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Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Review: Is It Good for Business?

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook Review: Is It Good for Business? Credit: Jeremy Lips

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.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.