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Acer releases Jelly Bean All-in-One computers


January 6, 2014

The TA272HUL Android All-in-One computer from Acer

The TA272HUL Android All-in-One computer from Acer

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Acer is cementing its support for Google's operating environment with the release of two new All-in-One (AIO) desktop computers. Rather than extend its line of devices built around Chrome though, and go toe-to-toe with LG's Chromebase perhaps, the new arrivals both bring the mobile OS experience to the desktop with Android Jelly Bean running the show. The TA272HUL features a high resolution WQHD touchscreen display for crisp onscreen action, while the DA223 HQL packs its own battery for portability.

The two new releases are not the first Android All-in-Ones from Acer. The company launched the Tegra 3-based, Full HD DA241HL at IFA 2013, which was thought to be a product looking for a customer base at the time. Though having a consistent user experience across multiple devices in everyday use may well be reason enough to buy into the larger-than-life Jelly Bean experience.

The most eye-catching of the new models is the 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution Acer TA272HUL. The 350 nit, 16:9 aspect, 10-point multi-touch display offers 178 degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically, a 5 ms response time, and a maximum contrast ratio of 100 million:1. A transparent base underneath and edge-to-edge glass help give the AIO a premium look, and an asymmetric stand to the rear caters for a 30 to 80 degree tilt.

The TA272HUL runs Android 4.2 with full access to Google's Play Store, and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor supported by 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of solid state storage (with SD card expansion). Connectivity needs are met by dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and three USB 3.0 ports. The 2 megapixel (Full HD) webcam with integrated microphone and two 3 W front-firing speakers with Dolby surround sound technology complete the main specs.

It carries a suggested retail price of US$1,099, but if you're not fussed about running Android on Acer's new AIO, it is Windows 8-certified, though you could also opt for similar display specs on the company's T272HUL monitor and feed in visuals from your existing computer setup.

The Acer DA223 HQL Android AIO features a 21.4-inch HD multitouch display, and a built-in battery for unplugged wandering, though we've not been able to find out exactly how long users will be able to enjoy freedom from a wall outlet. Its adjustable stand allows for the computer to be laid out flat on a table top or lap for a big tablet Android Jelly Bean experience, and the computer can also be used as an external display for mobile devices thanks to a HDMI port with MHL support.

Detailed specs are a little thin on the ground, but we can confirm a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.7 GHz, a 2 MP webcam and front-facing stereo speakers.

Acer says that this model is currently shipping globally for $699, that's $300 more than HP's Android-packing Slate 21, though its US office has confirmed that the DA223 HQL will not be available Stateside.

Source: Acer [1, 2]

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Why doesn't someone write some code for a mouse?


JWaldemar Stelmach:

Apologies if you already know this, but there's:


There's also the Trimble Yuma but that's a reinforced machine for the military etc and has a high price tag.


Very nice, but where do you plug the mouse in? Oop's sorry - you cannot have a mouse with android.........


Something like that, but larger and better hardware, would be nice on Linux. If there already is one, let me know please.

Waldemar Stelmach

you can plug the mouse into one of the 3 USB host ports. We design/build Android products with touch screens for industrial/commercial/medical APPs. Mouse works fine. So does a keyboard. And with the right cable on your smart-phone (OTG to USB-A) you can plug in a hub and then standard keyboard and mouse, which is what I use for business e-mail on short trips, connected to my Google Nexus phone.

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