Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz; An In-Depth Review

Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz is a Chrome-based all-in-one desktop that provides decently large display, paired with fast hardware for Google web-centric OS.  So far, it’s one of the two all-in-one Chrome-based desktop in the world today (with the other one LG Chromebase). It is very easy to use, and packs decent performance and convenient features, such as the Full HD touchscreen, all for an affordable price. But what makes it a good deal for your money? Is Chrome-based all-in-one desktop really a good investment? Check out in our in-depth review here in Dual Monitors Guide.

Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

Acer DC221HQ is for anyone looking for an entry-level all-in-one desktop with decent specs and performance and constantly needs access to huge cloud storage space. It doesn’t offer anything special, but it’s pretty good in what it’s expected to do, especially for everyday computing tasks that requires using Google Docs and Google Drive.

 

Benefits

Sporting 2.1GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-core processor with 4GB Memory, the Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz presents pretty decent specs for fast and smooth performance.  Though the on-board storage of 16GB is quite limited, they bundle it with Google Drive storage space of 100GB, free for the next 24 months (after which, it will only cost $1.99/month).

 

Limited to Google Web-Centric Tasks, But Relatively Fast and Smooth, Great for Basic Computing

Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz (image from Amazon)


As with other computer in the market sporting Chrome-based Operating System, The Acer DC221HQ bwmicz also can’t run any Windows programs, such as Microsoft Word. This could be a challenge for people who have grown familiar with Windows OS all their life. However, Google provides their Google Docs and Google Sheets, which are basically the two things you would use for general computing.

 

Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz (image from Amazon)


As with other computer in the market sporting Chrome-based Operating System, The Acer DC221HQ bwmicz also can’t run any Windows programs, such as Microsoft Word. This could be a challenge for people who have grown familiar with Windows OS all their life. However, Google provides their Google Docs and Google Sheets, which are basically the two things you would use for general computing.

Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz (image from Amazon)


It comes with a fully-adjustable articulating stand that lets you adjust the monitor, until it’s fully horizontal, making it easy to use its touchscreen. The stand is also spring-loaded, so when you pull the screen back towards you, the screen will prop back to its upright position easily.

Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz (image from Amazon)


The screen itself is fairly reflective, which can be a hindrance if you’re working on a well-lit environment. Image quality however, is good, thanks to the Active Matrix TFT Color LCD panel.

 

Connectivity Options

For basic general computing, this Chromebase PC can work as a standalone computer. It comes with some of the basic inputs/outputs you need to video interface, such as HDMI port on the backside of the cabinet. There are also 2 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, and a rear panel that pops off to reveal a USB 3.0 port, SD card slot and audio jack.

For its wireless connectivity, it has Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n wireless.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

 

Though using Chrome-based computers such as Acer DC221HQ will limit your options and lose out on traditional programs for Windows, it also comes with some advantages that may be worth considering. For one, you can use your Google account to login to the system, which will automatically sync and apply your global preferences to the all-in-one PC. This makes your Google Docs, Google Drive, and email to be instantly accessible. A feature that is quite hard to beat in terms of ease of use. All you need is an internet connection, of course.

In terms of robust system, Lenovo C260 Touch is a little better than this Acer PC, as it sports quad-core Intel Pentium Processor and pair it with 500GB hard drive. Acer DC221HQ however, is more efficient in what it can do.

All in all, the Acer Chromebase DC221HQ bwmicz is an affordable choice for all-in-one PC. It may not stand out in any specific area, but it’s definitely a good option if your work revolves around the need for huge cloud storage space and constant access to a network. Its display is touchscreen, which is fancy, but not necessarily easier than the traditional mouse. There are of course, tons of home and commercial setups to utilize the system and make quick-stop terminal than full PC replacement.

It offers better hardware than its competitor LG Chromebase, and a little cheaper. Asus M400u is a little more expensive, though it lacks the power and built-in display and peripherals. Acer DC221HQ’s biggest rival in the entry-level all-in-one desktop is the Lenovo C260 Touch, which is even though a little pricier, packs strong performance, huge storage and more importantly, full Windows compatibility.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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