Acer B243PWL 24” Professional Monitor Review

Author: AkG
Date: August 23, 2012
Product Name: B243PWL
Part Number: B243PWL Kbmdrz
Warranty: 3 Years
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The current display market is an interesting place where there’s currently a blurring of the lines between professional and enthusiasts products. Both consumer niches typically want to avoid the picture quality sacrifices integrated into lower quality TN-based panels and companies have begun to listen. In essence, these are finicky and fickle customers who are hard to please since they know precisely what they want, how much they are willing to pay and base their purchasing decisions solely on the overall value of a monitor. Acer’s latest entry into this highly competitive marketplace is the 24” B243PWL, a monitor that is firmly targeted towards professionals…but that doesn’t necessarily mean enthusiasts and gamers shout ignore it.

The Acer B243PWL is a reasonably priced, 24” 16:10 / 1920 x 1200 IPS-based monitor that’s been designed from the ground up to cater to the business consumer’s needs. In the past we have looked at a handful of business orientated displays and while some were extremely impressive, others were less so. The trick to succeeding in this product space is to incorporate a wide ranging feature set with ease of use and acceptable performance.

Many of the monitors we mentioned above also used IPS panels with LED backlighting and the B243PWL is no different. The reason for this is straightforward: CCFL backlighting is on its way out and LED-based IPS panels are gaining market dominance due to their combination of excellent performance and low power consumption. LED designs also boast simplified engineering sp prices have also declined for manufacturers and end users alike.

On the surface of things, the B243PWL does tick all of the right boxes. Acer equipped it with a brightness of 300 nits, professional-oriented 1920x1200 resolution and an almost unbelievable contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1. It even goes a step further by being one of the few monitors on the market that has EPEAT Gold certification, guaranteeing efficiency and the use of green products throughout the manufacturing process. This is especially important for companies that are looking to reduce their overall environmental impact.

The reasonable price we mentioned previously comes to about $280 depending on where you look. This is quite impressive since most companies typically slap an ultra high price point onto their enterprise / professional products. It is also backed up by a comprehensive three year global warranty which is part for the course in this higher end market segment.


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