The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 are two slender, lightweight portable computers positioned as offering the consumer a desktop-like Windows experience and optimized Internet access.
Priced at $169 and $199, respectively – $30 less than the much-vaunted HP Stream 11 and 13 – the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 boast 1.6 GHz Celeron processors, 2 GB of RAM and full-size keyboards. USB, HDMI and SD card slots also are included.
“The Aspire One Cloudbook series is the perfect answer for those looking for an online-oriented and portable notebook with a full Windows experience,” Jerry Kao, president of Acer Inc.’s Notebook Business Group, said in a statement.
“With cloud-enabled services such as Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, and Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC), consumers can enjoy the convenience and value the cloud brings with these exciting new products,” he added.
The Aspire One Cloudbook Series is positioned as offering “everything [packed] into a beautiful, clean, and fan-less design of just 17.9mm thin.”
The 11-inch model weighs 2.54 pounds, and the 14-inch 3.53 pounds. In terms of design, the shell is finished in a “mineral gray” with a “dotted textile pattern that provides good tactile feedback.” Both models also are said to offer full-sized HDMI, USB3.0, USB2.0, and SD Card ports to eliminate the need for additional adapters. The units feature full-sized “chiclet” keyboards (which have elevated keys,with space in between).
Each unit includes a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal1 and up to 1TB1 OneDrive online storage. Acer’s cloud-based abApps, including abPhoto, abMusic, abDocs, and abFiles, allow consumers to sync their files and documents with their smartphones or tablets. Dual digital microphones with enhanced digital signal processing (DSP)are designed to enhance online calls.
Published reports have noted that the included 16GB of built-in storage is “modest,” highlighting that to get 32GB or 64GB, you’d need to pay for costlier stepup models.
Also, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 have relatively short battery life compared to rival versions (between 6 to 7 hours), and the 480p webcam isn’t as ideal as the high-definition unit available on HP’s offerings.
Acer’s “minimalist PC concept,” as engadget calls it, launches this month, when the Cloudbook 11 debuts; the Cloudbook 14 is available in September.