Acer Monitor doubles as all-in-one Chrome browsing PC
Acer's DX241H monitor can either be used as a standard PC display or as a standalone web surfing computer. With an integrated processor, USB and network connections, and Google's Chrome browser, you can go online without any additional computer. The device can also play back media from DLNA-compatible servers. Earlier reports, based on Acer's publicity materials, cited the monitor as running Google's Chrome OS, but Acer has since said that this was an error and that the device runs Google's Chrome browser and not the operating system.
At a price of €299, the DX241Hbmiaz is to be the next monitor available from Acer's Display+ line. The 24-inch screen with a 16:9 format and the usual full HD resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels has HDMI and VGA inputs and integrated loudspeakers.
Unlike usual PC monitors, the DX241H has USB and LAN ports along with an integrated Wi-Fi adapter. Together, these extras allow the display to be used like a basic all-in-one PC. Media is played back within your local network via clear.fi – Acer basically wants to link its own devices to each other. Acer's booth at next week's CeBIT trade show will be in CeBIT life in Hall 19.
The manufacturer says the monitor consumes around 49 watts; apparently this relatively high figure is mostly from the use of a CCFL backlight, rather than a more economical LED backlight, in the display's LCD panel.
Acer Deutschland told The H's German associates at heise Online that the DX241H has a System-on-Chip using ARM Cortex-A8 but has not given any details on RAM or storage. Acer points to the D241H (with no X in the model number), the predecessor of the new model, which also has USB ports, including an upstream USB port for connecting USB devices to a PC in monitor mode. The D241H comes with a remote control and also plays back media from connected USB drives. This allows it to serve as a digital picture frame and it also offers widgets for, say, weather data, calendars, and news.