Acer T272HL; An In-Depth Review

Windows 8 really paved the road for touch-screen monitors, as it’s the screen that can maximize the OS in its full potential. And Acer, being one of the leading brands in the display market, seized the opportunity to again make its mark in this category with the Acer T272HL, a gorgeous 27-inch touchscreen monitor with 10-point capacitive touch technology and great image quality. What makes it a special screen to consider? Is it worth the investment? Read on to know more from Dual Monitors Guide in-depth review.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking to maximize your Windows 8 computer and curious how it feels like to work on a big touchscreen monitor, then Acer T272HL is the best product out there for you. This massive screen takes pride in its excellent 10-point capacitive touchscreen, along with great colour accuracy and fast pixel response performance, quite a great display for most types of work and office use.

 

Benefits

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The Acer T272HL is an aesthetically pleasing 27-inch touchscreen monitor made with VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. It takes pride in its 10-point capacitive touchscreen that delivers bright (300 nit) picture and excellent color quality, while running Full HD (1920x1080p) resolution.

 

Impressive Out-of-the-Box Color Accuracy and Grayscale Performance

The Acer T272HL is impressive right out of the box, as colour accuracy is already as good as you would expect from the brand. Chromaticity test shows colors red, green and blue are all positioned perfectly in their ideal coordinates. Color quality is also excellent.

For grayscale performance, this monitor has no trouble displaying every shade of gray. Based on DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test, small texts remain legible.

Impressive 10-Point Capacitive Touch System for Ease of Use

The biggest selling point of this monitor is undoubtedly its 10-point touchscreen system (meaning, it can support 10 fingers simultaneously); it worked like a charm, similar to high-end tablets. Swiping pages, pinching images and zooming documents through gestures worked flawlessly, while Windows 8 OSD was so easy and smooth to use. For best touchscreen experience, tilt the panel all the way back.

 

5ms (GTG) Pixel Response for Games and Movies

As a 2nd tier panel, Vertical Alignment panel is in the middle of the spectrum: it can provide good colour accuracy enough to make colors pop and smooth performance for games and movies. It runs on 5ms gray-to-gray pixel Response, making it a good choice for both work and entertainment. It has no problem running action-packed Blu-ray movies and big title games.

 

Average Viewing Angle

Unlike the IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel, the VA panel doesn’t have a strong viewing angle. This monitor’s viewing angle is good enough for general office use, but it’s no way impressive. Colors start to shift (and fade) when viewed from 45° off the center. Which means it’s not the best display for watching movies with your friends.

Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Setup Options

 

Though there are not a lot of options out there for 27-inch screens, there are a couple of good products out there that can fit pretty well with this big touchscreen monitor.

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For a dual monitor setup with this display, your best solution is the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm.  Each arm of this stand can be adjusted independently, and it is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, which lets it last ten times longer than its competition in the market. It comes equipped with the brand’s own Constant Force (CF) technology, which allows the arms to hold both displays in place securely, and still allow users to adjust eat display easily and smoothly, with one soft touch.

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Since this Acer monitor is a touchscreen, getting a single monitor mount with fully articulating arm can provide great convenience. For single monitor setup however, there’s the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm, a nicely polished monitor arm made with extra durable construction. It’s been well tested and proven to last 10 times longer than the life-cycle of many competitive brands. It also comes with the same Constant Force technology.

 

 

Design and Features

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Like most Acer monitors, the Acer T272HL sports the same stylish design, particularly similar to its smaller sibling Acer T23HL. It’s basically packaged to look sleek and stylish, as it combines transparent and glossy black plastic. The 27-inch VA panel is covered with a single sheet of a glass-to-glass protective coating that helps the screen pop more color. The flat screen is paired nicely with a seamless bezel, making touch gestures with Windows 8 shortcuts very pleasing to use.

However, it is very reflective, and can be an issue in highly-lit environments. On sides are wide black bezels that are also under the glass, with a slight tinted 2.4-inch plastic trim at the bottom, giving the screen more height. Design wise, Acer definitely made quite an improvement in this product.

 

Buttons and Controls

There are a total of six buttons on this monitor, including the Power button. The buttons of course, provide access to the monitor’s Menu system.  Though Picture options are a bit limited, the Menu system is extremely easy and pleasing easy to navigate. Pressing any of the buttons will show the OSD (on-screen display) on screen. The Main Menu starts with the brand’s very own eColor Management or Picture modes. It has four options to Preset modes to choose from: Standard, Eco, Movie, Graphics and User mode. For Picture settings, there is Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature, and ACM (Adaptive Contrast Management). For the analog signal, users can use the auto-adjust button, adjust phase, clock and position settings. There are also controls for the volume and input select buttons.

 

Connectivity Options

The backside of the cabinet houses all the inputs/outputs ports you will ever need, including the HDMI, DVI and VGA video inputs, along with an upstream USB 3.0 port, audio input and power jack.

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The right side of the cabinet also has three USB 3.0 ports, which is a nice addition, as they provide convenience for your workstation.

 

With a Decent Pair of Speakers for General Use

Like most built-in speakers that come with many monitors out there, the speaker in this Acer monitor is far from impressive. The pair of 2W speakers is pretty decent for general use, adequate for entertainment, from movies and TV shows daily, playing your favorite games, etc. But of course, it lacks the volume and bass boost.

 

Bicycle Kickstand Limits Adjustability, But with VESA-Compliant Mounting Holes for Ergonomics

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As with the Acer T23HL, Acer T272HL also comes with a picture-frame style stand that resembles a bicycle kickstand, which is quite an appealing feature in terms of aesthetics. However, it’s not the most functional. It allows 8° forward tilt and 60° backward tilt, but that’s about it. It doesn’t allow swivel functions, height and pivot adjustments.

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There are however, VESA-compliant mounting holes, allowing users to improve the ergonomics through third-party ergonomic products, such as monitor stands and wall mounts with articulating arms. The kickstand can be folded all the way to the back to give access to the VESA holes.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the HDMI cable, VGA cable, and USB cables.

Bottom Line

The Acer T272HL has a lot of things to brag about, from big 27-inch display screen, to the 10-point capacitive touchscreen system, which is quite a charm to use in Windows 8, to excellent out-of-the-box colour performance, which works great in almost all types of office work. The viewing angle is so-so, which is quite what we can expect from a VA panel. It also comes equipped with all the I/O ports you will ever need for your workstation, as well as the USB 3.0 ports, which are quite generous.

However, it’s far from being the best when it comes to monitor performance. The screen resolution for example, is only at Full HD (1920x1080p), which is basically standard nowadays. Also, the stand may look flashy, but it takes up a lot of room.

On paper, the Acer T272HL is a good monitor, but it has a couple of areas that should be improved on. It is stylish, and its touchscreen is so pleasing to use, making it a great option for anyone looking for a huge touchscreen display.

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



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