39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
cheap, but irritatingly bad vertical viewing angle
, November 25, 2012
This review is from: Acer G236HL Bbd 23-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (Personal Computers)
I can't argue with the price, (in my case I picked it up on black friday at staples for $109).
It is crisp and bright, but the viewing angle is insanely narrow. What's worse, the viewing is OK from side to side, up and down is what makes the difference. If you adjust the monitor for one viewing angle, then move your head up just six inches, the picture will go from really good contrast to brighter and washed out. Imagine going from slouching in your chair to sitting up straight, that's way more than enough to make you have to reposition the monitor. If you walk up to your desk, and want to type something quick, the screen is totally washed out, you'll have to sit down, or tilt the monitor up quite bit to read it.
To add to the problem, the tilt stand is very limited in how far it will pivot. You may have to set it on a book to make it appear right.
This is more frustrating, because I bought this on the basis on my older Acer 19" monitor, that has been a work horse for the last 3 - 4 years.
Side notes: the unit does come with a VGA cord, but you will have to supply your own DVI cable. The power supply is a small brick type, as opposed to an AC cord that goes all the way to the monitor.
Summing up: If you only have $109 and can't squeezed out any more, it does look great from a proper viewing angle, but I'd cough up some more money and buy something different
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