The Acer H235H is typical of this class of displays: It’s based on a six-bit TN panel that uses frame-rate control to augment its color depth. The screen delivers 23 inches of viewable area at a native resolution of 1920x1080.
As with nearly all the monitors we tested, we found it necessary to make significant adjustments to the display’s brightness and contrast settings to make the monitor look its best with our DisplayMate benchmark software. But the five touch-sensitive buttons in the Acer’s glossy black bezel and the obtuse icons in its onscreen display make this process extremely frustrating; the onscreen icons don’t line up precisely with the physical buttons and it takes too many button presses to drill down into each menu choice. It takes five button presses, for instance, to make a single brightness adjustment.
Acer has been releasing plenty of new machines as of late, and now it looks like they’re jumping towards the realm of desktops with their latest offerings, the Aspire M5800 Tower, M3800 Tower, X3810 low-profile PC and the H235H monitor.
The M5800 tower will come with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad processor, 8GB of RAM, 1.5GB GeForce GT230 graphics, a 740GB HDD and HDMI out. The M3800 and X3810 are about the same, packing a 2.5GHz Pentium processor and an integrated X4500 GPU. These machines will run you $800, $450 and $529 respectively.
Their monitor, the H235H, measures 23-inches, will support resolutions up to 1080p, sports a 2ms response time, a 160-degree viewing angle and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio for $239.