Acer have announced a coupe Windows 10 based laptops aimed at taking on Chromebooks. Starting at £179.99 the Aspire One Cloudbook 11 is has an Intel Celeron mobile processor, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB eMMC storage with an 11″ display running at 1366×768. Very low specs but with 1 year of Office 365 Personal they are reasonably priced compared to a Chromebook and as they are running Windows 10 you could install anything you like on it (as long as it can fit on a 16GB drive). There is also going to be a 14 inch version is priced at £199.99 with 32/64GB options and both models will be available in October.
16GB is not very much space on a Windows 10 machine, even with a compressed Windows image. However an update to Windows 10 coming later this year should give you the option to install Windows apps on an SD card so by the time the Cloudbooks launch the small space may not be as much of a problem.
Made for the Cloud:
Acer Introduces Aspire One Cloudbook
Powered by Windows 10
BIOGGIO, SWITZERLAND (August 4, 2015) Acer announces its online-oriented Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14, powered by Windows 10. The two highly portable notebooks feature 802.11ac wireless technology and the latest Intel® mobile processors, keeping users productive with a faster connection.
“The Aspire One Cloudbook series is the perfect answer for those looking for an online-oriented and portable notebook with a full Windows experience,” said Acer UK’s head of marketing, Linda Hassall. “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.”
“This new Cloudbook from Acer is a sleek, affordable device that takes advantage of new functionality of Windows 10 together with Microsoft services including Office 365 and OneDrive,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “This device offers the total package for both consumers and students to get more done while on the go.”
Made for the Cloud
The Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 come with a 1-year subscription of Office 365 Personal1 and up to 1TB1 OneDrive online storage, making it ready to use out of the box. Acer’s cloud-enabled abApps, including abPhoto, abMusic, abDocs, and abFiles, allows consumers to easily sync their files and documents with their smartphones or tablets, all securely and privately in their own personal cloud. Dual digital microphones with enhanced digital signal processing (DSP) that cancel background noise ensure online calls are heard loud and clear, while also allowing a smooth experience for Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assitant.
Perfect for Use on the Go
The highly-portable Aspire One Cloudbook Series packs everything into a beautiful, clean, and fan-less design of just 17.9mm thin, while the 11-inch model is just 1.15kg light and the 14-inch weighing in at only 1.6kg. Sporting a mineral gray cover with dotted textile pattern that provides good tactile feedback, these notebooks offer full-sized HDMI, USB3.0, USB2.0, and SD Card ports to eliminate the need for additional adapters, while a full-sized chiclet keyboard and large touchpad supporting Windows 10 gestures, provides a comfortable typing and navigation experience.
The Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 feature the latest 802.11 wireless technology, allowing up to three times faster connection speeds, and eMMC configurations up to 64GB provide adequate storage for work and play. The notebooks are powered by the latest Intel® Celeron® mobile processors and 2GB of DDR3L system memory, and feature a HD (1366×768) 16:9 LED-backlit display.
The Aspire One Cloudbook 11 will be available in Ocotber with prices starting at £179.99.-. The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 will be available in October with prices starting at £199.99.-.To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.