Acer Unveils New Windows 10 Cloudbooks To Compete With Chromebooks

Chromebooks have been growing rapidly due to one major factor, their price point. While Chrome OS itself is great, it’s very easy to see that most customers buy Chromebooks simply because they’re dirt cheap. But what if those Chromebooks didn’t run Chrome OS? What if they had the same price, same specs, and same hardware, but came with Windows 10 installed? Well, Acer aims to answer that question with their new lineup of Windows 10 Cloudbooks.

Acer has introduced two new Cloudbooks in 14″ and 11″ sizes. Both come with Intel Celeron processors inside as well as 2GB of RAM and a 1366×768 display. Storage ranges from 16GB to 32GB on the 11″ variant and 32GB or 64GB in the 14″ variant. A 1-year Office 365 subscription in included with both along with up to 1TB of OneDrive storage depending on the model. While these models are limited by the storage, they do both offer the full Windows 10 experience including all the programs you can fit.

Side view of Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Side view of Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

Starting at just $169, these Cloudbooks should make an impact in the Windows marketplace and give certain Chromebook models a run for their money, literally. The 11″ variant will be available this month starting at $169 with the 14″ variant available starting in September for $199. Will you be picking one up?

Source: Acer
Press Release

Made for the Cloud: Acer Introduces Aspire One Cloudbook Powered by Windows 10


TAIPEI, TAIWAN



Editors’ Summary
  • New Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 powered by Windows 10 feature 802.11ac wireless technology and the latest Intel® mobile processors
  • Office 365 Personal and OneDrive online storage subscription makes the notebooks ready to use out of the box
  • Dual digital microphones with enhanced digital signal processing (DSP) ensure online calls are heard loud and clear, while also allowing a smooth experience for Cortana with voice
  • Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC™) applications allow secure and private synchronization across devices

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 Jerry Kao, president of Notebook Business Group, Acer Inc. “With cloud-enabled services1such 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, allow 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 assistant.

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 802.11ac wireless technology, allowing up to three times faster2connection speeds, while eMMC configurations up to 64GB3 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.

Availability
The Aspire One Cloudbook 11 will be available in North America in August with prices starting at US$169, and in September in EMEA with prices starting at€269. The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 will be available in North America in September with prices starting at US$199, and in EMEA in October with prices starting at€299. Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com..