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[Future Shop] FS $199 Acer H213H 21.5" 1920x1080 Widescreen LCD

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Most 22" LCD's have 1680x1050 resolution. This Acer 21.5" is 1920x1080 which is comparable to 24" LCD's with 1920x1200 resolution.
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The BenQ one, which is reviewed on Anandtech, is only a bit more than this at DirectCanada.
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hdmi with sepakers according to FS - this is hot considering its reg price!
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lewdvig wrote: hdmi with sepakers according to FS - this is hot considering its reg price!
then lets wait until boxing day !!
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lunaris wrote: then lets wait until boxing day !!
there are tons of tempting deals recently, it's getting harder and harder to wait any longer :(
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I got this last week. It is my first desktop LCD monitor for myself! (I use LCD monitor at work, and I have a work laptop that I also use at home.) FS mistakenly puts it under the 20" category even though it has a 21" and 22" category. I didn't know FS has it until I saw it in the flyer.

I had been looking for a monitor like this (ultra-cheap 1080p monitor) -- I was also considering the BenQ one (Infonec has it for $199.99, but in- and out-of-stock). All major brands (Viewsonic, Samsung, Dell etc.) are coming out with this type of 16:9 monitor, but the others are more expensive and some don't have HDMI port. The Acer has all 3 ports (VGA, DVI, HDMI) plus all 3 cables! And with FS no-hassle return until January 5, it is the best choice.

I think these new $200 1080p monitors are really great for the price (and these are regular price, not sale price!). Before them, the cheapest 1080p monitors are 24" $300-$350 range. When the manufacturers switched to 16:9 panels to cut cost, I was skeptical that they would pass the cost savings down, but it looks like they do.

The 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for Blu-Rays and consoles. Maybe the 24" 16:10 monitors are a bit better for computer use, but not $100+ better to me. (Are there PC games that support 1920x1200 but not 1920x1080?? But I don't play much PC games.)

I've only hooked it up to my PS3 and watched Blu-Ray so far. Looks great compared to my old CRT monitors of course. I haven't hook it up to my computer and test for dead pixels etc. yet.
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eeto wrote: there are tons of tempting deals recently, it's getting harder and harder to wait any longer :(
I feel exactly the same way!
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So tempted, want one for my ps3. Curently have a hdmi to dvi cable hooked up to my dell 19" monitor. Anyone think that getting this would make a big enough diference to get one? I'm thinking about the 16:9 contrast resolution, compared to my 16:10 that stretches the picture a little. Plus the speakers in it make it even more awesom.
At this price it looks really appealing, but I guess they're only just ocming out so if I wait a little might see some deals on them.
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ssiu wrote: The 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for Blu-Rays and consoles. Maybe the 24" 16:10 monitors are a bit better for computer use, but not $100+ better to me. (Are there PC games that support 1920x1200 but not 1920x1080?? But I don't play much PC games.)

I've only hooked it up to my PS3 and watched Blu-Ray so far. Looks great compared to my old CRT monitors of course. I haven't hook it up to my computer and test for dead pixels etc. yet.
One drawback of 16:9 is if you watch movies with subtitles, they must be overlaid on top of the movie instead of at the bottom in the normally black area.
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Damnit - to buy or not to buy. Would use it for my PS3 only to play games in my bedroom as opposed to playing in the party room on the 46" HD LCD...

Would 1080p look crappy on this? I have a few games that are 720p and 1080p for the PS3...
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I saw this monitor in store. It's really nice for the price. Mind you, even though it's 21.6", because of the 16:9, it looks like a 19" widescreen basically (dimensions). The touch-sensitive buttons are quite responsive (MUCH better than Samsung's fidgety one). And most important, seeing as this was going to be a multimedia/gaming monitor, it's black levels were nice with minimal light bleed. I was VERY tempted to return my recent purchase and go for a dual setup of these, but opted to keep the 24" just because of the screen real estate. TBH though, if it were up to me, I'd go with the 22" 16:9 monitor if it were at the same price, although the extra 0.4" may not be much. However the good thing about this monitor, is that since it's at FS, you can keep return it without penalty if you get a bad one (dead pixels, excessive bleed). IIRC, most of the online places charge a 15% restocking in addition to you having to pay shipping costs.
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is this better than the Acer X223Wbd 22" LCD Monitor - $159.99 from staple?
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fatkinglet wrote: is this better than the Acer X223Wbd 22" LCD Monitor - $159.99 from staple?
If you watch a lot of movies and/or want to hook up your PS3 etc. directly this is better, since it's in 16:9 widescreen format, or just movies on your computer.
For general computing, web surfing, minimal gaming and/or watching movies, the Staples one is better, as that one's a regular 22" so you'd have more screen real estate. Also the Staples is 1680 x 1050 resolution which would be easier to read (bigger) than the 1920x1080 resolution on the FS one.
For regular computer gaming, something to bear in mind is that you'd need a good vid. card to get good frame rates to run newer games in the 1920 region.
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brn80 wrote: If you watch a lot of movies and/or want to hook up your PS3 etc. directly this is better, since it's in 16:9 widescreen format, or just movies on your computer.
For general computing, web surfing, minimal gaming and/or watching movies, the Staples one is better, as that one's a regular 22" so you'd have more screen real estate. Also the Staples is 1680 x 1050 resolution which would be easier to read (bigger) than the 1920x1080 resolution on the FS one.
For regular computer gaming, something to bear in mind is that you'd need a good vid. card to get good frame rates to run newer games in the 1920 region.
thanks for the advice, definitely keeping my acer 22 from staple base your input. Just received it today and still haven't opened it yet :P
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fatkinglet wrote: is this better than the Acer X223Wbd 22" LCD Monitor - $159.99 from staple?
No, it's not. Since this is 16:9 it's the size of a 19" screen. You're not going to notice the difference between 720p and 1080p on such a small screen. I have my Xbox 360 hooked up to the X223 and it looks fantastic at 1280 x 720. It's not worth it to pay more for a smaller screen when it won't make much a difference.
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Rurouni_Kamikaze wrote: You're not going to notice the difference between 720p and 1080p on such a small screen.
This is not true. I've seen estimates of the proper viewing distance for HDTVs, and I remember that for my 1080p 46" TV the good distance (when you can actually start seeing pixels) is around 6'. If you rescale this to the Acer's 21.6" size, the optimal distance for 1080p content would be 2.8'. So unless you plan to sit more than 3 feet away, you will fully appreciate the 1080p capabilities of the Acer. Personally, I like to sit 1.5' away from a monitor, and a 24" one would be an overkill for me (too much head turning = neck pain).

Someone commented here that letters will be too small on this screen. If you're using Windows, simply switch to higher resolution font (120 instead of 96 dpi), and you'll enjoy large and very high quality letters.

I bought this monitor yesterday at FS, and so far it's been enjoyable.
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lewdvig wrote: hdmi with sepakers according to FS - this is hot considering its reg price!
considering it's reg. price, it's only gonna be cheaper here-on

i'd wait for BD/W ... that's only about a mth away

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eeto wrote: there are tons of tempting deals recently, it's getting harder and harder to wait any longer :(
b/c of that, it's better to wait to avoid buyer's remorse :P

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fatkinglet wrote: is this better than the Acer X223Wbd 22" LCD Monitor - $159.99 from staple?
that $160 deal is only assuming you can get your hands on a $20off 16-digit coupon...
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Fantastic screen for those on the budget. Used one for a friend's rig, completely jealous of the res, compared to my monitors, at like 2.5 times less the price. Thanks for the heads up on this one guys. Also the idiots at futureshop said it was sold out, but we found it sitting like at the floor at the monitor section. tards

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