Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 (AO1-431-C8G8) Netbook: The Slim and Thin Windows 10 Laptop
With new rivals settling in PC market, Microsoft has taken a big leap to match the competition with some powerful budget laptops. Few weeks back, Acer and (Microsoft itself) added a new budget beauty into company’s Aspire line of notebooks, One Cloudbook 14. The new notebook packs a decent set of specs, and stands as a perfect competitor for budget Chromebooks already hitting the market. It runs the latest edition of Windows straight out-of-the box, and features a 14-inch display for creating a perfect ecosystem for multimedia lovers.
The new Cloudbook or Chromebook’s latest rival packs an incredible experience for standard users. It comes bundled with several offers and boasts smooth and glitch-free performance for handling different processes. To know more about this excellent masterpiece, check out our detailed review below!
Design and Build
Acer One Cloudbook 14 looks slightly bigger than its counterparts, and features a decent design language from all angles. The new machine weighs just around 1.6Kgs, and can comfortably fit inside your bag while moving from one place to another. It sports a mineral grey cover with dotted textile pattern for good tactical feedback, and comes with a large touch-pad supporting Windows 10 gestures and a full-sized chiclet keyboard offering a comfortable typing experience. On whole, the entire look and feel of this notebook is fairly impressive, and can certainly cater always on-the go users.
When it comes to display, Aspire One Cloudbook 14 totally stands out with its 14-inch 16:9 LED backlit display. At a resolution of 1366X768 pixels, the high-definition display packed with this machine gives a brilliant visual treat under all conditions. It delivers rich colors and better contrasts from all angles, and takes movies and games to a whole new level. Being a budget notebook, it packs prolific visual capabilities for movies and multimedia lovers.
Under the hood, Aspire Cloudbook 14 features decent hardware specs to deliver smooth, fast, and lag-free performance. The new machine has been powered by the latest mobile processor from Intel for keeping users productive with improved connectivity. Specifically, it ships with a dual-core Celeron N3050 processor clocked at a frequency of 1.6GHz, coupled with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Its speed can also be clocked up to 2.16GHz, with an added advantage of Turbo Boost Technology.
The software packed with Aspire Cloudbook 14 is the biggest highlight for budget users. The new Notebook ships with Windows 10 Home straight out-of-the box, and packs a number of upgrades such as, improved Start Menu, Action Center, Microsoft edge browser, and Cortana for voice recognition. Here in India, Windows 10 Home alone costs around 8k, and with few more bucks, you will be getting Cloudbook 14, a full-fledged Windows 10 PC with all essential features. Microsoft also packs Office 365 Personal subscription and 1TB of One Drive storage with this alluring budget laptop.
For keeping a rich collection of files and docs, Aspire One Cloudbook 14 offers 32GB of e-MMC storage coupled with 1TB of OneDrive online storage from Microsoft. It packs enough room for work and play, and can certainly cater all your needs without any glitches. Moreover, storage options on this machine are further complimented by Acer’s cloud-enabled abApps such as, abPhoto, abDocs, abMusic, and abFiles. These apps sync files and documents across devices in their own personal cloud.
No doubt, Cloudbook 14 (AO1-431-C8G8) packs a real punch with smooth and lag-free performance, but when it comes to high-end gaming, this machine certainly falls apart. Being an inexpensive budget notebook, the finest member of Cloudbook series packs Intel HD on-board graphics, and delivers adequate performance to run light programs and games. It can handle Photoshop and other editing apps, but demanding programs will not run well on this machine.
For music lovers, Aspire Cloudbook 14 packs HD audio solution with its dual-stereo speakers, and gives an incredible music experience with rich and clear sound quality. It features prolific sound quality, boasts a 480p webcam, and comes with dual digital microphones with DSP (digital signal processing) for retaining the quality of voice and video calls. Video conferencing with this notebook is really smooth and glitch free.
On the connectivity front, Aspire Cloudbook 14 eliminates the need of additional adapters with full-sized HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and SD Card ports. It features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 options for enhanced web connectivity and file transfers, and can certainly cater all your needs without any issues. The connectivity of this notebook is good enough for those who love to stay connected even on-the move.
In terms of power efficiency, Aspire One Cloudbook 14 stays right on the mark with its 3-cell 4780mAh battery. This machine houses a bigger battery, and holds sufficient amount of juice throughout the day. While the company claims a lot more, you cannot expect anything more than 6 hours of backup from a 14-inch budget notebook. It serves pretty well on standard usage.
In India, the 14-inch avatar of Aspire One Cloudbook is expected to hit the shelves at Rs. 12,990. Although, the launch of this notebook is still awaited, but in US, it will be rolling at $200 by the end of this month. After US, it will be hitting other markets bundled with same offers.
As per our opinion, Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 (AO1-431-C8G8) looks like a nice player to the slaughter the sale of Chromebooks. It offers Windows 10, 1TB OneDrive storage, and Office 365 Personal subscription ready-to-use right out-of-the box. Whether you’re a business professional or college going student, this machine will serve perfectly under all conditions. It has been fueled by a decent battery, and looks pretty appealing in terms too. On whole, with Aspire One Cloudbook 14, you’ll be getting a full-fledged Windows 10 Notebook at an enticing price bracket. At this price, it’s definitely thumbs up for this machine.