ACER H223HQAbmid LCD Monitor Review

Acer H223HQAbmid

What a nice name for a screen! Note that this model is being replaced by H223HQEbmid which should provide a higher contrast ratio (it is clearly to ignore the lack of lyricism demonstrated by the manufacturer to name their products). But the new reference is not yet available and this model is still being sold, leaving for the Acer model H223HQAbmid!

Screen Presentation

The H223HQAbmid has a screen of 21.5 inches to be exact. That is to say that the slab is as wide as a true about 22 inch (47.5 cm) but less in height (26.9 cm against 29.7 cm). Almost 3 cm difference is put for this format ratio which is 16:9, while the 22 inches are at 16:10. The appearance is ideal for watching movies, especially as the H223HQAbmid offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, suitable for full HD content. The presence of an HDMI compatible HDCP is also available. The rest of the connector is made up of VGA and DVI, and an audio input jack 3.5mm format to convey the sound from the computer to the two 1W speakers built behind the screen (correct quality for integration). Acer announces a response time of 2 ms and a luminance of 300 cd / m².

In terms of contrast, it will settle for a 20 000: 1 dynamic course, since the contrast is not a real news. So we had to measure what is given as the default rate of 844: 1 (black point to 0.26 cd / m² with a white point to 219.5 cd / m²). Once calibrated, the rate remains at a very proper 770: 1 (black point to 0.26 cd / m² for a white 200.1 cd / m²).

If H223HQAbmid looks promising in technical terms, it is clear that Acer did not provide the same care to the ergonomic dimension. The foot is not adjustable in height, or rotary. Also note the unfortunate absence of a device for guiding cables, yet handy to hide behind the its foot is provided. The H223HQAbmid simply bows, 5 degrees down and 20 degrees up, as like most of the monitors. Acer has also been deadlocked on USB, very convenient if you do not have a hub at hand, and the headphone. If the manufacturer had to sweeten the pill with the buttons touch settings is missed. Well, it clearly benefits the design. But the reaction is not enough to go. Therefore regulararly affix your finger several times on the controls to obtain the requested action (it works best with your thumb in the process). Fortunately, the OSD (menu of monitor that appears on the screen, On Screen Display) is pretty well designed. Too bad because otherwise H223HQAbmid enjoys an aesthetically pleasing finish and rather serious.

 

 

What about colorimetry

For amateur photographers, it is essential to be able to rely on a screen known as the colorimetry is right. Otherwise it is impossible to know if a default image (a dominant color, for example) comes from the camera or the screen that displays. What makes hazardous is any attempt at editing. To verify this, we used a probe calibration quality, the LaCie Blue Eye. The accompanying software provides a test that cycles through a series of standard colors while the probe placed on the screen, measuring how these are actually displayed by the colors. This indicates a differential, called the Delta E (average and maximum) that can gauge the accuracy of the display. The higher the Delta E, the larger the screen which is bad. When Delta E falls between 2 and 3, we consider that the screen has faults but these are minor and acceptable. Below 2, the screen is good and below 1, the colorimetry is excellent. The H223HQAbmid is doing pretty well since the return of a Delta E, average of 3.6 with a peak at 6.1. Despite a slight dominance of green, the display is acceptable.

The second step is to test to see how the screen can be accurate when the size is increased. We therefore performed a calibration with the display settings standard (2.2 gamma, color temperature to 6500 K and luminance of 200 cd / m²), which generates an ICC profile for your monitor. It then repeats the test: H223HQAbmid now provides a Delta E of 0.7, with a maximum value of 1.5 and gray scale above homogeneous and almost perfect. The display changes from correct calibration which is excellent! Note that Acer provides software called eDisplay Management to help you display the correct view. It’s better than nothing to adjust brightness and contrast but very inefficient for the colorimetric …

 

And for moving images?

The standard response time is critical. With 2 ms, there is no concern for this LCD Monitor Acer. It is among the best in this roundup. Now, for movies or games, it is valuable to have itself made more punchy, far from sober realism necessary for viewing and editing photos. This is where the function eCoLoR Management, which is accessed either through the main menu of the OSD, either via the shortcut button e, is used. The function offers presets tailored to different uses: Custom, Text, Standard, picture and film. No specific adjustment to the game can be done, but more often the game and movie modes are quite close.

However we regret that it is impossible to change the presets available: if you put it in movie mode and you want to further increase the contrast a bit, it will automatically save the new settings in custom. We may also regret that a stopping adjustments to brightness, contrast and color temperature with nothing about sharpness, saturation or gamma choices is given. By default, between standard and movie modes, the difference is minimal, if not nonexistent. Fortunately the ACM feature (dynamic contrast) is relatively usable: it intensifies the image, but sparingly, which is not true at all like other competitors. And changes in contrast do not jump to too many eyes.

 

Consumer Guarantees

The second screen offers better power consumption with less than 30 W on and less than 1.2 W standby. An important criterion for using your computer extensively, giving the rising price of electricity.

Furthermore, the screen is guaranteed for two years with on-site removal (repair and return to the office of Acer). And it complies with the ISO 13406-2 Class II with some nuances. The screen is replaced from 4 defective pixels scattered on the slab or 2 in the center (the area being defined by dividing the slab into nine equal rectangles). A pixel is declared faulty when it remains fixed (black, white, colored) or blinking. The standard that would normally be the replaced slab from 5 defective pixels (or 11 sub-pixels).

Conclusion

Soon replaced, the lcd monitor that was already cheap at the base will become truly competitive (at around 160 €). With its default acceptable colorimetry and excellent features if the touchscreen is calibrated, the H223HQAbmid will seduce lovers of photography without any doubt. Full HD compatibility with the appropriate connectors also makes the screen interesting to watch films.

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