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5.0 out of 5 stars Great monitor for the price, January 31, 2012
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This review is from: Acer S201HL bd 20-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display - Black (Personal Computers)
I managed to get my monitor for $90, and I think it's absolutely great, especially compared to my old 14 inch CRT monitor. Here's a list of pros and cons.

Pros:
-Relatively cheap
-Large 20 inch viewing area
-1600x900 high resolution
-Very bright!
-Super thin and only weighs a few pounds
-Very energy efficient compared to a CRT and even an LCD monitor. Only uses about 13 watts.
-Beautiful color
-White colors are actually white unlike my LCD monitors' dull yellow whites
-The screen tilts vertically

Cons:
-No labels on OSD control buttons makes it hard to change brightness, contrast, etc
-Power button on bottom can be difficult to press
-Glossy black edges, base, and neck scratch very easily
-Appears to be edge-lit, not back-lit. Results in a glow around the edges, which is only noticeable in a dark room, or while the monitor is displaying a mostly black screen.
-Not 1080x1920 resoltion. 1600x900 is still good, and this screen is probably to small to display 1080p well anyway, so not a big problem. Pay $30 more for a 21+ inch monitor if you want full HD.
Edit 12/6/13: Screen originally would not tilt, but I finally figured out why. If you take apart the stand there is a metal bracket with two nuts. The monitor came with these way too tight. I loosened them up a bit so they could barely move, and now the screen tilts vertically. I imagine that a lot of these came with the mount too tight, but since no manual came with this, I and others assumed the monitor was just built like that.

Overall, this is a great budget monitor. Unless you think the bright edges will annoy you, get this, and you won't be disappointed.

Edit 3/31/13: I've changed my review to 5 stars because I've had it for quite a while now and it's still great. I've never noticed the bright edges, and I'm loving it.
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Initial post: Feb 12, 2012, 10:19:18 PM PST
Goldfinger says:
Thanks for the review....According to the specs, its about 13.75" in height. Is that with the stand included or just the monitor by itself? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012, 5:15:16 PM PST
JM says:
That's including the stand. It measures ~9.75" vertically and ~17" horizontally. The horizontal divided by vertical measurements equal a ratio of about 1.77, which is equal to a 16x9 aspect ratio. Also, the border around the screen is 1/2", in case you were wondering.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012, 10:52:11 AM PDT
Thank you for the screen dimensions. I've been looking everywhere for them. I'm assuming that would translate into at least a 3 inch height off the desk

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012, 9:18:14 AM PDT
JM says:
I just measured that and yes, including the border it's between 2.5 and 2.75 inches off the desk. That's because the bottom border of the screen is actually a bit larger and tapers towards the ends. The screen itself begins 3.25 inches above the desk. I'm not sure if that was helpful, but I hope it was

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 9:02:30 AM PST
Frog Leg says:
Hi regarding your Con about No labels on OSD control buttons makes it hard to change brightness, contrast, etc. I used the graphics card in the computer to adjust everything. It came out perfect, The card was an intergrated card but it has many adjustments.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012, 11:55:04 AM PST
JM says:
Oh, alright. Thanks for the tip, I'll try that some time if I need to

Posted on Apr 3, 2013, 1:00:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2013, 1:03:42 AM PDT
Thanks for the review! I'm about to buy this monitor to plug my MacBook Air into it to have a larger screen when I'm at home. Do you think this will be good for that? It works good on a Dell monitor so I'm guessing it'll be good on this one as well but just wondering. Also, I'm a programmer and the background color of my code editor (Sublime Text 2) isn't black but it is still a darker color... do you think the light around the edges will show up? Here's a screenshot of the editor so you can see the background color: http://content.screencast.com/users/NathanCJohnson/folders/Jing/media/48135e60-7705-4050-b6c8-9082daa4a246/00000607.png

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013, 4:49:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2013, 4:55:07 PM PDT
JM says:
I'm pretty sure you won't notice it at all. As I'm checking now, the glow is pretty faint even with a black screen and dark room. I wouldn't worry about it. Sorry for the late reply, hope you like the monitor.
Edit: It may help to know that I keep the brightness and contrast all the way at 0 usually. I just pushed it to standard brightness and realized how bright this thing is by default. With default brightness the white is somewhat noticeable when the room is dark and the picture's dark, but I'd recommend keeping it down anyway just for your eyes.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013, 7:33:18 AM PST
Ryan says:
I actually found the power button to be extremely easy to find and use. I really liked that feature on this monitor, unlike some others where it is hidden on the side and hard to reach.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2013, 8:09:07 AM PST
JM says:
Oh yeah, the power button is definitely easy to find. I think the buttons next to it are kind of hard to use though, since they're not labeled. That's hardly a problem though since I don't mess with brightness every day, and it's easy to get used to.
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