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Acer slims down monitor line

Acer debuts three new LED-based monitors, with purported thin profiles.

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Just as it is in Hollywood, thin is in in the monitor market. A good 60 percent of the monitors I've reviewed recently have touted thin profiles, afforded by their LED backlights.

Ironically, however, the last four Acer monitors I've reviewed have been anything but thin. Luckily, Acer seems poised to change this as this week the company unveils its new S1 Series of monitors. The S1 Series includes 20-inch, 21.5-inch, and 23-inch models, ranging from 13mm thick for the 20-incher and 15mm for the 21.5 and 23-inchers.

According to Acer, the LED backlights in each monitor provide up to 68 percent power savings "compared to a CCFL backlight display," although which one in particular the company compared it with was not made clear.

Each monitor also comes in highly recyclable packaging materials, with all major plastic components properly labeled with the composition code and recycling symbols.

All three monitors include a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the 21.5-inch and 23-inch display models feature a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. Other common specs include 5ms response times and 250 candelas per square meter brightness.

Each comes with a VGA port or DVI port (depending on the model). The 23-inch model also comes with an HDMI port.

The Acer S1 series of displays will be available before the end of the month with a price tag of $169.99 for the 20-inch model (S201HL), $219.99 for the 21.5-inch model (S211HL), and $269.99 for the 23-inch model (S231HL).