Acer T230H review: Acer T230H

The T230H achieved a brightness score of 230 candelas per square meter (cd/M2) and a very low contrast ratio of 320:1. By comparison, the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 posted a brightness and contrast ratio of 344 cd/m2 and 1008:1 respectively. This low contrast ratio can be attributed to the display's incapability to display a close approximation to black. Its black is more of a medium gray.

We used the T230H's Movie preset to check out "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" on DVD and a number of 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. We also looked at the same movies on Samsung's XL2370. In both "Kill Bill" and the 1080p movies, we found that the T230H had an overall green tint to its images when directly compared with the XL2370. In the User preset, we noticed the monitor over saturates colors near peak white, but in the Warm preset, the saturation isn't anywhere near as pronounced and colors are more accurate.

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 and noticed no signs of input lag or any streaking or ghosting during fast movement. Colors in games on the Acer T230H looked muted compared with the full and vibrant colors we saw on the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370. We recommend the Warm preset when playing games.

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 non-optimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from non-optimal angles. The Acer T230H uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceived the screen darken about 6 inches off from center. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

The T230H includes touch-screen support if running on a Windows 7 system. Thanks to Windows 7's support for large icons, we were able to accurately "click" them for the most part, although we still preferred the mouse for all applications. Also, since the screen doesn't tilt 90 degrees back (it tilts back only 15 degrees), which would make using this functionality easier on the arms, you'll find your arms get fatigued quite easily after only a few minutes of use.

At the highest volume, sound from the Acer T230H's built-in speakers was tinny and harsh, as it lacked enough bass to balance the sound. The speakers are located on the top, back of the monitor, so they were prone to sounding a bit muffled. The speakers don't deliver great sound by any stretch, but once you get used to it, it's not uncomfortable to listen to.

Juice box
Acer T230H Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 37.62
On (max luminance) 45.6
On (min luminance) 12.4
Sleep 0.82
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 34.8
Annual power consumption cost $11.79
Score Fair
In our power consumption tests, the Acer T230H had an average On/Default power draw of 37.62 watts, which is over seven points higher than the LED-based Samsung SyncMaster XL2370's 30.09 watts. However, when turned to their maximum respective brightnesses, the Samsung stays put at 30.09 watts, whereas the Acer T230H climbs to a wattage rating of 45.5. The T230H's standby power is a fairly low 0.82 watts, whereas the Samsung's is higher at 1.42 watts. According to our formula, the annual cost of the T230H would be higher than the Samsung's $9.96, totaling $11.79.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SP2309W
297 
Acer H243H
290 
Acer H233H
251 
Acer D240H
239 
Acer T230H
230 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer H243H
885:1 
Acer D240H
876:1 
Acer H233H
818:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:1 
Acer T230H
320:1 

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer D240H
88 
Acer H233H
87 
Acer H243H
87 
Acer T230H
86 

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Service and support
Acer backs the T230HH 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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Where to Buy

Acer T230H

Part Number: ET.VT0HP.001

MSRP: $329.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 23 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.265 mm
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9