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Not bad for price, but...
on November 1, 2011
I got a great buy on a Dell XPS8300 gaming rig, so decided to upgrade my 5yr old 20" Sceptre LCD. I've been on the market for a 23"/24" LCD LED for under $200. Based on the reviews I have read online, I must say there is no clear winner/loser when it comes to displays. The important specs to follow are:
Brightness: 250 or 300
Contrast Ratio: 10,000,000:1 (or higher)
Response Time: 5ms (or under)
Top Manufacturers: Dell, Asus, Viewsonic and Samsung
I came across this Acer S232HL at my local Best Buy at a discounted price of $169. Since the floor model was sitting next to a Dell and a Samsung, I was able to do a bit of comparison before buying it. Given it met or exceeded the specs above, and the price was right, I decided to give it a shot.
* Very impressed at how light-weight and thin this display is. I can push this monitor far back against the wall, which opens up free space on my desk!
* The stand is sturdy enough, and offers simple fwd/back swivel movements
* DVI/HDMI/VGA inputs which I think should be included in all displays at this point. I understand DVI is on its way out, but it will be a few years before this is truly the case.
* No speakers and no audio in/out...but who cares. Who actually uses monitor speakers to listen to music?
* The control buttons are not ideal, but once you've configured your settings, you're done.
Display (Side-by-side comparison to 5-year-old Sceptre LCD):
* Acer is much brighter, offers better resolution, and is obviously larger.
* BUT, it appears to me that the text crispness and clarity seem a bit sharper on my old Sceptre LCD. On the Acer, there seems to be a slight haze around the letters which makes them appear unclear. The difference is very minute, but given I am very attentive to details, I notice it.
* While multi-tasking between work and Battlefield 3 each day for the last 3 days, I noticed a slight headache with a focus behind the eyes. Not sure if this is due to the brighter display.
Gaming and 1080P Video Experience:
* Have been playing Battlefield 3 in 1920x1080 resolution, and have not experienced any issues. The response is perfect, and have not experienced any ghosting issues.
* Briefly played Avatar in full 1080p and the picture quality was excellent!
* I am not yet convinced this is the monitor for me. Although my game and video experience has been great, I am less impressed with the crispness and clarify of the simple text on the screen, which to me, is huge!
128GB Sata III SSD
1GB Sata II HD
ATI Radeon 6870 1GB Video