Acer rolled out the 514 Chromebook back in 2018 as an upscale alternative to the budget systems to which the Chromebook name is often tied. With its $349 price tag and touches like a metal chassis, 1080p display, and Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad, it was looking to split the difference between the $149 and $199 Chromebooks and luxury versions like the Google Pixelbook. As CES 2021 begins, the company is back with an upgraded version that not only adds popular 2-in-1 functionality, but also marks a new direction for Chromebook processors.
The Chromebook Spin 514 is the latest in Acer’s Spin family of convertible laptops, such as the Spin 13 and the Spin 512, equipped with a 14-inch full HD touchscreen that’s sheathed in Gorilla Glass to withstand scratches. But what’s inside is probably more notable, as it’s the company’s first Chromebook to use AMD’s