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Acer H235H

>> Saturday, August 29, 2009

The 23 inch Acer H235H has a flat, glossy, black bezel that contrasts nicely with its glossy blue back. The panel measures 3.2 inches in full depth that's considerably thicker than the 23 inch Samsung SyncMaster P2370, which measured just over an inch deep. The bezel measures 1.1 inches on its left and right sides, and 0.75 inch on its bottom, where a silver Acer logo resides. Under the bezel, the panel slopes back about 3 inches to house the built in speakers.

The bottom of the panel where the speakers are sits about 1.8 inches from the desktop, but, unfortunately, the screen height isn't adjustable and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option for portrait mode. The capability to tilt the screen back 25 degrees is the only included ergonomic feature. The circular foot stand measures a small 7 inches in diameter, and when knocked from the sides, the display wobbles a considerable amount, given that it has such a narrow base to stand on.

Connection options include DVI, HDMI, and VGA all three ports are fairly easy to access once the removable back panel is taken off. There are also two grooves on the back where you can place the cords to keep them organized. Designated by a single blue light emitting diode, the on screen display button array sits in the lower right hand corner of the bezel, right above the blue LED power button. Pressing the blue LED brings up the OSD in addition to five blue LED buttons that now align the bottom right of the bezel.

The OSD pops up parallel to the button array, and each option corresponds to one of the five buttons. Once a new menu is selected, the function of the buttons changes dynamically, as the middle buttons become the up and down arrow buttons used to navigate through the newly seen menu. Since any button labels for the OSD are actually on the screen (and which would be on the bezel of other displays), calibrating the display in a dark room proved painless. OSD options include the standard brightness, contrast, and various color options. The presets are Standard, Text, Picture, Movie, and, of course, User. The presets don't change anything other than the display's brightness and contrast.

There is an option for setting the OSD to stay on screen for up to 2 minutes (useful for anyone who will spend a good amount of time calibrating), etc. Navigating the menu is mostly painless however, when in the preset menu, there is no option to return to the previous menu without exiting the OSD completely. Acer H235H's 16:9 aspect ratio supports a "Full HD" native resolution of 1.920x1.080 pixels. This continues the trend of more and more monitor vendors moving toward 16:9 from 16:10 because high definition content in particular 1080p movies can fit onto a 1.920x1.080 pixel screen without distorting the image.

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