Acer DA241HL review

£350
Price when reviewed

We’ve seen plenty of touchscreen all-in-ones since the debut of Windows 8, but the Acer DA241HL is the first we’ve seen running Android. See also the 11 best tablets of 2014

It’s an interesting idea, and externally it looks like a respectable system. It offers a 24in, Full HD infrared touchscreen, with sensors embedded in the gloss-black bezel to detect your fingers; below this sits a row of buttons, embedded in the centre of the silver speaker grille; and around the rear is a single leg that’s used to prop the whole thing up.

The single-leg arrangement means you can’t adjust the height, but you can tilt the display backwards until it lies almost flat against the desk – useful if you want to put the DA241HL to use as a kitchen worktop machine, or while standing at a workbench.

Acer DA24HL

Tap the power button and the DA421HL boots into Android 4.2. The OS has barely been customised, so if you’ve used a Nexus tablet or smartphone, you’ll know exactly what to expect. It’s not locked down, either: you’re free to install apps via Google Play.

Being a desktop machine, the Asus includes a compact wireless keyboard and a mouse. However, the keyboard feels rather mushy, and the mouse isn’t a natural fit for Android’s touch-first interface: right-clicking, for instance, is substituted by a long press, which takes a lot of getting used to, and swiping down the notifications and quick settings areas doesn’t work well. We felt more comfortable prodding, poking and swiping at the DA241HL like a giant tablet.

Acer DA24HL

Other aspects of the hardware are more practical. Under a panel at the rear are three full-sized USB 2 ports, which allow the connection of hard disks and wired peripherals, and an SD card slot. At the bottom, you’ll find wired Ethernet and a full-sized HDMI input, which means the DA241HL can be used as a monitor (for a laptop or games console, perhaps). The port supports MHL, so you can also mirror the screen of a smartphone or tablet via micro-USB.

The quality of the Full HD display is excellent for an all-in-one this cheap: a maximum brightness of 235cd/m[sup]2[/sup] doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a VA panel, so contrast is a superb 2,350:1, and colours really jump off the screen. Touch detection works well – it’s responsive and accurate.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity16GB
RAM capacity1.00GB
Screen size24.0in

Processor

CPU nominal frequency1.60GHz

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total0

Graphics card

Graphics cardTegra 3 T33
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Contrast ratio2,350:1
Screen brightness235cd/m2
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0

Case

Dimensions604 x 192 x 410mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)2
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks1

Front ports

Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAcer wireless mouse and keyboard

Operating system and software

OS familyAndroid

Noise and power

Idle power consumption28W
Peak power consumption31W

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