REVIEW: Acer S243HLbmii
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Acer presented its S243HLbmii as the slimmest 24-inch monitor in autumn. The astonishingly slender depth of 15 millimetres is made possible by the use of LED technology in the backlight. A glance at the purchase price allows one to conclude that the less expensive white LEDs are used here.
According to the manufacturer, this manner of illumination allows the monitor to be considered a green model. With the S243HL, Acer has placed great importance on the aspects of environmental friendliness and energy-efficiency. Thus, production largely uses no materials that contain mercury and no halogen gases. In addition, the S243HL is credited with consuming 60 percent less power than a comparable model with CCFL illumination (cold cathode fluorescent lighting).
Its technical details recommend the Acer S243HL as an all-round model with special focus on multimedia applications. The Full-HD resolution is realised in the video-friendly 16:9 format and in addition, film and image playback can also benefit from the dynamic contrast ratio of eight million to one, which is realised using Adaptive Contrast Management. The gaming character of the Acer monitor is reflected in a response time of two milliseconds. Finally, the model’s 24-inch diagonal offers space for additional toolbars or the parallel, screen-filling display of two A4 pages in office use.
Our test should clarify whether the S243HL actually has the advantages its manufacturer boasts of and whether its technical details can withstand our series of measurements and tests. We are excited about the following core points: what effect does the use of white LEDs have on the reproducible colour space as compared with the brilliant RGB LEDs? Are the advantages of the panel on paper transferable to multimedia applications such as video and games? Furthermore, the test should also show whether the monitor will reveal itself as the energy-saving wonder it is presented as.
On the PC side, we took all measurements published via the HDMI output of an ATI Radeon HD 4850 from Sapphire. For the external playback of DVDs and Blu-ray-Discs, we used Sony’s BDP-S 360 Blu-ray Player. The EyeOne-Display2 colorimeter from Gretag Macbeth, together with the iColor display software, was used to calibrate the test model and carry out all colour space measurements.
Despite its glossy surface, the packaging, which is black and white apart from the colour display of the monitor, looks simple. The pictures of the very slim S243HL make the user really want to set the unusual model up on the desk.
A glance inside the box reveals two huge Styrofoam pieces which surround the monitor securely, but still leave room for the separate base and accessories. The panel itself is covered with a sheet of foam and is also contained in a protective shell. The almost seven kilogram weight of the monitor and its accessories can be moved comfortably with the handle located in the top of the box.
The accessories provided with the monitor can be seen in the photo.
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