03
Jan
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That tiny Android tablet you've been using is cute and all, but Acer is doing big things with Android. I mean physically big. The newly announced Aio (model TA272HUL) is a massive 27-inch all-in-one desktop system that runs Android on a high resolution WQHD touchscreen.

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The device is going to be running on a Tegra chip of some sort. While Acer did not specify which Tegra, it really has to be the Tegra 4 at this point. The screen is probably going to be nice at 2560x1440, which works out to 108 ppi – more than enough for a desktop experience. The Aio has a stand that can prop it up between 30 and 80 degrees for easier use.

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The other specs include Android 4.2, 16GB of storage, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI/DisplayPort out, and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi. Acer didn't specify RAM, but it's probably 2GB. If you're into the whole Android desktop thing, prepare for sticker shock – the Aio TA272HUL is retailing for $1099.

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If that's too rich for your blood, Acer has also added two new entry-level Android tablets to its Iconia lineup. The Iconia A1-830 will retail for $180 and packs a 7.9-inch 1024x768 screen, 16GB of storage, an Atom processor, and 1GB of RAM. The B1-720 is only $130 and comes with a 1.3GHz dual-core ARM chip, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch 1024x768 screen. Notably, these devices are 4:3 ratio like the iPad. They're certainly budget tablets, but not a bad price.

LAS VEGAS, (January 3, 2014) Acer today launched the Acer TA272 HUL Android all-in-one (“AIO”) that combines an ultra-high resolution 27-inch display, powerful NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor and premium chassis design.

The Acer TA272 HUL brings stunning visuals to home entertainment.  It is equipped with a WQHD display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution that is four times sharper than HD, providing users incredibly crisp visuals for all their discerning entertainment needs.  In addition, it also offers wide-viewing angles without color difference and a high contrast ratio, ideal for sharing and collaborating with friends and family. Featuring a 10-point touchscreen, users are provided a convenient, intuitive experience for apps and widgets.

The Acer TA272 HUL possesses the necessary performance for smooth multitasking, daily computing, gaming and applications. The system comes fitted with an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor, 16G internal memory and dual-band 802.11 abgn wireless. Running Android OS 4.2 Jellybean, users can take advantage of millions of free apps and enjoy the Android experience afforded by mobile devices on a big screen.
The Acer TA272 HUL sports a premium design that incorporates a transparent base and asymmetric stand that makes the AIO appear it is floating and an edge-to-edge glass design for a seamless and minimalistic look.  The stand allows the frame to be easily positioned from 30 to 80 degrees tilt, allowing users to set the most comfortable viewing angles.  The Acer TA272 HUL is also outfitted with two front-facing Dolby surround sound speakers for superb audio and a 2MP webcam.

Excellent connectivity is afforded including a USB 3.0 port for attaching game controllers and other peripherals. HDMI and DisplayPort permit the display to be used as an external monitor for other devices, and Windows 8 certification permits smooth touch control when theAcer TA272 HUL is used to project devices with Windows OS as well.

Acer PCs can be seamlessly integrated for accessing data anytime, anywhere through Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC™) (1). It enables users to build their own cloud on their devices, such as music, photos and other types of clouds. These self-built clouds, based on an Acer Open Platform, are reliable, more secure, easy to use and provide users convenient access to their information and content anytime, anywhere.

Pricing and availability

The Acer TA272 HUL all-in-one is already shipping worldwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$1,099. For details about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer or see www.acer.com.

[Acer, Engadget]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Brad

    i... i guess that's a neat thing. I'd probably use it, but not for $1099. You can window a bunch of things these days...

  • Narciso

    They should use "Tablet UI" on those AIO, this UI looks like a giant phone... (Really don't know why Google implemented this on 7'' and 10' tablets)'

    • turdbogls

      consistency. while it doesn't work GREAT, it works pretty well and is VERY consistent across all the nexus devices.
      but I think we can mostly agree that android, as we know it, doesn't belong on anything this large, let alone a non touch screen.

      • CoreRooted

        It does have a touchscreen and as for Android on a desktop [type] device, I think the OS has matured enough that it can be used as a day to day desktop device. The only thing that is really lacking is true multi-window support from AOSP. That is possibly the only thing that would prevent me from using it as a daily desktop device.

        • turdbogls

          yeah i saw that after i Posted.
          either way, the multi-window thing is the biggest deal breaker to me. I would love to have g-mail, google docs, and hangouts all floating around at the same time.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        It's awful on Nexus 10, it's kinda awkward on Nexus 7

  • Eli Shirk

    Seems like Chrome OS would have been a better choice for the Aio, and $1099 is a rather salty for a not so portable 27" android tablet.

  • Daniel Smith

    This is going to be horrible without some sort of window manager, so you can have multiple Android apps open on the "launcher" and drag them around.

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  • Himmat Singh

    Surprised Acer hasn't outed a Tegra 4 tablet. The A510 has a brilliant design (very rugged) and I hope Acer doesn't discontinue to A500 or A700 line.

  • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

    If the Aio supported HDMI/Displayport IN, then it would be a bit tempting, provided the screen quality is good. Doesn't mention if it's IPS.

  • bicx

    How is a 27" screen a good idea for an Android device? I love Android, but the tablet space is just now starting to mature, and there's no way most developers are going to delve into desktop-size support.

    • obarthelemy

      a whole bunch of apps work well on my Android desktop. Most business stuff (office, viewers, email, IM...) and Web apps (YouTube...) are just fine. The main difficulty is games, many aren't designed to take the specifics into account (no touch, landscape, no gyro...)
      overall, for a smart TV, and even as a very low-end desktop replacement, it is quite OK.

      • Kenny O

        "overall, for a smart TV, and even as a very low-end desktop replacement, it is quite OK." - I agree, that's why pricing this at $1049 is craziness

        • obarthelemy

          "my android desktop" = $75 Android Hdmi stick (Minix Neo X5) + $30 Logitech K400

          • http://www.androidenforcer.com/ The Android Enforcer

            Samsung Ativ Q= Android + Windows
            Once it gets released I will be doing a hands-on review over at
            http://www.androidenforcer.com

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Aio?
    It's like a Vaio, but less..?

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Less V

    • Allan

      AIO...All in one...

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        VAIO: very all-in-one? :D

        • Owen Finn

          There was talk that the V in VAIO stood for "virtual", because Sony knew their laptops were substandard.

  • anzensepp1987

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Pro Mega XL will come in these dimensions, too!

  • obarthelemy

    I'd rather add a separate Android HDMI stick. $50.

    • CoreRooted

      What about for touchscreen? How would you accomplish that with an Android HDMI stick at $50?

      • obarthelemy

        $20 remote w/keyboard and pointer. You don't want to smear finger grease on your TV...

        • CoreRooted

          True. But this isn't being sold as a TV. It's a desktop replacement. Now, if it were a smart TV, I'd agree 100% and wish that more manufacturers would get onboard with the Android HDMI sticks.

          • obarthelemy

            $10 keyboard +$10 mouse then :-)

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Good 27" IPS monitor costs $500-$700. This thing also has a touchscreen, a durable glass surface, and an Android as a bonus, I don't see that it's overpriced. But it has to support HDMI input, not output, I guess press release messed up words.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Whoa... now gimme an Android-equipped Laptop please

    • Guest

      Asus Transformer?

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Nag, that's a Tablet with a keyboard, not an actual laptop with proper hardware

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    That is an abhorrently huge tablet, and yet I'm intrigued by it. Also, not to be a stickler, but wouldn't it be better to uppercase "Aio", because for a second there I thought you were talking about the wireless company.

  • KyleVPirate

    The tablets are crappy running on 2+ old age hardware with poor resolution and just 1 gig of ram? No thank you while the all in one PC android is interesting, its still to young in age where developers are starting to make apps compatible with the variety of android sized tablets it be 7 in 7.9 8.3 etc. The idea of a PC powered android is very awesome but the time isn't right for now.

    • ElfirBFG

      Poor resolution? What? 1440p is a fine resolution on a 27" device. It's better than my 32" TV...

  • Mark Washington

    1000 dollars... Not a Mac or PC