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Acer B223WG review

Barry de la Rosa
31 May 2010
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.

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Specifications

22in screen size, 1,680x1,050 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

The Acer B223WG is a 22in monitor designed primarily for business use, and has a 1,680x1,050 resolution rather than the now popular 1,920x1,080 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***

Physical

Viewable size22 in
Native resolution1,680x1,050
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (50,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle176°
Vertical viewing angle176°
Response time5ms
Response time typeblack-to-black
Screen depth64mm
Base (WxD)240x170mm
Screen elevation46-161mm

Features

Portrait modeyes
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersyes (2x 1W)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasheadphone output
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on24W

Buying Information

Price£140
Supplierhttp://www.kikatek.com
Detailswww.acer.co.uk
Warrantythree years RTB

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