Acer took the wraps off a unique new monitor, yesterday – one that aims to make the computer to which it’s connected unnecessary. Drawing on the experience of crafting touchscreen-equipped all-in-one desktops, Acer’s new Web Surf Station offers a new way to browse the web with your fingers.
The DX241H has been shown off for a while, and rumors abounded around CES that the monitor would actually come running Google’s as-yet-unreleased Chrome OS operating system. Something like Chrome OS would be a perfect fit for a device like the Surf Web Station, since Chrome is utterly web-oriented.
As it is, however, Acer is shipping the display with a custom bit of software – very likely a redesigned Linux distribution. The DX241H runs on low-powered Freescale CPUs and can browse the web or play videos and music through Acer’s clear.fi implementation of DLNA home networking. It can also show media stored on memory cards or USB sticks, which can both be plugged directly into the monitor.
The display itself measures 24 inches diagonally and runs at a resolution of 1920×1080. A 2ms refresh rate, 80000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and VGA as well as HDMI ports round-out the specs. Acer expects the monitor to be shipping as soon as May of this year, starting in the UK. The price? A whopping $495, though that includes the UK’s VAT. Would you pay $400 for a touchscreen monitor that can surf the web?