Thank you to Acer for providing Zoë with her first computer – an Acer Aspire One Cloudbook.
When we pulled Zoë out of traditional school, one of the first things we discussed was getting her a laptop. We feel that it's very important for kids to learn how to use technology from a young age. Since we have more control over her education now, getting her started on a computer was important to us.
We didn't want to spend a fortune on a new computer for her though, so we started looking at inexpensive laptops that would cover the basics. When Acer reached out to me and let me know they have a lightweight laptop that's a great starter for homeschool students, we were eager to test one out – so they sent us one to review.
Testing Out the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook
Zoë received the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook about a month ago and has been using it regularly for some basic school work. Brian has set her up with typing lessons, and I'm teaching her to do internet research and how to blog (see her posts here).
The Acer Aspire One Cloudbook isn't a high end laptop, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't it. However, if you're someone that just uses their computer to browse the internet, check email and do other non-memory intensive tasks, then you might want to take a look at this laptop.
The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 has a 14-inch HD display, Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of internal storage. It's a lightweight at only 3.5 pounds and is a great size computer for Zoë. Her and I go do work at the coffee shop often, and the computer is light enough for her to carry.
This laptop features the latest 802.11ac wireless technology, which provides up to three times faster speeds than traditional wireless technology. In addition, it also offers Bluetooth 4.0 technology so you can wirelessly connect it to Bluetooth-enabled devices like mobile phones, speakers and headphones for cable-free work and play.
The battery life is pretty good too – up to 14 hours. It comes with a full version of Windows 10 as well as a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and OneDrive online storage. I have an existing Office subscription, so I just piggybacked her computer on that, but getting Office free for a year is a good value. I also like that it comes with 1 TB OneDrive storage since the computer memory itself isn't that much.
It has an HDMI input, so you can connect it to your TV.
It also has a slot for an SD Card.
Overall, the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook is working well for its intended purposes. If you're looking for a starter computer for your homeschool student (or yourself), check out the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook. It retails for $199 at Walmart.