Did Acer Ace The Chromebook 14?

Common Chromebook Features for Beginners

  • Browser only laptops have their own set of standards. These are different from a traditional laptop or desk computer. Here are some of the more noticeable standard changes.
  • Browser only laptops have their own set of standards. These are different from a traditional laptop or desk computer. Here are some of the more noticeable standard changes.
  • There is no Caps Lock, only Shift for capital letters. The key in the Caps Lock position is Search.
    There is no Delete key
    Intended for simple tasks, such as social media and google documents. Video chatting, desktop games, and other heavy-duty features are either impossible or do not work well.

These are all present with this Chromebook and will not be considered in the review.

This review covers the Acer Chromebook CB3-431-C5FM, which is also the Acer Chromebook 14. There are a few different models of the Acer Chromebook 14. This review is specific to the CB3-431-C5FM version.

Basic Statistics

  • Brand: Acer
  • Type: Chromebook
  • Model: CB3-431-C5FM
  • Size of Screen: 14 inches
  • Weight: 3.42lbs
  • Material of Casing: Aluminum
  • Average Price: $300
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Graphics Processor: Intel GPU
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating System: Chrome OS

Special Features:

  • The screen is widescreen. It also has a matte antiglare coating, to reduce reflections when the surroundings are bright.
  • The battery life of this laptop is 12 hours.
  • The keyboard is larger
  • The touchpad is large enough to allow multi-finger movements. ChromeOS has a few multi-finger gestures that this touchpad allows users to play around with. It is sensitive enough for these gestures to work consistently. The touchpad is roughly four inches by three inches
  • The sound system is clear and projects well. The speakers are downward facing. The sound is loud enough to fill a medium-sized room without losing quality.
  • The aluminum body creates an increase in durability compared to the plastic body on the majority of other Chromebooks.

14” Screen

Many Chromebooks have screens that are limited to around 11”. The Acer Chromebook-14 outdoes the competition at a broad 14” screen. The resolution is 1920×1080, which is harder to come by. If the competition reaches 14”, their resolution will often lag back at 1366×768.
The 14” screen does not mean that the viewing angles are limited. There is a 170-degree viewing angle, which is nice for personal use and also comfortable if having to share the screen. Group projects, family webcam visits, or looking at pictures with friends doesn’t feel cramped. The screen is large enough to accommodate up to two or three people to view comfortably and with clarity. The screen does get decently bright but would be difficult to use outside on a bright and sunny day. The anti-glare feature does make it easier to view the screen in bright areas, but natural light is a different situation altogether.


The keyboard on this Chromebook is a hit or miss depending on the user. The keys are quite shallow with only 1.14mm of travel space. A review from LaptopMag described typing as “drumming my fingers against a wooden desk.” The shallow key space can be a serious drawback for some individuals who are used to or prefer deeper key spaces. This keyboard can work well for users who are accustomed to or prefer shallower keyboards. The keyboard also lacks backlighting.

Outside Ports

On the left side of the computer, there are

  • One HDMI port- This is the port that allows connection to an outside machine like a TV
  • Two USB 3.0 ports- These USB ports are backwards-compatible and will work with USB 2.0 etc.
  • One security lock port- This feature is often overlooked but is present in nearly all laptops and netbooks. This allows the user to attach a heavy duty lock to the laptop and a permanent object nearby, similar to a bike lock. The lock does not come with the computer but the port does.

On the right side of the computer, there are

  • One headphone jack
  • One power jack- The charging cable comes with the computer upon purchase.

Note: This Chromebook does not have an SD card slot, which is used to add more storage space. The 32GB of storage space built into this Chromebook may not be enough depending on what the Chromebook is being used for. Other Chromebooks that are relatively equal to this one come equipped with the SD card slot. Examples of these are the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and Dell Chromebook 13.


There is no slot for an SD card.
The display screen will flex easily if handled.
The laptop does not have a touch screen. The Android store is being brought to ChromeOS and a variety of those applications require a touch screen to work well.
There is no backlighting for the keyboard.
When the Chromebook is closed, there is a gap between the display and the keyboard.


The Chromebook 14 from Acer is a high-quality Chromebook. The metal casing makes it look more professional than other Chromebook’s and also allows for a sturdier computer. The 14″ screen provides great viewing features. This Chromebook may not be good for professional work with the limited storage space. The shallow keys and lack of backlighting can be positive or negative features depending on the consumer. This Chromebook is very good for a $300 piece but is not the best option for people needing more storage or a different style of keyboard.

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