Acer Announces Ultra Low Cost Cloudbooks With Windows 10 Homeby Brett Howse on August 4, 2015 5:00 AM EST
Today Acer is launching a new line of low cost notebooks, which are branded as Acer Aspire One Cloudbooks. There will be an 11.6-inch model, and a 14-inch model, and Acer manages to get both models under $200. We have seen some surprisingly decent notebooks around this price range, such as the HP Stream 11, but Acer has managed to move the barrier to entry even farther down.
The 11.6-inch model starts at only $170, with a bump in storage boosting the price to $190, or for $199.99 you can step up to the 14-inch model. For this price you get a 1366x768 resolution display, which is likely going to be a TN panel. The fanless design is powered by the 14nm Intel Celeron N3050 processor, which is a dual-core model with a base frequency of 1.6 GHz and turbo frequency of 2.16 GHz. This is going to be Airmont cores, similar to the previous N series Celerons with Silvermont. Performance expectations should be in check, but with a 6 watt TDP it should be able to maintain its peak frequency fairly well. As a comparison, the Surface 3 has four Airmont cores at up to 2.4 GHz, but with just a 2 watt scenario design power. Graphics will also get a boost over the older Celerons, with the Airmont cores now paired with Gen 8 graphics and 12 execution units rather than just 4 Gen 7 units available on the older chips.
One of the ways Acer was able to hit these price points was due to the storage available. The 11.6-inch model starts with just 16 GB of storage, and even with the Windows 10 storage features which can save even more space than Windows 8.1’s WIMBoot, 16 GB is not a lot for a Windows install. For those interested in this device, the $20 boost to 32 GB would be a wise investment. The 14-inch model starts with 32 GB and will also offer a 64 GB model later on. There is a SD card slot, but Windows 10 has not yet implemented the same features as Windows Phone has for SD card use, so no Windows Store apps can be installed to it yet, although that is coming later.
|Acer Aspire One Cloudbook|
|Cloudbook 11||Cloudbook 14|
|CPU||Intel Celeron N3050
Dual-core Airmont 1.6-2.16GHz
Intel HD Graphics 12 EUs 320-600MHz
|Storage||16-32 GB eMMC||32-64 GB eMMC|
|Display||11.6" 1366x768||14.0" 1366x768|
|Ports||USB 3.0 x 1
USB 2.0 x 1
SD Card Slot
|Dimensions||H: 0.70" (17.8 mm)
W: 11.5" (292.1 mm)
D: 7.95" (201.93 mm)
|H: 0.70" (17.8 mm)
W: 13.36" (339.3 mm)
D: 9.25" (235.0 mm)
|Weight||2.54 lbs (1.15 kg)||3.5 lbs (1.59 kg)|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours||Up to 6 hours|
Both models will feature 802.11ac wireless, which is nice to see since that seems to be one of the first cuts on a budget notebook. Acer is positioning these devices as Cloudbooks, and they include one year of Office 365 Personal and the included 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and Acer is also promoting their cloud based abApps to help in keeping files in sync with smartphones and tablets.
While inexpensive, Acer has done well with the design. Both models are just 0.7-inches thick, and the smaller device comes in at just 2.54 lbs, and the larger 14-inch model tips the scales at 3.5 lbs. The textured pattern is finished in a mineral grey which looks quite sharp.
The Acer Cloudbooks will be available starting this month for the 11.6-inch model, with the 14-inch version coming in September.
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lilmoe - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkIt's OK. Thanks for the update.
lilmoe - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkBTW, a quick question;
Does that Celeron chip support connected standby?
icrf - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkDamn, was hoping for 10-12 hours. I want something comparable to my Nexus 7 (2013) which is getting flaky on me (ghost/missed touches, wifi hiccups, bluetooth drops). I was actually considering a Suface 3, but battery life is a bit disappointing there, too.
mkozakewich - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkHonestly, I'd go with something that charges over USB, and get a portable battery. Like, my Stream 7 gets 4-6 hours usually, but with the portable battery I have (about the size of a thick phone) I can get a total of 16 hours.
(Speaking of which, there's a question: Does this need an AC adapter to charge? I suppose so, if the CPU can go to 6 W.)
Cryio - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkFinally, decent low priced laptops are a reality.
shadarlo - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkExactly what I was thinking. For basic purpose slideshow laptops / web browsing / log-in terminals / etc these are actually pretty cool.
khanikun - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - linkThe problem is, Acer. After owning 2 Acer products, I will never buy them again. Had a monitor that would randomly turn off/on. You had to unplug it and leave it unplugged for a day, then the problem went away for a few weeks, only to come back again. That was back in like 07. So, tried them again with their W700 tablet. It works, but has bubbles all over the screen. Of course, it started after the warranty ran out, so Acer won't do crap. They literally said that I would need a technical team to analyze the monitor and prove that it was a manufacturing defect. Ya, they lost my business.
Morawka - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkwish it had Ethernet.. need a cheap device for CCNA field work
smorebuds - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - linkJust get a cheap ethernet adapter and you're good to go
marvdmartian - Thursday, August 6, 2015 - linkOr get a portable WiFi router. Bought one a couple years ago, and believe me, if you travel, it's a Godsend!
Plug wired ethernet into the router, which is powered off of a USB port (either from a power adapter plugged into the wall, or your device's USB port). So long as you set it up earlier, with a WiFi name and password, you have instant wireless internet.
I used this, recently, in a hotel room that had a pitiful free wireless connection from their router. My internet was strong, fast, and secure.