I’ve spent a few articles going over a some high-end 27 inch PC monitors that are geared towards those willing to drop some extra coin. The type that when you switch them on to play a game or edit your videos and photos your jaw drops at the mere sight of the graphic resolution.
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But what about those of you out there who don’t want or can’t drop $1000 or more on a PC monitor? Don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Let’s look at the Acer H276HL, a 27-inch monitor that will deliver quality images without breaking the bank.
Acer H276HL Specs
- The viewable screen is obviously 27 inches. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 offering a pretty crisp viewing experience.
- Weighs about 16 pounds which is on the lower side of 27 inch monitors. This comes in handy when you’re having to re-locate the office or find yourself having to reposition it often.
- Response time, which is measured in milliseconds gray to gray time, is 5 ms which isn’t too bad. You won’t see too much motion blur when watching a video or playing a game.
- The Acer H276HL uses IPS technology. To avoid getting into anything too technical, IPS or In-Plane Switching is a screen tech that allows you a wider viewing angle. Remember when you couldn’t really view a monitor screen from anywhere except for right in front of it? You can thank IPS for solving that.
- Tilt ability allows it to tilt forward and backward.
- The Acer H276HL has Built-in speakers – an unexpected bonus for a monitor at this price.
What kind of things can you do with the H276HL?
This guy’s going to be pretty good for some things and not so much for others. While it’s got a pretty decent HD display it doesn’t have the highest resolution out there especially compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2715H and NEC PA272W which both have 2560 x 1440 display. With a decent response time and a decent graphic display you’ll find gaming and general office use are a good fit with it but more high end graphics work like professional video or photo editing isn’t.
The Acer H276HL is good for:
- General office use
- Medical office use
Not so good with:
- Video editing
- Photo editing
- Any other high-end graphic applications
What kind of connectivity are we looking at here?
Not a great connectivity arrangement here. You’re a bit limited with only the following.
- 1 VGA port
- 1 DVI port
- 1 HDMI port
So no USB or DisplayPort. But again some things have to be sacrificed for a monitor this cheap.
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- A decent HD experience that’ll make your gaming and video watching parties a success.
- An unbeatable price. Seriously, this is a good deal.
That is really what grabbed my attention about this guy, the quality for the price you’re paying is currently unrivaled by any other PC monitor.
- Not a large array of connection options.
- Speakers are pretty weak. Your best option is to use headphones instead of the built-in speakers.
- Lack of mobility affects its versatility. There are no pivot or swivel options here, only tilt. That’s like having Snap without Crackle and Pop.
- A lack of anti-glare protection on the screen can be a nuisance during day hours. Not made for high-graphics applications.
Now, this is where it gets interesting. You can pick up the Acer H276HL for $249.99 on us.acer.com and as low as $244.27 on Amazon. And with 4.6 stars out of 5 from 449 users, can see that this is a pretty well-liked monitor.
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Upshot of the whole thing
So taking into account all of the above, is this a monitor you should buy? The answer is – yes if you’re looking to keep it within a low budget. Again if you are looking for something that works well with high-graphics applications like professional video editing and photo editing software then this is definitely not the monitor you should be looking at. Save up some more money and look at investing some more bucks into a more robust graphics machine.
But if you’re looking to keep it under $300
without being totally shafted by some low-quality, knock-off monitor than this is your guy.
Come on, now 449 users on Amazon(.com) can’t be wrong, can they? Wait…can they?