Acer H235H review: Acer H235H

Unreal Tournament 3 looked great running at 1,920x1,080 pixels with vibrant colors. Its contrast ratio was decent, compared with the P2370's more pronounced presentation. We saw no signs of input lag, blurring, or streaking during fast movement.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, 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. Since most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies depending on the monitor. Like most monitors, the Acer H235H uses a TN panel, which gets overly bright or overly dark when viewed from nonoptimal angles. When we viewed the Asus from the sides or below and only a couple inches from optimal, the screen appeared to darken. From the sides and below, text is still readable until viewing from about 70 degrees. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In the power consumption tests, the Acer H235H drew 35.71 watts in its Default/On mode--compared with the Samsung SyncMaster P2370's lower 29.44 watts. The Acer's standby mode drew 1.4 watts compared with the P2370's 0.85 watt. Based on our formula, the H235H would cost $11.63 per year to run, compared with the P2370's $9.37 per year.

In audio tests, sound from the built-in speakers was muffled, but we reached the maximum volume easily without any noticeable distortion.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Juice box
Asus VH236H Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 35.71
On (max luminance) 40.27
On (min luminance) 20.11
Sleep 1.41
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 32.93
Annual energy cost $11.63
Score Poor

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Service and support
Acer backs the H23H 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; at the time of posting, however, drivers for the monitor could not be found online.

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