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Monitors

The Good Relatively cheap 27 inch deals. Power is modest. A large pixel pitch will help those who are stranded on oblique screens.

The Bad No DVI port. Small adjustment of stand. 3.5mm only in features that have a VGA port. Automatically switches input when the machine enters sleep mode. Panel TN. Horrible speaker. Annoyingly placed buttons. The display is too sharp. Poor HDMI movie performance. Excessive backlight is bleeding. Relatively poor pixel warranty. No Quick Start Button.

The Bottom Line For $ 599, it’s hard to be too bad for the S273HL. However, you can get a little more than the U2711 – it all depends on your wallet.

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6.5 Overall

Quick access

  • Specs at a glance
  • Stand and ergonomics
  • Connections
  • Buttons and OSD
  • Performance
  • Warranty
  • Conclusion

The 27-inch screens are an “acceptable” large monitor that shrinks slightly from the bulk brought by the giant 30-inch screen. Dell launches the 2707WFP, and more recently, Dell, ViewSonic and Apple in the fight.

While Dell and Apple are pushing the 2560×1440 envelope, ViewSonic decided to stay at 1920×1080 – useful for those who often mow the monitor and think the details are too small. Acer adheres to this methodology, its incredibly thin LED backlight S273HL offers the same resolution.

Ah! Funky leg returns.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Specs at a glance

Size 27-inches
Resolution 1920×1080
Aspect ratio 16:9
Pixel pitch 0.311
Panel technology TN
Viewing angles
(10:1 contrast)
H: 170°
V: 160°
Response time 2ms G2G
Max vertical refresh 60Hz
Connections VGA, HDMI x2, 3.5mm line in
Accessories VGA, 3.5mm audio cables

Stand and ergonomics

Some of the subtlety of the S273HL is related to the movement of electronics – the power source was broken into its own brick, and the inputs were transferred to a rack. Although the S273HL looks thinner, it probably takes up as much space as any other monitor thanks to its stand.

This also significantly limits flexibility, since the S273HL has one adjustment: tilt; and that’s it. This is extremely bad for a monitor of this size. Blue light that cannot be turned off is also on a stand, which may distract some.

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A large amount of electronics was moved to the stand, which allowed for some support.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Connections

HDMI x2, VGA, 3.5mm input, power connector.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Here we have a little to complain about – the 3.5mm jack will only pick up sound when using a VGA port. Given that Acer does not supply a DVI port and that computers are likely to be connected with a DVI> HDMI cable, does it make sense to include a 3.5mm port for HDMI use, or at least allow the user to select audio input? Then again, we probably don’t have to worry; speaker included – garbage.

At this point, one should also mention the automatic switching of inputs, a technology that tries to be useful, but it’s nothing else. While this is designed to help you find what’s connected to your monitor and then activate that input, it has a horrible byproduct: If you have a PC connected and it goes into sleep, the monitor automatically switches to everything else plugged in. It’s bad in two ways : Firstly, when you go back to your computer, you have to manually switch the monitor source back, and secondly, it’s also a terrible waste of energy to keep the screen active when it’s designed to sleep.

Buttons and Screen Display (OSD)

Hi there. Control the manufacturers, we need to talk. That “fun” button you make? It doesn’t work.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

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Acer has found a new annoying place to put buttons for the S273HL – under the monitor itself, on its stand. Not only is it incredibly difficult to see which button you are pushing, but it also means that you have to squeeze your hand so that it fits under the screen panel. It looks great, but it’s as welcoming as the spike in the face. There is no shortcut key to enter – you have to go through the menu to change.

Acer OSD is incredibly simple in both contexts of the word.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

The OSD screen is incredibly simple, though it is interesting that for the first time we can mention that it is “color” spelled correctly for the region. There are five presets: User, Eco, Standard, Graphic and Movie, although we recommend that you ignore them and stick to the User for the best colors. There is also a color temperature setting for warm, cool, and custom, and our recommendation above applies here as well.

Zooming is a sad thing that only offers full-screen or full-scale zooming without 1: 1 – but it looks broken in implementation. Set your resolution to 1600×900, and there are black borders around it, regardless of zoom mode. In 1680×1050, black borders appear on the left and right, again ignoring the zoom setting. He manages to get 1440×900 right, but other resolutions make it up. You really want to comply with the native resolution for the S273HL, which may apply to some gamers who have lower-end hardware.

Performance

LCD tests Lagom.nl
After calibrating to a target brightness of 140 cd / m² with X-Rite i1Display 2, Eye-One Match 3 and tuning with HCFR, the S273HL went through Lagom.nl LCD tests.

Acer turned out to be too sharp not to adjust, and failed two inversion tests. The latter is not a big issue – most monitors fail between two and four of these tests – but the former is certainly a concern.

Image tests
Contrast Sharpness Gamma Black level White saturation Gradient
Pass Too sharp Pass Pass Pass Pass
Inversion pixel walk tests
Test 1 Test 2a Test 2b Test 3 Test 4a Test 4b Test 5 Test 6a Test 6b Test 7a Test 7b
Pass Pass Slight flicker Pass Pass Flicker Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

Input lag
Measured against the Samsung SyncMaster 975p CRT and using the Canon 40D, set at a shutter speed of 1/320, an average of over 60 photos were taken using StoppUhr. The S273HL showed no lag on the input signal on HDMI, which means it should be good for PC gamers.

Colour accuracy
ΔE is a measurement of how much the measured color deviates from its expected value, allowing us to determine the accuracy of the monitor colors. Although the value ΔE of one is considered to be susceptible as long as it is less than three, the shift should not be too obvious. HCFR was used to determine ΔE for the monitor in tandem with the X-Rite i1Display 2.

Measured levels
Contrast ratio 1228:1
Black level (cd/m²) 0.26
White level (cd/m²) 319.16
Gamma 1.74
Greyscale ΔE
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
62.2 44.1 42.4 39.3 36.7 35.8 33.9 32.9 30.9 28.8 26.1
Colour ΔE (compared to sRGB)
Red Green Blue Yellow Cyan Magenta
1.6 10.8 18.3 10.7 27.6 21.0

Jouza! These gray are absolutely awful.
(CBS Interactive screenshot)

By default, the gray S273HL is no more up to date than any other monitor in recent history can mention. This would manifest in uneven gradients from light to dark. We can at least try to fix this with the controls provided, but since the S273HL is a budget monitor, we just have to pick up any primers and secondary sources. Along the way we will see if we can correct the bad black level and the resulting gamut.

Measured levels (Standard mode)
Contrast ratio 1015:1
Black level (cd/m²) 0.14
White level (cd/m²) 142.15
Gamma 2.20
Greyscale ΔE
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
68.8 6.9 1.0 1.4 1.0 1.3 1.0 0.8 1.3 1.0 1.8
Colour ΔE (compared to sRGB)
Red Green Blue Yellow Cyan Magenta
3.5 6.7 5.4 7.9 6.4 5.1

Much, much better after some reasonable mood.
(CBS Interactive screenshot)

HDMI performance
Although the monitor may have an HDMI port, there is no guarantee that it will display the image as expected. We hooked up the PlayStation 3 and tested it at 24p as well as Jeder, and tested the HQV Blu-ray to see how well it handles the interlocking source and noise.

24p capable Understands YUV Mission Impossible III
Scene 11 judder test
Mission Impossible III
Scene 14 judder test
No Yes Slight judder Heavy judder
HQV noise
reduction
score
HQV video
resolution loss
score
HQV jaggies
score
HQV film
resolution loss
score
HQV film
resolution loss – stadium
score
Total score
out of 100
0 0 0 0 0 0

HDMI on Acer does not perform well with video as we expected for the budget monitor. The game on the console for the most part will probably be good.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles were made using the Canon 40D in spot metering, with only shutter time adjusting for good exposure.

Because the S273HL uses TN technology, the viewing angles are quite poor compared to its IPS and VA challenges, especially on verticals.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Backlight uniformity
Backlight uniformity was measured by placing the HCFR in free mode, displaying a fully white image and recording brightness along a 5×3 grid on the screen. This should be considered as a guide only, since the uniformity of the backlight can vary from one unit to one.

This is quite normal for a TN screen.
(Credit: Craig Simms / CBS Interactive)

Light bleed
In our sample, we suffered from a noticeable blood flow of 3mm across the screen. This is a pretty bad show from Acer.

It is important to note that the effects of light bleeding are likely to vary from monitor to monitor, regardless of size.

Power consumption
We measured energy using a Jaycar digital energy meter. It is important to note here that due to the limitations of the meter, the measurements are limited to 1 W or more and reported in 1 W increments.

All measurements, brightness and contrast of the screen were set to 100 percent and the test image was displayed.

Juice Box
Maximum power draw 32W
Power-saving mode
Off

The S273HL sleeps properly, consuming very little power. It’s also quite economical, but impressive for monitors of this size.

Warranty

The Acer warranty extends over the S273HL for three years, though the monitor will have to be rotated on its own. If you have a defective pixel within 7 days of purchase, Acer will replace the device.

Oddly enough, the old Acer Pixel Policy brochure that came with the S273HL did not cover 27 “monitors or 1920×1080 monitors. Judging by the available list, Acer at the worst end of the pixel policy warranty requires eight dark pixels before it replaces the screen. Fortunately, one bright point is to get you a swap satisfaction guarantee, meaning you can return the monitor without question within 14 days of receipt.

Conclusion

For $ 599, it’s hard to be too bad for the S273HL. This is slightly better in performance than ViewSonic offer , even if it does not have a DVI port. But the sharp decline in Dell prices now means that the AU $ 200 can get the U2711, which is significantly better in all aspects except power consumption and price. The choice here depends on your wallet.

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