Android Powered Touchscreen NetBook

13 May of 2014 by

We’ve seen our fair share of Android tablets with attachable keyboards, but it’s still rare these days to see an Android device with a permanently attached keyboard like the just announced Archos ArcBook. With a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a full keyboard, and a $170 price, it’s a unique combination for this price point.

For you $170 you get a device with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1.2GHz, 8GB of storage (and thankfully a Micro SD card slot), 1GB of RAM, and a 10.1-inch 1024×600 display. Input-wise there’s a touch screen over that display, a “complete keyboard with function keys”, and a single-touch trackpad with but one clicking button. Interestingly, the ArcBook does also support USB host capabilities with a full size USB 2.0 port slotted into the left side of the base for connecting directly to external devices. Power-wise there’s an 8000mAh battery inside, which with the meager internals we would have hoped would afford it more than the advertised 9 hour battery life.

Software-wise you can expect to find Android 4.2 Jelly Bean inside, along with a complimentary copy of OfficeSuitePro 6 preinstalled.

We know there’s always been a portion of the Android user base that’s clamored for an Android-powered laptop, and this is the latest in a string of devices that have attempted to tackle that conundrum. So is anybody interested in picking up an Archos ArcBook, or will you be taking a pass on this one?

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