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Pros: * Excellent Price and quality IPS panel ($150)
* Image quality is great
* 3 video inputs
* 3 year warranty
* Looks great with thin bezels
* Good viewing angles
* Solid for Gaming
Cons: * Stand only tilts
* No VESA mount
Overall Review: I purchased the Acer G257HL for my son a few weeks ago to replace a old 24" Samsung TN monitor that was almost 8 years old. Comparing the two next to each other is night and day. The color accuracy, black levels and lack of black light bleed of the Acer kills the old Samsung. The viewing angles are good and there is little color shifting on this panel. The default settings out of the box were quite good and required little fiddling to get where we wanted them. 25" is about the biggest you can go for 1080p and maintain solid clarity, I have a 27" Asus 1080p monitor and the pixel density really leaves something to be desired at that size.
I did not take any measurements, but lag and ghosting seemed pretty small to non existent and the panel offered a very enjoyable gaming experience. My son plays lots of FPS games and absolutely loves this monitor. Movies also look fantastic on it.
Aesthetically it looks great with very slim bezels. The only real knock is the somewhat cheap stand. It sits a little lower than I prefer and only tilts. There is no VESA mount, so there is limited options for fixing that complaint.
The Monitor comes with 3 video inputs, which is great for this price point and Acer offers a 3 year warranty which is solid as well. Overall I am very pleased. At $150 I give it 5 stars, but at $200 I'd give it 4 mostly because of the lack of a VESA mount since the stand is so limited.
Pros: nice size screen
very thin bezel, which helps keep the overall size of the monitor as small as possible
3 inputs - hdmi, dvi, and vga
looks clean and crisp in all 3 inputs
extremely light in weight
emits minimal heat
Cons: The height of the monitor is not adjustable. And the stand is abnormally taller than other monitors I've used. You can only tilt the monitor up, not down. The input settings doesn't allow you to force it to a specific input. If it doesn't see a signal, it will automatically change to another input until it finds a signal.
My biggest gripe is the stand attachment. It doesn't snap securely into the monitor, like all other monitors I've ever purchased. The buttons are located on the underside of the monitor. In order to push a button, I must push up against the monitor. And because of the poor design of the stand attachment, every time I press a button, the monitor literally wobbles from side to side (picture a ship). I have to hold the left side up in order to keep the monitor from moving. It becomes quite annoying for someone who changes inputs quite often. Since I purchased 2 of these, I placed them right up against each other, and taped them both together from the back, so that they don't move when I tap the buttons.
Overall Review: Graphics wise, I didn't notice anything significant.
The fact that the monitor doesn't weigh anything may be an attributing factor to the wobbling.
The monitor doesn't use a standard power cord. It uses a power adapter.
Pros: - 1440p display is very crisp and very clear (1080p doesn't look as good now). Its kind of crazy, Battlefield 1, compared to 1080p looks just so much clearer and more crisp. Its one of those things you have to experience in person.
-IPS panel is very pretty and colorful. It seems a little bit better then my 1080p IPS.
-Build quality is actually not that bad. Most of the stand is metal with some black plastic on top of the stand. That silver long strip on the bottom bezel isn't metal, but its a nice quality plastic.
-In built speakers are, decent. Better then my previous monitor but I still use external speakers.
-Bluelight and Flickerfree is a plus, always like using that.
Cons: -sRGB mode does practically nothing. Only difference was the brightness.
-Even though in the User quick guide (yes I actually looked at that) the V-Frequency goes up to 76Hz, so I figured oh hey. Must be a 75Hz display. Nope its not, just a 60Hz display, tried 75Hz and wasn't able to get it.
Overall Review: I'll put some specs on here that Newegg nor Acer for that matter has on their website.
Driving System: TFT Color LCD
Response Time: 4ms (G to G)
H-Frequency: 31kHz - 89kHz
V-Frequency: 56 - 76Hz
Energy Efficiency Class: B
Input Connectors: HDMI 19-Pin, DVI Dual Link, DP
The 1080p monitor I was comparing it to is the Acer G257HL
Pros: Cheap...REALLY cheap for an IPS panel monitor
Excellent color and picture reproduction as commended by IPS panel technology
The stand actually tilts
1/2 inch bezels, with the exception of the bottom beezel which is 1 inch, making it great for multi monitor setups.
Love the shiny black finish.
When you press a button...any button...to adjust the picture, a window pops up to show you what button you're pressing and what each button will do next if you press them. This is cool so you don't have to look behind (or in this case below) the monitor to see what buttons you're pressing. Plus I have these monitors in a very dark environment so that window helps out a lot.
This window doesn't apply to the pwr button as it is not needed. Just press underneath and a little to the right of the led to turn the monitor off/on or feel it as the power button is the button to the rightmost side of the monitor.
when you're trying to adjust the picture of the monitor, the adjustment window is off to the side and not in the middle of all the action so you can actually SEE the results of what you're adjusting.
The screen is quite bright. (can be both a pro and a con)
Cons: The major con and issue I have with this monitor is back-light bleed. It's not the worst but not the best either. From my point of view I think the degree of back-light bleed is below average for LCD screens. I can work with everything else on this list but this is something that's holding me back from giving it a 5 star review.
It appears to me that Acer intended this monitor for daytime and office use with a lot of light and I use these monitors in the dark. But if it's not too much effort for Acer to fix this issue and still give it a killer price tag, they should definitely do it.
Part of the stand is not removable once you install it on the monitor out of the box. This can be an issue if you wish to return it so I strongly suggest you TEST the monitor to see if it actually WORKS and if the picture does meet your standards BEFORE you install the stand.
The screens on these monitors do tend to glare as it says on the specifications tab. If this is an issue for you, I suggest getting an anti glare screen protector for these monitors. (minus 1 inch on the height of the screen protector as the bottom bezel on the monitor is not level with the rest of the screen)
Stand tilt friction is quite high making it hard for hairline adjustments and unfortunately it doesn't have a screw to adjust the friction. (may or may not matter to some of you)
Doesn't have height adjustment. (probably to cut costs and I don't need it, suitting me just fine)
No DVI or Displayport connections.
Acer probably also did this to cut costs. My guess is that their standard for this kind of monitors is that they need at least one analog signal port (VGA) and one digital signal port (HDMI).
If you need signal and you're running DVI on your output device, you can get an adapter for HDMI to DVI (or vice-versa depending on what kind of cable you're using) The other option that I know of is you can get an HDMI(male) to DVI (male) cable.
Since both the signals for HDMI and DVI are similar, you should be able to run the adapter/cable with no significant performance decrease. I run games using both options with my 3 monitor setup and they don't bottleneck the system performance.
I don't know enough about Displayport to say much but I bet you might be able to still use adapters and cables to daisy chain with these monitors. But depending on the cable design, cost, and what you're doing, it might be more of a hassle and expense then what it's worth.
Overall Review: As for the stand not being removable I unfortunately learned that from experience as one of my 3 monitors arrived DOA... but to add furthur insult to the injury I read the manual before assembling it and it even said "Stand is not removable once installed." Wasn't thinking that I may need to return one or more of them.
These monitor screens do tend to collect fingerprints and dust quite easily and they are not easy to come off with a rag as most rags can be damaging to the beautiful screen. (no sorry pre 21st century they're not the old glass tv screens anymore, the screen material is different synthetic material) This fact applies to almost every modern monitor and TV made on the market these days. If you want to learn how to properly clean your monitor, you can do some research on the web. Google can point you in the right direction if you ask the right questions.
Pros: Uses: PC Gaming (Recording Gameplay and Live Streaming on Twitch), Xbox, PS4, General Computing, Video Editing, Recording Acoustic Drums (DAW)
1. TONS of real estate
2. Super crystal clear display
3. The distance from the edge of the actual panel to the edge of the physical monitor is about 1/4 to 1/3 inch and maintains a uniform distance around the sides and top which to me is VERY appealing and looks very very "clean"
4. It's unbelievably light. I'm coming from an older Acer H233H which is a 23" monitor and feels like it weighs 5x as much as this 27" lol
5. The HDMI (and other) ports stick straight out the back which i prefer. If the ports face down it's hard to hide the cables
6. If you decide the keep the "X" stand, it's kinda nice in that it's not a huge circle or rectangle on your desk
7. No dead pixels, even lighting throughout
8. I've only had it a couple days but I can already tell my eyes are WAY less fatigued using this monitor than the older H233H
9. It impressed me so much that I bought a 2nd identical unit the day after I took delivery of the first
10. The monitor is receiving a feed from an Elgato HD60 Pro (which is fed by an HDMI switcher to go between PC, XB, and PS) and has no problems accepting the signal
1. EDITED: Formerly had a complaint about monitor being extremely wobbly and that it was unclear that the stand was or was not completely assembled. After further inspection of the stand there is a screw on the bottom that is used to secure the "X" base to the monitor/downward-facing tube. By screwing the two pieces together, the stand becomes much more secure and the monitors wobble MUCH less now (probably 80% less lol).
2. No VESA support! Make sure you understand this before purchasing especially if you plan to use an aftermarket stand.
3. I guess it's not really a 'con' but this is the first monitor I've had that required a brick along with the power cable. Not sure if all large monitors are like that, but this one uses a brick.
Overall Review: I would recommend this monitor if you are looking for an inexpensive 27" It has a very attractive clean bezel and the IPS panel is gorgeous in my opinion. I don't have any problems with dead pixels or uneven lighting. I have 2 setup one receiving an HDMI feed from a capture card and one receiving signal via DVI with no probems.
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Pros: - Excellent color quality, a nice step up from my old monitors
- The small bezle (the plastic border around the screen) is great for multi-monitor setups
- Solid base, not as likely to tip over or move due to small bumps as other brands I've used
- Despite what the specs say, this model (G247HYL bmidx) actually has HDMI, DVI-D, and VGA connections
Cons: - The settings buttons are a little hard to get to and are not labeled from the front (though most people will probably never need to use them)
- The pair of logos that pop up on the screen when you first turn it on are a bit annoying.
Overall Review: I've owned a pair of Acer 19" 16:10 monitors for a few years now without any issues or complaints. This year the Black Friday deals persuaded me that it was time to upgrade, and so I bought two of these units (G247HYL bmidx) to replace my existing dual monitor setup.
The most immediate thing I've noticed after upgrading is whenever I play YouTube videos, YouTube now defaults to the highest resolutions at 60fps whenever possible (which looks amazing I might add). I've also noticed that many of the games I play seem to perform better using the 1080p resolution over my previous monitors 1400x900 resolution. Overall I'm very happy with these monitors and would even consider getting a 3rd for a 3-screen setup if I had a big enough desk to fit them all on.
In general, Acer is not a brand I associate with quality, high-end electronics (their motherboards are passable, and PCs mediocre at best), but when it comes to monitors I've yet to be disappointed by an Acer product.
Pros: Bought two of the 27" IPS for $149 each. Already have a 24" Acer IPS. The monitors have excellent color saturation and brightness, as expected for IPS, matte finish. Stands are rock solid, other reviews say wobbly. There is a locking screw on the bottom of the X stand, you MUST tighten that into the vertical part of the stand. The connection of the vertical part to the monitor is not super solid but is firm, but I've not had any issues with monitor wiggling at all, and I am a hard typist. Do not confuse the IPS (G277) and non IPS version (G276) of this 27" model, unfortunately, the reviews on this page, seem to be a mix of different models. The non IPS has VESA mounting, but no DVI. The IPS version has DVI, but no VESA mounting. No speakers, but IMO speakers on monitor are a non-factor, they take up precious room inside that can be devoted to circuitry and power better applied to image and controls.
I personally only buy IPS monitors the last 10 years or so. IMO, the display quality is just better; I'm not a gamer, so understand many gamers don't like IPS because it's possible that the dark and black areas the image being displayed are not 'dark enough'. Some gamers who play in a darkened room, find this objectionable. For non gaming, text and graphics work, the brightness and saturation of IPS are well worth it. IN prior years, there was a price premium for IPS, but these days, price difference between IPS and non IPS of similar models and sizes is minimal. The non IPS version of this monitor, on this particularly day, was $125 each
I truly don't understand the complains about not having instruction included for screen controls, or that the buttons are marked. When you press a button, and ON SCREEN guide appears just above the button console, with each function on the guide above the corresponding button. And if that isn't clear enough, then simply count over the number of buttons with your finger based on the on screen guide. It is true that gamma or warmth adjustment is limited with these models, so if important to you to have detailed control over this, look elsewhere. For me, default values out of box are fine.
People also "complain" about the power converter being external as part of the power cord, versus inside the monitor. Folks, the power converter HAS TO BE "somewhere", if it's internal, then it adds weight, and thickness to the monitor, and takes up space internally, space that could be used to hold additional electronics that support better display quality and controls. So think about it before complaining about the power converter being external.
AGain, for $149, you would be hard pressed to find a better value for an IPS, 27" 1920x1080 monitor with HDMI, DVI and VGA connections.
Cons: If VESA mounting is important to you, note this model doesn't have it. Get the non IPS model G276
Pros: Nice display, good colors, good price
Cons: The bevel is tiny... but they're cheating as the pictures ends before reaching it.
The stand is pretty cheap and not really adjustable in any meaningful way.
The speakers are pretty weak on the low end, very little 'bass' to the sound
Overall Review: If you want something that is cheap and has a good picture it's a good buy, but it has some comprises. The bevel cheat is especially annoying.