updated 01:00 am EDT, Tue March 13, 2012
LED-backlit TN panels in a variety of sizes
Acer has imported four of its European LED-backlit LCD monitors to the US, a total of five models that range from the 20-inch S200HL to the 27-inch S271HL, which sports full 1080p HD resolution (1920x1080). The monitors, all using TN panels, range from $139 to $329 and will be available in April. All five feature eColor management buttons, have tilt bases and sport a 1,000,000:1 contrast ration and a 5ms response time, all while using 68 percent less power than florescent-backlit LCD displays.
The centerpiece of the lineup is the S23HL, a 23-inch monitor that sports 1080p resolution, VESA mounting capability, VGA and HDMI inputs and un unusual asymmetrical stand, all in a frame measuring just half an inch thick. The S23HL comes with an attractive glossy black bezel and sells for $219. It is accompanied by two other 23-inch monitors, all with 1080p resolution. The S230HL Abd sports VGA and DVI ports and sells for $169, while the S230HL Abii offers VGA and HDMI ports for $189.
The low end of the line is represented by the S200HL, a 20-inch monitor with a slightly lower 1600x900 resolution which also offers VGA and DVI ports. It sells for $139. The high end is the 27-inch S271HL, which shares a VESA mounting capability with the S23HL and offers DVI and HDMI ports selling for $329. All five units except the 20-inch S200HL offer HDCP to allow viewing of content-protected media and digital movies.