Ever since low-powered chips and modern touch-driven operating systems have been available, we've been waiting for someone to combine the two into a standalone appliance for use in kitchens, living rooms, etc. Acer's new DA220HQL Smart Display might just be the thing we've all been waiting for. Powered by a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP 4428 CPU, the device offers users a 21.5-inch, 1080p display.
The display itself uses VA panel technology, which is pretty near to IPS in terms of viewing angles and color fidelity. There's a capacitive touchscreen that lays on top, and Gigabit Ethernet, microSD, a 1.3MP webcam, 8GM of flash ROM and a gig of RAM. There's also a micro-HDMI cable, which lets you hook the Smart Display up to a regular PC or other content source.
Unlike some of the tablet / all-in-one hybrids we've see recently, there isn't a battery inside of the new Acer display, so you won't be carrying it around the house willy-nilly. It is light and smallish, however, which means it should fit nicely almost anywhere you put it - either on your desk or in your kitchen.
There's no word yet on how much we can expect to pay for the DA220HQL, or when exactly it'll ship in the West, but the company is currently selling the Smart Display in Malaysia, for the equivalent of around $450 US.
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