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Acer TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ Netbook Review Update

Sascha Mölck, 12/29/2014

Netbook with IPS. This small Acer laptop has good battery life, an IPS panel and it runs silently. Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit) hints towards the business uses of this model.

For the original German review, see here.

The TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ is the "serious" sibling of the Acer Aspire V3-111P and Acer Aspire E3-111, which we previously tested. Potential buyers of this notebook will be business users, which explains the Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit) OS found on the notebook. The Aspire V3-111P was able to score points with us thanks to its long battery life and good keyboard. In the following in-depth review, we will find out what its sister model has to offer.

The competition of the TravelMate is numerous: all 11.6-inch notebooks which are priced under 500 Euros (~$607) are ready to throw in their lot with our test model. For example, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 and the Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS are prime competitors.

The TravelMate has the same build as the Aspire V3-111P and the Aspire E3-111, so we will not discuss the case, connectivity, input devices or speakers any further (unless there are major differences). For more information about these topics, we suggest taking a look at the reviews of its siblings.

Case & Connectivity

The TravelMate has the same build as the Aspire V3-111P. However, there is a major difference, aside from the case colors; the TravelMate has a display cover made of brushed aluminum whereas the Aspire uses synthetic material. As such, the TravelMate cover is sturdier. The TravelMate is intended for business users as is shown by the Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Pro OS. The Acer security software "ProShield" is preinstalled, but additional security features, like a Trusted Platform Module or a fingerprint reader are not included. The TravelMate buyers get an accessory which the buyers of the Aspire will not get: an HDMI-to-VGA adapter.

The Acer TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ. (Picture: Acer)
The Acer TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ. (Picture: Acer)
The display cover is made of aluminum. (Picture: Acer)
The display cover is made of aluminum. (Picture: Acer)
Input devices. (Picture: Acer)
Input devices. (Picture: Acer)

Display

The TravelMate uses a glossy 11.6-inch display, which has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The brightness (181.7 cd/m²) of the panel is not impressive as we have come to expect a value higher than 200 cd/m² as a minimum. After all, this is a small, portable laptop which is supposed to be used in various places. The contrast (744:1) and black value (0.27 cd/m²) are quite good.

172
cd/m²
171
cd/m²
170
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
175
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B116XAN03.2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 201 cd/m² Average: 181.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 201 cd/m²
Contrast: 744:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.51 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.61 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
43% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.53
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-87%
-129%
-97%
-27%
Brightness middle
201
233
16%
245
22%
203
1%
260
29%
Brightness
182
222
22%
235
29%
186
2%
250
37%
Brightness Distribution
85
88
4%
85
0%
86
1%
85
0%
Black Level *
0.27
0.68
-152%
1.17
-333%
0.46
-70%
0.38
-41%
Contrast
744
343
-54%
209
-72%
441
-41%
684
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.51
10.29
-193%
12.53
-257%
10.94
-212%
6.33
-80%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.61
11.2
-329%
13.25
-408%
12.05
-362%
6.25
-139%
Gamma
2.53 87%
2.54 87%
2.68 82%
2.43 91%
2.26 97%
CCT
6372 102%
14016 46%
18403 35%
14576 45%
7906 82%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
43
40
-7%
38.7
-10%
36
-16%

* ... smaller is better

The display has surprisingly good colors. The DeltaE 2000 deviation with factory settings is a mere 3.51. This puts it quite close to the ideal range (DeltaE smaller than 3) and the panel does not show a blue tinge.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Gray Levels
CalMAN - Gray Levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
Outdoors.
Outdoors.

As Acer has given the small laptop an IPS panel, the viewing angles are great. However, the device cannot be used outdoors due to the reflective surface of the display and poor brightness. Outdoors, it should only be possible to use the laptop in a well-shaded area.

Performance

The TravelMate B115-MP is a simple 11.6-inch notebook which is predestined for typing and surfing thanks to its long battery life. The TravelMate is aimed at business users, whereas the Aspire V3-111P puts the focus on private users. Our test model is available for around 420 Euros (~$510). Acer offers various other configurations - with or without touchscreen.

Processor

The Intel Celeron N2930 quad-core CPU (Bay Trail) is the heart of the TravelMate. It has a TDP of 7.5 W which allows for passive cooling of the CPU. The processor runs at a base clock speed of 1.83 GHz. Turbo can boost the speed up to 2.16 GHz. Despite passive cooling, the CPU offers its full performance. The single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks are run at 1.83 - 2.16 GHz. The multi-thread tests are run at a constant 2.16 GHz. The Celeron N2930 is one of the weakest processors currently available. The Core i3 or Core i5 CPUs easily outpace it. The AMD competitor of the Celeron would be the A4-5000 APU.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3862
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2287
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1133
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
6.31 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
5.92 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
129 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
35 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
35 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33 Points ∼15% -6%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
34 Points ∼16% -3%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
39 Points ∼18% +11%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
36 Points ∼17% +3%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
18 Points ∼8% -49%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
129 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
120 Points ∼3% -7%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
62 Points ∼1% -52%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
141 Points ∼3% +9%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
133 Points ∼3% +3%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
29 Points ∼1% -78%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.41 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.35 Points ∼14% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.39 Points ∼16% -5%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.4 Points ∼16% -2%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.48 Points ∼20% +17%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.41 Points ∼17% 0%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.23 Points ∼9% -44%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.39 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.66 Points ∼1% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.48 Points ∼3% +6%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.76 Points ∼2% -45%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.82 Points ∼4% +31%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.59 Points ∼4% +14%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.38 Points ∼1% -73%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1133 Points ∼10%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1052 Points ∼10% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1086 Points ∼10% -4%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1068 Points ∼10% -6%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
813 Points ∼8% -28%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1141 Points ∼11% +1%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
771 Points ∼7% -32%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3862 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2016 Points ∼3% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2875 Points ∼4% -26%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2038 Points ∼3% -47%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2867 Points ∼4% -26%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4013 Points ∼6% +4%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1439 Points ∼2% -63%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2653 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1340 Points ∼2% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2766 Points ∼3% +4%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1343 Points ∼2% -49%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2728 Points ∼3% +3%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
986 Points ∼1% -63%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
839 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
785 Points ∼16% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
870 Points ∼18% +4%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
781 Points ∼16% -7%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
842 Points ∼17% 0%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
572 Points ∼12% -32%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
423.3 ms * ∼5%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
488 ms * ∼5% -15%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4186 Points ∼8%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3483 Points ∼7% -17%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
7469.4 ms * ∼13%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9362 ms * ∼16% -25%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
731 Points ∼12%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

We did not find any major issues, as the laptop runs smoothly. The results of the PCMark benchmarks are appropriate for the performance of the CPU and place in the bottom third of the performance table, where it is surrounded by various other Bay-Trail CPUs.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1322 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1185 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1304 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1322 Points ∼22%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1104 Points ∼18% -16%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1142 Points ∼19% -14%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1324 Points ∼22% 0%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1451 Points ∼24% +10%

Storage Devices

A Seagate hard drive has been installed in the TravelMate. This HDD offers a capacity of 500 GB and works at 5,400 rpm. The drive offers good transfer rates.

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 45 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 118.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 89 MB/s
Access Time: 19.1 ms
Burst Rate: 100.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.3 %

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics IGP from Intel can be found in our test model. The chip supports DirectX 11 and operates at speeds of up to 854 MHz. The results of the 3DMark benchmarks are as good as we expected. A notebook like the Asus F200MA, which uses the same IGP, delivers slightly worse results. The reason is clear: the IGP of the Asus model operates at a lower speed. The AMD competition, the Radeon R4 (Beema) and the Radeon R5 (Beema), are much more powerful.

3DMark 11 Performance
253 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
16655 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1394 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
253 Points ∼1%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
464 Points ∼1% +83%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
581 Points ∼2% +130%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
222 Points ∼1% -12%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
212 Points ∼1% -16%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
269 Points ∼1% +6%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
264 Points ∼1% +4%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
294 Points ∼1% +16%
3DMark
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
552 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
576 Points ∼1% +4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1394 Points ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1501 Points ∼2% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2080 Points ∼3% +49%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1110 Points ∼2% -20%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1186 Points ∼2% -15%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1544 Points ∼2% +11%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
354 Points ∼1% -75%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1021 Points ∼2% -27%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
16655 Points ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
18212 Points ∼2% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
27609 Points ∼2% +66%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
15146 Points ∼1% -9%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15265 Points ∼1% -8%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
20776 Points ∼2% +25%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4791 Points ∼0% -71%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
12198 Points ∼1% -27%

Gaming Performance

The performance of the hardware is not strong enough for modern 3D games. A few games can run at an acceptable fps. If you want to play on the test model, you should stick to the games found in the Windows Store.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 15.37.94.8fps

Emissions & Energy Management

The TravelMate does not have a fan which means that the only noise emissions audible are from the HDD. Those are very quiet and hardly noticeable.

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 31 / 31 dB(A)
HDD
32 dB(A)
Load
31 / 32 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The TravelMate B115 in the stress test.
The TravelMate B115 in the stress test.

The stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least an hour) performs the same way on the test model every time. In the first 5 to 10 minutes, the CPU and GPU run at full speed and then the speeds drop slowly so that the cores can cool down. After this, the speeds once again rise. This up and down behavior is always present. The CPU speed can drop down to 500 MHz and the CPU and GPU hardly ever reach their max speeds. During the stress test, the case heats up a little. The case only crosses the 40 °C mark near the heatsink.

 29.7 °C
85 F
29.8 °C
86 F
27.6 °C
82 F
 
 28 °C
82 F
28.6 °C
83 F
27.1 °C
81 F
 
 25.7 °C
78 F
25.2 °C
77 F
25 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Average: 27.4 °C = 81 F
30.5 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
31.8 °C
89 F
25.9 °C
79 F
26.1 °C
79 F
29 °C
84 F
25.2 °C
77 F
25.1 °C
77 F
26.3 °C
79 F
Maximum: 32 °C = 90 F
Average: 28 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.7 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 22.1 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.6 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 29.8 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Netbook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F, ranging from 21.6 to 53.2 °C for the class Netbook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.5 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.4 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 29.8 °C / 86 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.3 °C / 82.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.3 °C / 84.7 F (+1 °C / 1.8 F).

Power Consumption

Bay-Trail processors are not power-hungry. As such, the power consumption of the TravelMate is quite low. While idle, the consumption lies under 10 W - which is a typical value for this platform. At medium (3DMark06 running) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark running simultaneously) the power consumption lies at 13.7 and 10.1 W respectively. During the stress test, the power consumption is lower as the speeds of the CPU and GPU continuously fluctuate.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.6 / 6.8 / 7.8 Watt
Load midlight 13.7 / 10.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In the practical WLAN test, our script loads websites every 40 seconds automatically. The power-saver profile is set on and brightness is regulated to around 150 cd/m². The TravelMate reaches a run time of 6:57 h - quite good. The Acer Aspire V3-111P runs for longer. We believe this is due to the higher idle power usage of our test model.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
6h 57min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
417 min ∼77%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
257 min ∼47%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
301 min ∼55%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
301 min ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
464 min ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
499 min ∼92%
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
501 min ∼92%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
545 min ∼100%

Verdict

The performance of the TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ is sufficient for office and Internet applications. The small notebook has a good keyboard, runs silently and it offers long battery life. This makes the device ideal for surfing and typing. The same applies to the sister model, the Aspire V3-111P. The Aspire is aimed at private users, whereas the TravelMate is primarily for business users. As such, Windows 8.1 (64-bit) professional is installed alongside the Acer security software "ProShield." The TravelMate uses an IPS display with great viewing angles whereas the Aspire uses a TN panel with poor viewing angles. However, the Aspire offers a strong processor and longer battery life. The Aspire is currently available for around 380 Euros (~$461), whereas the TravelMate costs 420 Euros (~$510). Furthermore, both models are available without a touchscreen as well.

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In review: Acer TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ. Test model provided by notebooksbilliger
In review: Acer TravelMate B115-MP-C2TQ. Test model provided by notebooksbilliger

Specifications

Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 313-854 MHz, 10.18.10.3408
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, Single Channel, one RAM slot (occupied)
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, 10 points multi-touch, AU Optronics B116XAN03.2, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Valleyview SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21 x 291 x 211 ( = 0.83 x 11.46 x 8.31 in)
Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, HDMI-to-VGA adapter, McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security (Trial), MS Office (Trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 251 g ( = 8.85 oz / 0.55 pounds)
Price
419 Euro

 

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Price Comparison

Pros

+Strong contrast and good colors on the IPS panel
+Almost silent
+Very good battery life
+2 years warranty
+Decent keyboard
 

Cons

-No maintenance flap

Shortcut

What we like

The IPS panel and good battery life.

What we miss

A brighter panel.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Lenovo ThinkPad E145, Asus F200MA-CT067H, Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS, Lenovo S20-30, Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A, MSI S12T-3MA441, Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A, Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG.

Rating

Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ - 12/13/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 73%
Weight
70 / 35-78 → 81%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
39 / 68 → 57%
Application Performance
44 / 87 → 51%
Temperature
89 / 91 → 98%
Noise
93%
Audio
40 / 91 → 44%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
67%
78%
Netbook - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-12-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)