It’s a tough time to be in the PC and laptop market these days. Consumers have been moving away from desktops and laptops in favor of smartphones and tablets. When chipmaker Intel takes a profit dip, you know the situation is quite serious. When it comes to getting the basics done, Android-based devices perform well and last longer per charge. They’re generally more affordable too.
If you’re in the market for a new productivity device and want the feel of a laptop, yet with the experience of a tablet, Archos has just unveiled a gorgeous solution. The Archos ArcBook is a netbook that packs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a 10.1-inch touchscreen. The ArcBook also features a touchpad and full keyboard, equipped with dedicated Android shortcut keys. If that isn’t enough for desired input, users can connect a mouse to the USB port.
Although the 8GB of storage and 1.2GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 processor may seem meager, it’s more than enough for productivity needs. A Micro SD card slot makes expansion easy. If you’re working with a lot of documents, spreadsheets, or PDFs, the ArcBook gets the job done. Not only do users have access to the Google Play store, but each ArcBook comes with Office Suite Pro 6 preinstalled.
At less than an inch thick and less than three pounds in weight, this pint-sized machine carries effortlessly. If you plan on working most of the day, the 8000mAh battery lasts over 9 hours. If you want something that is portable and can get typing tasks done, the ArcBook comes in at an affordable price of $169.99. That’s right there with some of the best Chromebooks.