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Acer B223WG review

Acer B223WG
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £140
inc VAT

The B223WG has good, but not outstanding, picture quality. Its adjustable stand is a highlight, but cheaper rivals have higher resolutions and deliver better quality.


22in screen size, 1,680×1,050 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

The Acer B223WG is a 22in monitor designed primarily for business use, and has a 1,680×1,050 resolution rather than the now popular 1,920×1,080 resolution. Windows fonts are much easier to read at the lower resolution, and you don’t lose much vertical space, which is important if you’re reading documents, web pages or other tall documents.

In addition, the B223WG has a height-adjustable stand that has 115mm of vertical movement, and can be swivelled into portrait mode. Most people don’t need portrait mode, but it could be a boon if you’re planning on buying two monitors and placing them side by side in portrait mode. The thin bezel is welcome for this setup, too. We were slightly disappointed with the B223WG’s horizontal swivel range though, which covers just 70 degrees.

On the rear you’ll find VGA and DVI video inputs, plus a minijack audio input and a headphone output. The internal speakers are underpowered, but are fine for watching movies on YouTube, for example. The DVI port supports HDCP, so you can watch protected video content such as Blu-ray films.

The menu system is controlled by small buttons below the screen, and is easy to navigate. There are five presets and you can control brightness and contrast, and enable dynamic contrast for each one. There are also colour controls, offering warm and cool temperatures, and a user setting for control over individual colours.

We found it hard to notice any difference in contrast with dynamic contrast turned on. Picture quality was generally good, with fairly accurate colours, but it couldn’t quite match the best monitors. This was most noticeable in light scenes, where fine details disappeared due to poor contrast. Also, those who like vibrant, saturated colours might be disappointed that the HH222DPB’s more muted tones.

While it’s a practical choice, the B223WG isn’t good value unless you need an adjustable stand. If you’re going to use your monitor for anything other than office work, BenQ’s G2222HDL is a much better choice thanks to its Full HD resolution, better image quality and lower price.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 22 in
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (50,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 176°
Vertical viewing angle 176°
Response time 5ms
Response time type black-to-black
Screen depth 64mm
Base (WxD) 240x170mm
Screen elevation 46-161mm


Portrait mode yes
Wall mount option yes
Height adjustable yes
Internal speakers yes (2x 1W)
Detachable cables yes
USB hub none
Integrated power supply yes
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras headphone output
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs 3.5mm line in


Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 24W

Buying Information

Price £140
Warranty three years RTB

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