We told you recently about Acer releasing a 27-inch all-in-one display with an ARM processor that was, in effect, a crazily-big Android tablet. And one that could in theory serve some digital signage needs, and be a smaller, more open variant of a Samsung Smart Sign.
Now via Engadget we see that Acer has released a 21.5-inch all-in-one that is effectively an unwieldy Windows 8 tablet, and looks more like a tablet than the 27 inch beast.
The Aspire Z3-600 has Intel’s Pentium J2580 quad-core processor (Intel still markets Pentium???) and a 750GB hard drive. The intriguing thing is that the MSRP is $779, which is not a whole pile more than consumer tablets. There are case where this would do very nicely for things like meeting room screens and office campus directories.
Bear in mind that these are consumer devices, not commercial units. So how well they’d stand up is a big unknown. But there are a LOT of consumer tablets being deployed every day for heavy uses like POS, so the issue might not be all that big.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.