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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Review, 1 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: Acer 22-inch Wide LCD TFT Monitor, 16:9 FHD, 2ms, 20000:1, HDMI (Personal Computers)
When looking for a new monitor, I was looking for something that could double up as a monitor for my PC but also something that could be used for my PS3. I needed something with an HDMI connection, which this has, and also the DVI and VGA connections, which this has again. I was looking at a few different ones for a couple of weeks, including the Asus and a Samsung or two. This was a tenner more than the Asus and the Asus had had 7 positive reviews whereas this had no reviews at all. So I was leaning towards the others. But as the monitor I was replacing was an Acer that had served me very well, I decided to go for this. And I am very pleased I did. Out of the box, the monitor is very thoroughly wrapped and protected and easy as anything to set up. Simply just placing it in the stand. I was a bit concerned at the lack of buttons on the front but, when the power comes on, they pop up as lights on the front panel. It was very impressive! I plugged my PS3 in and I was extremely pleased with the picture. I've been playing Killzone 2 on it and the game looks unbelievable. And I'm sure I'm better at COD4 now I have such a sharp monitor. I can see those details that little bit quicker. The menus are easy to go through and any resolution changes need to be done on your PC or PS3, although it does tell you what resolution you're currently at. My friend expressed a concern at the picture cutting out every now and again but this is never when you're using it, only when the monitor changes the resolution, which of course it will do when you go from 720p game to 1080p movie. There's a very slight backlight bleed which shows itself as those paler edges at the top and bottom of the picture but this doesn't concern me at all. The vast majority of things on the screen are full-screen and the effect while watching films is so minimal as to be near non-existant. One thing I noticed on my housemate's LG 37" tv was that images remain on the screen slightly when the screen changes to black where there was once colour. Like little ghostly images or screen burn. This does not do that at all. The picture is truly sharp and very impressive. I haven't been able to switch it off really, always wanting to play my blu-ray films or play my games on it. It does have speakers but these are pretty tiny. Though I can't imagine anyone buying this without getting hold of external speakers. They are a necessity. The monitor only accepts headphones but of course your sound will come out of the PC or through the PS3 lead with the little red and white plugs. So I'm very, very pleased I made this choice. It felt like a bit of a leap with so few reviews available but I've made the right choice. It's brilliant. Just make sure you dust it often, the shiny surfaces are like magnets for it!
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2009 17:15:04 GMT
fyams says:
Hi,
Thank you very much for the great review. i hope you dont mind if i ask you some question.
Were the specifications listed here all true, such as Full HD and 20000:1 contrast and HDMI etc?
Hope you will let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2009 17:42:45 GMT
Bruce says:
In response to F. Yasmin - yes it is all true. I just took delivery of mine and I will post a full review in a couple of days.

Posted on 4 Mar 2009 22:36:39 GMT
Indeed. Full 1080p. Gorgeous for blu-ray films! I've put the manual away so can't confirm contrast but Mr Hannah above says it's true! I definitely have no complaints about what I received. It's awesome.

Posted on 10 Mar 2009 09:37:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2009 09:41:36 GMT
Jason Dean says:
Thanks for this review. I have just received this monitor and it looks great. I've connected it up and I am getting 1920x1080, I can confirm it has the 20000:1, but it is 21.5in (As are all the Acer "22in" True HD monitors). Also the model number for this screen is H223HQ. (For some reason it doesn't appear on the UK Acer page). When I get this home (I'm using it in the office at the moment) I can give it a proper test. Unfortunately there is 1 dead pixel which can only be seen on a black screen, but its so small it is hard to recognise it as such. (The specs of dust look worse)

Posted on 31 Mar 2009 20:59:44 BDT
J. Colquitt says:
The description at the top says it has a 2ms response time, but the Acer site says it only has 5ms. What's true? I've been looking for a monitor with a 2ms response time but considering the positive reviews, does it really make a difference to your viewing experience?
Thanks

Posted on 13 Apr 2009 09:41:55 BDT
M. Roberts says:
Hello,
I too am thinking of buying this monitor to use for my PS3.
I was wondering if you had to buy any extra cables to get sound from your PS3, Or did you just plug it into the monitor and the sound came out of the monitors speakers?

Many Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2009 09:41:51 BDT
The sound does come out of the monitor's speakers through the HDMI cable but, to get the most out of your PS3, you'll want to be putting the sound out through an external set. I've got surround sound speakers that I bought from Asda for £25 (until I can afford a better set) and I just connected them up to the PS3 using the cable that comes with the console. It's the one with the red and white plugs. Then you need to go into your settings options on the PS3 menu and choose visual to be run through the HDMI but the sound to be run separately through this other cable. Then it should look and sound great.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2009 09:43:39 BDT
Unfortunately my technical knowledge is not of a high standard but I believe response time relates to images 'ghosting' and, so far, with all the games and blu-ray films I've watched on this monitor, nothing has disappointed me or given me cause for concern. I still love it and the picture quality is still immense.

Posted on 12 May 2009 08:59:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2009 10:26:51 BDT
Daniel Udy says:
Thanks for a good review. I have just bought this for my PS3 & PC also and I'm very impressed. The only issue I have relates to this comment from your review: "The monitor only accepts headphones........." As far as I can tell (from all documentation and the available inputs/outputs) this monitor has no Audio Out but only a Audio In which utilises a headphone jack. Can you confirm that you have tried using headphones or point me in the direction of the Headphone jack, because I can't find it. Headphones are a requirement for me with this monitor as my gaming interferes with the wifes soaps. LOL
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