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Acer B6 B296CLbmiidprz Black 29" 8ms (GTG) HDMI UltraWide (21:9) LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 (1,000:1) Built-in Speakers

  • 2560 x 1080 8ms (GTG)
  • 100,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
  • DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • UltraWide w/ built-in Speakers
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • John E.
  • 5/24/2015 11:25:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest 29" Ultrawide Monitor for the price

Pros: Adjusts height, tilt, swivel and pivot
4 port USB 3.0 hub, charges devices w/o the power on
Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, even from another source
Comes with all cables needed for input
VESA mounting
Perfect for gaming of all genres
Two monitor experience without the bezels in the middle

Cons: Minor color shift when viewed off center
Speakers are very tinny, and far away.

Other Thoughts: This is the best 29" ultrawide monitor, compared to the others in it's price range. I got it on sale for nearly half of it's retail price. It has all four adjustments that one would look for including height, tilt, swivel and pivot. It has a VESA mount. You can do Picture-in-Picture in four corners, at two different sizes. It also has Picture-by-Picture, but unless the source is a 4:3 ratio, doing so squishes both sources. It even has a four port USB 3.0 hub that the other monitors do not.

The colors are bright and sharp. I even keep it on Eco mode to turn down the brightness and it still looks good. There is some color shift if you look off center. For instance the Newegg website has the tan margins. If looked at around 45 degrees of center, the color turns grey. But why would I look at a monitor off center anyways?

Acer includes all the cables for the different inputs, in case you don't have one, such as a Displayport cable that I didn't have. You can hook up four different sources, one a DVI, one a Displayport and two HDMI sources. I have the GPU using the Displayport and HDMI. I have the HDMI disabled in the nVidia control panel, but I can enable it and use it as an expanded desktop, you know just because. I just switch inputs to view it or show it as PiP. I also have a Chromecast in the second HDMI input and use that in PiP or PbP. Just note that PiP cannot be moved around freely.

The base is nice and heavy, with a textured front half and even a magnetized corner for paperclips. I use it to stick my pen there on the metallic pen clip.

8ms doesn't affect gaming for me, as I can't see any lag whatsoever. All my games so far recognizes it as a 2560 x 1080 monitor, including GTA V and The Witcher 3. The GTX 970 does have a little hit powering the ultrawide, as FPS drops by about 5-10 frames versus 1920 x 1080. You can switch to a lower resolution, and most games will just show black bars on the sides in fullscreen mode. Splintercell: Blacklist does need a little tweaking otherwise things get stretched or squished, depending on the screen ratio you choose in the settings.

All in all, I would recommend this monitor over AOC, ASUS, LG or Dell's offerings. If you can catch this on sale, like around the $300 -$350, jump on it.

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  • Jason H.
  • 4/27/2015 12:09:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs21:9 Monitor Goodness

Pros: * Solid color reproduction and contrast
* 21:9 is excellent for productivity (games and movies too!)
* Lots of input choices
* Priced well ($315 at time of purchase)
* Decent stand
* 3 Year warranty

Cons: * Speakers are horrible
* Some color shift noticeable if viewed off center

Other Thoughts: Because my employer is cheap and has me using ancient and small monitors, I purchased one of these myself to increase my work experience.

First of all the monitor is well packaged. Comes with lots of input cables and overall offers a pretty attractive design. I use a 32" monitor at home, so the width did not wow me, but if you are not used to it large monitors, it will feel big. The vertical height hair more than as a 20" that I have mounted next to it.

Once plugged it, the color and brightness were so much better than the old HP L2045's I have at work. The Acer is much brighter with truer whites and more vibrant colors. I tested some movies in 21:9 like Big Hero 6 and they looked amazing. The experience is really fantastic. Very little adjustments were needed to be made to get everything to my liking.

Before I brought the monitor into work, I did test it with a couple games at home. Dragons Age Inquisition was great in 21:9. I did not notice any ghosting. I did not try any fast twitch shooters, so I cannot comment on input lag, but I can say a light/moderate gaming experience was great.

While at work, the ultra wide presentation allows me a much easier time to actively work multiple applications at one all in my frontal field of view. My only complaint is that due to the width, there is some color shift present at the outside edges. If viewed right in the middle it is not real noticeable, but if off to one side, it becomes somewhat apparent, but it is not a deal breaker and is common with IPS panels.

The speakers that are built in are bad. Yes they reproduce sounds and usually on board speakers are not expected to be very good, so I am not going to fault them. Just do not expect them to impress, because they will not.

Overall I am pleased with the Acer B6 B296BL. At just over $300 it offers plenty of screen real estate, decent pixel density and a good viewing experience. The warranty is great, has a decent stand and is amazing for work or play.

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  • carlton b.
  • 2/26/2015 11:11:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLasted less than 1 year

Pros: Was a good deal at the time for less than 400$.

Cons: Monitor started greying out with less than a year of use. Replaced cables and adjusted settings with no effect.

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  • Eric C.
  • 11/26/2014 8:05:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAcer B296 21:9 Ultrawide

Pros: Plug and play via HDMI under Windows, read Other thoughts if you are using a Mac. Clear picture and text, no problem whatsoever.

Cons: Not all games support this display. However, not a problem to me.

Other Thoughts: I am using Macbook Pro 13 Retina with bootcamp. Windows supports this resolution naturally via HDMI, but not OS X. Since Windows supports this resolution via HDMI, why not OS X, this is a software issue apparently. I did a search and found when you connect MBP to this monitor, OS X thinks this is a TV monitor so picture is great, not text. You need to overwrite OS X display settings. By searching patch-edid.rb on Google and follow the instruction to patch, then you get a beautiful display. I love this monitor, hope the price drops again, I will get a second one!

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  • jeffret g.
  • 8/21/2014 7:48:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good UPDATE

Pros: Matte / anti-glare bezel and screen make this monitor great for placement with a window behind. My window faces north and shines light from behind my desk and this monitor is perfect for viewing during the day unlike the glossy framed / or CRT monitors I have used in the past.

Cons: Vertical viewing angles are limited. Moving even 20 degrees up or down creates a glow effect.

Other Thoughts: I have this monitor mounted on a dual arm(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3C91F38190)
thingamajig. Horizontal viewing angles are pretty good. If you only intend to view this monitor from one position it should be okay but if you plan to sit and stand (and don't have an adjustable-height workstation) then this monitor will suck for you.
Color temperature and contrast are easily adjusted to match an adjacent monitor regardless of the brand because of the exceptional interface of this monitor.

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  • jeffret g.
  • 8/20/2014 8:59:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: Very wide. Very bright. No dead pixels. Good viewing angles vertically and horizontally. USB 3.0 hub! Multiple input options. VESA mount option! Lightweight. Good physical buttons & softkey scheme. Comes with more cables than any monitor I've ever purchased.

Cons: Some bleed/contrast issues -not as good as my 24" ASUS ips monitor. viewing angles are stressed by the width of this monitor so unless I sit middle center I see glow in the corners. Only noticeable in very dark scenes or on a black desktop. Vertically it is still about 1/2" shorter than a 24" 16:9 monitor. :(

Other Thoughts: Totally worth $400. Not worth $600. Refresh rate is great for COD Ghosts. Game plays perfectly at 2560x1080. Games that don't support this resolution still play but with vertical bars on both sides. Movies delivered at 21:9 are memorizing! They are much larger than on a 24" 16:9 monitor (because of letterbox..) I have a 24" 16:9 and this mounted on a dual arm and I have 4 feet of desktop to work with.

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  • Chi P.
  • 7/31/2014 9:44:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Monitor for Hardcore Gamers

Pros: *brilliant colors
*clear/sharp picture
*matte display with no glare
*4 USB 3.0 Ports are built in.
*display can tilt to any viewing position on the fly.
*good build quality all around and quite heavy.
*made Far Cry 3, NFS Shift 2, Guild Wars 2, and BF4 looked awesome at 2560X1080 res.
*21:9 movies became very immersive.
*games played super smooth at 60fps with gtx660ti sli setup at 2560x1080.
*very thin side edges and non-use of glossy plastics made it a cinema-like experience.
*angle viewing is superb with this IPS panel.
*$350 is a fair price for this type of display.
*ability to view 2 full webpages side by side.
*totally outperform my old 27 inch 1920x1080 glossy screen monitor.

Cons: *USB, DVI, and DP cables are 5ft long each, not the standard 6 ft.

Other Thoughts: Ultrawide format is the way to go.

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  • Keith S.
  • 7/19/2014 9:50:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Monitor with 1 minor flaw

Pros: Amazing monitor!!!

No dead pixels
1:4 USB 3.0 port was a great feature
Daisy chaining DP ports for multiple monitors.
Very bright with crisp details.

Cons: Monitor wouldn't turn on. This is a known problem that I've read others have had and had the same solution. If your connecting this monitor with a display port straight out of the box the monitor will NOT turn on or even show a power light.

Just unplug the DP cable and connect something else (hdmi, dvi) and it'll turn on fine. Reconnect DP and you should never see this problem again, even with power cycling. I have no idea why but it's a known issue.

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  • Eric F.
  • 7/15/2014 5:00:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDVI resolution lies

Pros: Great monitor for HDMI or DisplayPort connection. No complaints, stand is great also.

Cons: DVI connection only goes up to 1920x1080, not specified anywhere in product or on website - I did much research before buying and found nothing. After receiving monitor, I called customer support and they confirmed. Either you have to stretch your display awkwardly or you will have black space on the sides. Why bother making that port?

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  • ANDREW T.
  • 6/21/2014 1:28:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBlows other LCDs out of the Water

Pros: Beautiful edgeless IPS panel with LED back-light
Huge viewing angles compared to other non-IPS screens
Very versatile stand
USB 3.0 hub built in
2560x1080 resolution
Supports DP pass-through for daisy-chaining multiple DP LCDs.
Not one dead pixel so far
21:9 aspect ratio for watching cinema-wide movies

Cons: Expensive
60hz refresh rate at the maximum resolution so not the best for gaming

Other Thoughts: Honestly, if it wasn't so expensive, i would replace all of my LCDs with this one. It supports PIP and Side-by-side with two different inputs (DVI/DP) at the same time. The Adobe RGB color profile is natively supported, making images look true to life. It supports 1x1 aspect-ratios so you can view other resolutions without any distortion. I have gamed on this monitor and i just turn on adaptiv V-Sync to there is no tearing due to the low refresh rate of this screen. I have not noticed any ghosting or blurriness when gaming or watching movies. Comes with (6) different types of cables to support any connection to the monitor out of the box! What more can i say.

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