TechSpot: Acer TA272 HUL Android All-in-One Review

One of the more interesting products to surface at this year’s CES was an all-in-one computer from Acer, the TA272 HUL. Veering off the beaten path, Acer decided to see what would happen if they took the traditional AIO formula, threw out the Windows operating system and PC hardware, replacing it instead with high-end smartphone guts powered by Android.

Acer nailed the key component of the system -- the display -- as its AIO is built on top of an existing monitor, the T272 HUL. This 27-inch AHVA display offers 10-point multi-touch, a maximum resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, 5ms response time, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a brightness rating of 300 nits.

True to its roots, the display can be used as a standalone screen for your desktop, notebook or even a gaming console. So far so good.

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$1100 for a desktop with an old version of Android, only 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, finally topped off with a low-powered Tegra 4 CPU? Were Acer's people on crack when they decided to build and price this joke?

AsherGZ said,
Ha. Adroid, alternative to Windows! :rofl:

Yeah because having only one choice when you go to the PC section for the past 2 decades is great for us right?! Sure

AsherGZ said,
And then expect people to pay the same price for it as a full fledged Windows PC.

The Android equipped monitor costs $200 more than the "dumb" version, so what you're saying doesn't make much sense... A good PC monitor like this doesn't come for free.

Yeah. You're right. A desktop PC powered by Android? What the hell...

Windows 8 Pro would have made much more sense IMO... supposing Tegra4 could run it well.

I would love to have one of those to use primarily as a PC monitor, with the ability to switch over to Android and run ComicRack. I don't think I'm going to pay $1k for a 27" Android tablet any time soon, though. Also, for that price maybe it should have like 64 GB of internal storage. I disagree with the reviewer that it perhaps should have run ChromeOS, because the fact that ChromeOS even exists boggles me and I will never understand why ChromeBooks don't just run Android. 4.4 would be better than 4.2, but maybe we'll see CyanogenMod on it at some point.