Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 review

Using the cloud without a sky-high price

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11

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While the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 wants to be considered as a Chromebook alternative, there's almost nothing that differentiates it from any other Windows 10 PC, especially if you're already accustomed to using online applications. The low price is certainly attractive, but it's countered by some of the system's faults.

We liked

It's good to have a lightweight laptop handy, especially when you're on the go. I love that I barely noticed its weight as I carried it around. Although the Cloudbook's name makes it seem like you need a constant online connection, that's not necessarily true. The 32GB model has enough room to stay productive even when you're offline.

We disliked

The Cloudbook's poor viewing angles and speakers get annoying fast, especially when you're watching streaming video with the computer on your lap. The keyboard, which doesn't have backlighting, is a bit too cramped for my large fingers. Then there's the low-resolution webcam. However, my biggest gripe is that, despite its size and hardware, the system has a significantly shorter battery life than some of its competitors.

Final verdict

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. At the same time, there is still a such thing as being too cheap.