Acer H243H review: Acer H243H

We used the H243H'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 looked at the same movies on Samsung's XL2370 and the Acer H233H. In both" Kill Bill" and the 1080p movies, we found that the H243H has an overall green tint to its images; something we didn't see with either the H233H or XL2370. All three monitors delivered fairly deep colors and didn't oversaturate too many of them in bright scenes. For example, one scene includes an abundance of clouds that each monitor displayed brightly while retaining the clouds' detail. On the XL2370, the clouds were noticeably brighter than they were on the H233H and the H243H, thanks to the XL2370's high maximum brightness levels.

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament III on the H243H didn't see signs of input lag, streaking, or ghosting during fast movement. The Acer H243H colors in games on looked nearly as full and vibrant as what we saw on the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370. However, the monitor oversaturates colors when we switched to the graphics setting. This was something the H233H didn't do and made text in games look less sharp on the H243H. We recommend using the default User preset for playing games. With User selected, the games colors are less saturated and the text is sharper than when using the Graphics preset.

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. 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, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The Acer H243H 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 H243H'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 H243H Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 33.6
On (max luminance) 38.6
On (min luminance) 17.7
Sleep 0.78
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 30.4
Annual power consumption cost $10.57
Score Fair

In our power consumption tests, the Acer H243H had a fairly low On/Default power draw of 33.6 watts, which is five points lower than the smaller Acer H233H, but a little more than three points higher than the LED-based Samsung SyncMaster XL2370's 30.09 watts. However, when turned to their maximum respective brightness levels, the Samsung stays put at 30.09 watts, the Acer H243H climbs to 38.6 watts, and the H233H hits 45.45 watts. The H243H's standby power draw is a fairly low 0.78 watts, while the Samsung's is higher at 1.42 watts, and the H233H's hits 1.09 watts. According to our formula, the annual power consumption cost of the H243H would be higher than the Samsung's $9.96 cost, totaling $10.57 with the H233H coming in at $12.27.

Brightness (cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W
297 
Acer H243H
290 
Acer H233H
251 
MAG GML2427
221 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer H243H
885:1 
Acer H233H
818:1 
MAG GML2427
672:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:1 

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer H233H
87 
Acer H243H
87 

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Service and support
Acer backs the H243H with a three-year limited parts and labor warranty that covers the backlight; this is standard coverage compared with other monitor vendors. Acer provides e-mail support via a form on its Web site as well as provides drivers for the display there as well.

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Where to Buy

Acer H243H

Part Number: ET.FH3HP.002

MSRP: $259.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DVI
  • Diagonal Size 24 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 40000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
About The Author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.