As a preamble to this test
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Acer Chromebook 315 to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Chromebook 315 the right choice for surfing the internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that Acer has developed this Chromebook 315.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
With a 15 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Celeron N4000. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Chromebook 315 is a fair one. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. By offering only 64 Gb, this Chromebook 315 is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 10 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. Acer is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Chromebook 315 for videos?
High quality, the engineers of Acer have chosen to make this Chromebook 315 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
Acer decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. A model with a standard template, 15 inches, and good resolution. 1366×768. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.7 kg, it is easily transportable.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Chromebook 315. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Celeron N4000 is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD Graphics 600, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Acer has made efforts with available 4 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
As for the batteries, you could almost replace your TV set with this Chromebook 315 one. On thisChromebook 315, Acer indicates 10 hours of autonomy, a better performance than the competition. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
The Chromebook 315- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It Chromebook 315 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Acer. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
It Chromebook 315 weights 1.7 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 15inches.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With the installation of the processor Celeron N4000, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this Chromebook 315. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 10 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 64 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Chromebook 315 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. The Chromebook 315 is a fair alternative with iis 15 inches.
The connector part is very interesting, with 4 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Chromebook 315 on holiday.
The Chromebook 315 for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Chromebook 315meets this need perfectly. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Acer has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Chrome OS, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Celeron N4000 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Chromebook 315 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 64 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. Here, it’s 10 hours of autonomy available. This is the best on the market today.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Chromebook 315 receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Chromebook 315 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.
The Chromebook 315- the right model to play with?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this Chromebook 315 is one of the average laptops you can play with. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 64 Gb it Chromebook 315is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For online gaming, it Chromebook 315 has high quality Wi-Fi. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With a weight 1.7 Kg and a screen size of 15 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
It has an autonomy of 10 hours, more than many others.
It Chromebook 315 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
Chromebook 315 the right choice for office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this Chromebook 315 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
This model is intended for those who want to change their system. The operating system is indeed Chrome OS.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Average weight, with 1.7 Kg.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 64 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Ultimately, this Chromebook 315 is an intermediate choice. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
The Chromebook 315 – in summary
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Chromebook 315 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– playing video games
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing