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Acer unveils entry-level Windows 10 'Cloudbooks' starting at $169

By Shawn Knight
Aug 4, 2015
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  1. Acer has announced a pair of budget-minded notebooks just in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The aptly-named Aspire Cloudbook 11 and Aspire Cloudbook 14 both offer a “true” PC experience via Windows 10 and look to be compelling challengers to the ever-popular Chromebook.

    Both systems are powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron N3050 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Each also includes a full-sized HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot and a headphone jack in addition to 802.11 ac wireless and Bluetooth connectivity.

    The Cloudbook 11 is offered with your choice of 16GB or 32GB of eMMC storage while the larger Cloudbook 14 can be equipped with either 32GB or 64GB of eMMC.

    As you’ve no doubt surmised, the Cloudbook 11 features an 11-inch display while the larger system carries a 14-inch panel. Both feature a mediocre resolution of 1,366 x 768 although given their price, it’s quite acceptable.

    Buyers also get a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage (the 16GB SKU only includes 100GB of OneDrive space).

    Pricing starts at $169 for the Cloudbook 11 and $199 for the Cloudbook 14. Look for the systems to arrive later this month and next month, respectively. At these prices, the systems will compete directly with other entry-level Windows-based systems like the HP Stream and the aforementioned Chromebooks.

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  2. TraceAbsence

    TraceAbsence TS Rookie

    Considering the slump the PC industry is in, this may be one way to try to come out of it.
     
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    Imconfused. is it just called a cloudbook because it doesnt have significant internal storage so youll save most of your files on the cloud? or is there a bigger reason? or is that just a completely irrelevant to the cloud name designed to confuse.
     
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 861   +340

    I would say it's called cloudbook because you'll mostly use cloud to save your stuff.

    Personally, I don't like having my stuff on someones servers cause it requires fast internet to be a decent experience and in some cases you won't be able to access the internet.
     
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