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Acer TA272HUL review: Thumbs-up on features; thumbs-down on price

Michael Brown | May 9, 2014
If you have your heart set on an Android all-in-one, and price is no object, Acer's TA272HUL is the one to buy. Like HP's Slate 21 Pro, this dual-function device can operate as a stand-alone Android computer or as a touchscreen display for a Windows machine. Most of the Acer's specs are superior to HP's, but those features pump the Acer's price tag to $1,099. That, and the fact that the HP delivers business-oriented features that Acer can't match, crimp the TA272HUL's price-to-performance ratio.

Acer's Android all-in-one is focused strictly on the consumer market — the TA272HUL doesn't aspire to be a smart thin client — so this machine holds much less appeal for small businesses than does HP's machine. Android apps don't look bad scaled up 2560x1440, but neither do they benefit from that resolution. Acer's high-resolution display, on the other hand, is a nice complement to high-end laptops that are capable of resolution higher than 1920x1080.


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