Product of the Day, Day 4: Acer H233H 23″ LCD monitor with HDMI and HDCP

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Acer H233H  LCD Monitor


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Around five years ago I bought a 23″ Apple Display for my PowerMac G5.  The 23″ Apple Display was $2,000 but I felt it was worth every cent because of its excellent image quality which was perfect for digital photography, the ability to work with two full-page documents displayed side by side, and the generous size which made it easy to work with two or more editing programs or web browsers at once.  A big monitor is not just eye candy; it is an extremely useful tool and once you have enjoyed the workspace, you will never go back. 

I’ve since upgraded to the 30″ Apple Display, but remember what a big difference going to 23″ made for me.  Today anyone can get the same experience as 23″ or 24″ monitors currently sell for about 1/10th the Apple’s original price.  Quality varies widely and if you want to get a monitor suitable for digital photography you have to shop carefully as many inexpensive monitors don’t have what it takes for the job.  I can make your shopping very easy by pointing out the best buy on the market, the Acer H233H.  It is widely available for under $250 and is a stunning bargain at the price.  (At time of this writing it is available for as little as $209 from TigerDirect.com.)

The Acer H233H has a bright, beautiful image and impressive specs for brightness and contrast, including an amazing 40,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.  What’s more, it has an HDMI input with HDCP (high definition content protection, necessary for displaying high-def content.) The HDMI/HDCP connection allows you to connect a Blu-ray player, HDTV tuner or cable/satellite box.  This means with the Acer H233H you get an HDTV in the bargain, too!  In fact, if you are looking for a high-def theater in the miniature you could get an Acer H233H, a Blu-ray player, and a pair of the Swan M200 MKII speakers I wrote about yesterday.  What fun for a dorm room or bedroom!  You can also connect your computer via DVI and a Blu-ray player vs. HDMI so you can make use of all of the Acer’s capabilities wherever you happen to put it.

The Acer H233H includes a DVI cable, the best choice for use with your computer.  If you want to try it with a Blu-ray or upcoverting DVD player I recommend you get an HDMI cable from monoprice.com or amazon.com.

Best Buy and Tiger Direct are two good places to get this monitor.  Be sure to check out the user reviews- like I said, this monitor is a ringer.

Acer H233H at Tiger Direct

Acer H233H at Best Buy

I love Apple gear but if the H233H was available for around $200 back when I bought my original 23″ Apple display, I guarantee you I would have bought the Acer and pocketed $1800.  Even compared to Apple’s new $800 24″ display I’d be inclined to go with the Acer as its matte screen is much more suitable to digital photography.   The Acer is a looker, too- the nice stand and frame looks quality.  I love finding products like this to recommend.

Check back for tomorrow’s Product of the Day!


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