Archos ArcBook tries to revive the Android netbook

May 12, 2014
Archos ArcBook tries to revive the Android netbook

Remember netbooks? Archos does, and it's not willing to let them go, announcing the Android-powered ArcBook with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display and a keyboard. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a dualcore Cortex A9 chip with 1GB of memory, the ArcBook is unlikely to set any speed records, but Archos is positioning it as an affordable sub-Chromebook option for education.

So, when it hits shelves in June, it'll be priced at $169.99. That gets you 8GB of onboard storage, a 1024 x 600 display, and an 8,000 mAh battery good, Archos claims, for more than ten hours of use.

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Connectivity includes a USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm headphones jack, a microSD card slot, and two microUSB 2.0 ports for hooking up to a computer. There are stereo speakers and a built-in microphone, while the keyboard gets dedicated Android shortcut keys along with a single-touch trackpad.

There's also a webcam and WiFi, though no Bluetooth. Archos will preload OfficeSuite 6 for document editing.

It's ambitious, though we're still not convinced that Android is the best option for a notebook form-factor device, particularly with Chrome OS also on offer. Acer's well-esteemed C720 Chromebook, for instance, is available online for just $30 more, with a slightly larger screen (albeit without touch).

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