsheets, docs and data. And everything else. 

Given its place at the larger end of the Chromebook-size spectrum, the fact it weighs only lbs ( kg) is great too. Even for someone with small hands, picking it up one handed from pretty much whatever angle is not much trouble at all.  When closed, the Acer Chromebook 's thin nature and lightness results in a very easy to handle machine. This makes it perfect to live next to the side of the sofa for a living room browsing machine.

All in, the design and build gives the Chromebook a very attractive look. It's particularly successful in mimicking the design of a laptop.

It ensures you have the look, feel and even the same means to interact with it as you'd expect on a modern, fully-fledged laptop that you may be used to - or just plain prefer. 

This is all while retaining the restrained make up and, importantly, a smaller price tag than most laptops, which we have come to expect with good mid-to-high range Chromebooks. 

However, this will be a double-edged sword for some. The laptop-esque size will appeal to many people, particularly those looking to keep their Chromebook looking and feeling familiar. But it also denies any opportunity for compactness that some Chromebooks excel in.

Benchmarks

Here’s how the Acer Chromebook performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

JetStream2: 52, (higher is better)
JetStream (higher is better)|
Mozilla Kraken (lower is better): ms
Sunspider: ms
Octane:
Speedometer:
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 12 hours and 55 minutes

Performance

Interacting with that great design and actually using the Acer Chromebook , is, generally, a joy. It really is a lovely machine to work with and engage with. 

The first and most obvious reason for this is the tactile factor: it is very satisfying to both type with and click around using the touchpad. 

The click and clack of the keyboard is very pleasing, and each push of the touchpad feels significant despite each interaction being brief. There's a pleasing near-symmetry to the setup of the ports too, so using them is neat and tidy and allows you to plug in what you need and keep the cables and dongles out of the way.

We used the Chromebook for a range of work tasks and casual browsing and watching over a number of days and it handled everything that was thrown at it. Even the speakers are respectable enough for a machine of this composition and makeup proving adequate enough for a bit of YouTube rabbit holing and Netflix binging.

We used the Acer Chromebook to book an important event during our tests, and this presented an opportunity to get a serious amount of tabs, sheets and docs open up at once. 

Ploughing through the data and tabs and information in order to organise, book and plan a big trip was an ideal chance to put the Chromebook through the ringer and it handled it easily. 

The bright, roomy screen makes it ideal to peruse maps and images as well as documents and forms, seamlessly transitioning between tasks. Combine this intensive work out with usual work tasks and still the Acer Chromebook had no trouble doing exactly what was required of it without any hiccups. 

The advertised boot time of around 8 seconds is about bang on, too, and it's always easy enough to close the lid, and open it again to pick up from right where you left off, no matter the task. No rebooting or restarting delays here which is a big plus.

Battery Life

Simply put, the battery life is excellent. On the video loop test - where we set off a looped video at p with the Chromebook at 50% brightness and 50% audio - the Acer Chromebook clocked up 13 hours - longer than the marketed 10 hours. 

That represents roughly two full working days of life when in constant use and will see you through a heap of work and tasks. Whether you want to watch a looped video for that long is another question entirely, but regardless of how you run the battery down, the USB-C charging is incredibly efficient and will see you back to a full tank (from absolute zero) in about two hours. 

Buy it if…

You're looking for an easy-to-use, well-performing Chromebook
Simply put, this is a great Chromebook, all in. So if you're looking around the $ / £ mark, and to get a great product for your money, this is it.

You want a laptop-esque Chromebook
Even just the design of the Acer Chromebook screams 'laptop', so if you're looking for something that feels and interacts like your laptop to use online, this is a great choice.

You're after a large, bright screen
The screen is really excellent on the Acer Chromebook and its brightness, clarity and sharpness sets it aside from some other models, like its sister the Acer Spin , in terms of display.

Don’t buy it if…

You’re looking for something extra tough and durable
Pretty, chic and slim is the Acer Chromebook 's game here, so if you're looking for something that'll survive bumps and accidents this is not the one for you.

You're after a machine with good speakers
The Acer Chromebook 's speakers are literally just fine for a Chromebook, but they lack depth and richness. It might be a construct of designing a slim Chromebook, but the audio is middling.

You can stretch your budget a little further
For the price you can't complain about the Acer Chromebook , but If you really want to get the most out of a Chromebook, you might find that stretching that budget to a more premium model like the Google PixelBook Go, which will get you more bells and whistles. 

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Rob Dwiar is the Hardware Editor, GamesRadar+ at Future. He is an ambitious and enthusiastic games media writer and editor. Rob is also a freelance writer on videogames, gardens and landscapes.

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Acer Chromebook H review: Big battery, budget screen

It’s not hard to see the appeal of the Acer Chromebook H. Here we have a Chromebook with a wallet-friendly £ asking price, but with the slim-and-light body and 14in screen you might associate with more luxurious models. You’re paying bargain-basement prices while getting something that looks surprisingly mid-range, but does this mean putting up with the kind of corner-cutting that used to give many Chromebooks a bad name?

Acer Chromebook H review: What you need to know

It’s no surprise that this is a Chromebook that’s clearly been built to a budget. The spec is par for the course for a low-end device, with an Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, while the 14in screen only has a bog-standard 1, x HD resolution. Even though the Chromebook H looks more expensive than it is, you still have to put up with most of the compromises you’d find in smaller Chromebooks at this kind of price point, only stretched across a bigger frame. Plus, with only 32GB of storage, there’s not a lot of space to install Android apps.

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Acer Chromebook H review: Price and competition

The Chromebook H is inexpensive for a 14in Chromebook, although Asus and HP have competing models that sell for not much more. In fact, Asus has its own variant, the Touch 14, which ships with a 14in Full HD p touch display, but at the cost of £

Move a little further up the price scale and you’ll find devices such as the Asus Chromebook C that give you the same and a little more processing power to work with, which could be worth your while if you want a Chromebook that can tackle more than browsing and basic web-based productivity apps.

Acer Chromebook H review: Design

The big advantage of the Chromebook H is that it allows you to step up from the in screens of the cheapest budget Chromebooks to a more expansive 14in display. What’s more, it’s all encased in a slim-and-light plastic chassis that, if you squint, you might almost mistake for aluminium. The blue tint helps sell the illusion and, beyond the slightly too flexible lid, it doesn’t even feel that cheap. If you were mean, you might describe the design as a poor-man’s MacBook Air, but for under £, is that really such a bad thing to be? And, at less than kg, it’s very easy to heft around.

You also get more physical connectivity than on some smaller Chromebooks, with two USB Gen 1 Type A and two USB Gen 1 Type C ports, along with a microSD slot and the audio jack. It also supports 2x2 Mu-MIMO ac Wi-Fi for higher connection speeds.

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Acer Chromebook H review: Keyboard and touchpad

A bigger unit also means more space for the keyboard and touchpad, plus generally more comfortable ergonomics. The keyboard isn’t bad, with a spacious layout and a short but crisp typing action. It’s no Pixelbook Go keyboard, but it’s definitely easier to work on than the keyboards of lower-end in devices. The touchpad is also pretty decent, with a clean, smooth surface and a squarer shape that makes it easier to move your pointer vertically around the screen.

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Acer Chromebook H review: Display and sound

It’s once you turn the Chromebook H on that the mid-range illusion starts to dissipate, mainly because it’s at this point you can see the screen. It’s nice to have the 14in screen size; you get a good working area without the need for regular squinting, and without the additional size and weight of a in laptop.

Sadly, though, the 1, x resolution that can look crisp on an in Chromebook starts to look crude and pixelated when spread across this much screen. Worse, it’s really dim, not even getting above cdm2 in our tests, and contrast levels are way below average. sRGB gamut coverage is poor, at just %, and there’s a noticeable blue cast across the screen.

We haven’t tested the model with the Full HD touchscreen, but it’s probably worth paying the extra for. Full HD screens are rarely great at under £, but you’re going to get something with more clarity and definition – and a more usable Chromebook as a result.

The sound isn’t bad. There’s no bass and not much body in the mid-range, making everything a little tinny, but it’s reasonably clear and with a surprisingly wide stereo spread. Keep some headphones handy, but for video chats or casual streaming, the audio here is perfectly adequate.

Acer Chromebook H review: Performance and battery life

Sadly, if you were expecting any step up in terms of performance from the cheapest Chromebooks, then you’re going to go away disappointed. We’re back with our old friend from , the Celeron N, and even with 4GB of RAM you won’t get impressive benchmark results.

As with any Chromebook, this isn’t necessarily disastrous. You can run a browser with five or six tabs open or run Google Docs and Google Sheets side by side on the same screen and you’re really not going to experience much slowdown. However, anything more demanding could push the Acer past its limits, and it definitely feels less snappy than the faster Chromebooks out there. In our tests, including the Android Geekbench 5 benchmark, performance was near-identical to the Acer Chromebook C that has exactly the same spec.

As for battery life, the Chromebook H is something of a star. The screen might be big, but the low-end processor and smaller pixel count help keep power consumption frugal, and as a result this Chromebook lasted some 12hrs 43mins in our video-playback test. Only a handful of Chromebooks we’ve tested have lasted any longer.

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Acer Chromebook H review: Verdict

On balance, this isn’t a bad Chromebook for the money. It’s usable and, while not exactly speedy, is fast enough for simple, everyday tasks. Yet we keep coming back to that underwhelming screen and the feeling that this would have been a much better option with a bit more oomph. If budgets are tight, you might consider it, but there’s not enough here for this Chromebook to stand out.

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Acer is a very well known brand and have been making computers since I can remember. In fact, even before I was born, so I think we can safely say they know what they are doing.

They’ve also managed to carve themselves a nice little slice of the Chromebook market. They make some cracking Chromebook laptops to suit all budgets.

Whether you’re after a high-spec model like the Acer Spin , which replaced the Acer Spin 13 or a budget Chromebook like the magnificent Acer CBHT. You’ll find Acer makes some rather fantastic laptops for Chrome OS.

The only criticism is it can be a little confusing trying to work out the model numbers. For example, the Acer , which I’m about to review here. Is available in both non-touchscreen and touchscreen versions. However, if you didn’t do your homework, you may not even realise this.

There is no need to worry though because this will all be covered in this review. So let’s get on with it and see if they have done it again in this Acer CB Chromebook review.

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Acer Chromebook CBH - (Intel Celeron N, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 14 inch HD display,

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BUILD QUALITY

The Acer Chromebook looks like a typical laptop, which is not a bad thing. Gone are the days where you had to deal with cheap budget Chromebooks.

The casing of the laptop is plastic, which is exactly what you’d expect from a budget price Chromebook. More expensive Chromebooks are usually aluminium, but I really wouldn’t let that put you off at this price. It’s still a well built sturdy laptop.

It’s a laptop only, so it does not have 2-in-1 capabilities. What I mean by this is you cannot also use it as a tablet. For a long time, I’ve questioned whether 2-in-1 Chromebooks are that important. I know a lot of people like them, but personally speaking. All you need is a touchscreen if you’re going to use it for Android apps. Being able to use as a tablet isn’t so important.

It weighs in at kg/lbs and is just over 19mm thick. So it’s not the slimmest laptop available, but it certainly isn’t a huge beast either. You’ll be able to easily carry this around with you without any issues. It has nice curved edges, which makes it comfortable to hold in your hands when travelling.

Acer has done a great job on providing a laptop, which is not only portable it looks like any other decently built laptop. It’s also fanless as well, which is one of the benefits of a Chromebook that does not come with a super-powerful processor.

ACER CHROMEBOOK PERFORMANCE

It comes with an Intel Celeron N processor, so it is classed as a budget Chromebook. However, it can still carry out nearly all of the tasks most people would want to do on a laptop.

It comes with a base speed of GHz and a turbo speed of GHz, which is pretty good to see. Also, the Dual-core processor comes with a 4MB cache, which makes tasks your processor performs on a regular basis amazingly quick.

Whether you’re internet surfing, streaming HD movies, using spreadsheets or a word processor. The Acer can handle all these tasks with ease. Let’s face it this covers most of the tasks we need from a laptop.

Acer Chromebook is a great budget Chromebook

You can now use Android apps on Chrome OS. This is great because it makes them a lot more versatile than they once were. You’ll easily be able to use most of the Android apps with the Acer without a problem. Really advanced Android apps such as games with advanced graphics may run a little slower than a higher spec device.

However, if you’re interested in using Android apps a lot. You do need to consider the basic model does not come with a touchscreen. Using Android apps without a touchscreen is not too great, so I’d definitely ensure you get the touchscreen model if Android apps are important to you.

RAM & STORAGE

The RAM you get with the Acer of 4GB is more than enough for a Chromebook. This amount of RAM with the processor used will work absolutely fine.

Multi-tasking will be fine to some extent. However, if you start to open lots of windows all at one time. Then you will notice the processor and amount of RAM will struggle a little bit. You’d expect nothing else from a budget laptop, so I wouldn’t see this as a criticism. Just accept a budget Chromebook isn’t made for having 15 + windows open at the same time.

When it comes to the storage you get 32GB on the basic model. This is fine for some of us, but it would have been nice to see a bit more. That being said, this is for the non-touchscreen model. However, a non-touchscreen model is available with 64GB at a slightly higher price.

PLEASE NOTE: A 64GB storage model is available without a touchscreen. The only touchscreen I could find at present is from Curry’s PC world, but it’s in-store collection only.

If you are opting for the non-touchscreen model then 32GB is enough. I’m working on the basis here that anyone opting for the non-touchscreen model isn’t too interested in Android apps.

Chromebooks are cloud computers, so you can store most of your data with Google Drive seamlessly. Your local storage should be reserved for Android apps, which do install locally. So if you’re not installing too many apps you’ll be fine with this amount of storage.

If you opt for the touchscreen model you get the same amount of RAM, which is fine. The good thing is you get double the storage at 64GB. This makes perfect sense because the touch-screen model is aimed at people wanting to install a lot of Android apps.

ACER DISPLAY

I’m a true believer for anyone to love their laptop they’ve got to fall in love with the display. This is a problem for a lot of budget laptops. A poor display is horrible to use and the viewing angles are awful.

Well, there is no need to worry, as the Acer Chromebook comes with a great display. In fact, for the price, I’m pretty shocked at how good the display is.

You get a Full HD 1, by 1, resolution with a inch screen. On top of that, it has an IPS panel, which is really important.

The IPS panel means you’re going to get great viewing angles and the images and text look more alive. You’ll definitely not be disappointed with the Acer display. It’s simply fantastic and is what you’d expect to see in mid-range devices costing a few hundred more.

It comes with nice thin bezels as well around the sides and the top. I love thin bezels because it makes a laptop look a lot more expensive. Also, huge bezels around the display simply look ugly.

CONNECTIVITY

You’ll be happy with the ports offered by the Acer Chromebook. You get the newer type USB – C, which is definitely the future. One located on either side of the laptop, which makes it easy to charge your device no matter where the plug socket is located.

The USB C ports are not only used for charging either. You can also use them to connect an external display to your Chromebook.

Although USB C ports are great. It can be a problem for people who have older hardware they want to attach. If you’ve got a mouse or hard disk you want to connect. It can be a problem if they use the older USB type port. The good news is Acer has this covered because they also provide two older type USB ports on the Acer

The Micro SD slot available also means you can easily add extra storage at a later date. Adding extra storage using a Micro SD card is easy and cheap, so you’ll not need to worry about running out of storage. Do remember though, Android apps cannot be installed on a Micro SD card, so the extra storage is for other files only.

The headphone/mic jack means you can easily add some wired headphones, which is probably a good idea. This is because laptops, in general, are not known for offering great sound.

CONCLUSION

The Acer is a great budget Chromebook. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s simply fantastic.

When it comes to buying a budget Chromebook you normally have to deal with compromises. This is usually with accepting a poor quality display. Well, the display is amazingly fantastic when you consider the price.

Chromebooks from the mid-range sector costing double the price usually come with a display like this. This for me makes the Acer a perfect budget laptop.

The only thing you do need to remember is the touchscreen. If Android apps are something you’re interested in then I’d opt for the touchscreen model. However, if you are not too fussed about Android apps and will only use them now and again. You could just get the standard model and save yourself some money.

Overall, The Acer Chromebook is possibly the best budget Chromebook you can buy right now. It’s available at incredibly cheap prices and is perfect for everyday tasks.

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Acer Chromebook CBH-C Review

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Total Score

The Acer Chromebook (CBH-C) is a perfect definition of a value Chromebook, sweetly balancing price and performance in a lovely package; that triumphs over even more premium notebooks

PROS

  • Lovely, laptop-esque design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Super-bright screen

CONS

  • No touchscreen
  • No fingerprint readers

The Acer Chromebook (CBH-C) is one of the few Chromebooks that offer excellent value for money, given its price, size and performance. It’s a perfect size laptop-esque Chromebook in the inch realm that is reliable, easy to use and rocks a nice screen and battery life combo.

The Acer CBH-C is unique in its own skin, comfortable, knows its limitations and capabilities, and strikes great balance between design, usability, features and battery life. With a battery life of up to 12 hours, you surely won’t miss out of the solid performance that the offers.


PROS
  • Lovely, laptop-esque design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Super-bright screen
CONS
  • No touchscreen
  • No fingerprint readers

Acer Chromebook Design

Straight out of the box, the Acer Chromebook looks like a small laptop or notebook. And that’s not a detriment; it’s likeable as a result and immediately feels familiar. It is surrounded by a metallic casing, save for the black keys on the board and black on the screen bezels. A nice contrast, and exactly what you’d expect of a sleek Chromebook.

Given that the Acer is on the larger end of the typical Chromebook-size spectrum, and the fact that it only weighs pounds is a bonus. Even someone with small hands, it will be easy to lift it up hassle free. This makes it a perfect companion for travel, college or living room browsing machine.

Acer Chromebook (CBH-C) screen

Port options are excellent too: two USB Type-C (supporting Display Port over USB-C and USB charging), two USB and microSD Card reader. Connectivity comes via Gigabit ac WiFi and Bluetooth

Display & Keyboard

The FHD ( x ) screen is nestled in a dark frame with thick bezels on the bottom, harboring the logo, two thin lines on the side and a medium one at the top that houses the camera. It’s nicely done, you don’t even recognize it immediately.

At the bottom of the screen, you have the typical restrained Chromebook keyboard that sits in the middle of the bottom pad, and is neatly placed above the large touchpad. The keyboard is simple and effective; for a inch Chromebook, it never feels like you’ll accidentally hit the buttons or the pad, meaning it has a good balance in its layout.

Acer Chromebook (CBH-C) lid

Acer CBH-C Performance

Beyond the great design, using the Acer Chromebook is, generally, pure bliss. It is a lovely machine to work with and interact with. The first and obvious reason is the tactile factor: it is quite satisfying when you type and click around with the touchpad. The click and clack on the keyboard is unmatched at this price point, and the each push on the touchpad feels awesome.

It packs Intel’s Celeron N dual-core processor, 4GB onboard RAM and 64GB eMMC storage, which is typical of Chromebooks, and somewhat better than most base models. You can use the CBH-C for a range of work tasks, casual browsing and watching your favorite movies, and it will handle everything that’s thrown at it. Even the speakers are respectable enough for a laptop of this stature and makeup, meaning its ideal for YouTube rabbit holing and Netflix binging.

Battery Life

Without a doubt, the battery life is excellent. It offers up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge – and sometimes at 50% brightness, it can clock 13 hours – much longer than the marketed 12 hours. This represents roughly two full working days, when constantly used and it will see you through a heap of work and tasks.

Bottom Line

Simply put, the Acer Chromebook () is a great laptop, all-in. So, if you’re shopping in the sub-$ mark, and need to get a great product for your money this is certainly it. Even its design screams laptop, and it is the only Chromebook we’ve reviewed and interacted with that feels and performs like a laptop, for use both online and offline.

However, should you need something more tough and can stretch your budget a little further, you can easily nab a premium model like the Google PixelBook Go, which will get you more bells and whistles.

All said, if you’re shopping on a tight budget, the Acer Chromebook (CBH-C) is a great choice.

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Acer Chromebook , Intel Celeron N, 14" Full HD Display, 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB eMMC, Gigabit WiFi, Google Chrome, CBH-C

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Pros

  • Lovely, laptop-esque design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Super-bright screen

Cons

  • No touchscreen
  • No fingerprint readers

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Acer Chromebook CBH-C Review

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Score: 73/

Date tested: February

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Key specifications

  • Screen size: 14 inches
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N Ghz
  • Storage size: 32GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Weight: kg

What is it?

This entry-level laptop is one of Acer's most affordable models. It runs Chrome OS, so has a secure area online to store all apps and games, rather than lots of storage. It comes with a large inch screen, four USB ports and a Micro SD card reader.

GHI expert verdict

This laptop is light and easy to use, which makes it well suited to kids and teenagers. It's also a great choice for anyone on a budget.

The good

It has a seriously impressive battery life, lasting 14 hours in our video playback tests, and recharging in less than an hour and a half. Good for light word processing and photo editing, its large HD screen and loud audio also make it great for watching TV and films.

Take note

On test, it was slow to transfer files, launch apps and browse the web. This will be frustrating if you're using it for gaming or lots of work. You will need internet access to open some apps and files, and it doesn't run iTunes or Adobe Photoshop, either.

Ratings

  • Ease of use: /5
  • Design: 4/5
  • Instructions: /5
  • Performance: /5

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ACER Chromebook CB314-1H-C629

Acer Chromebook Review

The Acer Chromebook is a great Chromebook for those looking to get online for not much money. The Celeron N and 4GB of DDR4 RAM result in a smooth user experience, the battery life is great, and ChromeOS helps to keep things simple. If you&#;d like a device that can do a little more, expect to pay a fair bit more.

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Sturdy construction
  • Good port selection
  • Fantastic battery life

Cons

  • Flat colours and dim display
  • No touchscreen
  • ChromeOS could provide some limitations

Availability

  • UKRRP: £
  • USARRP: $
  • EuropeRRP: €

Key Features

  • Budget price:This Acer Chromebook&#;s biggest strength is its affordable price, making it a good option for students and bargain hunters.
  • Great battery life: The Acer lasted for 13 hours and 30 minutes in our benchmark tests, meaning it can easily last a full day of lectures or work.
  • Plenty of ports:The has an abundance of ports to make data transfer a breeze without the need for dongles.

Introduction

The Acer Chromebook might just be one of the best Chromebooks out there for those on a tight budget.

Offering a decent performance with its combination of Celeron N and 4GB of RAM, this Chromebook is ideal for standard tasks.

It&#;s not going to handle more demanding tasks such as gaming or creative applications, but if you&#;re happy to stick to the basics, this could be one of the best budget laptop and best Chromebook options available.

Price and availability

Unlike many of Acer’s Chromebooks, the features a simple line-up, with configuration options being limited to what’s on show here.

The sample here features a dual-core Celeron N from Intel, 4GB of RAM, 32GB’s worth of eMMC memory and a decent screen – all for £/$/€, which makes it one of the most affordable laptops I’ve tested, as well as one of the most wallet-friendly on the market today.

It is possible to get the with 64GB of storage, as well as with a Full HD IPS panel.

Design

  • Steely blue exterior and construction is solid
  • Good keyboard, accurate trackpad and decent port selection
  • Relatively thin and portable

Given the cost of the Acer Chromebook , don&#;t expect this laptop to turn any heads. On the design front things are arguably as expected.

The device is well built, with the attractive steely blue finish making it stand out from the sea of silver and black models found elsewhere. This is a welcome change that makes the look better than some of its contemporaries.

With a weight of kg, it feels pretty hefty when I lift it up, but given its slim size and small stature, it remains pretty portable. This makes it ideal for students looking for a laptop to pick up and pop in a bag.

Despite being a budget machine, Acer has included a great selection of ports. There isn&#;t one but two speedy USB-Cs, two USB-As, as well as a micro-SD reader, a mm headphone jack and a Kensington Lock. You’ve got to hand it to Acer: the is a little machine with a lot of compatibility and legacy offerings.

Acer Chromebook ports

For a budget laptop, Acer’s keyboard feels solid not spongy, with a compact layout that’s ideal for those times you need to bang out an essay. It isn’t backlit, though.

The Acer Chromebook ’s speakers sound relatively okay for the price, with dual downward-facing units mounted on the laptop’s underside.

It’s good to see the including a trackpad that offers a shed-load of space for your fingers. Like this Chromebook’s keyboard, the trackpad is firm and tactile, plus its tracking is very accurate.

Acer Chromebook keyboard

Display

  • Low-resolution display offers okay colours
  • inch screen is a happy medium of space
  • Can look a little dim at times

Looking for a Full HD display? You&#;re out of luck here, with the Acer Chromebook limited to a x resolution, which is a little above p.

This low resolution isn&#;t ideal for a inch screen, making things look a little fuzzy since the gap between pixels is sometimes noticeable. You&#;ll especially notice this when watching videos from the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus, and is arguably the laptop&#;s biggest weak point.

What’s more, on its brightest setting the looks a little dim, which could be problematic if you want to use the laptop outside on a sunny day. Colour looks flat too, resulting in a passable viewing experience.

Acer Chromebook screen

However, its viewing angles were decent when I watched the latest episode of This Time With Alan Partridge on BBC iPlayer, and the fact it has a relatively slim bezel on the sides means the screen real estate on offer is decent overall.

While this laptop isn&#;t ideal for viewing video, the inch screen size is great for compact laptops for productivity purposes, with anything smaller seeming too small, and anything bigger a little ostentatious. Note that it isn’t a touchscreen, which is a shame for a Chromebook.

Performance

  • Intel Celeron processor is adequate
  • 4GB of RAM provides decent headroom
  • ChromeOS works for a simple machine

There’s no real expectation on the to outperform any of the competition; it&#;s just to do the basics well, not only given its cost, but also the simple point of it being a Chromebook.

I’m happy to report that Acer’s budget beast does perform those day-to-day tasks well, with its Intel Celeron processor under the bonnet providing a relatively snappy user experience.

Its 4GB of RAM is plenty for web browsing and video viewing, and even opening a shed-load of Chrome tabs at once didn’t slow the down too much – it only caused images to take a smidgen longer to load, but overall, the slowdown was pretty negligible.

Acer Chromebook Surface Laptop GoLenovo Chromebook Duet
Geekbench 5 (single-core
Geekbench 5 (multi-core)

However, as our above benchmark results show, you have to be realistic with Acer Chromebook&#;s performance power. It&#;s miles behind the Surface Laptop Go in terms of performance speed, and is even slower than the Lenovo Chromebook Duet which is essentially just a tablet.

This means you really have to stick to the basics with the Acer Chromebook , such as web browsing, watching video and typing up word word documents.

It&#;s also worth remembering that ChromeOS is not as flexible as Windows, limiting downloads to what’s available on the Google Play Store. All of the most common apps are available, such as Spotify and Netflix, but you may be out of luck if you&#;re looking for something obscure.

Battery

  • Lasted 13hrs 30mins in our tests
  • Capable of lasting a few working days

The continues to cement itself as one of the best budget machines out there when it comes to battery life.

After reducing the brightness and setting a video on loop, the lasted a grand total of 13 and a half hours before shutting down.

Acer Chromebook sitting on a table

We usually look for a laptop to last for at least 10 hours in our battery tests, so this is an impressive result. AMD-powered laptops, such as the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7, have admittedly reached higher figures, but they&#;re also more than triple the cost of the

Conclusion

Acer’s Chromebook is one of the best budget laptops out there thanks to its attractive price, good build quality and port selection, and exemplary battery life.

The biggest weak point here is undoubtedly the screen, with the low resolution and flat colours falling way short of laptops with Full HD IPS displays. And while performance is decent for the price, it does mean you&#;re restricted to basic tasks.

But with all that being said, you&#;re unlikely to find a better laptop for the price. If you want a machine with a Full HD IPS panel, the functionality of Windows and more powerful hardware, you&#;ll be required to pay a significant premium over the &#;s price.

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Should you buy it?

You want a budget laptop for basic tasks
If you&#;re happy to stick to basic tasks such as web browsing and opening emails, then this Acer represents outstanding value. But it isn&#;t powerful enough for heavy workloads such as gaming and creation.

You want a laptop with a great display
The Acer Chromebook &#;s greatest limitation is the display, failing to hit a Full HD resolution which results in fuzzy video. Colours don&#;t look as vibrant as they do on other laptops, either.

Verdict

Acer&#;s Chromebook represents a great option for those looking to get online for not much money. The Celeron N and 4GB of DDR4 RAM result in a smooth user experience, the battery life is great, and ChromeOS helps to keep things simple. If you&#;d like a device that can do a little more, then expect to pay a fair bit more.

FAQs

Does the Acer have a touchscreen?

No.

Is it a 2-in-1 convertible laptop?

No.

Can you upgrade the hard drive?

No – but there are plenty of ports to upgrade capacity either through microSD, or external HDD or SSDs.

Full specs

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Trusted Reviews’ Test data

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