In a sea of silver, bring the Gold!

acer-chromebook-14-gold-right-sideGo into the local coffee shop or library, wherever people gather with their computers. You will probably see a sea of silver laptops, usually with the little Apple with the bite out of it.  How do you stand out from the crowd when every one of the manufactures are chasing the same look.  Once Apple came out with the MacBooks in the solid aluminum, the race was on to copy it.

I for one like how it looks, I am not an “apple guy” as I have said before.  I like their design, I like the OS, but I just cannot bring myself to pay that much for something I am going to use about a 10th of.  So what are we to do.  I don’t carry a laptop as a fashion piece, some do and that’s cool.  Our computing devices have become extensions of ourselves.  We pick things that we like, since we have the choice.  It used to be you could get a laptop in any color you wanted, as long as it was grey plastic.

So you want to be differentacer-chromebook-14-gold-back

As if looking for a Chromebook, or better yet using one didn’t make you different enough, a gold colored laptop will make you stand out.  There are a few different colored laptops out there.  I previously reviewed my Bali Blue Dell.  Now blue, that is a different color, and will get noticed.  It was a little too wild of a color for me.  There are some other great laptops in more regular colors, Red, White, and well Camo.  (For when you need to update your blog from the deer stand I guess)

Gold, it is the color of royalty.  Our most precious metal.  It just looks good in any light.  I know this is just the aluminum one powder coated in gold paint, but it just LOOKS COOL.  I mean really, look at this thing, it’s awesome.

Is it just a pretty face?

This is the same machine as the Acer Chromebook 14 in Aluminum that I reviewed here.  I use this machine everyday.  I can run multiple tabs at once, be streaming something to the Chromecast and updating this blog and it never misses a beat.  It is a great little performer.  It still lacks the SDcard reader, but I haven’t even come close to needing extra storage.  There is no touchscreen or backlit keyboard.  Again not an issue for me. With Android Apps coming out “soon” you may want to look for something with a touchscreen for a more organic experience.  I don’t plan to use a lot of Android apps on my computer, so I don’t think the lack of touch screen will hurt.

acer-chromebook-14-gold-keyboardI really like the keyboard, the keys have the right amount of bounce and a good click to let me know I have engaged the keys.  The touchpad is big and recognizes all the popular gestures like two finger scroll, three finger open in new window, etc.

The trackpad is also good at rejecting the random wrist touch of when I am typing.  My cursor doesn’t jump all over the place while I am typing.  The screen is brilliant and looks good from multiple angles, since you are going to show off the full HD, might as well let people see it.  It has two USB 3.0 ports for really fast data transfers to USB Sticks of for interacting with your phone’s storage.

The headset jack on the right side is well positioned so your headset won’t interfere with anything.  Since the only thing to plug in over there is the power.  It’s not USB Type C power but the power cord and power supply are small and tuck easily into a bag.  Not that you really need to carry the power cord around with you.  I currently get about 11 hours out of mine.  It has all day power, not just for work, but after.

A couple of stats

I mentioned before that this is the same as the Acer Chromebook 14 in Silver, so the performance is the same:

  • Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core Processor 1.6GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.24GHz.
  • 100% Aluminum Chassis.
  • Google Chrome Operating System.
  • 14 inch Full HD ComfyView Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio).
  • 4GB LPDDR3 SDRAM Memory.
  • 32GB Internal Storage.
  • Intel HD Graphics.
  • Two Built-in Speakers.
  • 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz).
  • Bluetooth 4.2.
  • 2 – USB 3.0 Ports.
  • 1 – HDMI port with HDCP Support.
  • HD Webcam (1280 x 720) with 88 degree wide angle lens supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR).
  • 3-Cell Li-Polymer Battery (3950 mAh).
  • Up to 12-hours Battery Life

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a distinctive laptop for everyday use, then the Acer Chromebook 14 in Gold is the one you want.  Besides the relatively unique color this is a great performing laptop well worth a look.  As I have talked about before, ChromeOS is a great platform for a lightweight operating system to handle day to day tasks, like updating social media, surfing the web, reading a blog or checking your email.  Why stare at the tiny screen on your phone when you can have a full HD screen and a great keyboard.  This Chromebook will serve you well, it is more than just a pretty face.