Acer’s new TAU272 HUL all-in-one desktop, could be the first in new wave of computers that breaks the mold in traditional desktop computing. Unlike most all in Ones this new desktop is based on Google's Android operating system.
The TAU272 HUL has a 27-inch screen and supports 10-point touch controls. I was very anxious to test out this new Google Android powered all-in-one because over the last year, I’ve switched to cloud-based applications such as Google’s docs and spreadsheets, which eliminates my need for high capacity local storage and other local capabilities as well as expensive personal and office productivity applications.
The TAU272 HUL is a pared down all-in one. It boots Android 2.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system from local storage when it starts up and has been designed to use with cloud-based apps. the basic configuration of this AIO includes, 16GB of memory, an NVidia 1.6MHz quad core Integra processor with 2GB of memory, A Dolby Surround Sound audio subsystem, 3 USB 2.0 and two HDMI ports amd a MicroSD port, plus a 2 MP self contained camera.A wireless small form factor keyboard and mouse are shipped with this system.
Initial pricing for the Acer TAU272 HUL which is just now being offered by some online retailers is about $900.
An integrated hard disk and an optical drive are not included in this system, but a surfeit of USB ports makes adding those components easy, if they’re needed.
this all-in-one’s case is very sturdy its swingarm stand iseasily positioned to meet the needs of an individual or a group of users.s. The speakers on this system are mounted in a clear plastic mounting under its screen, which improves this desktop's audio experience.
My only complaint with the design of the TAU 262 is this: when the stand is deployed, its HDMI connectors are positioned in a fashion that makes quick connections difficult.
This new all in One is built around Acer’s touch-enabled 27-inch 2540 by 1440 pixel screen. the screen on this system has one of the widest viewing angles (nearly 180 degrees) I’ve ever tested on any all-in-one desktop. And this machine can be tilted 30 degrees from its vertical upright position. The tilt and widescreen viewing angle make this machine a good platform for entertainment applications where more than one person is viewing the screen.
Unfortunately, although the DOlby Surround Sound system has a great tonal range, it’s somewhat underpowered.
I found the video displays to be not as sharp as other all-in-ones I’ve tested that use faster Intel multi-core processors and more capable display logic.the video display on the TAU272 HUL has a long way to go. it took about 29 seconds for this AIO to boot up, which is on a par with other Android tablets and phablets i've tested.
One of the features I like about this computer is connecting my notebook to it using the HDMI connectors. the ability to use this systems display with a 14- 15-inch portable is something I believe some users may find appealing and its useful for bringing touch interface teschnology to otherwise touchless platforms.
After using Acer’s TAU272 for two weeks, I’ve come to a couple of conclusions: first, Android can migrate to desktops running cloud-based applications; Second, any all-in-one desktop has to have not just high resolution displays but also high performance video controllers; and finally, consumers probably expect Android-based AIO’s to be significantly less expensive than Windows-based machines.
Except as noted, I like the Acer TAU272 and I suspect this desktop could be the first in a long line of future Android desktops.-- Jim Forbes on 04/20/2014