Not all businesses are mega-corporations. In fact, small businesses are the rule rather than the exception, and small business owners are always trying to cut down on costs. Not everyone has rich daddies and mommies to back them up financially; many are just trying to get by. To address this reality, Acer recently came out with the One 10, the new 2-in-1 Windows tablet/laptop with the lowest price to date. You just need $200, and you can own this baby.
Specs and Features
Of course, at this price range you should not expect a lot. Its 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor only comes with 2 GB of RAM, and the built-in storage only offers 32 GB, which for desktop users is rather insufficient. However, you do get a USB port and microSD card slot, which should allow you to expand the storage nicely. It also already has Windows 8.1 installed, and rumor has it you can upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out.
The touchscreen display measures 10.1 inches, with a resolution at a functional 1,280 x 800. But you can also make use of the micro HDMI support, so you can hook it up to a larger external display. So when you’re at home, you can plug it to your LED screen and rest your eyes from squinting. When you’re on the road, you’ll appreciate its compact design and its light 2.6-pound weight.
You also get a couple of 1600 x 1200 cameras for the front and back, a microphone built in, and a 2670 mAh battery. You have a couple of USB ports, along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. You also get a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which costs $70 normally.
Finally, the purchase already includes the keyboard dock. It’s quite flexible in its video and image presentation, so you can set it up in 4 different positions that would suit how you want to use the One 10.
Pros and Cons
It only costs $200 and that is its main selling point. It’s enough reason to get it, because at that price you can’t get any other laptop unless you buy a used one. But it does come with several nice features that make it convenient for you to use it. And of course, when you factor in the subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, the One 10 actually costs only $130.
It’s a basic laptop/tablet that allows you to use it to create documents, use spreadsheet functions, read digital books, watch videos, play some simple games, take pictures, and surf the Net.
Of course, the main criticism here is that the One 10 doesn’t really do anything else beyond the basics. This criticism misses the point—it’s for those who only do the basic stuff on their computers. And Acer thinks people like these don’t need to pay too much when they only ask for so little.
For people who can’t afford better laptops, you have an option that’s truly affordable. And for people who don’t do much with their laptops beyond the basic stuff, the One 10 is a practical choice.