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Android-powered all-in-one PCs are all the rage... or at least that's what desktop manufacturers are hoping at CES. HP is the latest to enter this particular fray with the Slate21 Pro, an all-in-one design that runs any OS you want, as long as you want Android. The 21.5", 1080p IPS touchscreen hides a respectable NVIDIA Tegra 4 system underneath, with Android 4.3 and access to the Google Play Store.

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This model is aimed squarely at businesses for a kiosk environment - think hotel business suites or elementary school computer labs. The bundled software certainly has this market in mind, with pre-loaded Google Docs/Google Drive and Kingsoft Office Suite, plus support for remote Windows operation with Citrix Receiver and 50GB of Box.net storage. Citrix XenMobile is also included for corporate-class security and user segmentation. Other hardware details are pretty scarce, aside from a VESA-compatible rear mounting plate, a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and an HD webcam. It looks... well, it looks like a budget touchscreen monitor with a kickstand, designed by HP.

The price for the Slate21 Pro AiO is $399 including a mouse and keyboard, putting it at about the same price point (or a little higher) as the barebones Windows desktops that this particular model is hoping to compete with. According to HP's press release it's available now in the US, but the website is unfortunately lacking in a listing. That means that other essential hardware details like RAM, storage, and ports will have to remain a mystery for the moment. Expect to see the Slate21 online and in retail shops within the next few weeks.

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2014) - HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced sleek, powerful and space-saving all-in-one (AiO) PCs, including the company's first built-for-business Android™ AiO.

Today's evolving workforce is driven by employees seeking technology that allows them to stay connected to everything that matters. Whether checking work email or browsing Facebook, they demand an experience that is intuitive and simple to use. 

HP's sleek, stylish portfolio of business AiO desktops has been enhanced with Android business apps,(1) efficient manageability tools and new security advancements that allow users to connect all of their information seamlessly without sacrificing business productivity.

  • The HP Slate21 Pro AiO, HP's first commercial Android AiO, offers seamless integration with Android-based phones and tablets with autosyncing and Google Cloud Services™. It also provides access to efficient manageability tools, security enhancements and apps available through the Google Play™(1) app store.

HP Slate21 Pro All-in-One: Plug in, turn on -- and get down to business
The Android-powered HP Slate21 Pro AiO is designed for productivity in office, education and kiosk environments. It features a 21.5-inch diagonal Full HD(3) IPS touch screen with wide 178-degree viewing angles, plus a comfortable and intuitive Android touch experience. Its stand design allows up to 70 degrees of adjustable recline and optional VESA mounting, making it flexible enough for a variety of work environments. The HP Slate21 Pro also packs the performance of Android 4.3, an NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 quad-core processor, 8.11 a/b/g/n dual band wireless,(4) Bluetooth® 4.0, integrated high-definition (HD) webcam and access to more than 1 million apps on Google Play,(1) providing the power business users need to keep moving forward.

The HP Slate21 Pro AiO delivers robust, familiar productivity with local and cloud-based productivity apps like Kingsoft Office Suite, Google Docs™, Google Drive™ and 50 GB of Box(5) cloud storage at no additional cost. Certified Citrix ready and HDX verified, the business Android AiO also delivers a virtual workspace with secure data and Windows application support via Citrix Receiver,(6) allowing users to access apps without compromising security. Users also can toggle easily between the Android environment and content displayed from a Windows PC.

Plus, by using restricted profiles that are part of the security enhancements for Android, employees can further protect business data. Managing users and devices becomes simple and scalable with pre-installed Citrix XenMobile,(7) which allows companies to manage apps and secure the HP Slate21 within a corporate environment.

Pricing and availability(16)

  • The HP Slate21 Pro AiO is now available in the United States with a starting price of $399, including keyboard and mouse.
Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • sri_tech

    Are we seeing a trend of android AIOs which also works as monitors?

    Acer, lenovo, HP all released these type of devices.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Yup, like I said in the comments section of Lenovo's AIO article - this is the new tech trend of 2014

  • Tuấn Ankh

    seems good to me. Not that an Android desktop can beat a Windows desktop, but the price makes it pretty attractive. A fast (Tegra 4) 21" giant desk...tablet that can browse the web, access google apps, and let you play your favorite games pretty smoothly.
    Too bad you probably can't play Asphalt 8 on this with gyro control.

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      Most popular games support USB gamepad, which is considered good for racing games.

    • Primalxconvoy

      You can sync a Moga controller or use a usb cable and ps3 controller to play asphalt 8 on it.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        Yea, a lot of controllers are supported. I just want the feeling of tilting that huge desktop to turn though. That would be an awesome... workout! xD

  • Merri Mogridge

    I would love to see one of these with Chrome OS. Android is great, but its not ready to be a desktop OS.

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    "Employees checking Facebook" Any employees that find social media more engaging than their job don't deserve or are in the wrong job. Rude too! Cannot believe I just read the words business and Facebook in the same sentance. How low can we go as a species?

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Never seen a business' facebook page?

      • squiddy20

        So lets say I were working at Google, any one of the US Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, etc), or Lockheed Martin. Would I really want to be checking the Facebook page of the respective company/group I work for, instead of doing the work I'm assigned to do?

        • Tuấn Ankh

          Good point, but not all the jobs in the world are at Google, US Armed Forces, and Lockheed Martin.

  • Technobabble Curious

    How is "an android-powered, touch screen, all-in-one PC" different from, oh I dunno, a large tablet anyway?

    • symbolset

      These typically don't have a battery.