Aspire One Cloudbook 11by Acer

  • Aspire One Cloudbook 11
  • Aspire One Cloudbook 11
  • Aspire One Cloudbook 11
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
63%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • It's cheap for a Windows 10 PC and even comes with a free year of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Battery life is excellent, especially for a laptop this thin and light.
  • The Cloudbook's keyboard is solid.

CONS

  • Performance is poor, and the machine struggles even when loading heavy websites.
  • The base model includes 16GB of storage, and Windows 10 consumes most of that.
  • This laptop with Windows 10 is slower than Chromebooks with similar hardware.
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 is an 11-inch laptop available for an unusually low price. Acer achieves this low price--and unusually long battery life--by using a low-power Intel processor. This is the Windows 10 equivalent to inexpensive Google Chromebooks. That low-power processor means the Cloudbook struggles when multitasking or loading a demanding website. Like a Chromebook, this type of machine is ideal for people who don't use demanding applications and want some new hardware at a low price.
NameAspire One Cloudbook 11Chromebook 2 (13-inch)Stream (11-inch)EeeBook X205TA-US01-BLChromebook 11
ManufacturerAcerToshibaHPAsusHP
Techwalla Score
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80%

All in all this device is... ok. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not enamored with it either.

All in all this device is... ok. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not enamored with it either.

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60%

If you want the least-expensive Windows 10 laptop on the market, the Cloudbook 11 is a solid choice for basic Web surfing and document editi…

If you want the least-expensive Windows 10 laptop on the market, the Cloudbook 11 is a solid choice for basic Web surfing and document editing on the go.

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50%

The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 doesn't stand out in any way compared to practically any other Windows 10 computer. Online applications mak…

The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 doesn't stand out in any way compared to practically any other Windows 10 computer. Online applications make its hardware almost a non-issue, which leaves its battery, screen, price and overall comfort its most important aspects. Unfortunately, the Cloudbook falls short in every category except price.

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Windows 10, itself, seems to be clunky. The machine sporadically and unpredictably slowed down during my testing.

Windows 10, itself, seems to be clunky. The machine sporadically and unpredictably slowed down during my testing.

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As long as you understand where Aspire excels (internet browsing, office tools, retro-style games), there’s a lot to like about this machine…

As long as you understand where Aspire excels (internet browsing, office tools, retro-style games), there’s a lot to like about this machine.

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The laptop ran for 14 hours and 43 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi.

The laptop ran for 14 hours and 43 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi.

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Performance is next to awful, restricted almost entirely to running one application at a time.

Performance is next to awful, restricted almost entirely to running one application at a time.

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There are times when it’s hard to remember that this is a $190 notebook. Fire up an app to watch a video, edit a document, or surf the web a…

There are times when it’s hard to remember that this is a $190 notebook. Fire up an app to watch a video, edit a document, or surf the web and it works as well as a machine that costs twice as much. Other times, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 is so frustratingly sluggish that it’s hard to imagine you can use this laptop to do anything.

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The compromises on performance versus the price of the machine doesn’t make much sense. Two years ago a Netbook could run a few browser tabs…

The compromises on performance versus the price of the machine doesn’t make much sense. Two years ago a Netbook could run a few browser tabs, play a video and work on a few documents. Two years ago this would have been acceptable, but these days it’s tough to justify even at this price.

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