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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
I own two Acer H233H monitors, which was what the H243H replaced. I was about to pick up a third monitor, the H243H, when I decided to check out the reviews on Amazon and compare some specs from the H233H to the H243H. When I brought both products up, I noticed that the reviews seemed a little less favorable for the H243H compared to the H233H, so I gave them a look. I came to a negative review which left only one star because the monitor made a "humming" noise that was intolerable.

I thought it was a bit serendipitous to have come across such an issue when I just realized and resolved it on my own today with both of my monitors.

I never really noticed the humming till recently when running the two of them together. I attributed the "humming" to one of the monitors which I had dropped some time ago - it also happens to be the first of the two that I purchased, which was about 3 years ago, at least.

HOW TO GET RID OF THE HUMMING:

On the monitor, go to Menu > Brightness - adjust to level 100. It's that simple!

With my monitor(s), I had the Brightness set at level 45 or 50 and the Contrast set at level 50. I don't know if that's Default or not because I've screwed around with the settings before (actually recently). Regardless, setting your monitor level to Brightness level 100 will get rid of the "humming" noise. You can try lowering the level and listen as it comes back. As to why it happens to work this way, I don't know. All I do know is that I've done it with both of my monitors and there is no more noise. I also lowered both levels to test and the noise came back in both cases.

More on this monitor:

I can't speak directly for the H243H yet, (I'm heading out to buy one when I finish this review, though because it is on sale!), but my dual H233Hs have been very good to me. I bought the first about 3 years ago, give or take, and it's survived a beating, literally. I've dropped it once, on it's face, which scratched the casing a little, but did no damage to the screen. And just the other night, when I was very frustrated with myself (not my PC or my monitors) I actually took the older of the two monitors and tried bashing the back of it on my knee a few times, then tossed it on my desk when I was done.... When I came to my senses the next day, I cleaned up my mess and hooked everything back up - the monitor works 100%! If anything, I probably did more damage to my knee....

Some other notes:

-I bought the second monitor within a year after buying the first because I was so pleased with the quality and the price.
-As I said, I'm planning to buy third, the H243H, today, which is about an inch bigger and has slightly better specs than the H233H, at least in response time at 2 ms as opposed to 5 ms.
-I've used all three display options with great results: HDMI, DVI, VGA.
-I've owned and used other types of monitors like Samsung and HP, and have a Samsung LCD TV which I've used as a monitor as well, and I really like the Acers better. They are also a much better value.

I definitely recommend any of their monitors (or products for that matter - I had an Acer desktop in the past that served me well).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I love this monitor! you never know how much you need it untill you have it! I've previeously owned a samsung syncmaster 730B loved it, but having this makes it look like a dwarf! I can have two program windows side by side now surf the web and read a pdf at once! The quality on the xbox 360 and ps3 is simply lovely! the only thing that is kind of a bit of a bugger for me is that when switching inputs sometimes it takes a little doing with the touch buttons. It's not as responsive as i would like with the monitor seeing the signal or the touch buttons on the front, however its a minor thing and for me not a huge reason to look else where. No dead pixels it works I love it! OUUU and its VESA wall mountable no one really talks about this but this is the first thing I look for in a monitor! This ability really clears up your desk!

EDIT

Started causing problems with in 5-8months but I don't think this model is made anymore... just as well as it is my last acer anything.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2009
OMG... this monitor was wayy.. bigger than I expected. The colors are really clear and vibrant. NO dead or stuck pixels at all. I really like the touch panel at the bottom of the monitor. If you're reading this. Buy this monitor! You won't regret it!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2009
I bought this 24" LCD monitor to replace my 17" crt. This is one sweet monitor! Right out of the box it worked perfectly. Lots of adjustment options. Vivid, crisp colors. I hooked up my DVD player and enjoyed HD movies in vivid color and detail. For the money, you just can't go wrong with this monitor.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2010
Thie monitor has a real nice display. Picked it up on sale last week for $199, it was a special buy item. The monitor worked great for about 12 days. I turned it on today and is has a power supply humming noise that drove me crazy. Fortunately I was within the 14 day store return period so I just boxed it up and returned it to Staples. There are other people that have posted comments about the noise that this monitor makes. I suspect that one of the components in the power supply has started to fail. Probably a design issue with the components that were selected to build this monitor.

This is my first and will be my last Acer monitor purchase, too bad because the lcd screen is really sharp. I used to like Dell monitors, but they are not the techology leaders any more. I will be looking into LG or Samsung anti-glare monitors.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2009
In a nutshell, this monitor blows everything else I looked at out of the water and was 211.00 to my door. Picture / graphics quality are outstanding!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2010
I just bought this monitor from another source for 200.00, and I can tell you that this is one beautiful monitor. The picture is crystal clear and HUGE. I was going to go with a Dell to match my new XPS 8100, but I decided to try this brand after seeing one at a friends home. I'm glad I did. It's a bargain when you consider that Acer provides all the cables you could possibly need to get it hooked up. No surprise purchases to be made. Just open the box and you're ready. The OSD is a little tricky to figure out at first, but once you get the hang of it you can make you're adjustments. The speakers are so-so, I am buying a set of Logitechs', Z313, with a sub woofer to use instead. They are a great price at Amazon, and I'm sure they'll be fine with the new monitor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2010
I picked this monitor up at a local retailer and couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. The unit has a nice understated design, although the touch buttons are a little quirky at times (functional, but a bit unresponsive). Picture quality is excellent and the matte screen is good for office environments. A big plus that this and the other Acer monitors have is the inclusion of HDMI, VGA and DVI cables in the box! This is really convenient and saves the annoyance of purchasing another overpriced cable. One reviewer mentioned having problems running 1080p resolution on VGA, but all three of my connection types worked on max resolution with no issues. To sum up, this monitor has been a fantastic addition to my computing experience and is an awesome value!

Pros:
Fantastic size, resolution, contrast ratio, and color accuracy
Lowest priced 24-inch widescreen monitor
Includes HDMI, VGA, and DVI connections and cables!
Nice understated design
Matte screen

Cons:
Speakers are lame (as expected)
Touch buttons are a bit unresponsive
No audio out or USB bridge
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2010
I have never written a review of anything before, but this monitor is so awesome I had to! I have like 6 monitors and this is the only one that makes me happy. It is huge, cheap, good resolution and colors, well-designed exterior (and packaging!), and came with ALL THREE KINDS OF CABLES!!! HDMI, VGA, and DVI. Unheard of! For the last several years most monitors have come with only VGA, which is the stupidest thing ever in our digital world. I love it - I actually have two, and I'm thinking about getting another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2010
Three or four months ago, our OEM HP 19" LCD display finally bit the dust after many years of faithful service and abuse by the grandkids. ;-)

Bought an Acer H233H at the local Staples (great folks BTW), didn't like the sound output and returned it for an Acer H243H. Same issue but more on that later. This is an absolutely fantastic product. They should keep making these for at least a decade (as if). Looks great and worked perfectly with my old HP with it's stock NVidia GeForce 6200SE display adapter and Windows XP MCE OS. We just plugged it into the VGA port, right-clicked the computer's screen resolution setting to 1920 x 1080 and never looked back. It is so nice to be able to edit HTML on one side and watch the resulting page (and/or a movie on the other side :-).

We were blessed with no mis-behaving pixels. And, no moire effects at any angle. No odd shading in corners and the like. The non-glare screen works great (my home office sits right next to a south-facing window). The base sits solid even when the grandson leans on it to trace a picture onto paper with a pencil or pen (oh yes - and at least he isn't using my exacto knife like he did once with the HP display - it survived that BTW which says something for HP material specs). Display and input selection switch worked fine when we connected a 1080P bluray player via HDMI to try that out.

About the sound. Well. Any good electrical engineer from the analog days can tell you that 1 true watt of sound should be able to drive one out of the room. I'm guessing that the 1 watt rating is some consumer rating trick espoused by some government agency. It does not help any at all that the speakers are aimed out the BACK of the display housing. My solution was to fabricate a curved deflector and tape it to the back of the display to deflect the sound forward. It actually works pretty good. We're still not going to shake the rafters but it will do. Most probably won't even notice since many folks (and all serious gamers) employ separate speaker systems anyhow.

So the display gets five stars from me.
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