Well, that sure didn’t take long. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook was previewed during the final stages of Windows 10 optimization and pre-release testing, and now, just days after the operating system’s global rollout, it’s fully out in the open.
As expected, ridiculously low price will be the cloud machine’s main forte, with an entry-level 11-inch variant slated to debut commercially in North America in August at $169 a pop. Next month, the larger but not exactly higher-end Cloudbook 14 shall itself see daylight stateside, priced at an equally palatable $200.
The latter is only programmed to offer 32 GB internal storage space, whereas the Cloudbook 11 will start with half the accommodation capacity and cost $190 when able to save up 32 gigs of data locally. Don’t worry about your digital hoarding addiction, though, which you can indulge via OneDrive, where 1 TB of complimentary cloud space awaits.
Obviously, the brand-new, silky smooth and uber-functional software pre-installed on the two affordable laptops is another key selling point, and the number one reason you should put Cloudbooks ahead of Chromebooks on your back-to-school shopping lists.
Also, fanless designs, 17.9 mm slim profiles, a weight of just 2.54 pounds for the 11-inch model, and 3.5 lbs as far as the 14 incher is concerned. Granted, build quality all in all may not impress the most demanding PC enthusiasts, but you have to keep in mind certain compromises are mandatory when targeting such outlandish tags.
The same goes for the sub-par 1,366 x 768 non-touch displays, mediocre 2 GB RAM configurations and Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell processors inside. The Cloudbook 11 and 14 share all these humdrum specs, along with microSD support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and 3.0 hubs, HDMI and dual digital microphones.