A rare 3-D monitor that’s also good at 2-D

The Acer HN274H LCD Monitor displays brilliant 3-D without sacrificing 2-D performance, and does it at a great price.

It’s a fact that 3-D monitors are still trying to find a place in the government workplace. Even so, these beauties are gaining increasing attention for their usefulness in tasks such as training simulation, computer-aided design and molecular modeling.

Many monitors in the market can ably render 3-D images. However, not many of them can also display conventional 2-D material as well, and many are uncomfortable to look at for an extended period of time. And as most people involved in tasks where 3-D is required are also often occupied with tasks more suited to a 2-D monitor, this can be a problem.

The HN274H bmiiid LCD Monitor from Acer solves this problem handily. To start with, it is a 27-inch 16:9 ratio widescreen monitor. We found its maximum resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels to be roomy, while not making everything so small you couldn’t read it anymore.


Acer HN274H bmiiid LCD Monitor

Pros: Even brightness; 2-D function is easy on the eyes.
Cons: Power button difficult to operate.
Performance: A-
Ease of Use: A-
Features: A
Value: A
Price: $700
Reviewer’s Choice

Related coverage:

10 ways telework will change in the next 10 years 

Laser-based mapping a boost for troops in Afghanistan


We were pleased to find that the HN274H put out 497 lumens in our brightness test. This meant that the image on the screen was always bright and clear, even with daylight streaming in through a nearby window. At this level of brightness this monitor would only begin to have problems when in direct sunlight. But short of that, we found it performed well in any lighting condition it would normally run across. And we were using the default settings. So if you really needed it to go brighter, you could make it do so, though you might sacrifice quality.

While a measurement of 497 lumens was only moderately bright at the center of the screen, what impressed us was that the HN274H averaged only 40 lumens less at its corners. Since the human eye isn’t precise enough to register a difference of less than 100 lumens, this means we saw an evenly lit screen throughout. This is helped by the white LED backlighting, which tends to light more evenly than with other methods.

For a monitor of average brightness, the HN274H does a good job of displaying even the minute color gradients and differences in saturation. Using DisplayMate benchmarks, we were able to discern differences in both white and black saturation of 1 percent. We were also able to identify individual hues in color gradients of up to 128 steps. It was a pleasure to find this level of clarity in this monitor.

What makes this monitor one of the more versatile in its class is the number of inputs it sports. In the back we found a VGA port, a DVI-D dual-input port, and an HDMI port. What impressed us even more were the two extra HDMI ports located on the side. This would allow a user to have several computers of varying graphics capabilities connected to the same monitor.

With the NVIDIA 3-D Vision glasses that came with the monitor and a compatible video card, we were able to set the HN274H to display 3-D images. Although it is a bit onerous to wear glasses in order to make the 3-D rendering work, the NVIDIA eyewear was at least moderately comfortable to wear. The depth of field that the 3-D rendering provided was one of the best we’ve seen, and the common 3-D headache was pretty much nonexistent. Hands-down, for 3-D applications the HN274H is one of the best we’ve tested.

The only flaw

The only major flaw we found in this monitor was in one of its most-used parts: the On/Off switch. It has a teardrop shape that is recessed quite a bit. It is not clear whether we were supposed to simply make contact with it, press it, press part of it, or what.

The manual merely identified the switch’s location. We were eventually able to get it to turn on and off, but it was never with any regularity and we had no way to know what we did exactly to make it happen. Now, once it is on, the monitor can go into power-save mode, so this is not as big a problem as it would be in a more power-hungry monitor. But we felt it was worth noting considering how much trouble we had with it.

Acer is retailing the HN274H bmiiid LCD Monitor for $700, which is what we’d expect from an average 3-D monitor. Since this has features that make it better than average, this is a great price. In fact, it earns our Reviewer’s Choice for December based on its high performance and value. If 3-D is ever going to make it into the mainstream for consumers and government, it's monitors such as the Acer HN274H that will be leading the charge.

Acer, www.acer.com

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.