- Thin and light metal design
- Great battery life
- Chrome OS
Chromebooks offer an excellent alternative to more expensive Windows laptops, with the only trade-off being a much more simple operating system that is effectively a glorified web browser.
Since everything from emails to photo edition and writing documents can now be done from with web apps, there’s not an awful lot you can’t do in some way on a Chromebook that you can do on a Windows machine.
The Acer Chromebook 14 looks almost exactly like a MacBook Air, with an aluminium composite body and black chiclet keyboard. It’s slightly bigger but still weighs just 1.55kg, which is pretty light for a 14-inch laptop.
It’s not powerful; its Intel Celeron processor is only capable of lightweight tasks, but with long battery life it’s a great secondary PC for when you’re out on campus or heading into class. Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £289 | Amazon.com from $269
At the time of review the Acer Chromebook 14 was available for £289.