Last updated 19 July 22, By Matthew Forde On the plus side, you wont get slowed down by the buggy software and endless updates that plague Windows operating systems in particular. There's no backlight and the Enter key is strangely thin and easy to miss. There's just one problem, By Carrie Marshall T3 is supported by its audience. The laptop is hinged and can be opened out a full 180 degrees. Oddly, the keyboard takes up just the top half of the base. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. One of the best attributes of the Acer Chromebook 315 is the size of its screen, which is a generous 15.6in in diameter. The stereo speakers are placed in the bottom of the device, sending the sound into your desk or lap, which is hardly ideal. Published 20 June 22, The Huawei MateBook 16 beats the Windows 11 competition, By David Nield England and Wales company registration number 2008885. You just need an internet connection and a Google log-in. If you dont have the latter, youll need to hop on your phone or another computer to set one up first. Dont get us wrong: this is by no means a premium product. So we got our hands on the Intel-powered version of the Acer Chromebook 315, the (not very) snappily titled CB315-3H, to learn what it's like to use in practice. (Specifically: 115 x 330mm out of an available 250 x 366mm). The keyboard itself isn't exactly premium. Published 25 June 22, Apple's investing heavily in next-gen display tech for future iPad and MacBook models, By Carrie Marshall We check over 250 million products every day for the best prices, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 suddenly sounds very exciting, PS5 restock: Argos set for major restock here's when you get a console, Gmail users are getting this cool free upgrade, Chromebook users just got this great free upgrade for Android Phones, MacBook Air and iPad Pro rumor says huge display upgrades are incoming, How the Huawei MateBook 16 became the ultimate Windows 11 laptop, Google engineer says it has created sentient AI. Impressively, we spent a full nine hours 35 minutes watching full screen Marvel movies offline, via the Disney+ Android app, which would certainly be enough to get you through a long journey. Note, though, it only looks like metal: its actually plastic, which can be a bit of a disappointment when you first feel it in your hands. Once youve entered your username and password, its just a few steps to get going, such as choosing whether to sync your device with your Android phone. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury Bath BA1 1UA All rights reserved. So the inclusion of 64GB of flash memory storage is more than welcome here. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Darn it, ultimately even if one of your power ports fails, you'll still have a backup. Published 30 June 22, The Chrome/Android ecosystem is getting better at bringing your devices and data together, By Carrie Marshall But is it actually any good? As well as a sub-300 price tag, of course.
There's no fingerprint reader, no optical drive, no stylus. The system on review here is from Acer, who currently have multiple products in our best Chromebooks buying guide, and is a maker of respected reputation. Looks-wise, this is the sleekest and most attractive Chromebook weve seen at this price point. Published 8 June 22, OLEDs are even better displays than the Mini-LEDs in the best MacBook Pro and iPad models. You also get a headphone jack, a microSD card slot and a slot for connecting a Kensington security cable (not included). It depends on your priorities, but for most people, wed suggest not. (If you have, then just skip to the next section.). Obviously, if your web connection isnt great you might experience difficulties, but in our experience, it wont be the fault of the device itself. You can, for example, comfortably fit multiple windows side-by-side on your screen, and view extra columns and rows of a spreadsheet, without having to reduce characters down to magnifying glass proportions.
But to get such a sleek and attractive laptop, a generous-sized touchscreen, substantial battery life, and a processor capable of running multiple tabs smoothly, for under 300, is little short of a miracle. But AI experts say it hasn't, By Carrie Marshall However, most people wont want to do any of that. Youll be able to see people on Zoom calls in more detail too, which may be a bug or a feature, depending on how attractive your friends and colleagues are. Apple M2 versus M1 compared: which chip should power your next MacBook? Just be sure it's a Chromebook you want. Here's what we know. In a similar vein, the HD, 30fps web cam is nothing to write home about, but does the job. The 3-cel Lithium Ion battery promises "up to" 12.5 hours' battery life, and we found it coming close to this target in some pretty resource intensive tasks. With the 315, however, we didnt have that problem, going beyond 10 tabs and still finding everything working perfectly. This might sound limiting. Published 29 May 22, T3 is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. And that helps protect your device in the long term. The model we were given to review runs on a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4020 processor, teamed with a Intel UHD Graphics 600 processor. It's fully responsive wherever you click, and we like that it makes an audible noise when you do. First a quick note in case youve never used a Chromebook before. Data transfer speeds are not, it has to be said, particularly fast, but that's kind of what you'd expect of a device at this price point. Last updated 15 June 22, According to a Google engineer, Google's AI has come to life. In conclusion, we'd say the Acer Chromebook 315 is one of the best budget Chromebooks on the market today, and a great choice for school children, students and, well, most people really. To that end, we put in a serious number of hours doing things such as writing emails, managing our Google Calendar, listening to music, watching movies, surfing the web, and more. Looking for a cheap laptop? The reason Chromebooks are generally cheaper than, say, Windows or Mac laptops is that theres not much in the way of an operating system. We're sure we'd eventually develop better typing habits, but it does take some getting used to. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 hasn't even launched yet, but exciting info is already being reported about the Galaxy Z Fold 5, By Robert Jones And here's something that gets us very excited: a choice of powering your device from USB-C ports on either the left or the right side. At 1.9kg, this device isn't the lightest, but it's certainly light enough to carry around from place to place. Thank you for signing up to T3. For such tasks, this Chromebook does everything you need to, on a beautiful big screen, and at a very lovely price indeed. Then look no further than this Acer Chromebook 315 review, there's a reason it's always popping up on price comparison sites, as well as in T3's authoritative best student laptops guide. The only other thing to be aware of is the basic folder structure, which organises your Google Drive files and direct downloads in one simple space, and can be opened and closed at will. Visit our corporate site. What may dampen your enjoyment a little more is the audio. Published 7 June 22, For most people Big Sur is the better operating system, but there are some crucial things to consider, By Carrie Marshall On the plus side, there is a number pad, which is a godsend for tasks such as typing figures into spreadsheets. But is it spending a lot more money for what amounts to small improvements? These are divided between the left and right hand sides, and nicely spaced so your various plugs and leads don't fight each other. MacBooks and iPads tipped for huge OLED display upgrade but there's a catch, Is macOS Big Sur better than Catalina? That way, you can be up and running in literally a couple of minutes. That's the question this Acer Chromebook 315 review will hope to answer. Even if youve never used a Chromebook before, theres no real learning curve here; after all, you do pretty much everything in the browser, with your main apps grouped at the bottom. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. For all these activities, we found the Acer Chromebook 315 performed smoothly and efficiently, with no problems to report. And, if you like to do a bit of gaming, be sure to also take a look at T3's best gaming laptops guide, as that has systems with serious pixel-pushing power. The reason? The Acer Chromebook 315 comes in two flavours: one powered by AMD and the other by Intel.
You don't need to have loads of in-built storage, which ultimately brings the price of the laptop right down. There was a problem. The LCD screen offers full HD (1080p) resolution and is perfectly enjoyable to watch TV and movies on. This means even when your power outlet is in an difficult place related to where you're sat, you won't need to awkwardly twist your plug to get it in the socket. Tom May is a freelance writer and author of the book, Great Ted Talks: Creativity. Basically you get an internet browser, a folder for files youve downloaded, and thats your lot. Subscribe in print, digital, or a great-value bundle. A big, beautiful screen, impressive battery life and a low, low cost makes this one of the best budget buys around.
If you want a laptop for business, you'll need something more powerful and expensive. With cheap Chromebooks, what usually happens is that once you open multiple tabs, things start to slow down. For example, if you were going on a long trip, youd want to load up some movies for offline viewing. The screen has an anti-glare coating that does a good job of letting you work with sunlight behind you, and works beautifully as a touchscreen too. Thats large indeed for a Chromebook, and is great for watching TV and movies. Although Chromebooks are generally geared towards cloud storage (you get 15GB free with Google Drive, for instance), sometimes you do need to store things locally. Published 14 June 22, The M1 was revolutionary. But impressive specs dont always mean a great customer experience. You will receive a verification email shortly. They just want a laptop for simpler tasks such as web surfing, listening to music, watching videos, and all the daily things we now need to do online, from writing emails to making Zoom calls. This setup certainly isnt as powerful as your average Windows or Mac laptop. And the trackpad feels smooth and intuitive in action. But its surprising how much you can do with the software available on the web, much of which is provided by Google for free, such as Google Sheets (for spreadsheets), Google Docs (for word processing) and Google Drive (for cloud storage). All the best features, news, tips and great deals to help you live a better life through technology. The main restriction of Chromebooks, then, is the need for a constant internet connection; because although there are ways to work offline, theyre usually a little clunky.