DVI is a significant omission and the poor viewing angles are an issue, but the Acer S273HL is otherwise a reasonably capable 27in display. Its appeal will be influenced by the street price, though, since the RRP is steep compared to the competition.
Bright and vibrant display; neat design
No DVI port; limited viewing angles; no height adjustment; ropey sound from built-in speaker
27in LED display, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1x D-SUB, 2x HDMI
Enormous widescreen displays with 16:9 aspect ratios are in vogue at the moment. While obviously suited to video, they also allow business users to compare multiple documents side by side, such as large spreadsheets.
Apple arguably kick-started this trend with its 27in iMac last year, and followed up with the 27in LED Cinema Display, but if its £899 price tag seems a little steep, the Acer S273H looks like a more reasonable option at £400.
Putting such a large monitor on a cluttered corporate desktop can be no mean feat, but the Acer S273HL is less monolithic than you might think. This is thanks to its relative slimness (just 21mm) and the sharp, rectangular design with a narrow bezel.
The stand has a small footprint too, yet still manages to incorporate display controls, a speaker and a set of rear ports.
The compact design does come at the expense of adjustable height, however, and the screen can be tilted forwards and back only by a small amount in each direction. The mains adapter is also external rather than internal, but it is at least very small.
LED-backlit displays run cooler and require less energy than their CCFL counterparts, and Acer reckons that the S273HL uses up to 63 per cent less power as a result.
LED backlighting also gives brighter, purer whites and richer colours, and we certainly can't fault the image quality of the Acer S273HL in that regard.
Thankfully, we also found none of the colour complaints that have been levelled at the smaller 24in Acer S243HL monitor, nor were there any problem pixels. It's also good to see that this model is covered by Acer's 'zero bright pixel' policy.