After spending a few weeks with the Acer Aspire Cloudbook 14, I like it. It’s about as much laptop as you’re going to get for under $200. The OS is not limited, it runs Windows 10. The limitation is going to be the processor and storage. Expect to surf the web, check your e-mail and do some basic image editing. I was impressed that it played HD Netflix video like a champ. Don’t expect it to run high-end games. It just doesn’t have oomph.
Performance wise, it’s exactly as I expected. My complaints are about the screen and the trackpad. The screen seemed dim and didn’t have a great field of vision. It’s nice that the screen is so big but personally I’d prefer a smaller screen that is brighter.
My other complaint is that the trackpad is less than stellar. It works, but it feels “plasticy.” I found myself missing the click point often. I have to admit that I use a MacBook Air daily so I have become accustomed to that trackpad, which is one of the best. None the less, I just felt like I had a hard time getting used to the trackpad on the Cloudbook.
Despite my few issues, we have to remember, this laptop is $200! For that price you won’t find a better Windows laptop. Period. If you don’t need Windows I think you’ll find better performance on low-end Chromebooks, Acer even makes some of them. If you need Windows 10, this is the best low-end model you’ll find.
You can find more info about the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook on their website.
The best deal I found was a refurbished model for just $140 on Groupon! If you’re comfortable buying refurbished, this is a steal.