Acer H233H review: Acer H233H

We used the H233H's Movie preset to check out "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on DVD and several 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. We also compared it with the same movies playing on Samsung's XL2370. In both Kill Bill and the 1080p movies, we found that the XL2370 and H233H were nearly identical in their color accuracy. Each monitor delivered fairly deep colors that didn't over-saturate many bright scenes. For example, one scene includes an abundance of clouds that each monitor displayed brightly, while retaining the clouds' detail. The XL2370's clouds were noticeable brighter though, thanks to its high maximum brightness.

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament III and noticed no signs of input lag or any streaking or ghosting during fast movement. The Acer H233H's colors in games looked nearly as full and vibrant as we saw while playing them on the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370. The XL2370's higher brightness gives the colors the extra oomph they need to really pop. Overall, games looked better when using the default User preset, and not the Graphics preset.

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)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W
297 
Acer H233H
251 
MAG GML2427
221 
Acer S243HL
217 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer H233H
818:1 
MAG GML2427
672:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:1 
Acer S243HL
238:1 

DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer H233H
87 

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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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Acer H233H

Part Number: H233H

MSRP: $219.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 23 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.265 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 40000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9