High-performance technology can get pretty pricy, especially when it comes to laptops and PCs. Even the mid-range and budget models can take a pretty big bite out of your budget, so it’s important to do your research and ensure that whatever you end up purchasing, it’s equipped to manage the tasks at hand. Chromebooks have recently hit the scene as a crowd favorite for ultra-affordable laptops, but what if you don’t want a laptop that runs Chrome OS? Acer has just introduced one of the cheapest alternatives currently on the market, a set of 11- and 14-inch laptops that run Windows 10 and start at only $169.
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbooks aren’t going to be winning any speed or performance awards any time soon, but they will easily get you through a day of e-mails, web surfing and document creation without breaking a sweat, and at a fraction of the price you’d pay for most laptops. Both the 11- and 14-inch models (whose screen size matches their name) feature1.6GHz Intel Celeron processors, 2GB of RAM, 1,366 x 768 screen resolutions and full-size keyboards. The Cloudbook 11 is available with a meager 16GB or 32GB of storage, while the 14-inch model is equipped with either 32GB or 64GB. They do both seem to have just the right amount of connectivity for their level of functionality, and include ports for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, 802.11ac, and an SD expansion slot. And to enhance the relationship between the user and Windows 10’s Cortana, both models come with dual digital microphones with “enhanced digital signal processing (DSP)” to help eliminate background noise. Plus, at only 17.9mm thick and boasting a 6-7 hour battery life, these little Cloudbooks make it super easy to take them wherever you go.
While the lack of storage may initially make you balk at the Aspire One Cloudbooks, Acer has found a way around that without having to hike up the price or the weight of these light laptops. Both models come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, and the 32GB and 64GB versions will include one terabyte of OneDrive storage while the 16GB model comes with a voucher for an additional 100GB of OneDrive storage for one year. Overall, they’re a steal of a deal considering that the Cloudbooks are now one of the cheapest lineups of laptops on the market and, unlike Chromebooks, won’t stop you from installing various Windows apps; assuming you have the room for them, that is. Plus, for a starting price of only $169 for the 11-inch model and $199 for the 14-inch version, you shouldn’t have to eat ramen for a month just to save enough to purchase one.
The Cloudbook 11 will be available for purchase later this month, with the 14 hitting shelves in September.
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