Acer has taken the traditional 27-inch all-in-one PC and given it a whole new lease on life with the TA272 HUL. The machine essentially doubles as a high resolution touch screen monitor and a full-fledged Android PC – wait, what?
At the core of the system is a 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD display that is said to be four times sharper than a conventional high-def monitor. The display can be tilted from 30 to 80 degrees to help dial in an optimal viewing angle while a USB 3.0 port is adequate for game controllers, USB drives or other accessories. Sporting HDMI and DisplayPort connections, the monitor can also be used as an external screen for your desktop, notebook or even a gaming console.
The all-in-one is Windows 8 certified so you won’t be held back when using it with Microsoft’s latest OS. But what really sets the machine apart from others, however, is the fact that it has an Android PC built right in.
Under the hood is Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra SoC, 16GB of internal flash storage, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, two Dolby surround sound speakers and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The press release didn’t mention which generation of Tegra chip it’s running so odds are, it is the older Tegra 3 chip and not the newer (and less popular for some reason) Tegra 4.
The machine runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box which serves as the gateway to all things Android.
The Acer TA272 HUL is available as of writing for $1,099 via Acer’s online store and select third-party retailers.