Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 (AO1-131-C9PM, AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition) Cheap Mini-Laptop


Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition

The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 is Acer’s take on the lowest-end mini-laptop PC segment. With a $190 price tag, the available Cloudbook 11 models – AO1-131-C9PM and AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition – offer an 11.6-inch display, basic performance, plain and simple design, and great portability.

To cut the costs, Acer has included one of the slowest processors on the market. The Intel Core N3050 CPU has two cores and a clock speed of up to 2.16GHz, providing low benchmark results but acceptable performance for the everyday computing tasks. Only 2GB of RAM in the AO1-131-C9PM and Signature Edition AO1-131-C1G9 Cloudbooks aren’t suitable for any serious multitasking, while 32GB of internal eMMC storage isn’t capacious by no means. Around half of that capacity is reserved for Windows 10 installation, while the rest can be used for installations of third party programs and users’ files. Thankfully, there’s a built-in SD card reader which enables storage expansion, as well as free 1 Terabyte of Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage for 1 year. 1TB OneDrive is bundled with a free 1-year Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription. Current value of the included 1-yr Office and OneDrive service is $70.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition Display

The display is very basic, too. It has a resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels and lacks touchscreen support and IPS wide viewing angles. On the positive side, anti-glare display coating makes it more suitable for outdoor use than the usual glossy finish.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition Keyboard

The keyboard and its chiclet-style keys are decently sized. Backlight is missing. We got our hands on one of the Cloudbook 11 units and found that typing experience is quite good, especially considering the notebook’s sub-$200 price tag. The keys provide surprisingly good tactile feedback, thanks to a bit longer key travel than usual. Also, flex on the keyboard area is minimal. As for the touchpad, it is very spacious, precise and responsive. But, pairing it with physically separated click buttons could have make left and right click actions easier.

As usual, the top display bezel houses a built-in web camera. The webcam is of a low-quality, since it offers only VGA 640×480-pixel resolution. Stereo speakers are located on the bottom cover, making sound somewhat muted, especially in the high range.

The matte ‘mineral’ finish on the palmrest and textured anti-slip finish on the display lid complete overall sturdy feel of Acer’s low-cost ultraportable, even though the chassis is made of plastics. The simplistic casing design with no excessive curves and ornaments and dark gray paint give the Cloudbooks a utilitarian business-like appearance.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition Lid

The left side of the casing houses a power jack, HDMI video output, a USB 3.0 port, a combo mic/headphones audio port, and full-size SD card slot.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition Left

On the right side, located is only one USB 2.0 port.

Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition Right

Besides these, the laptop has 802.11AC wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 support built-in.

The included 2-cell isn’t of an extremely high capacity, but is suitable for the form factor and low-power components of the Cloudbook 11. It’s a 4,200 mAh unit. Acer claims the battery life can last up to eight hours, measured with continuous video playback.

With a weight of around 2.5 pounds and 0.7’ profile thickness, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 is a highly portable laptop. It’s only a bit heavier than the similarly specced 2.2-pound Asus X205 and slightly lighter than the 2.7 pound HP Stream 11. Other similar systems worth mentioning are heavier and pricier but better equipped 250-dollar 2.9-pound Toshiba Satellite L15-B1330 and 3-pound Asus X200MA-SCL0505F. As the main advantages, the Toshiba has bigger 128GB internal storage, while the Asus offers larger 4GB RAM, a classic 500GB hard drive, and touchscreen support.

Regarding the differences between the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C9PM and AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition, they are actually identical hardware-wise. The only difference is that the Signature Edition is free of annoying third-party bloatware programs. Therefore, the Signature Edition AO1-131-C9PM is a better buying option of the two.

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Brand

Acer

Screen Size

11.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor

Intel Celeron N3050 “Braswell” Dual-Core 1.6-2.16GHz 2MB Cache (~900 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Intel HD Integrated Graphics

RAM

2GB

Storage

32GB SSD

Optical Drive

None

Input

Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons, Non-Backlit Keyboard without Numeric Pad

Speakers and Audio

Combo Mic and Headphones Audio Jack, Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

No

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Other Features

Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-Year Subscription for Free

Battery

2-cell 4,200 mAh

Weight

2.5 pounds

Height

0.7″

Width

11.5″

Depth

7.9″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

Reviews, ratings, and Q&A on “Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 11 (AO1-131-C9PM, AO1-131-C1G9 Signature Edition) Cheap Mini-Laptop”

  1. Theo – April 30, 2016:

    What is the maximum capacity SD card it will take?


  2. Danno – February 17, 2016:

    What’s the max RAM supported? Is there any room for upgrade?


    • Danijel Z – February 18, 2016:

      RAM isn’t upgradeable on this model.


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