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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Monitor For The Price!, 6 Dec 2011
This review is from: Acer S240HLBID 24-inch Monitor 16:9 FHD LED 5 ms 100M:1 A DVI w/HDCP HDMI Acer EcoDisplay (Accessory)
When I first looked into this monitor there were no reviews of it anywhere. I already had an Acer PC so I knew about the brand and quality. The monitor seemed to have everything I wanted - 24 inch widescreen, LED, full HD at a price than was too good to ignore. My only concern was the 5ms response time as I like to play games on my PC. My research suggested that this shouldn't really make a difference.

I decided to take the plunge. The monitor arrived well within the free delivery timescale. The box included the stand, a 3-pin power lead, a 2-pin power lead, a VGA cable, booklets and a CD with software. My plan was to use a HDMI cable which I already had. The unit is light and has a glossy black bezel which matches my PC. The stand was easy to attach with the aid of a cross head screwdriver. There are 5 unmarked plastic buttons on the underside just to the right of the stand.

After connecting everything up, I could not switch the monitor on! The manual didn't point out where the on/off button was. After some frantic pressing of buttons and searching I found the power button to be the stylish bit of plastic that protrudes out below the "acer" logo at the bottom. There is small a power symbol on it which is hard to see. This button glows blue when the screen is on and orange in standby mode.

Once on, the screen is bright. I found that the contrast was a bit high and looked best with it turned down quite low. I also found that when using HDMI there was an inch thick black border between the display and bezel. I switched to using a DVI cable and this was rectified. The 5 buttons activate the OSD where you can adjust brightness, contrast, colour and select input type and screen modes such as standard, graphics, movie or an eco power saving mode. I usually stick with user defined settings. I found the included software to be useless. I used it once to calibrate the screen but on second use, it asked to update and remained stuck on that same screen. I just uninstalled it as it's not really required.

Now after using this monitor for a week I can say that it is a great screen. Colours and vivid, text is crisp and clear. Games look great in widescreen HD and I have not noticed any lag due to the response time. You just need to ensure that your graphics card is up to it. I have made the Windows screen bigger and when surfing I use Chrome's zoom feature to make the text more readable as in native HD resolution the text is smaller than what I am used to.

Overall I can thoroughly recommend this monitor. I am very happy with it. I don't see any reason for needing to pay any more for a 24 inch HD screen.
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2011 15:09:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2011 15:10:08 GMT
Babulal says:
The border you saw when using HDMI could also have been corrected using the 'overscan' settings in your graphics driver - this is common when using HDMI and is not a peculiarity of this monitor.

Posted on 10 Dec 2011 01:22:18 GMT
I had exactly the same problem with the on/off switch! Couldn't find it and didn't expect it to be anywhere near as cool as it is....

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 18:49:44 GMT
Bram says:
Thank you so much for pointing out where the on-button is :)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 20:56:55 GMT
krehman says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 06:21:43 GMT
J. Potter says:
I agree, just got one myself after trial and error with other 24" monitors, there's nothing bad I can say about this monitor. I like how it starts up in lightning speed after the blue Acer logo shows up, instead of showing you what the input is and going black for a few seconds.

Posted on 4 Apr 2012 16:43:07 BDT
J. Jia says:
does it come with a dvi cable?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 17:48:48 BDT
krehman says:
No, only VGA.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 20:44:02 BDT
rolopoloandy says:
can you play xbox 360 on this

Posted on 28 Jul 2012 12:29:04 BDT
Murph says:
Does this product come with HDMI and DVI cables?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 18:54:14 BDT
krehman says:
It just came with a VGA cable.
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