Archos ArcBook is an Android-powered netbook

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If there is one particular niche market for portable technology that died dramatically after it was first released not too long ago, it would be the humble netbook. Once a hot ticket item (albeit for a very short period of time due to its shortcomings as a decent productivity tool on the move), the netbook failed to live out its purpose and more or less faded into obscurity. Of course, netbooks were convenient to tote around being small, but they lacked the relevant processing power to get the job done on the move, and tablets have gladly taken over where the netbook has left off. Archos, however, might want to make a foray into the world of netbooks by introducing the Archos ArcBook. The Archos ArcBook is different from previous Windows-powered netbooks in the market simply because it runs on the Android mobile operating system.

It is said that the Archos ArcBook targets both students as well as mobile professionals, as it offers the convenience of a keyboard and trackpad as well as the superb user-experience and mobility of an Android tablet at a price which will not burn a huge hole in your pocket. The asking price for the Archos ArcBook? A relatively affordable $169.99, making it the ultimate value-packed, on-the-go productivity machine which runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Heck, it even comes preinstalled with Office suite Pro 6, allowing one to create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files in a jiffy while you are out of the office. Not only that, it will also allow access to a wide range of Google services, where among them include the Google Play application store, Google Chrome web browser and other Google Apps including the likes of YouTube, Gmail, Translate and more. There will also be 15GB of free Google Drive cloud storage thrown into the mix that ought to let you get started right from the get go.

Other hardware specifications include a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a full keyboard, a full USB host port, and battery power that can last for over 10 hours of continuous use.

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