Acer B326HUL; An In-Depth Review

Size really matters when it comes to desktop monitors, especially if you’re juggling multiple applications simultaneously, as you work. However, we don’t usually see 32-inch monitors on home desks and offices spaces, as it is usually reserved for bedroom TVs. It was only in the past couple of years that manufacturers brought large computer monitors to the market, and while some find it a little odd to work with, more and more people have embraced the idea of having a versatile computer monitor. One of the recently introduced large screen monitor today is the Acer B326HUL, a new 32-inch monitor with deeper and darker blacks which is the hallmark of VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. Know more about this monitor here at Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review.

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

Who is it for?

The new Acer B326HUL is a good large screen computer monitor perfect for professional users. It has the large screen that improves collaboration and significantly reduces scrolling through webpages, documents and spreadsheets, and the superb image quality for work and entertainment purposes. IT professionals will certainly love the wide array of connectivity options of this monitor, and it comes with power saving feature, making it a perfect addition for both small home office and work environment.



Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

In May of this year, 2014, Acer announced the arrival of their new 32-inch display that brags a 2560 x 1440 resolution. It’s a WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) panel that comes with an aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic stand and multiple ports for convenient connectivity options.

According to Edward Chan, Acer America’s product manager, the new Acer B326HUL was “engineered to provide commercial customers with a very comfortable and productive viewing experience.” And there is no arguing to that, as this new product from Acer really belonged to the ‘Professional’ category, with tis large viewing screen and superb image quality. This Acer monitor gives us more reasons to put off our ideas of 4K upgrade, and here are some reasons why.


Ultra High Resolution for Excellent Details and Advanced HD Productivity

The Acer B326HUL is categorized as professional-grade monitor, and it’s for a reason. It carries a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which means it’s four times better resolution than the standard HD 720p. It also has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and 300nits brightness. It’s high clarity level is attributed to its 100,000,000:1 maximum contrast ratio, while the 6ms response time contributes to its sharp images, which is crucial for viewing high-definition videos.


Decent Color Accuracy and Reproduction Quality for Clear and Vivid Images

The Acer B326HUL may not be the best in terms of color accuracy, as colors red, green and blue colors are all a little outside of their perfect zones in the chromaticity chart. But it’s good enough to make vivid images with striking colors. And it doesn’t cause any tinting or oversaturation of pictures.

If you’re looking for perfect color accuracy, then you may have to use the monitor’s 6-Axis Hue and Saturate settings to bring all the colors in line with their ideal zones. This will require some tweaking of course. But all in all, the color quality appeared uniform and crisp without the adjustments.


Great Grayscale Performance that Provides the Deepest Black, Brightest White and Wide Range of Gray Shades

The monitor’s best feature is its grayscale performance – it simply aced the DisplayMate 64-Step Gray-Scale test, as it is able to display each and every shade of gray accurately and cleanly. Highlights and shadow details are superb with Blu-ray movies, while picture looks great from every angle. The great grayscale performance of this monitor also makes smooth videos, though this particular model isn’t really geared for gamers. The 6-milisecond (black-to-white) pixel response may be fast, but not fast enough for fast-action games, and may cause some ghosting in very dark background scenes.

The 27.3-millisecond input lag (the time it takes for the monitor to respond to commands from the input device) of Acer B326HUL is acceptable, but not ideal.


Primed for Total Viewing Comfort

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

This monitor comes equipped with the Acer ComfyView non-glare protection, a polarizer material that reduces glares and unnecessary lighting for more comfortable viewing. It is also designed with ergonomics in mind, as users can adjust the display for their best viewing position.


With Power Saving Features

This 32-inch display uses 48 watts of power at Standard mode. Setting it to Eco mode (the power consumption mode), drops the power consumption down to an impressive 29 watts. The best part about it is that, it doesn’t dim the display too much.

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

The Acer B326HUL comes will fully adjustable stand, which provides a lot of basic adjustments for comfortable computing and viewing. As a 32-inch display, this monitor can provides a lot of flexibility, as its big screen can function as a mid-sized TV. To maximize the TV-side of this display, it will best to pair it with ergonomic solutions, such as Ergotron’s  Interactive Arm, HD. This LCD arm can hold monitors and TVs ranging from 30-inch to 55-inch, and 18 to 40 lbs. weight heavy. The arm gives you the flexibility to position your display anywhere you want; it can swing, swivel, or turn it into any direction you want to get the best viewing position and make your monitor look like it’s floating in mid-air.


Ergotron Interactive Arm, HD (image from Amazon)

If you want to completely upgrade your workstation, get a new desk and have the luxury to switch between sitting and standing and freedom of movement as you work on your computer, then check out WorkFit-D, Sit-Stand Desk, still from Ergotron. This desk comes with with good height adjustments to fit your preferred height and switch from sitting and standing, with solidly stable and sturdy base, and customizable with other accessories to make a perfectly ergonomic and comfortable workstation.

Ergotron WorkFit-D, Sit-Stand Desk (image from Amazon)

Design and Features

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

The Acer B326HUL doesn’t come with fancy look and flashy aesthetics, but it is simplicity is quite attractive nonetheless. It feels heavy and sturdy, while its stand provides great range of adjustability that lets you angle and position your display to perfectly suit your viewing preference.


With Solid Set of Features

The cabinet of B326HUL touts a clean and simplistic design, with venting integrated through as grooves, giving the monitor a sleeker feel. It also has a convenient smartphone holder.

It comes with VESA mounting capability that maximizes work space, and gives users the flexibility to mount the monitor to a wall or to a better workstation or LCD monitor arm whenever they want.

There’s also a standard set of 2-watt built-in speakers in this monitor, which is decently loud and predictably tinny. Not a great feature, but certainly a convenient one to have. Something you can expect from most built-in speakers today.


On-Screen Labels for Picture Easy Setting Adjustments

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

Like its smaller brother Acer K272HUL, the Acer B326HUL uses only on-screen labeling to let you know the buttons to press as you navigate through its On-Screen Display (OSD) menus. The Picture presets include the basic ones such as Standard, Eco, Movie, User-Defined modes and Graphics. It also includes the basic picture settings namely Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, and Color Temperature settings.

There are 6-Axis Hue and 6-Axis Saturate settings that lets you fine-tune your monitor’s color levels, and an ACM (Adaptive Contrast Manager) setting that adjusts your screen’s contrast to the images being displayed on the screen. Though it’s quite a good feature to have, it would be better if you leave it disabled, as it usually causes the picture to look too bright.



Plenty of Inputs/Outputs for Connectivity Options

The back side of the monitor houses two (2) HDMI ports a dual-link DVI port and an Audio Port and an upstream USB 3.0 port and two downstream USB 3.0 ports. The left side of the monitor also houses two (2) extra USB 3.0 downstream ports.

More and more screen models today come with HDMI ports that support MHL connectivity, to let you connect your gadgets like smartphones and tablets conveniently. This monitor however, does not come with that feature.


Solid, Ergonomic and Adjustable Stand

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

The stand of this Acer monitor doesn’t only look good and consumes small space on your desk, it also features generous amount of adjustability that lets you adjust your display to your viewing needs. You can adjust the height of the stand for 5.9 inches both up or down, tilt the monitor to find the best viewing angle for 25° up and 5° down, swivel 60° to both left and right, and even rotate your screen, thanks to the turntable that allows you to do this under the base. This means rotating the base will move the whole base as well. Quite a convenient feature to have, but this may not be very ideal if you have limited desk space.

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

The base also comes with storage tray that can house common office items and a magnetic surface to hold paper clips and the likes.


Tech Specs

Box also includes Displayport, USB, HDMI and audio input, and dual-link DVI cables.


Bottom Line

Acer B326HUL (image from Amazon)

One of the obvious reasons why 4K technology is considered impractical is the simple fact that 4K technology is not yet mature at this point. Despite different manufacturers launching their 4K monitor products, many of us can’t find good use, or get the full advantage of the technology, as the entertainment industry have yet to switch to Ultra High Definition.

Also, 4K monitors needs a lot of horsepower to fire up to its full potential. That means one should have a really great computer system to push all the pixels around fast, particularly for gaming. The Acer B326HUL is the brand’s compromise – a 32-inch WQHD (2650x1440) display with 100 percent sRGB coverage – the closest thing you can get from ultra-high resolution quality without the demanding requirements for fast system.


While it’s not as pricey as its closest competitor, Lenovo LT3053P, the Acer B326HUL is not cheap. In return however, you get more features such as the wide array of I/O ports, ergonomic stand, sharp and detailed picture, good viewing angles and solid grayscale performance.

If there’s anything Acer could improve in this monitor, it would be on its out-of-the-box color accuracy. It does however, comes with extensive picture settings and color levels you can tweak. Also, an MHL connectivity support would be great to have.

All in all, the Acer B326HUL is a solid, professional-grade monitor that is perfect for users who require more screen real estate. It’s not the best out there, but it’s reasonably priced and comes with tons of great features you can definitely make good use for both work and entertainment purposes. For more in-depth monitor reviews and ergonomic solutions reviews, check out Dual Monitors Guide, now!

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