4 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2015-11-04
Great monitor, but has a flaw
I bought two of these monitors a few weeks ago and they've been pretty great so far (aside from one issue which is described below).
The best part in my opinion is the the thin bezel which is accurately depicted in the pictures above. In case anyone was wondering, the bezel (including the part of the screen that doesn't display any picture) is about 1/4" (7/32" to be precise).
I was worried about the base not being stable when I bought the monitors, but the monitors are actually surprisingly stable.
The main reason I'm writing this review is to warn people about the backlight bleeding that is present on both of the monitors I received. The pattern of the backlight bleeding is exactly the same on both of the monitors, which leads me to believe that I didn't just get unlucky. Under normal circumstances, the image quality is great. However, if there's a dark image on the screen and I'm in a dark room (when watching a movie for example), the backlight bleeding is very apparent on the two upper corners of the screens. This isn't a huge issue for me since I usually have a light on in the room, but I'm sure it might bother some people. This seems like a pretty common issue on budget IPS monitors, so I wouldn't rule this monitor out unless you find a monitor that you know for sure doesn't have this same issue.
5 Stars By Charles Bradley Scott Jr. on 2015-12-04
Best display I've ever purchased
I purchased 2 of these a few weeks ago and have enjoying the hell out of them ever since. The slim bezel was a big selling point for me. They look amazing side by side.
-Unbeatable price/value for a full 1080P monitor.
-Wonderful picture. LED lit makes images come to life.
-Easily calibrated or adjusted.
-Matte finish reduces any background light glare. Looks great with room lights on or off.
-Lightweight (only 6 lbs).
-Best response time out of any IPS panel display I've seen (only 4 ms)
-Very sturdy base.
-High viewing angles.
-3 different input ports makes this a dream for compatibility.
-No backlight bleeding(a common problem with some displays)
-No assembly, the monitor just slides on to the base and clicks in place. I set up 2 of these in less than 5 minutes.
-Packaged very well.
-Includes VGA cable, which I though I was going to have to purchase separately.
Not VESA mount compatible. (I knew this before I bought them. Didn't have plans to mount them anyway.)
I will be purchasing a 3rd to add to my workstation soon. (see picture)
5 Stars By Jonathan on 2016-12-01
VERY GOOD MONITOR FOR ITS PRICE AND NO BACK LIGHT BLEEDING!!!!
This is a very good monitor for its price! I upgraded from a previous monitor that came with my Dell Inspiron that had Windows Vista LOL!. Very Old. Anyways my reason for upgrading:
1) Using it as an external monitor for my macbook pro for college work.
2) It connects to my xbox one s very nicely. Battlefield 1 and titan fall 2 looks awesome in this (in my opinion)
BEFORE YOU BUY YOU MUST KNOW:
1) the monitor does not tilt up or down.
2) monitor does not rise in height and visa versa.
3) the monitor does no rotate
To me this isn't a problem since my monitor is sitting on a monitor riser. However, if you are nit picky about this type of stuff, i recommend you look else where and compare!
1) set up is very easy! can be done in 5 minutes. Simply connect the circle base to the back of the monitor screen and you are done!
Its a awesome monitor for its price!!
4 Stars By Service Tech on 2016-05-12
Super thin and sleek 2016 model year display from Acer with a 3 year-warranty!
PC/Mac technician here. I was looking for a new display for my benches that fit a few requirements... I have multiple displays(solo display on each separate work bench).
1. Must be a new display from this year(2016) - this one being first available March 30th, 2016 on AlumiGogo).
2. Must be an IPS panel.
3. Must have HDMI, DVI and VGA.
4. Must look modern and sleek.
5. Must have a matte display(no gloss or glass).
6. Must have a VESA mount(which this DOES NOT!! - NOTE TO ACER - provide a VESA mount to snap in instead of the desk base stand with each display!!!). Or sell it for $5.00
7. Must have a 3-year warranty.
This Acer R221Q display fit almost all of my needs. There are third parties that sell a WAY over priced VESA mount bracket that snaps in place of the included desktop base stand for $30 or so. Again - Acer! Include a VESA mount!!!
Having a friend who works with metal, we fabricated a gently curved piece of 1.5" wide flat steel and tapped it for 2 of the 4 standard VESA mount holes and tapped it for the 2 screws that hold part of the stand that it comes with. This solution = all original parts and the included stand can be re-installed if ever it were to be desk mounted with out any altering of the stock parts. It's very sturdy because this display weighs so little. It's securely attached with only 2 screws into a 100mm vesa mount attached to my bench(articulating arm type screwed to a vertical support).
Oh right, back to the review of this display...
For years I have sworn by Dell's premium UltraSharp displays - Dell no longer offers UltraSharp's in anything less than a 24" now. 24" is too large for my bench setup. Since Dell wasn't an option, I figured I'd take a gamble and try out this NEW Acer R221Q which had no reviews. I found a Viewsonic(which had VESA) but it's "new" and a 2012 model so that was not considered).
This display is super thin depth wise and weighs so little compared to the 8 year old 19" Dell it replaced. It has a matte finish and is of high quality.
The bulk of the depth is towards the 1/3 of the bottom of the back of the display where the VGA, DVI and HDMI and power are. It really looks nice mounted on my bench. The menu system is a little clunky compared to Dells and the power button(and other buttons - which are mounted at the bottom of the screen) feel very flimsy, but operate ok. Time will tell how these buttons hold up - 3-year warranty makes me less concerned.
The display comes with a VGA cable and an HDMI cable - no DVI cable included. I did notice compared to my older Dell the auto input sensing is far quicker than the Dell display had.
I am very pleased with this display. Because it's a "zero frame" as they call it, it has a very narrow "frame" around the border(3/8" black border). Because of this slimmer frame it is only about 2" wider(facing the display) than the 19" widescreen it replaced and very much slimmer depth wise - one reason for it's weight loss compared to displays of old is lack of VESA mount thread inserts and the power supply is a brick instead of being built-in to the display. The top 2/3 of the back of the display depth-wise is only 1/4" thick - which is awesome!
That and modern manufacturing has led to very lightweight panels. This makes for a sleek slim display that looks awesome on my bench - I will be ordering more shortly. I will post a picture of the Dell/Samsung displays this R221Q will be replacing so you may see a comparison shot of 7/8 year old tech versus current tech(after I order more).
The only negatives I have are:
VESA MOUNT!!! - please include one acer!!
HDMI looks flickery(because it is) having hooked up 3 different PCs(1 desktop, 2 laptops) the video flickers on the HDMI port. I will test this with the next 2 I order to see if it's this specific one I received or something to be concerned with and update this review.
2 Stars By Skrunch on 2016-01-02
Good monitor, Acer, as well as other monitor manufacturer's need to improve quality control.
Let me just start by saying this monitor in terms of price and image quality is very good. It's got nice viewing angles, a bright/vivid picture with nice colors, all three display ports/audio jack etc... it's a matte finish too which is great for people who have keyboards that light up as it won't reflect onto the monitor itself like my last Acer H236HL did with the glossy mirror finish.
That being said, this is my 3rd Acer monitor in a row that has shipped with exactly one dead pixel somewhere on the screen. The first one, an Acer H236HL from Best Buy, came with a dead pixel on the upper left of the screen and since I purchased that at Best Buy, I was out of the 14 day return window. I then decided to give Acer a second shot with this R240HY model since it hit all the check points I was currently looking for a monitor mentioned above as the glossy screen of the H236HL was a big hindrance in any area with light coming in. After a day of using it I did a dead pixel test against red, green, blue, white and black backgrounds and against blue backgrounds it had a dead pixel right near the center of the screen. As usual AlumiGogo was great with the replacement without hassle. Unfortunately my second monitor came with a defect on the upper left. A black dot was now present on the upper left of my screen across all colored backgrounds. I contacted AlumiGogo and they've offered me a refund but no further replacement which is still great service by them as this is completely on Acer and not them.
I really liked this monitor overall but I can't let a 3rd dead pixel in a row slide from the same manufacturer and will probably have to look for alternatives. Unfortunately a lot of people easily overlook a dead pixel or two, or simply never notice them but I find even one dead pixel a complete failure on the manufacturer's part and I will inspect every background on a newly purchased monitor. Note: if you go through Acer RMA, they consider 10 dead pixels acceptable on 1080P screens and 16 acceptable on 2K screens, so keep that in mind when shopping with them.
In conclusion, it's a shame because I really wanted to keep this monitor as the image quality for the price is superb, but it's pretty obvious where they cut corners to keep the prices down. I urge all of you to do a simple dead pixel test online after a few days of owning a new monitor as you're entitled to a brand new product without manufacturing defects.
5 Stars By Ray B. on 2017-09-03
How to fix ghosting!
I bought two of these and enjoy them quite a bit. A few reviews complain about ghosting, which I experienced until I realized in the default settings on the monitors had "overdrive" or "OD" on. As long as you disable this feature you will no longer have ghosting trouble! Hope this helps anyone who bought these and was disappointed, I saw nothing online about fixing this issue other than figuring it out myself by chance.
5 Stars By Sean on 1969-12-31
... 23 bw monitor that has developed LCD panel issues like horizontal reddish lines on the right side of the ...
I purchased this monitor to replace an HP 23 bw monitor that has developed LCD panel issues like horizontal reddish lines on the right side of the screen and image burn-in. That monitor was a 1080p IPS LED backlit monitor just like this one, but is a 23 inch monitor instead of a 24 inch monitor like this one is.
This monitor handles anything that's thrown at it very well. Doesn't matter if it's a movie, an old TV program, games, photos, or graphics. I'm very impressed with its picture quality.
I tested the Overdrive settings on both "Normal" and "Extreme" and found out it only results in annoying colored motion blur artifacts called "inverse ghosting" on the edges of every object in a game for instance. I found that it is best to turn off Overdrive and that when it is off, motion blur is really only noticeable when you specifically look for it and it doesn't get any worse as you turn down the brightness setting, even down to zero.
The one negative about this monitor is the on-screen menu. It isn't as user-friendly as on the other monitors I own, but I know it will become easier to use as I start to get used to how it works. I only had to do some fiddling with the presets to set it to the "User" presets and tweak the color controls slightly to get the best picture quality. I feel that a less than ideal on-screen menu isn't enough to take a star away.
It is possibly the best deal for a monitor on the market right now given that this monitor is on sale for $130. You don't see many IPS displays that perform well in this price range. I'd recommend this monitor to anyone who needs a 1080p monitor that performs well.
5 Stars By Kenny Nashville on 2017-12-24
Great for multiple monitor setups!
At this price, it simply can't be beat! Whether you're a content creator who needs accurate color reproduction, a business user looking for a inexpensive monitor that's easy on the eyes, or a gamer who wants a multiple monitor setup, you will be EXTREMELY PLEASED with this monitor.
The monitor has a small footprint for its base so it will fit anywhere. Additionally, I calibrated the monitor using Calman software and, surprisingly, it didn't need it. I've calibrated monitors that are worth $400+ and even they needed calibration. Obviously, if you've got a calibrator, go ahead and use it, but it likely won't yield any noticeable difference. For an accurate monitor that produces this wide gamut of colors, you won't find anything in this price range.
I will say, if they could improve it, it would be nice to see the monitor have freesync. Since it's basically a software update, it's a shame not to see it on this monitor. However, this is a minor issue. Good contrast, great colors, and a tilting stand. What's not to like?
4 Stars By ACustomerReviews on 2017-09-23
Far Better than Expected.
4.5/5 Stars. Bought this on 09/04/2016. I was using a 21" TN Monitor before this.
My use case is pretty general. I do some design work on the side at times, no gaming or anything.
The setting I use during the day is Standard, but I turned off the blue light setting and set OSD to 0.
At night, I use a custom setting -- the same as my Standard one, but the brightness is set to 10. I also use f.lux (warms up the color of your display to match your room at night) which I highly recommend if you are looking at your screen for as long as I do.
- For the price, this monitor was far better than I expected.
- The screen size is an upgrade from a laptop and 21" monitor. Not sure if I can go back to a very clunky bezel for long-term use now.
- Colors are good. No dead pixels. No ghosting.
- The non-glossy screen is exactly what I hoped for.
- The power brick -- it's pretty small compared to some I've seen other screens come with.
- Very lightweight. Easy to put together without any issues.
- It is very wobbly and easy to tip simply by pressing the power button. That is the cost of having it be lightweight, I suppose.
I can see it being knocked over very easily, so I do not recommend placing it anywhere too precarious. Definitely not near children or nosy pets unless it is weighted down solidly.
- Man, it is BRIGHT. At times, this is really helpful for certain things. If you are a hermit like me that enjoys sitting in the dark, well -- you'll have to adjust to that a bit.
- The settings are difficult to navigate through. There is no way to tell the difference between exit/back, up/down, forward, and power on/off. Even after a year, I still accidentally hit the wrong button here or there sometimes. I put small piece of tape on the power button so I can feel the difference.
OVERALL: I think this is a really good monitor to start with and I am happy with it.
5 Stars By Mark W. on 2017-06-30
Easily the best 1080p monitor for its price
This is, by far, the best 1080p monitor I've experienced, especially at its price. It punches WAY above its weight, and in my opinion, blows all of the competition out of the water. I'm running a dual monitor setup, with this Acer replacing my former primary monitor, a similarly-priced 21" 1080p HP. The colouring and vibrancy seems to be slightly better on the HP, but the larger display and comparable quality of this Acer absolutely outweighs those traits, in my opinion. I WILL be buying another one in the future to pair with this one!