Acer FT200HQL Review, Affordable and Solid Performing Touchscreen Monitor

A couple of years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find any touchscreen computer monitor with affordable price tag, let alone a 10-point capacitive touchscreen for under $200. Thanks to the introduction of Windows 8, along with its easy and interactive interface, affordable display options are now hitting the shelves. The Acer FT200HQL is a good example – it’s a 19.5-inch touchscreen monitor with a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, 10-point capacitive touchscreen and displays images in 1600 x 900 resolution. It may not give you full HD (1080p), but its solid performance and great value makes it one of the best entry-level touchscreen monitors in the market today.

Who is it for?

If you have just installed the latest Windows OS in your PC – Windows 8, and are currently trying to get by with a non-touchscreen display, then you will most likely get frustrated in using just your mouse and keyboard in dragging and dropping icons and grids, as the new OS is designed with touch system in mind. One of the best solutions you can get today that will not hurt the bank is the Acer FT200HQLan affordable 20-inch monitor with 10-point capacitive touchscreen designed to better your Windows 8 experience.



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This monitor works on 1600 x 900 resolution, which means it doesn’t have the ability to display Full HD content (1080p). However, because of its relatively small screen (only 19.5 inches), it’s very capable of delivering accurate colors with sharp images through 720p resolution.

Good Color and Grayscale Performance with Quick Response Time

In terms of color accuracy and reproduction, the Acer FT200HQL keeps it colors red and blue close to the ideal CIE coordinates. Though green is slightly outside of its ideal zone, which is quite common in most affordable monitors using TN panels. Despite that however, display shows no tinting on its grayscale and colors look uniform in DisplayMate test.

This Acer display is able to display the darkest shades of gray based on the 64-Step Grayscale test, which results to solid shadow details in photos. Though two of the slightest gray shades were compressed and a little washed out. Highlight details may look a hit, but then again, TN monitors rarely put up stellar grayscale performance, especially at this price.

Also, the 5 ms response time of FT200HQL makes it ideal for various media use, even for gaming. Pair that with 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, you get excellent gradation of dark blacks and bright whites for crisp, luminous visuals.


Decent Viewing Angle Performance

FT200HQL’s viewing angle is not impressive, but it is decent for general use. There are slight shifting of colors at 65° on both sides from the center of the monitor, but they seem to be a little more pronounced at the top and bottom angles.

10-point Capacitive Touchscreen Technology

The 10-point capacitive touchscreen system is by far the most impressive features/function of this Acer touchscreen monitorIt can handle all the gesture commands you make from swiping, pinching and zooming, along with comfortable and responsive Windows 8 soft keyboard.

However, like most glossy touchscreens out there, the case becomes littered with fingerprints, so make sure you keep a wipe with you and use it to the screen every now and then.

Very Low Power Consumption with More Energy Saving Options

Requiring only 16 watts of power at Standard mode, this Acer monitor is one of the most energy efficient displays we have today. While the ECO mode drags the power consumption down to 12 watts.


Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

As a 20-inch touchscreen monitor,  Acer FT200HQL can be a very versatile display for your workstation. Though a little too small, it can work as your primary screen for dual monitor setup with your laptop.  You can even put your laptop side-by-side with this monitor using Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm, an ingenious tool that you can use with your notebook and an external LCD or with two LCDs.

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It comes with a durable aluminum polished construction, with versatile and highly flexible adjustability design. It can extend its arm up to 25 inches, with an extension range of 18 inches. Each arm can be adjusted independently,  arms lets users turn one or both screens from landscape to portrait mode, and view entire pages without scrolling. Display can be pushed away when not in use to free up more desk space.


Design and Features

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The Acer FT200HQL doesn’t have the most impressive aesthetics. Besides, it is quite unreasonable to expect for it. But it is still aesthetically pleasing nonetheless.

Its 19.5 inch glossy panel is enclosed in a matte-black casing that measures 2 inches thick, with glossy black bezels and rounded corners. Its half-inch side bezels provide just enough space for users to make their swipes, while the bottom bezel houses a 1.5 inch high speaker bar with silver grilles.


Comes with Loud Built-In Speakers

The speakers that come with FT200HQL are loud. Though they are predictably tinny when set at the loudest level, they are good enough for playing basic system sounds and light music duty.


Supported by an Adjustable Stand

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This monitor is supported by a picture-frame-type of stand and allows few adjustments to help users get the best viewing settings they prefer. The stand can tilt the panel all the way back (90°), allowing it to be parallel with the desk. This tilt function of course, is ideal for touch based tasks, as the screen is set for a friendly angle to work on. Best use for playing games, viewing images, photos and albums, navigating through various Windows 8 apps, surfing the web, and more.

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The stand also folds up into the back of the cabinet to make way for the monitor’s VESA-compliant mounting holes. This means Acer FT200HQL can be mounted to your wall or to a more flexible monitor stand to fit your needs in your workstation.

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If you want a more robust and versatile stand, then you can opt for Ergotron desk stands, such as the Ergotron Neo-Flex Touchscreen Standa stand with robust hinge mechanism that provides an incredible 115° of tilt range adjustment while simultaneously able to control monitor height. This is the kind of flexibility that will let you use your touchscreen monitor parallel with your desktop – perfect for using touchscreen applications.

This stand’s strength and heavy-duty design also make it well suited for use with all-in-one PCs and hefty displays.

A more versatile and ergonomic solution would be the Ergotron Neo-Flex LCD Arm. This option adds dynamic flexibility to your workspace. If you’re a single display user, then this is a perfect choice for you, as it is very easy to position in any spot in your desk to make a more comfortable work desk, adjust in height, and keep your touchscreen monitor stable and secured in place.

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Connectivity Options

This touchscreen monitor lets you display media content from your smartphone or tablet using the two (2) HDMI ports located at the back of the cabinet, as these ports supports Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). The monitor also comes with a VGA input, an audio input, and an upstream USB 2.0 port to accommodate your storage devices or various USB enabled devices.

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Buttons and Controls

Pressing any button turns the on-screen labels on for each button. There are five (5) basic function buttons in this touchscreen monitor, Power and a Power indicated LED mounted between the speaker enclosure and lower bezel. There are input select and volume control buttons, while the “e” button will take you to Acer’s very own Empowering Technology screen (a picture setting feature with a fancy name) where you can choose one of five available modes, such as User, Standard, Movie, Graphics and of course, ECO.  Users can also choose picture mode through the Main menu and adjust more basic display setting options such as Brightness, Contrast, and Color Temperature. For VGA (analog) signals, you have the luxury to adjust to position, focus and clock settings of the monitor, or simply have the monitor’s the auto-adjust button do everything for you.


Tech Specs

Package comes with a quick-start guide, HDMI, USB, and VGA cables.


Bottom Line

All in all, the Acer FT200HQL is a solid touchscreen monitor packed with features we don’t normally see in many budget monitors, let alone touchscreen monitors. With a pair of HDMI video inputs, built-in speakers, and more importantly, a smooth and highly responsive 10-point capacitive touchscreen system, this product is quite a bargain for its price.

It may not have the best viewing angle performance and the grayscale quality we normally see in more expensive models, but people on a tight budget who would like to take advantage and enjoy their Windows 8 experience will definitely have a good time using this display.

Acer FT200HQL is one of the best deals around today, and one of the better-rated touchscreen monitors in Amazon. A monitor best used with a desk mount like Ergotron Neo-Flex LCD Arm and Neo-Flex Extend LCD Arm or a wall mount such as the LX Wall Mount LCD Arm and LX Sit-Stand Wall Mount LCD Arm.

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