Acer H233H review:

Acer H233H

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front of it, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels that get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Acer h233H uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

At their highest volume, sound from the H233H's built-in speakers was tinny, harsh, and sounded as if it lacked enough bass to balance the sound. The speakers are on the top- back of the monitor, which makes them prone to sounding muffled. The speakers don't deliver great sound by any stretch, but it's OK after some getting used to.

Juice box
Acer H233H Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 38.6
On (max luminance) 45.45
On (min luminance) 20.34
Sleep 1.09
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 41.67
Annual power consumption cost $12.27
Score Poor

In our power consumption tests, the Acer H233H had a fairly low On/Default power draw of 38.6 watts; high for a CCFL-based monitor of this size, but only little more than 8 points higher than the LED-based Samsung SyncMaster XL2370's 30.09 watts. However, when turned to their maximum respective brightness's, the Samsung stays at 30.09 watts, while the Acer H233H climbs to a rating of 45.45 watts. The Acer's standby power draw is a fairly low 1.09 watts, while the Samsung's is higher at 1.42 watts. According to our formula, the annual power consumption cost of the H233H would be higher than the Samsung, totaling $12.27 and $9.96, respectively.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
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Acer H233H

Contrast ratio
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Acer H233H
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DisplayMate tests
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Service and support
Acer backs the H233H with a three-year limited parts and labor warranty that covers the backlight; this is standard coverage compared with other monitor vendors. E-mail support is provided via a form on Acer's Web site and drivers for the display are available there as well.

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