Monday, March 8th 2010

Acer Packs Instant OS and WiFi into HD Monitor

Without making much noise, Acer introduced its new D241H LCD monitor. This one stands out of being yet another 24" HD-ready PC display, in having its own instant-on operating system, and WiFi. Its built in OS lets you do some very basic tasks such as web-browsing, media playback (music and videos), and browsing through photos, without needing a PC. It can connect to the internet over both wired Ethernet and WiFi. As a monitor, the 24-inch panel has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with a response time of 2 ms, and dynamic contrast ratio of 80,000:1. Display inputs include DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Other accessories built into it include a 2-port USB 2.0 hub and a multi-format memory card reader - both of which are of use to its OS, and can also be used by the PC it's connected to. Alas for what this 'monitor' is trying to be, a built-in webcam, and speakers are missing (standard issue on many premium displays). Pricing and availability are not known as yet. Finer details can be found on the product page.
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4 Comments on Acer Packs Instant OS and WiFi into HD Monitor

#1
InnocentCriminal
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I'd be interested to see what the integrated OS is like, I have visions of SplashTop by ASUS. Could just be my work's network but the link doesn't seem to be working.
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#2
OneCool
The lack of webcam does throw up a big "?" but still a very good idea IMO.

Speakers,I would rather have the headphone/line-out for externals.Doesnt say if it has that.Maybe go through USB?

For the people with very high end power hungry rigs this would be a big plus for everyday use.
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InnocentCriminal
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I'm gutted that it's made by Acer.

:(

Hopefully other brands will jump on this band-wagon.
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