Most laptop users are familiar with Corning Gorilla Glass to protect their displays, but Acer has opted to use this heavy-duty material to encase the top cover of its sleek, attractive Acer Chromebook 14 for Work.

The glass allows businesses to customize the exterior of these nimble Chromebooks, which can be a nice way to display your business brand, particularly if you and/or your employees travel for work. There's also a nifty business card holder on the bottom of the laptop.

If you're worried that the glass won't provide adequate protection for your laptop, know that it was tested to withstand drops of up to 4 feet and up to 132 pounds of downward force.

But enough with the pretty glass. Starting around $349, the base model Chromebook 14 for Work offers an Intel Celeron 3855U processor (dual-core, 1.60 GHz), a 14-inch HD display with a tiny bezel, Intel HD Graphics 510 with Shared Memory, and 4GB of memory. It also comes with a three-cell, 3950-mAh li-polymer battery, which Acer says lasts up to 12 hours.

Where Acer really stands out among Chromebooks is with its high-end model, which at $749 is comparatively expensive, but it comes with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, (dual-core, 2.30 GHz), 8GB of RAM and the same, beautiful 14-inch HD display as the base model, but with Intel HD Graphics.

These kinds of specs are rare among Chromebooks, elevating what has typically been an inexpensive option for students and others just wanting internet access to a laptop that, as Acer puts it, "means business."

We agree. This Chromebook is well-suited for businesses operating primarily, if not exclusively, in the cloud, especially if they use Google Apps for Work.

To start with, the Chromebook 14 for Work was specifically designed for compliance with the Google for Work initiative, allowing IT administrators to deploy, manage and secure thousands of devices easily and remotely. They're even able to preconfigure apps through the Chrome Device Management panel, as well as set restrictions on extensions.

Not only are users able to access Google Docs, Sheets, Gmail and other applications, but also web apps from Office 365, such as Word, Excel and Outlook. And if you're tired of the bloatware found on so many laptops these days, you'll be thrilled by the absolutely clean installation on the Chromebook 14 for Work.  

Acer's Chromebook 14 for Work offers many quality standards  that you'd expect in any good laptop: decent speakers, microphone and a wide-angle HD web camera; a backlit keyboard (many people have noted the keys are a bit stiff) that is spill-resistant and drains water away from key components; and a crystal-clear display.

All of this makes Acer's Chromebook 14 for Work an excellent choice for cloud-based businesses.

Published on: Nov 6, 2017