Acer Rolls Out 24″ Internet LCD Monitor
Acer has come forth with a new product called the DX241H web surf station. What does it do? It’s a 24-inch LCD monitor that comes with internet access. The suggested retail is 300 pounds, just about $500 USD. The price suggests that we are dealing with a netbook tech spec ordeal, enclosed within a 24-inch monitor. The machine runs on the Freescale i.MX51 system, an ARM Cortex A8 architecture and runs at 800MHz. No clue yet as to how much memory it has, but I think 1GB is a safe guess.
The system will come preloaded with Acer’s clear.fi media sharing system and will use a “Web Surf Station browser” letting users navigate the Internet. A bar is located at the bottom of the browser that helps the user switch between functions, adjust the volume, or return to the main menu.
The machine is DLNA compatible, has a card reader, USB, VGA, LAN, and HDMI ports. Users will also enjoy access to wireless networks thanks to the embedded Wi-Fi feature and a slide-out keyboard that also functions as a remote control. There is currently ongoing speculation that the device might ship out with Google Chrome OS, although Acer has so far only confirmed a Chrome browser. I realize that the screen might be a little large for the library, but it would sure be great to see these at local libraries for quick surfing.