It’s nowhere near as impressive as more premium Chromebooks such as the PixelBook Go, but simultaneously looks and feels far superior to the plastic clamshells that once dominated the Chromebook market. Your subscription has been confirmed. (Some other Chromebooks I've tried have balked at the latter.) Acer claims the Chromebook 315 sees a battery life of up to 12.5 hours, which surpasses the 10-hour mark that most laptops and Chromebooks aim for. I compared the Acer Chromebook 315's objective performance to that of four rivals, three of which have already been mentioned. The likes of The Witcher looked perfectly fine on the Acer Chromebook, even during gloomy scenes where other budget laptops may struggle. The 15.6-inch version weighs 1.8kg. When using the Acer Chromebook 315 as my normal work machine, it comfortably handled word processing and web browsing without any slowdown. If you’ve no intentions of pushing your laptop further than basic browsing and video streaming, then the Acer Chromebook 315 is a perfectly adequate option. Acer's AMD-powered Chromebook 315 is an affordable 15.6-inch touch-screen model with no glaring faults, but its plastic bulk and just-okay display make clear its budget roots. My biggest issue with the Chromebook 315 screen is the noticeable red tinge due to a below-normal colour temperature. The black plastic bezel surrounding the screen is relatively chunky, but not to the extent that the Chromebook 315 looks ugly. Open the lid—it tilts back a full 180 degrees—and you'll see an expanse of silver plastic, with unfashionably fat bezels surrounding the screen and a standard Chromebook layout looking lost in a vast keyboard deck. Cranking up the volume doesn't make sounds tinny or distorted. The AMD chip's performance is unexciting, but it helps bring the 15.6-inch system to retail for $200 less than our Editors' Choice consumer Chromebook, the 14-inch Acer Chromebook 514. Chromebooks aren’t usually this big, but it’s really handy to have the extra screen space. There is some noticeable flex if you push the chassis down, and some screen wobble if you give it a shaking, but nothing that really concerns me. A webcam can be found above the screen with a green light notifying you when it’s active. Sign up for What's New Now to get our top stories delivered to your inbox every morning. A lot of popular games are ruled out here too, including Minecraft and Fortnite. Viewing angles are broad, at least until interrupted by reflections on the touch overlay, but brightness could be better—backgrounds are a touch off-white even with the screen backlight maxed out. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. The keyboard is not backlit, but not bad. The HP Chromebook 14 has the same AMD A4-9120C under the hood as my test unit, while the Acer Chromebook 514 and Asus Chromebook C523 both use Intel's quad-core, 1.1GHz Pentium N4200. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology. Colours aren’t very accurate – nowhere near the required standard for professional creative work – but that’s not really an issue for casual use. That’s fairly hefty, but you can still just about lift it up with one hand, albeit with some wrist strain. Since Chromebooks don't run our usual Windows benchmarks, we use Principled Technologies' CrXPRT (a suite of simulated Chrome OS productivity apps) and WebXPRT 2015 (a browser-based test of HTML and JavaScript throughput). The slim aluminium casing feels smooth and sturdy. For starters: boot time. The max brightness is also pretty low at 261 nits, which means sun glare can make it difficult to see the screen in sunny environments. The Acer's stereo speakers can fill a good-size room, and the Chromebook 315 played my MP3 files with both Chrome Audio Player and Google Play Music. As you can see, the Core i3 Dell ran away with both, though the AMD-based laptops performed adequately. I also saw no issues running YouTube and Netflix, proving this is a perfectly suitable Chromebook for video streaming. Contrast is decent enough with a 1102:1 ratio. Chromebooks aren’t usually this big, but it’s really handy to have the extra screen space. That changes with the Acer Chromebook 315. Chromebooks have long promised smooth performances and high-end designs at a budget price, but few manufacturers have actually delivered. I’m sure there are apps on the Google Play Store that will make it struggle, such as games or photo-editors, but if you stick to the basics then this laptop should run fine. For a Chromebook at this price, the screen is as good as you could hope for. On the right are another USB-C port, another USB-A port, and a security lock slot. He works in a catful home office in Bradenton, Florida. Contrast is decent enough with a 1102:1 ratio. Carrying model number CB315-2HT-47WG, my $299.99 review unit combines the A4-9120C with 4GB of memory, 32GB of eMMC flash storage, and a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel touch panel. Despite having a touchscreen, the Chromebook’s hinge can only be folded back to an 180-degree angle, so you won’t be able to use this as a tablet replacement.