In recent months, a few major PC manufacturers like Acer, HP, and Lenovo have taken a crack at desktop systems that run Android rather than Windows. While AOC is hardly in the same league, it joins the crowd with its new mySmart All-in-One PCs.
Best known for its computer monitors, AOC didn't have to stretch too far for its two mySmart machines, which merely add a lower-power computer to 22-inch and 24-inch displays. Because Android is a mobile OS, after all, it doesn't require top-end specs to function — and mySmart clearly doesn't offer them. Instead, you get an Nvidia Tegra T33 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage to handle Android 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich. Either version features 1,920x1,080 (full HD) resolution and is obviously touchscreen-enabled to make use of the OS.
Also included are the usual connectivity options and accoutrements, such as built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, VGA, and HDMI ports, four USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, and webcam. Oddly, a keyboard apparently is not included as part of the package, though you can easily add your own via the Bluetooth or USB connection. The integrated stand is foldable, so you can lay the mySmart flat to use like a massive tablet.
Not massive is the price for either mySmart PC. They are now available for just $299.99 for the 22-inch A2272PW4T and $399.99 for the 24-inch A2372PW4T. In comparison, HP's Slate21 Pro All-in-One costs $379.99 for a 21.5-inch display, though it comes with twice the storage of the mySmart and a Tegra 4 processor, includes a keyboard and mouse, and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Meanwhile on its website, Lenovo says its N308 19-inch Android All-in-One is sold out.
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