Acer S243HL

The Acer S243HL offers 24-inches of screen real estate, a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels and a 2ms response time

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Acer S243HL A massive screen with a massive base
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  April 3, 2011

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Key Specs

Audio: Y
Brightness: 250cd/m2
Connections: 1x D-Sub, 2x HDMI
Contrast ratio: 8,000,000:1 (ACM)
Native resolution: 1,920 x 1,200

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Of the two Acer LCD screens here the S243HL is the larger and pricier option. It offers 24-inches of screen space and can be yours for US $326.

We found the Acer extremely good value-for-money; it is the least expensive 24-inch LCD screen in this test and offers the most distinctive and solid base. The base is L-shaped and because of its weight, plants the monitor to the desk with a firmness not offered by any other screen. The base also features space-age-esque buttons with which you can control the LCD's OSD. Unfortunately, the OSD itself isn't particularly good to look at, or use.

Hooking the screen up to our test rig via HDMI, we found ourselves impressed with its performance. The combination of its 24-inches of screen space and native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels meant that it effectively offered more screen space than every other LCD screen.

The high resolution also meant that the Acer returned the sharpest rendition of the Windows desktop and every other application and game that ran at the screen's native resolution without any down-sampling.

With a brightness rating of 250cd/m2 the S243HL proved bright and while colours were vibrant, there weren't unnatural. The screen's viewing angles were also quite wide on both the horizontal and vertical fronts.

Verdict: An aggressively priced LCD screen that’s supremely capable in the visual department. An exceptional value-buy.

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