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Acer DA241HL Android all in one review

Beautiful, but flawed by an identity crisis
Wed Apr 09 2014, 08:50

Product Acer DA241HL AIO
Website Acer Web Store
Specifications 24in 1920x1080 resolution display, quad-core 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra T33 processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB SSD storage, 2x USB ports, 1x microUSB port, 1x miniUSB port, 1x HDMI port, 1x headphone socket, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 6.54kg
Price £480


BLURRING THE LINES between a tablet, a computer and a television, the Acer DA241HL is a 24in all in one (AIO) desktop machine running the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. It is a touchscreen computer with an bundled wireless keyboard and mouse.

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Design and Build
The Acer DA241HL is a big, weighty machine designed for desktop use. The picture above shows it in relation to a Motorola smartphone to give an idea of scale. The build quality is reasonably good, and although the plastic used for the back feels cheap, it is solid and doesn't give under pressure.

The front is strong aluminium with a toughened glass screen. The physical buttons felt a little delicate, but they're aesthetically pleasing, and based on looks alone, we wanted to take this device home.

Setup
The monitor comes with a pull-out stand on the back. It gives quite a lot of resistance and due to its plastic construction, there was a slight fear that we might break it, however on closer inspection the spring-loaded design does seem able to deal with stress well.

Turning on the machine, we're taken straight into a nearly stock Android environment, and invited to add our Google credentials, WiFi password and such in the usual way. In addition, we were also invited to subscribe to Acercloud, a service that enables users to access files remotely, rather than being a cloud service in the conventional sense.

Connecting the keyboard and mouse was easy enough, but bizarrely, although the mouse connects automatically, the keyboard is a 2.4Ghz device that requires a dongle, using one of the USB ports to the rear.

Next: Display, performance.

 

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