The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is a lot less expensive than other laptops of its class, namely the Inspiron 17 5000 Series Non-Touch. It is designed to assist users in accessing their needed (or wanted) online content easily. This is no speed demon by a long shot, but it does have what it takes to get you online. Think of it as an inexpensive Windows 10-based competitor to the Chrome operating system-based laptops. It also offers a competent system but it will definitely not stand out from the laptop market, except for its own long-lasting battery.
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is an Inexpensive Way to Go Online
The exterior of the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is one made out of charcoal-gray polycarbonate plastic. It is tiny with indented dots that give the lid and its base some texture. These dots also assist users in gripping the laptop, and hide some minor scratches that might happen after a few bumps during its lifetime.
It measures in at 0.7 x 13.36 x 9.25-inches and weighs about 3.46-pounds. There is no DVD combo drive which does help to keep the system so slim. However, for those who are looking for a machine that can read and write CDs or DVDs, then a larger unit may be more of your tastes. Speaking of slimness, the Cloudbook 14 is only a quarter of an inch deeper than the 13-inch HP Stream 13. However, it is also 2.1-ounces heavier than HP’s offering. Still, this is a minor difference if you’re holding the unit with both hands.
Despite its compact nature, you would immediately feel that it is a solidly built system right off the bat. There is no noticeable flex in the keyboard, top lid, or base. The keyboard is of a chiclet-style and it feels tight to its keystrokes. However, there is not a lot of travel to them, but fingers can adapt quickly to it for speedy typing.
It is equipped with a very modest 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor with an integrated Intel HD Graphics support. Performance levels were accurate, but not thrilling, not by a long shot. Do note that this is made for easy online access and not for hardcore gaming. 3D game performance is so not good even at moderately intensive games. Simply put, it looks like you’re watching a slideshow rather than playing.
Above everything else, the one thing that really excels for the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 is its battery life. It can last up to just a little under 14-hours which immediately makes it a leader amongst budget laptops, in terms of battery life anyway. In practically anywhere else, this unit is a decent performer if you only want to quickly access your online stuff.