The Good The Acer H243H has a decent price, good overall performance, a satisfying assortment of connection options and cables, and has built-in speakers.
The Bad The Acer H243H lacks ergonomic features, has copious backlight bleed-through, and oversaturates colors in one of its presets.
The Bottom Line The Acer H243H is a good-performing general-purpose monitor with a welcome number of connection options.
The Acer H243H is a 24-inch version of the H233H. Both monitors are similar with only price and a few design minor differences between them. Acer sells the smaller H233H for $209, and you can find the H243H can for as low as $240. The monitors include DVI, VGA, and HDMI connectors as well as the required cables for each; a welcome novelty we hope more vendors start including. The displays have built-in speakers and perform well when playing games and watching movies, with the H243H having a slight performance edge thanks to its low black level. Like the H233H, the Acer H243H is a great, cheaper alternative to the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370; however, its good performance is not quite in the same league as the XL2370.
Design and features
The 24-inch Acer H243H is a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor with a glossy, black bezel and foot stand. The oval-shaped foot stand is 10.6 inches wide and 7 inches deep. The distance from the bottom of the monitor's bezel to the desktop is about 2.6 inches. The back of the panel is a smooth, black matte and is relatively flat. The panel measures 1 inch thick with its connection options and ventilation system adding another 1.5 inches of thickness, bring the full thickness to 2.5 inches. The panel's full width measures 22.6 inches. The angular bezel measures 0.8 inch wide on the sides and the screen has a slightly frosty matte finish. Unfortunately, the H243H's screen height isn't adjustable and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option for portrait mode. Its capability to tilt back 15 degrees is its only ergonomic feature.
The H243H's connection options include one HDMI, one DVI, and a single VGA port. In a rare move by a monitor vendor, Acer includes cables for all three connections as well as an audio cable for the built-in speakers. All of the monitors connections sit on the back right of the panel and are easily accessible, as they aren't tucked into the monitor too far. On the back of the H243H are four holes for mounting the display to a wall, VESA-style.
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