A laptop designed for audio-visual editing : Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T – MediaTek MT8173

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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 for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

Chromebook R13 CB5-312T enough for internet use?

Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is to respond to this type of need that Acer has developed this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
With a 13 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Acer with a lot of care.
With a processor MediaTek MT8173, Acer offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Chromebook R13 CB5-312T, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 32 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
In conclusion, for a web use, know that this model has an autonomy of 10 hours. Acer is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.

Is Chromebook R13 CB5-312T okay to watch videos ?

Acer presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Chromebook R13 CB5-312T; 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.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 13, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. 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 big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish.  Acer is primarily intended for film lovers the Chromebook R13 CB5-312T. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the Chromebook R13 CB5-312T is equipped with a correct sound card and 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor MediaTek MT8173, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one MediaTek Graphic, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the Chromebook R13 CB5-312T has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.With 10 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. Enjoy streaming, locally or on your Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.

Chromebook R13 CB5-312T compatible with on the move use ?

An intermediate model that can be taken along on an occasional basisChromebook R13 CB5-312T. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. Here’s what it turned out : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
It Chromebook R13 CB5-312T is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.5 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. A 13 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
This Chromebook R13 CB5-312T is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
CPU MediaTek MT8173 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 10 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 32 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 Chromebook R13 CB5-312T will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. With a screen of 13 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
All the same, this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T is interesting for those who travel.

The Chromebook R13 CB5-312T for audio or video editing ?

If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. Clearly, this Chromebook R13 CB5-312Tcorresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Acer puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Chrome OS system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor MediaTek MT8173 does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. 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 Chromebook R13 CB5-312T has only got one, with total 32 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Being only on batteries, you have 10 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
On the connection side, the Chromebook R13 CB5-312Ti s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
By choosing this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.

The Chromebook R13 CB5-312T for online or local games.

Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Acer in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.32 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
A better access to wifi on this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With a weight 1.5 Kg and a screen size of 13 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
An excellent autonomy of 10 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.

The Chromebook R13 CB5-312T for office automation.

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
This computer meets a demand that deviates from Windows standards. The operating system is indeed Chrome OS.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.5 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
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.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Chromebook R13 CB5-312T. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 32 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it Chromebook R13 CB5-312T is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

The Chromebook R13 CB5-312T – in summary

This Chromebook R13 CB5-312T will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– travel use
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing

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