Taiwanese tech company Acer has rolled out a new desktop PC that runs on Android. The Acer DA241HL (apparently the Acer geeks could not think of a better name) is a 24-inch monitor that has all the components of a PC in it. It is the first all-in-one machine running on Android AIO that will support multi-tasking, gaming, video streaming and web browsing. At first glance, the Acer PC-monitor looks like a tablet on steroids. The 24-inch touch panel is in a black frame with physical buttons for monitor settings, along with a one long speaker grille at the bottom. On the screen border are touch buttons for gargantuan tablet’s home page, back and other Android operations. At the back is the user’s access to all the computing functions. A removable panel reveals US ports, a card slot, headphone jack, micro-USB sockets and an HDMI port. There’s also an adjustable back stand that allows the monitor to be tilted according to the user’s view.
Acer boasts about the high-definition display which does not diminish in graphics quality when on an angular view. The screen has a 1980 x 1080 pixel resolution, making gaming and viewing pleasurable for a big crowd. Behind that touch panel is an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor. Acer utilized the chip usually found in mobile devices into a larger package coupled with the utterly familiar Jelly Bean 4.2.
Doing away with the conventional Windows IOS is a bold move for Acer. Browsing is made easier and syncing an Android device will be a breeze. As for office tasks such as word processing and such, a lot of programs have already been created to support the Android OS such as SmartOffice, Documents To Go and Kingsoft Office . There are also cloud-based programs that will do some of the Windows Office functions. The trend is leaning towards internet based operations, even for movie viewing. It seems that Acer understands where technology is heading and has initiated a new wave of Android-operated devices that will serve entertainment and computing purposes at the same time.
Acer is also releasing three more desktops that will have full HF 23-inch touch screens. One of which is the Aspire U5-610 (again, Acer had a shortage of names) which is touted to have a load-full of features for a speedy interface. It will be packed with Intel Haswell processors and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M GPU that’s brimming with 16GB of RAM.