Acer H257HU: An In-Depth Review

The Acer H257HU is deemed as first class in both form and function, and it is highly recommended for people looking for an excellent computer display that doesn’t cost a fortune. The WQHD resolution along with the combination of 16.7 million colors, 1000:1 native contrast ratio, and 350 cd/m2 nits brightness all contribute to the excellent vibrancy and highly-detailed imagery of this Acer display. But what really makes this display standout from the crowd? Read this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide and find out.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a monitor that can provide more pixel density than the standard Full HD (1920x1080p), but don’t have the budget or desk space for a big monitor with Ultra HD (3840x2160p), then the Acer H257HU is perfect for you. It’s a sharp-looking 25-inch display that features Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) panel and runs in 2560x1440p resolution. It’s perfect for graphic designers and photographers, while the audio performance is good for gamers and movie buffs.

 

Benefits

The Acer H257HU is a mid-sized mainstream monitor that uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel to show a resolution of 2560x1440p (WQHD) and 350-nit brightness. It is able to deliver accurate and rich colors, solid grayscale performance with wide viewing angles. Also, it has an audio output that delivers way better quality than most monitors in the market today.

Very Accurate Colors, High Resolution and Solid Performance, Thanks to the IPS Panel

The Acer H257HU is equipped with 6-Axis color settings for optimum calibration, however, most users may not need it, as the IPS panel of this product can surely deliver colors with pin-point accuracy right out-of-the-box.

Based on the chromaticity test, colors red, green and blue are all close their ideal CIE coordinates. Also, the panel’s inky black provides more solid background, making the colors pop while simultaneously giving better shadow detail.

This display also comes with a built-in 100% sRGB color gamut technology, which provides high quality color accuracy and space reproduction, making it perfect for design and visual professionals. The 6-axis color adjusts provides a convenient access for color, color temperature and saturation adjustments.

 

Good Grayscale Performance

The Acer H257HU also has no issues showing each shade of gray based on the DisplayMate 64-Step Gray-scale test. Highlight details stayed sharp and very well-defined in both photos and videos. Watching action-packed Blu-ray movies in this display is an excellent idea, as colors are more vivid, while skin tones appear more natural and evenly saturated, without any trace of tinting.

 

Great Viewing Angle Performance

Like most IPS panels, this Acer monitor has no problem in keeping colors and luminance intact in different angles, making the screen viewable from all angles.

Solid Gaming Performance with 4ms Pixel Response and 10.1ms Input Lag

The Acer H257HU is not specifically designed for hardcore gaming, but it is good enough to provide good gaming experience, even in big title and highly demanding PC games such as Crysis 3 and console game like Burnout Paradise on PlayStation 3Thanks to its 4ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response performance, the monitor can render high-paced games in fine details, all without showing any hint of ghosting.

The 10.1ms Input lag (the amount of time it takes for the monitor to react to the commands of the controller such as keyboard and mouse) of this Acer monitor means it’s an excellent choice for FPS gaming, as your reflex and reaction is rendered quickly. It fall a little short compared to BenQ GL2760H, which is at jaw-dropping 9.9ms. But then again, you should remember that the H257HU is not specifically designed for gaming.

 

Well-Equipped for Comfortable Viewing Experience

Acer knows that users of this mid-sized display will be using it for extended period of time, either for work that requires accurate colors graphics design, photographers, programming, watching movies or games. This is why they equip this display with their EyeProtect technology along with other features to help users feel comfortable in their prolonged use.

Also included is the Flickerless technology, a feature most common among gaming monitors, which also provide comfortable viewing and minimize the risk of eyestrain by eliminating flickers and providing consistent supply of power.

This monitor also has low dimming technology, which effectively dims the display’s brightness setting, reducing eye fatigue.

ComfyView on the other hand, works by limiting reflections caused by ambient lights on its non-glare screen.

 

Decent Energy Consumption

Acer H257HU runs at 32 watts of power at Standard mode, which is quite higher than its competitors: the NEC MultiSync EA244WMi runs at 26 watts, and AOC i2473PWM runs at 22 watts, and pretty much in line with its closes rivals the AOC G2460PG and the BenQ XL2420G, which runs at 32 watts and 30 watts respectively. This Acer display however, comes with Eco mode feature, which brings down its power consumption to 25 watts, without making the screen look too dim.

 

Design and Features

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The stylish design of Acer H257HU makes it so easy on the eyes, and it comes with sleek, bezel-free design (zero frame design), accented by a matching trim and a circular base. The non-reflective panel along with the Flickerless technology significantly helps reduce eyestrain.

 

Buttons and Controls

This monitor has five (5) function buttons plus a Power switch, which are all located under the aluminum trim right at the bottom of the panel. Pressing any of these button will show the OSD (on-screen display) labels for each of the control.

Like most Acer monitors today, the “e” button of this H257HU opens up the Acer Empowering Technology menu. This feature lets you choose five (5) picture presets, namely Standard, Graphics, Movie, Eco and User mode. The Menu button will let you set the basic and advanced picture settings of the monitor. It includes Brightness, Color Temperature, Contrast, and Gamma settings. It also provides access to added features like the Low Blue Light setting (which significantly reduces the risk of eye strain for computer users), sRGB color mode, 6-Axis Saturate settings, and 6-Axis Hue settings Hue settings. The 6-Axis settings are made especially for users who demand precision calibration of the monitor to suit exact specifications, and are usually found in professional-grade monitors.

 

Connectivity Options

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The backside of the cabinet features the video inputs, namely the DisplayPort 1.2, DVI port, and HDMI 2.0, which are all facing outward. It doesn’t have MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) and USB ports which allows easy connectivity with your mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The HDMI 2.0 connectivity improves the bandwidth of this display of up to 18Gbps, allowing the transfer of 4K quality or any high resolution content at 60fps or 4x clarity 1080p at 60fps even better with improved audio and visuals.

 

2-Watt Speakers Powered by DTS Sound Processing and Acer True Harmony audio technologies

The 2-watt speakers embedded in this monitor may be far less powerful than the 5-watt and 7-watt that many new monitor models are embedded with today. However, Acer backed up its 2-watt speakers with DTS sound processing system and Acer True Harmony audio technologies. Both technologies work together simultaneously to provide improved overall loudness and good bass quality.

 

Unique Stand But with Limited Adjustability

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The circular base of Acer H257HU is quite a unique feature, especially in the market of mid-sized displays today. The stand provides stable support, but it doesn’t allow any adjustments aside from tilt function.

 

Tech Specs

Package comes with the monitor, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI and audio cables.

 

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to upgrade your Full HD monitor, but don’t want to spend a fortune in a 4K monitor, then your best option available is the WQHD. And one of the best choices for this category is the Acer H257HUan aesthetically pleasing mid-sized display that provides solid color accuracy and grayscale performance, with lots of picture settings.

But like many mid-tier products, it has its own share of shortcomings. One is that, it doesn’t come with USB ports, a feature that most new monitor models have today, which is definitely convenient for professionals. Also, the circular base looks unique and definitely adds to the appeal of the borderless design of the monitor, however, it is not conducive for work settings, as it tilt-only adjustment is not enough to provide comfortable viewing and ergonomic setup. Also, this monitor is NOT VESA compatible, which further limits the ergonomic options of it users. However, there are VESA converter kits should you want a more ergonomic monitor stand for this display, or use it for dual monitor setup.

With that said, the Acer H257HU is still the best mid-size mainstream monitor out there today. If you’re looking for MHL connectivity and USB ports, then you can opt for Dell Ultrasharp UZ2315Hwhich also offers accurate colors and good image quality performance. However, its smaller screen (23 inches) only runs 1920-by-1080 resolution, while its gray-scale performance is not good enough.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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