6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: The Acer DA241HL is an all-in-one PC that runs Android

About Video Transcript

First Look: The Acer DA241HL is an all-in-one PC that runs Android

1:36 /

Is Android the desktop operating system of your wildest fantasies? Probably not, but it's a cool idea -- take a look in our video.

Hello. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET right here at the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, taking a look at this is the Acer DA241HL. Now, design-wise, this looks like an ordinary all-in-one. You've got a wireless keyboard and a mouse, and it's got a little stand thing, basically all the computings on the inside, but this has a trick up its sleeve because it's running Android not Windows. To control it, you'll be using this 24-inch touch panel. You can see it looks just like a normal tablet or phone when I swipe around on it here, so you get the familiar Android app tray and home screens, which you can customize yourself. One nice feature is that you can tilt this display all the way down if you want to, and Acer is boasting about the viewing angle, which means you should be able to crowd quite a few people around the screen before you start to see things like color warping. It's running Android version 4.2, and that's good because it gives you access to the Google Play app store, which has thousands of apps and games. On the other hand, if you want a normal desktop to do things like run Microsoft Office or ordinary tasks, this probably isn't what you're looking for because you'll find that lots of established software won't work on Android. So, I'm not convinced this is a truly brilliant idea, but it is an interesting concept and it will be interesting to see how good it actually proves to be. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET. Please check CNET.com/IFA for more from the show.

New releases

The CNET bloopers of 2014
4:20 December 22, 2014
Another year is almost over, so it's time for another round of seeing CNET editors trying their best and making us laugh at the same...
Play video
Denon AVR-S500BT receiver offers much for little
1:39 December 22, 2014
While the AVR-S500BT is one of Denon's least expensive receivers its features line up is surprisingly generous, and movie and music...
Play video
Outrageous style for new Nissan Murano
5:01 December 22, 2014
The new Nissan Murano may take its looks to the extreme, but we found it a very comfortable and accommodating driver.
Play video
Smarter driver: Are older drivers less dangerous?
1:40 December 22, 2014
Conventional wisdom holds that elderly drivers are more dangerous. But Brian Cooley tells you why that may not be the case.
Play video
Car Tech 101: MPGe explained
2:59 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley drills down on the new metric for rating MPG in cars like the BMW i8, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
Play video
On the road: 2014 BMW i8
5:37 December 22, 2014
With its sculptured skin, gullwing doors and plugin-in hybrid drivetrain, BMW looks to the future with its new i8.
Play video
Tracking Santa with help from Microsoft, Google
2:55 December 22, 2014
Bridget Carey highlights Santa-tracking tools for Christmas Eve, how you can browse department-store window displays on Google Maps,...
Play video
Top 5: Car Tech of 2015
3:25 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley offers up his top five car technology trends to watch in 2015. Are fuel cell cars on the list? Find out.
Play video