Acer's new Chromebook Plus is an ideal option for students

Everything you need to be in control on campus

Acer CHromebook Plus 514
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Ah, summer... It's nearly here. And for students that means it's time to take a well-earned break from studying and exams and unwind. Whether you're going travelling or getting some much-needed home cooking, make sure to enjoy it. Because next year, we do it all over again. But this time you can have Acer's new Chromebook Plus on your side. 

Chromebooks have long been a popular choice with students and if you want to take your studies to the next level a Chromebook Plus is a great way to do so without doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the price of your laptop. Funds are tight at university/college at the best of times.

The new Acer Chromebook Plus 514 is a just balance between power and price. While it starts at just $399 (UK prices not yet known) you still get the benefit of an Intel i3 processor that when coupled with the lightweight Chromebook operating system (where pretty much everything is accessed through Google Chrome) should be more than enough to see you through assignments. All-nighters aren't always the healthiest way to study but if needs be, then the 11-hour battery life won't let you down. 

While gaming is pretty much out of the question on all but very few Chromebooks, the 514 is a great option for streaming. Sporting a 14-inch Full HD screen (with a resolution of 1920 x 1080), the best streaming services will look great. While there are no HDMI ports, there are two USB-C offerings with DisplayPort compatibility. 

Acer CHromebook Plus 514

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Of course a big part of studying (and working) these days is video calls and the 514 has you covered there. A Full HD (1080p) webcam isn't always present on laptops twice the price of the 514, but Acer has managed to include one here, alongside temporal noise reduction and AI tools to keep you looking crystal clear. A small touch I always appreciate for peace of mind is a laptop shutter and there's one included here too. 

Those looking to do serious editing and design work should look elsewhere, but if you need a companion for everyday computing, the 514 looks a great choice. We don't have a UK release date yet but it's coming to the US in May so should be the perfect choice come September. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.