Analysis of the Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN – Celeron N4000 from Acer.

As an introduction to this analysis

Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN adapted to surf the internet?

What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by Acer are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. No touch screen available on this model. It’s not prohibitive, but you may find it Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN less easy to use when you’re on the go.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is Acer paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
The manufacturer offers a processor Celeron N4000; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. 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. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 32 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN can work 12.5 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN for videos?

Acer presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 15.6, in 1366×768, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.63 kilogram.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Celeron N4000 is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. 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 UHD graphic 600, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Acer. Indeed, it Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN has only 4 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. That’s only 12.5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

The Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
Its weight of 1.63 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 15.6 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN do not generally have touch screens. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
At the same time, the laptop processor Celeron N4000 is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 12.5 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 32 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.Thanks to this, Acer was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 15.6 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
It Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN provides only 4 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
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 CB315-3H-C2HN on holiday.

The Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN to make audio or video editing. 

The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Acer have thought of for this Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Celeron N4000 that is almost obsolete. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Acer made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 32 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (12.5 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
On the connection side, the Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HNi s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. 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.
As you will have understood, it Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN proposes a rather basic oriented use. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.

Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN for video games?

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. 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.
Our tests have shown that for Acer this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.32 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For the Wi-Fi technology, Acer, has done little more than standard i.e. without the 5GHz wireless band. Too bad, it could have been interesting.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.63 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 12.5 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.

Is the Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN adapted to office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
This model is intended for those who want to change their system. It has indeed an operating Chrome OS system .
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model, with its 1.63 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 32 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HNcan be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

What about the Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN ?

This Chromebook CB315-3H-C2HN will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks