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JD March 2, 2010 06:56 PM

Acer B273HU Review
 
Unfortunately I never was able to see this monitor before buying it, so I blindly ordered it off NCIX. There really isn't any solid review on it either, just a few quick comments (and I'm not going to do much better).

Specifications:
27" TN LCD
2048X1152
Dynamic Contrast: 40000:1 (Static of 1000:1 I believe)
Brightness: 400 cd/mē
Pixel Pitch: 0.291mm
Maximum Response Time: 5ms
Connectivity: HDMI, DVI, VGA, 4 USB ports (via 1 upstream port) and stereo audio (Output? Not sure)
Price: $542.85CAD


Unboxing:
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2242.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2243.jpg

Rather large box, nothing fancy though. This is technically a business class monitor however. Packaging wise, just your typical styrofoam tops and bottoms, and the monitor wrapped in an anti-static bag of sorts. The base of the stand wasn't attached though the height adjustable piece was.

What did impress me though was that it came with every single cable you could plug into the monitor. Came with a HDMI cable (looks a bit low-quality though), DVI cable, VGA cable, USB upstream cable, 3.5mm audio cable and of course the power cable.

Thoughts:
Yes, it's a TN panel, so no it doesn't have the greatest viewing angles but I find the colours satisfying. Have yet to run my Spyer2Express on it, but the default colours are pretty decent. Only main issue is that orange simply isn't orange, it's more yellow. Banding doesn't seem too bad either, better than my E228WFP for sure, though you'll see the pictures don't help.

Backlight bleeding seems very minimal, if at all. I was wearing a white shirt and have a glass desk, so that's what you see in the photos. That isn't actual bleed. I'll get around to doing a better shot with a tripod later though. Seems very uniform as well.

No dead pixels to be found either, which was nice. Of course, your mileage may vary.

The stand is height adjustable, which is all fine and well, though it doesn't really lock into place so it moves easily when you pull/push up/down on it. It does lock at the lowest point and then there's a slide-switch on the back to release it. Unfortunately it doesn't sit straight, so it's rotated a fair bit to the right. Not sure if I'll be able to correct that or not, and if it comes to it, I'll just wall mount it.

No noticeable input lag, which should be expected from a TN and without any hardware scalers. No ghosting either that I can tell, but it's not like I'm coming from a CRT, rather a 22" TN LCD.

Text is very readable and no smaller than my 22" (1680x1050). Perhaps even a bit larger. Either way, its crisp and sharp, so no complaints here.

Default brightness was 50, I'm down to 25 right now and haven't quite decided if I'll go lower or not. I really wish monitors weren't so bright since it's useless unless you're sitting in direct sunlight, which you shouldn't be regardless.

Games and Bluray rips look awesome. Doesn't seem to kill my HD4890 too much either thankfully. Quite a massive difference from my 22" and it's going to take some time to get used to. There's just so much more viewing space now.

Conclusion:
Overall, great monitor for the price assuming you aren't doing serious photo/video editing where accurate colours are a must. Prefect for gaming and multimedia usage though.

Sadly it's probably the only 27" TN monitor out there with a decent resolution. Anything else, and you'll be looking at 1920x1080 (x1200 if your lucky) or an expensive PVA/IPS panel. Not much choice at this size/resolution it seems.

I'll probably post some updates on the weekend once I get it calibrated and take some proper shots of it. Might even setup my E228WFP beside it for comparisons sake.

And here's the current pictures:
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2245.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2246.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2247.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2259.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2248.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2249.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2250.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2251.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2254.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2256.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2261.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2262.jpg

JD March 3, 2010 06:12 PM

Here's some better pictures, though the moire isn't visible at all in real life, and the pictures still aren't true to how it looks. I can't be arsed to mess with my DSLR settings right now though :whistle:

Also, this is after running my Spyder2Express on it, so slightly better calibrated. Orange is still pretty yellow though.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2271.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2272.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2273.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2274.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2275.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2276.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2277.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2278.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2279.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2280.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2281.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2282.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2283.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2284.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2285.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2286.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2287.jpg http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...h_IMG_2288.jpg

LacrosseTown May 23, 2010 07:01 PM

nice! thanks fort the review im thinking of this monitor, you said its good for gaming... how good out of scale 1-10? :P

thanks!

JD May 23, 2010 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LacrosseTown (Post 381939)
nice! thanks fort the review im thinking of this monitor, you said its good for gaming... how good out of scale 1-10? :P

thanks!

I don't know, 7-8? A 120Hz LCD would probably do better, but I came from a 5ms Dell E228WFP (TN panel as well) so this wasn't any different.

Did come across one minor problem, with my brightness set so low (25), certain colours, mainly greys, flicker a bit. Don't notice it in games though, but I see it when looking at certain websites/images. Basically static content. However ramping the brightness back up to the default, this problem goes away.

I really wouldn't want to touch any 24"+ monitor that uses 1920x1080 resolution. This 2048x1152 resolution seems perfect for 27". Everything is readable from arms length without seeming too huge.

Also regarding the yellow/orange, seems mainly dependent on viewing angles. When I took the pictures, I don't think the camera was dead on, so thus why it looks off. Sitting in my normal position though, it's better.

bobbavet July 12, 2010 01:08 AM

Gday

I am considering this monitor, possibly 3 for eyefinity. The res is great, but I am concerned about res support in games.

Have you tried to play a game on it? A FPS or Racing game.

cheers

Bob

JD July 12, 2010 11:29 AM

I've played tons of games on it, everything works fine at 2048x1152. As long as the game supports 16:9, it should be good to go.

bobbavet July 12, 2010 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdrom17 (Post 402350)
I've played tons of games on it, everything works fine at 2048x1156. As long as the game supports 16:9, it should be good to go.

Thanks for the reply mate :thumb:

I will see if I can get one here in Oz. Doin a search it seems hard to come by.


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