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Fingers on: How enterprise-ready is Acer Chromebook 14 for Work?

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Acer Chromebook 14

Acer has been making Chromebooks for years, with the newest mannequin aimed on the enterprise. The Chromebook 14 for Work combines highly effective , lengthy battery life, and the Chrome for Work initiative to make a laptop computer prepared for work.

Chromebook 14 for Work configured as examined:

  • OS: Chrome OS
  • CPU: sixth technology Intel Core i5, 2.3GHz
  • Reminiscence / storage: 8GB / 32GB
  • Show: 14-inch, 1920×1080, non-touch
  • Battery life: 10 hour
  • Ports: USB-C, HDMI, 2- USB three
  • Dimensions: 13 X zero.88 X zero.9″
  • Weight: three.2 lbs

The laptop computer has a shiny black lid and a black backside. There’s a USB-C port for charging on the left, together with a full HDMI port, USB three port, and audio port. On the fitting aspect is one other USB three, which is the extent of the ports. The Chromebook 14 is lower than an inch thick when closed (zero.88 inch). At three.2 kilos it’s mild for a 14-inch laptop computer.

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The dimensions is spectacular as Acer has integrated MIL-Spec ruggedization into the Chromebook 14 for Work. It could actually deal with four-foot drops amongst different hardships, making it ultimate for tough dealing with frequent on the go.

Opening the lid exposes the 14-inch show and keyboard. The latter is low profile and feels good to make use of. It isn’t the perfect keyboard I’ve used however has typing expertise. The trackpad beneath the keys is giant and operates easily, frequent for Chromebooks. Those that want a mouse over the trackpad can plug one in as any USB mouse ought to work. I even examined the Microsoft Bluetooth Arc Mouse and it labored fantastic out of the field.

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The show as reviewed is excessive for a Chromebook at 1920×1080. It isn’t a contact display screen and is brilliant and vivid. Acer used a skinny bezel across the Chromebook 14 for Work and the 14-inch show is in a case usually used for a 13-inch mannequin. This retains the scale down whereas giving nearly an additional inch of viewable actual property. The Chromebook 14 for Work is roughly the identical measurement as my Chromebook 13 (see photo gallery for comparison).

The excessive decision makes it productive to have two home windows show side-by-side, my most popular technique of operation. Having the Chrome browser open alongside one other app works effectively.

The excessive decision show elements closely into utilizing the Chromebook 14 for Work on daily basis. Whether or not displaying apps within the Chrome browser or in a separate window, issues might be too small to learn. Fortunately, there are two methods to zoom home windows up in Chrome OS.

First, you may change show decision on the fly in Chrome OS which makes every thing greater in Settings | Show. Second, as a result of the OS makes use of the Chrome browser as the bottom you may zoom home windows throughout the browser, which is less complicated than the primary technique. A easy COMMAND – Plus Signal zooms the lively window a bit, and you may repeat this as usually as mandatory till content material is sufficiently big. You can too zoom down utilizing COMMAND – Minus Signal the identical method. The fantastic thing about zooming this fashion is every window, even system home windows, keep in mind the zoom stage till it’s modified.

The highly effective makes the Chromebook 14 for Work the quickest mannequin I’ve used. Tapping one thing on the display screen ends in a direct motion.

To verify the Chromebook 14 for Work is an efficient match for the enterprise, Acer has affiliated it with Google’s Chrome for Work initiative. Amongst different options, Chrome for Work makes it straightforward for company IT to deploy and configure Chromebooks for the enterprise.

The takeaway

The Chromebook 14 for Work is highly effective and prepared for the enterprise, particularly for workers working remotely. This massive show permits companies to deploy it with out an exterior monitor for these within the workplace to maintain prices down. The Chrome for Work initiative permits IT employees to deploy and configure all Chromebooks with out extra value.

This Chromebook is rugged but cellular, and staff will discover it a succesful laptop computer for working remotely. It isn’t low cost at $750, however it’s an affordable choice and price a glance. There are different configurations out there beginning at $350.