Archos offers up 10.1-inch ArcBook Android laptop for $169.99

Archos offers up 10.1-inch ArcBook Android laptop for $169.99

Summary: The budget device maker creates a netbook that is even cheaper than competing Chromebooks -- if you're willing to use Android as your notebook OS.

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Archos has tried again and again to stand out in the highly competitive budget Android tablet market -- to little avail. Its new strategy: stick Android into a laptop instead.

The competition for the company's new ArcBook is decidely less intense. Thus far, Lenovo's IdeaPad A10 is probably the highest profile Android notebook, though HP is apparently readying the Slatebook 14 for release soon. Lenovo is selling the A10 directly in the UK for 179 pounds, but it's only available in the U.S. as a pricey import. In comparison, the ArcBook will cost just $169.99, less than the Chromebooks it will ostensibly compete against.

At that price, you shouldn't expect much in the way of specs, though the demands of running Android don't exactly require a beefy processor and copious amounts of RAM. The ArcBook is built around a 10.1-inch touchscreen -- albeit with a mere 1,024x600 resolution -- and powered by a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core CPU. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a USB 2.0 port, microSD card slot, front-facing camera, and Android function keys as part of the full keyboard. Thanks to a large 8000 mAh battery, the ArcBook can last more than 9 hours on a single charge, according to Archos.

To go along with its humble spec sheet, the ArcBook runs the older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which the IdeaPad A10 also uses. Archos does throw in the Pro version of OfficeSuite 6 to open and edit Microsoft Office documents, along with 15GB of Google Drive cloud storage.

Whether Archos has better luck with an Android laptop than its bevy of Android tablets remains to be seen, not least because a healthy degree of skepticism surrounds the idea of basing a laptop around Google's mobile OS not named Chrome. Would you take a chance on the ArcBook at its price? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Laptops, Android, Mobility

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  • Don't know about the ArcBook as the specs are on the low side

    But I'd go with an Android-based laptop before I would a Chromebook.

    Why? Local apps and lots of apps from Google Play, including Firefox for Android which I would use as my primary web browser.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • At this price, why not?

    I'm a Chromebook user, and no complaints ... but at this price, I might treat myself to an Android to see what gives.
    Heenan73
    • Based on my experience with Android...

      ...including a couple of Android smartphones (one Nexus device) and a convertible tablet (Asus Transformer Pad 300), I can tell you what Android gives - LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG.
      CHIP72
    • You should get one while it's still around

      as I doubt they will be in 6 months.

      "I don't see Chromebooks anywhere, and it doesn't know it's dead"
      William.Farrel
  • Interesting alternative to a tablet or Chromebook,

    especially since now you can buy 128 (really 115) GB Kingston stick at Amazon for $60. I used one of the two I bought, to install Mint 13, so I could take it anywhere, plug it into my XP Acer netbook (which is 8.9"), whenever I was too paranoid to use XP. The SD card slot is also great, adds another 64 GB, so who cares about the 8 GB internal?

    What really I want to know: what if I boot with that Mint stick? Then I don't have to have Android, except when desired, if it will boot with Mint.
    brainout
  • Archos offers up 10.1-inch ArcBook Android laptop for $169.99

    I just don't see people going for this. No one wants a laptop that will constantly randomly reboot on you like android is known to do.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • Mr. Davidson: "constantly randomly reboot"

      If a device reboots constantly, how can it also be random?
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • Easily

        Use an android device for more than an hour and find out.
        Loverock.Davidson
        • Can you demonstrate it?

          Are you badly informed or are you lying?
          If you are lying that's an ugly thing to do - "bad boy".
          AleMartin
          • No

            No I personally can't demonstrate it because I don't have android devices. But my coworkers who do have android phones and tablets have shown me the random reboots usually followed by a lot of cursing.
            Loverock.Davidson
          • Liar

            Or should I say troll. Why does this forum even allow people like you?

            Funny, we have 6 Android devices in our house, and I know at least 5 other families with multiple android devices. We've NEVER had a random reboot, a lock up, or any OS related issues. Must be you mistook all them crappy Win8 phones for Android. But then again, your having never used a pc or device that DIDN'T bluescreen or reboot randomly ( ohh that's righ,t that's a MS Feature not an error..... ) you wouldn't know a good device if you saw one!
            winddrift03
          • Now that's interesting, winddrift03, you call him a troll

            Then go on to rant -

            "Must be you mistook all them crappy Win8 phones for Android. But then again, your having never used a pc or device that DIDN'T blue screen or reboot randomly (oh that's right that's a MS Feature not an error.... )"

            What was your response, as its as far from the truth as it can get, so I'm guessing it was a troll...
            William.Farrel
          • re:

            I can confirm this. My wife and I both have WP devices that are trouble free. My step son had to have the latest Samsung Android phone about a year ago. All he's done since then is complain about it locking up and the volume controls not working. He's trying to figure out how to get a new phone before his contract is up. And what does he want? Why, the latest Samsung Android phone, natch. Is it just me, or do teenagers have fewer brain cells than they used to?
            Sir Name
          • Compare sales

            Do you think in average people complain more about android than WP?!
            That's why people keep buying more android devices and WP sales are declining quarterly when having still a small share.
            Obviously there are things that particularly platforms do better, but individual stories mean just a little.
            AleMartin
          • Is a free phone considered "a sale"

            since the vast majority of Android phones aren't purchased, or if they are, for very little.

            Interesting that WP sale are increasing even with the tons of free give-away Android phones available.
            William.Farrel
          • So you just said in an hour of use an android device will crash

            I give you now an opportunity to at least rephrase that :-)
            Or you still believes your coworkers are a good stat maker?
            I confess that I like your style, you are very polite and all, but please what do you think when you make such posts?!
            AleMartin
        • "Randomly" must mean "Never" in LDSpeak

          I own bothy an Android phone and an Android tablet, and i have never experienced self-reboots.

          I have occasionally experienced it on Windows machines.
          fairportfan
    • Only your first sentence makes any sense...

      It may even be right, but you can't tell.

      Historically, your posts tend to be the opposite of reality.
      jessepollard
      • Historically

        you seem to stalk people. What is your point?
        Loverock.Davidson
    • Not true

      You assume this is endemic on all Android devices. It isn't.

      My 4.4.2-based Nexus 5 purchased in November has never spontaneously rebooted -- ever. Neither has my 2013 edition Nexus 7 purchased when it was first available. It also doesn't ever happen on my kid's 2012 edition Nexus 7 since going to 4.4, and that device was never particularly prone to frequent rebooting.

      The Galaxy Nexus, however, did reboot now and then. I'm inclined to think that it depends on the hardware in some cases and that certain earlier OS releases might have had issues. It certainly isn't a problem with all devices, as all of of my current devices are absolutely stable.

      If the ArcBook is as reliable as my current devices, the experience will be excellent.
      qaelith.2112