From several year’s Google Chrome-OS based Chromebooks have been dominating the budget personal computer market with devices from several brands offered with decent features priced affordably. Acer is one of Google’s Chrome OS partners that offers its Chromebooks as low as Rs 13,000. However, the company recently took a left turn and introduced its highly affordable Windows 10-powered notebooks starting as low as Rs 11,000.
The brand recently introduced the Aspire One Cloudbook series of notebooks with three offerings. The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is one of these netbooks at an affordable price tag. If you are planning to grab your next compact, yet powerful netbook, the Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is one of the best choices, so let’s take a quick look on its features.
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 (AO1-431-C8G8): features of the budget Windows netbook
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is the biggest of the new Cloudbooks series from Acer, but still the brand has managed to keep the netbook slimmer than 18mm, making it one of the slimmest laptops at this price tag. The netbook weighs slightly higher than 1.5 kilograms, so it is easy to carry around. The device is being offered in a full black colour body with durable design. It comes with a chiclet keyboard and a trackpad.
Display and Software
The Aspire One 14 offers a compact 14-inch screen bearing a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The device offers decent media viewing experience with sharp and vivid details. The display is LED backlit to offer wide viewing angles as well. As mentioned above, the netbook runs Windows 10 with Home edition on board with 64-bit computing. It will be getting more updates in the coming months with improved software and security support from Microsoft for absolutely free.
Coming to the configuration, the Aspire One Cloudbook 14 (AO1-431-C8G8) is powered by a 1.7GHz Intel Celeron dual-core N3050 SoC, which can also offer clock speed of up to 2.16GHz thanks to the Turbo Boost Technology loaded by Intel on it. The performance is further enhanced by a decent 2-gigabytes of RAM. As far as storage is concerned, it comes with 32GB of solid state drive, which is six times faster than the normal hard disk drives. The storage is not a lot to save movies or songs, but still decent enough for its price range in SSD format.
The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 offers casual gaming experience thanks to the integrated Intel HD graphics processor. The GPU doesn’t have dedicated memory, but it still offers decent gaming and multimedia playback without any lag or whatsoever. It is equipped with a decent webcam, which provides video-calling with quality details. In addition, the netbook comes with two speakers based on HD Audio Solution to create an ideal media viewing environment while watching movies or playing games.
Connectivity and Battery
In terms of connectivity, the Aspire One Cloudbook 14 offers an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, multimedia card reader, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI connector to connect the netbook to your smart TV or a secondary monitor. The netbook is powered by a decent 3-cell battery, which the brand promises to offer six hours of battery life.
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 (AO1-431-C8G8) may not be the best configured laptop you can find running the latest Windows 10 operating system, but it certainly is one of the most affordable devices in its segment. The netbook offers a compact computing experience on the go with a bright display, a powerful processor, decent SSD storage, and a solid battery. It is one of the best devices at a pocket-friendly price tag for students and professionals. The netbook is priced at Rs 12,990, and is available across the country via major retail and online stores.