Renowned desktop manufacturer, Acer has finally introduced a Windows-based machine to slaughter the sale of overrated Google Chromebook’s. Dubbed as Aspire Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C7DW, the newest member of Aspire family boasts a decent set of specs at a very competitive price tag. It runs Windows 10 Home straight out-of-the box, and packs a real punch with very smooth and glitch-free performance. For standard users, Cloudbook 11 offers a perfect ecosystem for handling basic processes with minimal glitches. It powers up by a dual-core processor, and flaunts an incredible user experience with the latest edition of Windows. To know more about the cheapest Windows 10-based machine, check out its detailed specs right below-
The latest member of Aspire family, Cloudbook 11 flaunts a decent look from all angles, and comes in traditional Black color with company’s logo embedded on left side of its back. The appearance of this machine is not very impressive, but is certainly good enough to cater standard usage requirements in a hassle-free way. On paper, Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C7DW weighs just around 1.15Kgs and measures 292 x 201 x 17.8 mm in dimension. It brings advantages from a slim, sleek and compact form factor!
The biggest highlight of Aspire Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C7DW is its extremely sharp high-definition display. This machine sports an 11.6-inch Backlit LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and packs a prolific visual treat from all-angles. Whether you’re streaming videos, reading eBooks, or playing a less-demanding game, rich color rendering and better contrasts on this machine will certainly please your eyes.
Under the hood, Cloudbook 11 boasts decent hardware support, and packs a real punch with smooth and glitch-free performance. This machine ships with Intel Celeron N3060 processor with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, paired with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The processing speed of this machine can be enhanced up to 2.16GHz with Turbo Boost Technology, and you can easily install a number of programs, apps, and games for usage experience. From Photoshop to basic photo editing programs, it runs several programs without any issues.
On the software front, Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C7DW runs Windows 10 Home straight out-of-the box. This machine boasts a number of upgrades over other editions of Windows, and packs an improved interface with upgraded start menu, voice recognition for Cortana, Microsoft edge browser, and an improved action center. On this Windows 10 machine, you can run a big bunch of apps and programs, and can create docs and presentations with one year subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal.
In terms of graphic capabilities, expecting a lot from Cloudbook 11 will not be fair by any means. Being an inexpensive Windows 10 notebook, Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C7DW offers decent graphic performance to handle less-demanding games and programs. It packs Intel HD graphics on-board, and serves well-enough to stream on the internet, manage office files, edit photos, and play low-impact games. Heavy users might get disappointed from this machine, but standard users with less-requirements will certainly get best experience.
In terms of storage, the low end variant of Cloudbook 11 (AO1-131-C7DW) boasts 16GB of eMMC storage. Most room on this machine is inevitably eaten up by Windows 10OS, and the remaining few gigs are finally used for storing apps, docs, and media files. Compared to models with 32GB on-board storage, the 16GB version looks pretty weak, but Microsoft packs this machine with 100GB of OneDrive space, and gives enough for keeping a bigger selection of files
On the connectivity front, Cloudbook 11 (AO1-131-C7DW) flaunts decent support with options like, Wi-Fi 802.11a/c, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Bluetooth v4.0, HDMI, and digital media card reader. It gives smooth browsing experience and offers full support for connecting external drives, USB Pen drives, and other devices.
For those who are more into music, Cloudbook 11 boasts HD audio solution with two stereo speakers producing rich and clear sound quality. Whether you’re listening music or playing a low-impact game, this machine produces good sound resonance with rich bass. Moreover, it also offers a perfect ecosystem for video calling with dual-microphones paired with a 480p webcam. You can take pictures, record videos, and can chat for long-hours without any glitches.
In terms of battery capabilities, Cloudbook 11 (AO1-131-C7DW) holds sufficient amount of juice with its 2-cell 4200mAh Li-ion battery. The battery packed with this machine serves well for 6 to 7 hours, and can comfortably cater all your requirements without breaking down. Unless you’re a heavy user, this budget Windows 10 machine will hold enough power throughout the day.
In India, Acer Aspire Cloudbook 11 (AO1-131-C7DW) is expected to come at a price just around 10k. The high-end variant of this machine is said to be priced around 12k, and looks we might get our cheapest Windows 10 notebook for just Rs. 10,000. As of now, there is confirmation from Acer regarding pricing or availability of these notebooks in other markets. First, it will hit the shelves in US by the end of this month, and then will probably move into wide markets.
Considering the entire package, Aspire Cloudbook 11 looks like a fair deal from Acer. The 16GB version of Cloudbook 11 is not a perfect Chromebook killer, but is certainly good enough cater standard requirements with optional OneDrive storage from Microsoft. You can handle basic tasks with this machine, and can manage professional work without any glitches. In fact, if you don’t need high-graphic performance and long-battery backup, this budget-friendly machine is the perfect option to go for!
It’s the cheapest laptop with Windows 10 Home, which in itself costs around 8k. So, in a nutshell, whether you’re a college student or business professional, this budget machine will give you best user-experience without lags or issues whatsoever! Microsoft has bundled this machine with several offers, and is sure to attract many buyers in the Indian market.