Archos announces extremely affordable Android laptop, priced at just $169.99

May 12, 2014

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    While Chrome OS continues to be Google’s OS of choice for laptops, we’ve seen several device manufacturers push out laptops and laptop-tablet hybrids running on the power of Android. Depending on their form factor, some of these devices have come with price tags well over $400, while others like the Lenovo A10 aimed for Chromebook-like pricing at $250. Now Archos is getting into the Android laptop game as well, with its $169.99 ArcBook.

    As you’d expect from Archos, the specs here leave a lot to be desired. On the processor front we have a 1.2GHz RK3168 dual-core ARM Cortex A9 with a piddly 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 10.1-inch multi-touch display with a 1024×600 resolution, 8GB storage, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and an 8000 mAh battery.

    So who would buy a laptop with just 1GB RAM, a dual-core CPU and such a low resolution? That’s a good question. While the ArcBook has multi-touch support and is a whole $50 cheaper than the entry-level Acer C720 Chromebook, it’s hard to see why anyone would choose this Archos laptop over the Acer when it comes to actual productivity.

    On the positive side, the ArcBook does provide access to Google Play and therefore has many more traditional apps than you’ll find on a Chromebook — even if the laptop’s specs mean it will probably struggle to use many of them. In addition to Google Play apps and Jelly Bean, the laptop also includes OfficeSuite Pro 6 for all your document writing needs. While we’d personally rather get a Chromebook, we admit this could be of value for younger students looking for a basic and extremely affordable netbook-like device that can also play Angry Birds and other basic Android games.

    What do you think, can you think of any scenarios where such a device would come in handy? If you’re at all interested in the device, you’ll be able to pick it up online starting in June.

    Comments

    • Azeem

      Nice!

    • Shark Bait

      I bet performance is awful

    • emanuele_zanetti

      well, it looks nice but those specs are not that great. I’d prefer it to be a 2GB RAM with a quad-core processor, even if the price would be higher, hope something like this is in the works.

    • Vinnie

      I’d steer clear from Archos. They’re definitely not known for making quality products. Do some googling and read the reviews before you waste your money.

      • Seth Forbus

        Archos is ruining the android name sadly. Apple fanboys love to compare an Archos tablet to an ipad to “prove” the low quality of Android. The Asus transformer infinity is the same form factor (but also with a tablet mode) and 100X better performance and quality.

    • MaryTUnderwood

      . I’d prefer it to be a 2GB RAM with a quad-core processor, even if the price would be higher, hope something like this is in the works. http://bit.do/m37x

    • Justin Curtright

      Because it is totally realistic to expect to play top-tier Android games from the Google Play Store for under $175, while having a full keyboard. What does this writer expect, honestly? This price nets you access to just about everything a full laptop can do and more than a Chromebook could ever hope to. It just does it slowly, but for under $175. Seriously, why are you complaining? Besides, 1 GB of RAM is hardly “piddly”. The Tegra Note 7, arguably the fastest 7″ tablet on the market, also has 1GB of RAM and it is considered the final word in Android gaming at its size and price-point.

      Then again, I have yet to see a tech “writer” that actually has a clue about the things they complain about. Seriously, tech writers these days are simply clueless spec-humpers posting graffiti with punctuation and calling it journalism.

    • RanRu

      In their current forms, Android does have the potential to be more useful than Chrome OS when offline. There are certainly fewer hoops to jump through to get your applications working without an internet connection.
      This things looks miserable, though. Archos isn’t known for quality, and there’s little reason to expect any different from this ArcBook. If Motorola and others are able to introduce devices in the sub-$100 price range that can function respectably, it should be possible to offer Android laptops on the cheap that are actually useful, which is something I would welcome readily.

    • Jayfeather787

      Buy a refurbished Acer C720 for 150 bucks and put Android on it. Better for the price and better laptop period.
      I would personally put some form of a Linux distro on it, but I will save that for later.

    • Brandon Power
    • The-Sailor-Man

      If has SD storage support, light, and if its Yoga bending screen …..why not?

    • Rick jaan

      just checking is gif working or not… dont panic

      http://i.imgur.com/aLTdX3B.gif

    • Christian Koncz

      correction, the acer C720 is just $30 more and it has a speedy haswell class celeron processor, 11.6″ screen with HD resolution and 2 GB of RAM. It is super easy to run linux alongside chrome OS with the crouton script. This way you get a full-fledged laptop that is real fast and handles pretty much anything that an average user would need. There is just no comparison.

      • apianist16

        The average person will see this in Walmart, though, and go “Oh cool, an Android laptop. And it’s cheap too! I think I’ll buy it!”

        /facepalm

    • Jesse Afolabi

      one word: terrible

    • spade

      Would be nice if they make that with 2GB of ram and at least 720p screen, nice design though :/

    • 44

      When the world is waiting for a new laptop running Android Kitkat, here comes a disappointment…

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