Archos reveals ArcBook, an Android-powered touchscreen netbook

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 1024x600 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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Archos reveals the ArcBook, an Android-powered touchscreen netbook

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This is kind of a horrible device. My two year old tablet has better specs than this. OfficeSuite can be removed as well, since Google Drive is a decent document editor...

The price is nice, but the device is horrible.

What the heck is wrong with these 'budget' companies? They could at least put KitKat on it.

Just thinking about that screen resolution makes me shudder.

Got Nexus?

But logically thinking, most 15.6 inch laptops have a ppi density of around 100, so having a 10.1 inch tablet with 118 ppi, it's actually an ok display

I just don't understand. Companies spend R&D money to produce a shit device obviously not designed to meet the expectations of of the type of people that actually might be interested in such a form factor, then when it (obviously) doesn't sell they turn around and claim there isn't a market for that type of device and never make one again.

How does this make any business sense at all?

The winning way to produce a device in this form factor is to give it flagship specs (1080p, Snapdragon 801/805, 2-3 gb RAM, 32GB (minumum) SSD and a massive battery. At the same specs it would even still likely be cheaper than the Nexus 7/10 since it doesn't have to be so massively overengineered to fit in a reasonably slim and light chassis.

I have been waiting for a good Android laptop to come out! I would love to have one. I've tried the Android ports on an old netbook. It worked, but it was awful.

This doesn't really meet my requirements for good tho... The price? Great! The internals? Ah, so meager. I would definitely buy if it were:

11" screen @ a min. of 720P , 1.5Ghz dual, 2GB RAM, 8GB is fine for memory with the SD but I'd love to see 16GB, and I'll even settle with USB 2 if I can have a HDMI out with around 9 hours of battery life. If someone could give me that for around $300, I'm your customer.

PERFECT!!!!
Ive been shopping for this exact thing. I need to move my PC into a studio. Im going to use 'Remote Chrome' to mirror that PC to where it is now.
Cheap laptop to mirror my i7 - SOLD!

To be honest, I'd say to buy a Chromebook instead. Chrome OS is growing more and more by the month and, although I love Android, unless this came with a stylus, I think a Chromebook is a better option.

Better screen, better Drive integration, full Docs, Spreadsheets, and Presentation, full Chrome OS store, timely updates, increasing offline support for essential apps, better build quality overall, and other things I'm forgetting.

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To the folks over here, i have a question that really need an answer please: What is the point of having a computer with android installed on it? Is that really suitable and worth it?

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The short answer: no. I put Android x86 on several virtual machines with varying specs as a hobby, one with very similar specs to this piece of crap. It isn't worth a damn. Android belongs in your hand, not on your desk. Stick with Linux or Chrome OS.

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Ok. The idea is interesting. But my question is, how is this superior to say a Asus Transformer Pad or a Galaxy Note with a bt keyboard? I understand it's keyboard is dedicated and its pricepoint is cheaper, but at the same time its tech is inferior. So why would I want this. I'd really like someone to make a valid argument (not flamebait)