***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Each child is different, and they all have individual needs. While my oldest thrives in a public school environment, the little ones may not. Sophie is leaps and bounds beyond a typical Kindergartener, and she would be horribly bored in a classroom. She's doing incredibly well with a homeschool curriculum, since she's able to work ahead and at her own pace. She's already tackling plenty of first grade material!
Xander.....Well....Xander might end up causing someone bodily injury if he gets mad, and probably won't respond well to authority figures that aren't Mom and Dad. Homeschooling Xander will be more of a preventative measure, since this kiddo rivals the Hulk when he's angry or unhappy.
No matter how or where the learning takes place, one thing is certain: We rely heavily on technology when it comes to our kids' education. The kids all have their own laptops and tablets to make sure that knowledge is just a click away at all times.
So when I learned about the new Acer 14" Aspire One Cloudbook Laptop PC, I was definitely intrigued. This laptop is incredibly budget-friendly, and is packed with features that make this the perfect starter laptop for kids of all ages. It offers a rather small internal storage capacity of 32GB, but this is no biggie thanks to the whopping 1TB of included Acer Cloud Storage! Yes, I said cloud! What makes this super-cool is the fact that since all of your important things can be stored in the Acer Cloud, your speed and performance won't be bogged down. Pretty neat, right?
Key Features and Benefits:
- Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor
- 2GB DDR3L SDRAM system memory
- Gives you options for surfing, video conferencing, documents, basic photo editing and simple computer tasks
- 32GB eMMC storage
- Store 21,000 photos, 9,000 songs or 16 hours of HD video and more
- 802.11ac Wireless LAN
- Wirelessly connect to a WiFi signal or hotspot with the 802.11ac connection built into your PC
- 14" HD widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit display
- Intel HD Graphics supporting Microsoft DirectX 12
- Bluetooth 4.0
- SD memory card reader
- 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x HDMI port with HDCP support, 1 x headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1 x DC-in jack for AC adapter, 1 x Kensington lock slot
- 3-Cell Li-polymer battery with up to 12 hours of battery life
- 3.53 lbs, 13.36" x 9.25" x 0.7"
- Genuine Microsoft Windows 10
- Acer Power Management and Acer Recovery Management
- Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-year subscription (activation code included)
- Amazon Kindle
- McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial
- Netflix, Acer Games
Support and Warranty:
- 1-year limited hardware warranty
What's In The Box:
- Power cord and AC adapter
- 3-Cell battery
- Quick Start Guide
Our thoughts :
We really love the fact that we can enjoy premium features like Cortana with voice, Office 365 Personal, and the generous 1 TB OneDrive. This laptop also boasts an Intel Celeron N3050 Processor, Intel HD Graphics, and up to 3x faster wireless speeds.
For basic things like web browsing, e-mail, and social media, this laptop ROCKS. The speed is definitely decent, and load times aren't too shabby. I did notice that if I try and multi-task and have several windows open, things slow down quite a bit. This is to be expected with a machine with these specifications. I don't expect it to have the power of my MUCH more expensive Mac. For what it is, the Cloudbook does quite well.
The sound is nice and crisp, which was a nice surprise. I love streaming music while I surf the net, and the Cloudbook did not disappoint.
The graphics and camera are both decent, but they could be a bit better. Again, this is a budget-friendly laptop, so it's not going to come with the best hardware on the market. So if you're looking for something with super-crisp, HD graphics, this isn't the laptop for you. If you;'re a more casual user who enjoys watching video and looking at cat pictures online, I'm sure that the graphics will be more than adequate. So while these aren't the best, they're not the worst I've seen, either.
The battery life is also very impressive. We typically see about 12 hours of use before we need to charge the battery. That is actually significantly longer than I see with my MacBook Pro!
The large amount of Cloud storage is really the selling point here, in my humble opinion. A whole TB, stored securely in the Acer Cloud rather than bogging down the computer? Sign me up!
Overall, we're definitely impressed with the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook. It is wonderful quality for the price, and will definitely be put to good use in my home. It is a basic laptop more suited to kids or the casual internet user. I wouldn't use it as my primary blogging or gaming computer, but it will be absolutely perfect for Xander as he starts school next year.
If you're looking for the perfect starter computer or a back-up that's user-friendly, reasonably fast, and dependable, I would definitely recommend checking out what the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook has to offer. For under $200, it's a steal!