Acer's ChromeBook 315 is a Good-Looking Thin Chrome OS Device
Acer’s Chromebook 315 CB315-3HT series consists of a number of thin 15.6-inch Chromebooks powered by Intel Gemini Lake processors. Today’s review unit is powered by a N5030 quad-core CPU, and is the current high-end model within this series, and at around 480 Euros at the time of writing it is also the most expensive one. Cheaper lesser equipped SKUs are also available.
The processor is fast enough for office and internet applications. Thanks to passive cooling the device is completely silent and thus well usable in quiet environments. The CPU has access to 8 GB of RAM (soldered, no free slots) as well as 128 GB of eMMC storage. Storage space can be further expanded via microSD card.
The thin computer has no lack of perseverance. The Chromebook ran for 10:18 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test on a single charge. This test simulates typical load while browsing the web via a script. All power saving features are disabled, and display brightness is normalized to around 150 nits. External power is supplied via the included USB-C power supply which can be plugged into both available USB-C ports.
The FHD IPS touchscreen display offers a decent anti-glare coating, wide viewing angles, decent colors, and a good contrast ratio. Its maximum brightness is too low. Thanks to the integration of Google’s Play Store the Chromebook can run numerous Android apps.
More information as well as many benchmarks can be found in our Acer Chromebook 315 CB315-3HT-P297 review.