Acer undercuts the $200 barrier with its Windows 10-equipped Aspire One Cloudbook series laptops.
Acer’s Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 laptops are equipped with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, and are designed to get you online for minimal cost.
The 11-inch model has a $169 base price, while the larger 14-inch system is $199. Since they’re running Windows, you’ll have fewer compatibility issues than you would if you used a similar amount of cash to buy a Chromebook.
Both Cloudbooks come with Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processors with Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of system memory, 1,366-by-768-resolution screens, and 32GB of eMMC storage. The 11-inch model weighs just over 2.5 pounds, while the 14-inch model weighs 3.5 pounds. Both have full-sized keyboards, can connect to 802.11ac Wi-Fi networks, come with HDMI and USB ports, and are fan-less for quiet computing.
These laptops dovetail into Acer’s “Bring Your Own Cloud” (BYOC) strategy, including apps like abPhoto, abMusic, abDocs, and abFiles. Both systems also come with one-year subscriptions to Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. Consumers will be responsible for continuing the paid subscriptions after the first year.
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 will be available later this month, and the Cloudbook 14 arrives in September. Look for reviews of the Cloudbooks and other products on PCMag.com in the coming weeks.