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An in-depth review of a good monitor!,
This review is from: Acer S231HL bid 23-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display - Black (Personal Computers)
Ok so before I comment on these, I wanted to give some qualifications. I am a professional photographer, who loves to have good (not necessarily the newest) tech.
Setting this monitor up was easy, just screw in the stand and you are ready to go. The monitor itself seems solid, and is heavy enough for its size to keep it firmly on the ground. The only problem I had with the build of this monitor was the stand. It seems a little cheap. I'm not worried about it falling over, but I feel as though for the money spent Acer could have gone with a nicer plastic. Another minor annoyance was that the VGA, DVI and HDMI ports are all horizontal instead of vertical. This means two things: (1) heavier cables like DVI pull down and will wear the connection over time, and (2) wall mounting is near impossible without an ungodly gap. It's not hard to have vertical connections, and more people do it nowadays for the above reasons.
This was my first LED monitor, and sadly I only have the Apple LED laptop screens to compare it to (unfair advantage in quality being IPS level). That said at this price point you're not going to get too much better. The LED backlight allows for blacks to look awesome, and there is absolutely no light leakage that one might find on LCD monitors with their (on average) two lights. That said, there was something about this monitor that made it a little sketchy for precision photographical work and graphic design. It had a blue hue to it, which was difficult to remove with several different color correction methods, and displaying gradients was a little tough. After hours of tweaking I did get it to look pretty darn good, which saved this monitor a review star, but since then I have upgraded to an LG IPS. One thing that this monitor was really nice for was as a secondary display in Final Cut Pro. While I used the Apple monitor to edit/color correct, using the Acer helped get an idea of what the average user would see. The anti-glare was flawless though, and didn't wash out colors or blur text as I have seen on other monitors
WHY 4 STARS??
- Quality is not half bad (+)
- Costs almost nothing to run LED (+)
- Anti-glare is some of the best I have seen (+)
- Stand seems a little cheap (-)
- Connection ports horizontal (-)
Overall I would definitely recommend this monitor to someone who wants good quality but who is not willing to pay a premium for that extra bump. I would not recommend it to photographers/graphic artists, but makes an excellent preview screen for video work. For gaming and general usage, this is a great monitor at a competitive price!
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2012 12:39:25 AM PST
Hi, could you explain why you wouldn't recommend this for photographers or graphic artists?
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