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Acer H226HQL Review

The Good: IPS panel, thin bezels, great contrast, great response rate

The Bad: No VESA options, some ISP glow.

The Verdict: If you don't mind the glossy panel, Acer H22HQL is going to be your best option for a good budget monitor. 

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Overview

Acer H226HQL is one of those monitors that simply look like they should cost way more than they actually do. Acer has proven that they can build a great product in a budget price range, that doesn't cut corners, and gives you a great experience. 

Design and Performance

Frameless design with a glossy IPS panel really make the Acer H226HQL stand out from the competition. However, this is also one feature that scares away a good portion of potential users. Some like the glossy panel, others don't, but the fact is that you rarely see this kind of design in a budget monitor. The stand is simple, but very stable, which is great since the Acer H226HQL is not VESA compatible. There is no height control, although you can tilt the monitor some 15 degrees up, and 5 degrees down. The controls are located on the bottom of the frame which is unusual, but functional enough. Acer H226HQL comes with DVI, HDMI and D-Sub inputs, a headphone jack, and a set of speakers. 

Acer H226HQL sports a, 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution which looks great on a 21.5" monitor. The 1000 000 000:1 dynamic and 5ms response time make this Acer more than great to look at even for extended periods of time. Viewing angles are good, however considering the glossy nature of the IPS panel, you might have to watch where your light sources are in the room. There is some IPS glow, but nothing that would ruin your experience with this Acer. 

Specifications:

  • Panel: e-IPS, LED 
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD 
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 
  • Response Time: 5ms 
  • Viewable Angle: 178 degrees horizontal, 178 degrees vertical 

Conclusion

Acer H226HQL is one of the rare budget monitors that has so many great features. At this price it's a no-brainer, for most users. However its glossy nature is not appreciated by everyone, making it a good and a bad feature at the same time. Super thin bezels make this model great for multi-screen configuration that won't break your wallet. 

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