Workers who need a notebook that lasts a long time on a charge should take a look at Acer's 14-inch Aspire One Cloudbook. The budget-priced Windows laptop's battery life is longer than that of any other low-cost notebook we've tested. The Aspire One Cloudbook also offers an excellent keyboard and a low $199 price, making it an enticing and affordable travel companion.
Let's start with the Cloudbook's defining feature: its epic endurance. The laptop ran for 14 hours and 43 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That makes it the longest-lasting system we've seen, other than a few premium business notebooks like the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s, which edges out the Chromebook's battery life by about an hour, and only with a bulky extended battery attached. Among low-cost laptops, the Cloudbook more than doubles the longevity of the HP Stream 13 (6:26) and more than triples that of the Lenovo Ideapad 100 (4:45).
The Cloudbook's excellent keyboard is its other high point. While keyboard quality is often the first thing to be sacrificed on a budget notebook, the Cloudbook's snappy keys defied our expectations. The keyboard offers above-average key travel and a good amount of feedback on each keystroke, providing a comfortable, desktoplike typing experience.
Other hardware highlights include a sturdy plastic design and a 14-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel display that's reasonably sharp for the price, though a bit dull. Under the hood, the Cloudbook runs on an Intel Celeron processor with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It's a bit sluggish overall, but the Cloudbook's performance is fine for basic work tasks like managing your email inbox and editing documents.
Check back for a full review of the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook very soon, or check out our picks for the best work laptops currently on the market.