Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C670 Review
The Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C670 is something a person with limited budget and lightweight computer needs might want to consider. It’s a replacement for more expensive and bulkier Windows laptops, and if you don’t tend to do heavy stuff like gaming, Photoshopping and video editing.
- Good keyboard
- Good battery life
- Low maximum screen brightness
- Plastic looks cheap
- Not a 'design-piece'
The Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C670 is a sleek, stylish Chromebook that won’t break the bank. It has an ultra-compact design and plenty of computing power to take on everyday applications and surf the web. It has built-in WiFi and a battery that will last most people all day long. The laptop comes with high level specs and runs on the Google Chrome Operating System.
The Acer Chromebook 11 offers enough CPU performance for most typical online tasks, be they email correspondence, video and music streaming, and document creation.
The Acer features a low-end dual-core Intel Celeron N2830 clocking at 2.16GHz as its processor, a 2GB system memory installed that is arguably enough and 16GB storage space but you’ll get 100GB more free storage from Google Cloud for two years. Its features and price make it one of the essential items for any consumer or student looking to buy a lightweight notebook.
This is definitely a Chromebook for students; as it is one of the cheapest laptops available on the market right now, with stable, effective, and clean looking style.
The Acer measures 11.77 x 7.95 x 0.73 (L x W x H) inches and comes with a small 11.6″ non-touch screen that defines a true Chromebook. At 2.43 pounds, the CB3-111-C670 is ultra-portable. It is also designed pretty well with Moonstone White color, making it to feel really sturdy in your hands in spite of its small size. Looks fancy too and at an affordable price, Acer has put out a good looking laptop.
This makes it to stay ahead of the competition against other 11 inch Chromebooks like the ASUS C200 Chromebook and the Lenovo IdeaPad N20P Touchscreen Chromebook. It also has a clear emphasis on battery life that will last you up to 13 hours instead of about 9-10 hours. Its ultra-portability and long-lasting battery makes it ideal for use while on the move for business individuals and students.
The Acer comes with 11.6″ HD Anti-Glare widescreen display with LED backlight that provides low power consumption and high energy efficiency. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution, which can play a variety of multimedia content.
Graphics performance wasn’t ever a strong side for Chromebooks. They feature processor integrated graphics chips, like Intel HD Graphics in this particular model. It’s powerful enough for simple tasks you might do on a Chromebook, but devout gaming is out of question for that graphics chip – especially when you consider Chromebooks’ poor overall support for games.
The slim profile directly includes I/O ports. It has 1 USB 2.0 port and 1 USB 3.0 port. It is equipped with one USB 3.0 port, so data is always accessible. This will help you to share and send data faster than ever, with all of the files automatically appearing in the Acer’s “USB Drive”, new file app. There is a full-sized SD card slot, and also a headset port. A webcam sits just above the screen. It can also output video to an external display via the HDMI port.
It also features 802.11ac wireless technology, for a smooth internet experience at connection speeds that are up to three times faster than that of previous-generation wireless technologies. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0. For typing, the keyboard has soft keys that don’t make any noise when they are hit, though they do offer a bit of resistance. It’s a comfortable keyboard for long typing sessions, and the palm rest offers a large enough area to rest your wrists.
The Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C670 sports an Intel Celeron N2830 Dual-Core Processor 2.16GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.41GHz with a Bay Trail M’ architecture technology that runs the system cool unlike the previous Acer Chromebooks that did not have a vent to allow warm air to escape. As such, the sound from its fan is rarely detectable.
It also has 2GB of DDR3L RAM but for multitasking purposes the RAM could be an obstacle, we thereby expected a 4GB of RAM memory. But with such an affordable price we cannot ask for more.
Internal storage consists of just 16GB of a Solid state drive that is hardly enough, but you’ll get 100GB more free storage from Google Cloud for two years. In addition, the solid-state drive might be small in size, but it surely is darn fast. If you’re used to older Windows laptops you’ll probably be amazed how quickly the system boots and operates, of course within the stipulated limits.
Performance, overall, matches the Lenovo N20, ASUS C200 and other Baytrail-M Chromebooks. The Acer C720 Chromebook, with its Haswell-architecture CPU is noticeably fast in some operations.
The Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C670 is something a person with limited budget and lightweight computer needs might want to consider. It’s a replacement for more expensive and bulkier Windows laptops, and if you don’t tend to do heavy stuff like gaming, Photoshopping and video editing the performance of such a Chromebook is definitely adequate.
Especially a student might find a lot of joy in it: The battery lasts a full day, the notebook weighs next to nothing and you can use Google’s online tools as good replacement for the traditional MS Office. The new Lenovo Chromebook 330 remains our Editor’s Choice.