CNET First Look
Acer H235HThe Acer H23H has good overall performance but can't quite compare with its contemporary in value.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi everyone. This is Eric Franklin and welcome back to your favorite CNET First Look segment, as voted on by you, the fans. Actually that's not true at all. I just like to say that to make myself feel better about my life and my job. It's sad really, but we should probably move on at this point. Today we're looking at the Acer H235H. Now what's the deal with the two Hs? I'm not really sure. Doesn't make any sense to me, but I guess it's not really that important. What is important is the sleekness of this monitor. It has this glossy, flat, black bezel that at the bottom slopes back like this. And this is actually where the speakers are located. The speakers, even when taken to their maximum volume, still sounded kind of muffled to our ears. But luckily we didn't hear any kind of distortion when at that high volume. The flip stand, while stylish and fancy-looking, was actually kind of narrow compared to the 23-inch screen that it's trying to support and it actually kind of makes the monitor a wobbling fool when knocked from the sides. Yeah, so you sacrifice some stability for good looks, which I guess is kind of like dating a model. Now imagine a model with no screen height adjustability, swiveling or pivoting. Sure, she tilts back about 25 degrees, but how often is that really going to come into play? Or maybe I just have no imagination or possibly too many sensors to go into this deeper. My point is, that while the display looks pretty, it doesn't really have that many useful features. It does have a glossy, blue back, which is really nothing special, but kind of makes it stand out among the sea of jet black competitors. There are two grooves here on the back that keep the cords nice and tidy. And thankfully there's nothing blocking the connection options. Their connection options do include HDMI, DVI and BGA. Instead of buttons, the stylish OSD includes this invisible touchpad designated by these blue LED lights. Navigating was easy all around and the controls include the usual suspects of brightness, contrast and color. We tested the ACER and its DVI connection. In [inaudible] we found that while the colors were decent, it looked kind of washed out in comparison to similar monitors. Games saw no sign of input lag, but again the colors just didn't have that kind of pop that we wanted. Power costs are fairly high but not astronomical. According to our test, the Acer would cost you about $12 a year to run compared to $9 a year to run for the Samsung P2370. The Acer has a list price of $240. Not a bad price for a high-def 23-incher. Still, there are other similarly priced 23-inchers out there that offer more bang for the buck. Check on my full review at CNET.com for more information. Once again, this is Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the Acer H235H.