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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Acer CB314-1H-C2TG according to what you are going to do with it.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
CB314-1H-C2TG 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. An inexpensive computer such as CB314-1H-C2TG may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Acer; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. This model is designed the old-fashioned way, without a touch screen. It’s not mandatory, but it’s still an interesting technology; unfortunately it’s not CB314-1H-C2TG equipped with it.
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 computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Celeron N4000 1.1Ghz. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 1000 Gb, this CB314-1H-C2TG is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 12.5 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this CB314-1H-C2TG most of the time connected to the power cable.
The CB314-1H-C2TG- the right model for streaming and videos ?
With this laptop, Acer offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the CB314-1H-C2TG; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to « classic » uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.5 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
On the sound side, it CB314-1H-C2TG has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Celeron N4000 1.1Ghz, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Acer not install any. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Chrome OS that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Intel UHD 600 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Acer. Indeed, it CB314-1H-C2TG has only 5 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this CB314-1H-C2TG may not be suitable. Indeed, with 12.5 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
CB314-1H-C2TG compatible with on the move use ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the Acer didn’t really take into account in the design of this CB314-1H-C2TG. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Unfortunately, it is not CB314-1H-C2TG equipped with a touch screen as standard models. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The screen shows an interesting result.
CPU Celeron N4000 1.1Ghz power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Acer; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
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 speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 1000 Gb. 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 CB314-1H-C2TG 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. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 5 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Finally with the CB314-1H-C2TG, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The CB314-1H-C2TG- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Not really designed for video editing or music. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. 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.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Celeron N4000 1.1Ghz that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 1000 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Acer made the choice to put only one SSD. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The CB314-1H-C2TG has only got one, with total 1000 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
With 12.5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the CB314-1H-C2TGhas the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
Clearly, it’s not CB314-1H-C2TG designed for audio-visual editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The CB314-1H-C2TG for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Our tests have shown that yhis CB314-1H-C2TG 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.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for Acer this computer is not intended for playing video games. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.1000 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
Even if this model has Wi-Fi, it is not 5Ghz, so it is of lower quality. You will need to use the ethernet port to access broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.5 Kg.
For autonomy, 12.5 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this CB314-1H-C2TG for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Is the CB314-1H-C2TG adapted to office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, CB314-1H-C2TG it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
For those familiar with Microsoft Windows, this CB314-1H-C2TG may be a little unsettling. Acer installed Chrome OS to make it work.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Acer in this product line. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. An almost featherweight of 1.5 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
With only 1000 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive CB314-1H-C2TGcan be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not CB314-1H-C2TG the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
Finally, the CB314-1H-C2TG….
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it CB314-1H-C2TG is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks