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Acer's DX241H Web Surf Station: A Monitor With Built-In Browser/Media Sharing

Acer's DX241H Web Surf Station: A Monitor With Built-In Browser/Media Sharing

Another week, another new monitor, and this time it's coming from Acer. The company's new DX241H isn't just your grandma's monitor, though -- it's a "Web Surf Station." What's that mean? It means that this is the first monitor that'll let you surf the web and enjoy multi-media without the need of a computer. It's a bit like "Instant On" for netbooks, but this is on an LCD. ncluding both wireless and wired connectivity options, the Acer DX241H ensures seamless access to available networks for instant Internet access, and with a 24" panel, it should fit nicely into most workrooms.

Without even needing a PC, you can launch an internal web browser to surf away (though don't expect too many advanced features), and thanks to inbuilt clear.fi media sharing, you can watch movies, photos and music that's stored elsewhere on networked devices within the home. This all ships on a 1080p panel, and there's VGA / HDMI ports as well as a built-in card reader. The monitor is slated to ship this May for £299, and hopefully it'll make the trip to America soon enough.

Connect, enjoy and share with DX241H - The Acer Web Surf Station

London, 21st April 2011 – Acer creates the Web Surf Station: the first monitor that lets you surf the web and enjoy your multimedia with no need of a computer!

No more time wasted waiting for the computer to boot when you are in a hurry and all you need to do is a quick web search or communicate with friends. What’s more, with the Acer DX241H you can enjoy and share your multimedia files as well as get instant access to your social networks.

Including both wireless and wired connectivity options, The Acer DX241H ensures seamless access to available networks for instant Internet access. With a 61cm (24”) panel, this display offers plenty of room to comfortably view all web content and multimedia. And, to make your experience totally effortless it comes with an integrated browser.

To launch the browser, just click on the WWW icon on the Web Surf Station home page. Intuitive and easy to use the Web Surf Station browser makes it simple to navigate the Internet. A bar at the bottom of the browser enables you to easily switch to other functions, set the volume, or return to the Main Menu

Pre-loaded on the DX241H is Acer clear.fi media sharing system, an easy to use solution that allows you to enjoy and share photos, music and videos with other devices in the home network, from Picasa™ or Flickr, or from an external storage device like a USB drive or media card.

Enjoying and sharing your multimedia using Acer clear.fi is easy. Once you have opened clear.fi by clicking ion Photo, Music or video on the Web Surf Station, you can choose the content you want to playback from a list of sources:

•       Library contains preloaded samples and files in your device

•       Shared Library contains shared files from other devices in your home network

Select the video, music or photo you wish to playback and start having fun. The Media Control Panel lets you control what you're playing, or switch to other functions.

The Acer DX241H is built to DLNA® standards, meaning not only that it can seamlessly work together with other certified devices, but also that has extended capabilities, such as play, render, find and upload content.

Along with all these innovative functions, the Acer Web Surf Station packs high-end monitor features, to ensure the best viewing experience. Available in 61cm (24”), with Full HD resolution (1920x1080) the DX241H drives jaw-dropping cinematic views of the latest high definition content which are ideal for advanced Full HD gaming and multimedia viewing. With a 16:9 aspect ratio, the perfect size to watch every bit of a movie with no black stripes and the same splendour of a theatre screen.

Featuring up to 80,000:1 contrast ratio, optimized by Acer Adaptive Contrast Management, the DX241H display offers a significant improvement of gradation and detail, especially with dim or bright images thus ensuring a superior visual experience. The play-back of simply flawless videos and games is a given thanks to an awesome 2ms response time that along with Overdrive technology reduces deviations in transition time and allows the display to reproduce true to life moving images.

The DX241H offers a range of ports for effortless integration with other devices. VGA for analogue connectivity; HDMI® enables outstanding high-definition viewing and best uncompressed quality video; USB ports which allows easy connection to other devices and allow instant media playback. The monitor also includes a built-in card reader to quickly share and enjoy multimedia files.

A highly sophisticated design compliments the innovative functional features and gives a touch of class to any environment. The graceful base has a transparent ring around for a richer visual impact, while the teardrop-shaped power key adds a cool touch of class.

The Acer DX241H will be available in May with a SRRP of £299 inc Vat.
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Anyone know if they custom built the OS running on the LCD or if there is some linux flavor that they put on it. Sounds like a neat idea for a kitchen or something.

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omegadraco:

Anyone know if they custom built the OS running on the LCD or if there is some linux flavor that they put on it.....

came across this info http://chromeossite.com/2011/02/21/acer-announces-dx241h-first-chrome-os-device/

"A couple of sites have called Acer and they have confirmed that this device will not run Chrome OS but rather the Chrome Browser. How they will do this is unclear...we'll see how this pans out."

just have to wait and see

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It's not my grandmothers monitor? That is funny, I was just thinking it would be perfect for my grandparents, they would love it. I agree @omega this does sound like a great kitchen device; surf for recipes and cooking shows.

A few sites said it's running chrome os but they are older articles; if it is running chrome os I'm extremely interested.

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next step skype and camera on the monitor will be awesome!!!

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So what are the specs of this rig? HH needs to bench it! :D (no really i would like a review on this) :)

Is there really a market for a monitor with built in web/media only? Would be a lot better to get a all-in-one one...

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This would be awesome for college students or a home kitchen where you have quick access to the internet for browsing, news or specifically google'ing recipes and such in the kitchen, I just hope they don't have the custom OS running something entirely independent, if its something Google chrome or even android based that would increase its functionality and features by 110%, I just wonder what the specs and performance of the browser part of it will be

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This is interesting to me. I'd love to see a review of it. Thinking it would be great for my kitchen as others have suggested but would be interested in comparing the price/specs to an AIO.

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Aren't there "smart" TVs already in the market with those functions? (check Samsung and Sony)

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