Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14 Review – MS Office, Steam, Minecraft, and Hearthstone

The Acer Cloudbook 11 is, in its way, fairly representative of budget Windows laptops as a category.

It asks potential buyers to make a number of compromises in performance and design, the two most difficult of which are a fairly slow web browsing experience and a smaller-than-normal size keyboard. It also has a low-resolution webcam, only 2 GB of RAM, and for some reason it isn’t able to run traditional Java-based Minecraft.

Balancing out these drawbacks are some really nice features, including high-speed 802.11ac wi-fi, a full year of MS Office 365, a surprisingly good trackpad, 8-hour battery life, and a decent screen.

With the release of the larger Acer Cloudbook 14, I want to revisit this budget Windows laptop and see if the bigger size addresses any of these concerns. I won’t be going into full detail on all aspects of the device here, as it is by and large the same as the Cloudbook 11 that I reviewed here. However, I will go through the changes and differences that, in my opinion, make the Cloudbook 14 much easier to recommend.

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Acer Cloudbook Review – $189 Windows 10 Laptop

Microsoft’s push back against Google’s Chrome OS platform, and Chromebooks in particular, continues in 2015 with the release of Acer’s Cloudbook series of budget Windows laptops.

The first one available, the Acer Cloudbook 11.6″ model – officially the Aspire One AO1-131-C9PM – is notable for several reasons. It has Intel’s new “Braswell” Celeron N3050 processor, comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, and has an MSRP of only $189.99 which includes a one-year Office 365 subscription.

Acer is the current market leader in Chromebooks, offering a variety of models and feature sets that are mostly well-regarded. Have they been able to apply that winning formula to the Cloudbook, or is this another low-end Windows laptop that has too many compromises? Will this suffice for a student, or for someone looking to play Minecraft?

Read on to find out!

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