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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A budget monitor with good pic but lacking in text

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    Shaunh20
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    The ACER SA230 is a 23" monitor that is a good value monitor for use as a secondary monitor or for a non-professional use monitor. The monitor itself is 23" and very thin and light. It's very basic and comes with one connector cord, a VGA connection but allows for use of HDMI and DVI as well if you supply the cable. It's very easy to setup with a non-adjustable stand that does not tilt or pan. The monitor is short and wide and will set that way on your table. If you don't like how it sits you will have to adjust it with a monitor stand just like in the earlier days of computing. Using the monitor itself reveals that it has a very vivid picture with really good color reproduction by default. The graphics on this monitor really pop and it does have a really nice display. The first thing I loaded up was some pictures of pumpkins in a Windows theme and the image really did look good. The text however on the monitor at the default resolution of 1920x1080 can sometimes, depending upon the website, appear somewhat fuzzy or blurry. It's nothing that is going to render any text unreadable but long periods of reading could mean you could end up with some eye fatigue and/or a slight headache. The menu system that the monitor uses is difficult to navigate and it took me quite a while to simply change some basic settings. I suppose I may have been spoiled by the excellent on-screen display of Viewsonic and Dell monitors but the entire process of just trying to change brightness on this monitor can be quite frustrating. One tip, keep a close eye on the screen near the bottom which will provide contextual help to navigation. There is also no explanation that I could find for some of the menu options or what they do. I could not find it in any onscreen help (there is none) nor could I find it in the sparse Acer manual which basically just tells you how to connect up the monitor and nothing else. Now the big question is would I recommend this monitor? Well, I would recommend this to anyone who is just looking for a cheap monitor that has excellent visuals of graphics for movies, light web surfing, picture viewing, etc. This is a good monitor for the kids room, a second computer or just an extra monitor on a multiple monitor setup (which is how I will use this monitor). If you plan to do much reading on your monitor I would look for something with a bit more clarity. I cannot recommend this monitor to anyone as a primary monitor because of the issues with the fuzzy text at the default resolution. Honestly there may be some menu setting or some way to adjust Windows to help alleviate this but I have yet to find it and do not plan to search for it as the monitor will suit my purposes just fine as a monitor to display videos and other background entertainment while I use my primary monitor for reading.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Extremely Good, Inexpensive Full HD Monitor

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    Panther68
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    Acer has been known for making good (although not “great”) products for many years, and at reasonable prices, so it should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with their products that the updated 23” SA230 monitor…now carrying the SA230 bi (NOT to be confused with the old SA230 bid 23” model) model number…is a good buy. This is a VERY thin, full HD (1920x1080) IPS monitor, with a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time, and a 250 Nit brightness level. UNBOXING & INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Instead of a box (typically white) printed with bright colors, and plastered with all sorts of information (usually marketing jargon), the SA230 bi is packaged in a (fairly) plain brown box, with simple mono-color (black) printing. Additionally, there’s no marketing jargon to confuse buyers…just the manufacturer’s sticker providing the primary info, with a handful of “icons” on both faces of the box listing the most basic of features. Internally, packaging is equally simple, with the display sandwiched inside the usual styro-form pieces. Packaged items include the monitor, power cord, a VGA cable (who uses these things anymore? I mean, really), and the usual assortment of paperwork. So far, so good. SETUP: Setup of a monitor should be simple…essentially, plug-n-play…and the Acer SA230 bi follows suit – attach the base (NO screws required), plug the power cord into monitor & outlet, attach video cable (VGA, or (recommended HDMI), and, if wanting to use the built-in 2w speakers, an audio cable (although, if using an HDMI cable, no audio cable is required). QUICK NOTE: For those familiar with the previous SA230 bid, you will notice the lack of a DVI port, which might be the only difference between the original SA230 bid, and this updated SA230 bi model. Once video cable & power cord are connected, all that remains is to turn on the monitor (the right-most of the five buttons located under the bottom-right side of the display), and boot your computer. Lastly, the monitor can be tilted down to 5 degrees, and up to 15 degrees. SETTINGS: Under the right side of the display, in addition to the power button, there are 4 additional buttons, which access the OSD menus. I won’t go into details of each setting, but I will mention the eColor Management menu, which is accessed from the leftmost button. This offers 5 different (User, ECO, Standard, Graphic, & Movie) modes. “Standard” is the default setting, “ECO” reduces power, “Graphic” is great for games, and “Movie” is good (but not great) for movies. The “User” mode is customizable. If you plan on watching movies on this (small) monitor, my suggestion would be to access the “Movie” mode, adjust it to your tastes, and then save that setting under “User”. If movies won’t be watched on this monitor, but games will be played, then do the same thing, but start with the “Graphic” mode. As for the primary menu, it contains the usual assortment of settings, with a few additional settings not usually found in a monitor at this price point. IMAGE QUALITY: If I were ignoring the price, I’d say this monitor had “very good” image quality. I’ve seen some monitors costing more, with displays that weren’t as good. However, when taking the price into consideration, that “very good” jumps to “great”, as you’ll be hard-pressed to find a 23” monitor of this quality, color, brightness, and sharpness for this price ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: First, getting back to my “VERY thin” comment, except for the connection area, the remainder of the display is only 6.6mm…maybe I should have said “ultra-thin”. Not only that, but the bezel is also extremely thin. Then there’s the low (Energy Star-qualifying) 23-watt power consumption. While not the lowest, it’s also far from the highest. Many monitors have a 1-2 year warranty – Acer gives you 3 years. FINAL VERDICT: On its own, this is a “very good” monitor…but, when considering its price, I’d say it’s a “great” monitor. It has bright, accurate colors, the display is an IPS panel, with LED backlighting, & it has an incredibly-thin bezel (along the top & sides). At slightly more than 5 ½ lbs, it’s also fairly lightweight. Normally, I might complain about the removal of the DVI port, but, considering the 1920x1080 resolution, the HDMI & VGA ports are all that’s needed. If you’re looking for a 23” 16:9 monitor, this would be a great choice. If you’re looking for an extremely-thin 23” monitor, this would also be a great choice. If, however, you’re looking for an extremely-thin 23” widescreen monitor, with great brightness, color, and sharpness, this would be an excellent choice. Considering the price, I’d say it will also be your “best bang for the buck” winner. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A okay monitor, but lacks features

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    BillFromKC
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    Disclaimer - I received this product in exchange for my fair and unbiased opinion. Summary: While the Acer SA230 bi is a nice display, there are several shortcoming in my usage scenario that make it slightly disappointing to me. Text is crisp, the screen is bright, and it looks thoroughly modern, but color management, overall color quality, and only two input options are what make it a middling screen at best for me. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unboxing and first impressions: The monitor is packaged well. While the box itself is plain, I don't mind that - after all, you don't buy a monitor for its box, right? the interior is efficiently packed and you'll find the following items: The monitor The base pieces (the base screws into the neck with a thumbscrew, and the whole thing snaps into the back of the monitor) Power adapter and AC cord VGA cable Instruction and warranty info packet This is my first disappointment - there is no HDMI cable included. For the price of the monitor, this shouldn't be the case. Monitors I have from other brands usually come with a digital video cable (either DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort, depending on the monitor, and sometimes more than one of these cables) in the box, along with the VGA cable. And in this day and age, you need a digital video connection (DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort) to support many streaming video services. The SA230 bi itself hit the modern design cues perfectly - super-thin design, matte surface finishes around the screen, and finishing touches that blend in. However, you won't find the standard VESA mounting holes on this screen. While this is fine for the typical user - you'll just set it on the desk and that's it - those of us that use multi-monitor setups will either need to be awesome at aligning screens or will want to pass on this monitor. This is the biggest drawback of the thin monitor designs as of late, and other manufacturers do this as well. The SA230 bi itself has three ports on it - a power port, a VGA port, and a HDMI port. You won't find a DVI port or DisplayPort port here, so for those of you who have video cards lacking HDMI and VGA ports, you'll need to invest in adapters that allow this screen to work with your video card. One minor ding against this screen is the lack of a line-level or headphone output, a feature which would make this a good screen for use with recent video game consoles, media players, or even for people that want as few cables as possible in their computer setup In terms of performance, it does get the job done, as long as color accuracy isn't something you absolutely need out of your screen. The brightness is there and text looks crisp, but colors - especially blues, cyans, purples, and magentas - seem really washed out when compared to my daily drivers. Using the color calibrator tool in macOS, I was able to get the colors of the Acer closer to my other screens, but blues remained washed out. A neat feature that comes with this Acer is the simulated blue light filter. What it does is it tones out the blue end of the visible light spectrum. Research has shown this is useful for people that tend to use their devices before bedtime (computers, phones, tablets, even TVs). Video performance is just fine. I noticed very little in terms of ghosting, highlights versus shadows were fine for a LCD, and images from both 1080p video and games played at 1920x1080 were crisp and detailed. It's upscaler also worked pretty well to keep lower resolutions readable. One other thing this screen got right is that it's a matte screen. While glossy screens do let through slightly better colors than matte screens, glossy screens also have horrible amounts of glare. This doesn't have that glare. So all in all, the Acer SA230 bi is a decent monitor. Text is crisp and clear, the matte finishes and screen cut down on glare and help you focus on the screen, the blue light features are a nice added touch, and the modern design is nice. Color management and colors are poor compared to other monitors in this size and price class, and the lack of input options - along with the lack of an HDMI cable packed into the box - is detrimental to this screen, however. While I can recommend it if you want a modern-looking screen, there are better options out there for the same amount of money, and some that aren't as expensive. I can't recommend it if you're using a multi-monitor setup, if color management and performance is important to you, and if you plan on using it with more than one computer or other device at your desk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Modern gorgeous display

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    There’s a lot to like about this desktop PC monitor. Two video inputs including HDMI and VGA. Tilt control, zero frame and fashionable, sturdy, round stand. Full HD 1080p display. 250 Nits. Size is ideal for folks who like two monitors side by side, on their desktop. This 23” monitor fits my small PC furniture well. Can’t use a 27” monitor because it’s too close to my face, which causes eye strain. I learned this by using 27” monitors at my local library. Full HD 1920x1080 is an improvement over what I was using. Very sharp and pleasing to my eyes. Love the thin, glossy black, light weight, modern profile. And a wide screen is preferred for productivity tasks. I do have to get used to such a thin profile. My old flat panel display is so thick and chunky looking. Also I wonder why Acer gives you a VGA monitor cable. Why not a HDMI one ? I do appreciate the three year warranty. Some monitors only have a one year warranty. Some Acer monitors are reported to have glare but this one doesn’t. Just so U know there is no direct sunlight where my two mini PC’s are. And the overhead light fixture has a diffuser cover. Noticed that when my Remix Mini PC is asleep, the monitor says “Cable Not Connected”. After I wake the PC, the display is normal and I see my desktop screen. So far I have connected a Remix Mini PC using HDMI to HDMI. Also currently using a HDMI to VGA video cable. On my Samsung S3 Chromebox (Celeron B840) I use a DVI to HDMI cable. All combinations work fine and add less than $15 to the cost of set up. Both mini PC’s sit on top of my PC furniture. Acer is a brand known for value and this monitor does not disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor for General Office Type Applications

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    ITJim
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    I currently run multiple monitors for my computer setup. My primary monitor is a $400 gaming monitor that I purchased last year from Best Buy. My secondary monitor is 20” Acer LCD monitor from 2008. I mostly use the secondary monitor for Office applications, web surfing, and the occasional background movie for when I’m working on something on my primary monitor. I got the Acer SA230 to modernize my aging secondary monitor. My secondary goal was to increase the screen real-estate of the available to me. The more space I have, the more information I can display and manipulate between applications. First off, I did not get this monitor for gaming. The refresh of 60hz and the GTG (Gray to Gray) 4ms timing is too slow for the type of action games that I enjoy playing. However, strategy games would probably look great due to the monitor's bright screen and vibrant colors. The screen is too bright for the over abundant white space found on web pages and Office Applications. The On Screen display, monitor controls, do allow adjustments to the five preset modes. Options such as Blue Light filter are available through these controls. The Blue Light filter is tied directly to the Brightness controls. So, if the 50% blue light is too bright for the complete white screen of a MS Word applications, then you may want to use the separate Brightness controls instead. When I’m web surfing or working in Office, I have the brightness turned down to 20%. Otherwise, the screen can be like staring into a bright light bulb. The one thing I hate about the monitor controls is that the settings are not persistent. For example, there is one profile named User. If I change to one of the other pre-set profiles then the monitor automatically sets the User profile back to factory defaults. My gaming monitor does the same thing so, for whatever reason, this may be an industry norm. The monitor itself is super thin. Acer moved the power supply to an external power brick and moved all of the other components to the bottom third of the monitor. This saves on weight, makes the bottom of the monitor about two inches thick, and the top third of the screen is about ¼ inch thick. I am surprised by how light the monitor is. The bezel around the top and sides are also very thin. The bezel does not vanish but it is thin enough not to distract by what is on the screen. I may be hesitant on using multiple Acer SA230’s in a multi-monitor setup if the bezel size is important for your application. It may be too thick if they are side by side. I also believe Acer sells a version with a razor thin bezel that may work better for you. Otherwise, this monitor works great in a multi-monitor application. Outside of web surfing and Office application, I did watch a few Netflix videos. Action scenes were ok with little noticeable ghosting. I did watch one new show from Netflix named I-D0. There were a few scenes were panning across an action scene was noticeably jittery. But, I think this is an issue with the broadcast since I saw the same behavior on my gaming monitor and my 4k TV. Otherwise, everything I watched looked good. I cannot speak to the quality of the built in speakers. I did not use them nor will I ever use them. I have a solid audio setup for my computer so there is little reason to both with the built in sound. The good news is that if you don’t have a sound up then you can leverage the monitor. However, you will need to use the HDMI connection if you want sound. I did not see a stereo jack on the back of the monitor. The only other connection is a d-sub 15 pin VGA connection which does not carry audio signals. The stand does not telescope. The monitor does tilt about 30 degrees towards the ceiling which may be useful in some applications. If you need the monitor at eye level, you will want to place the monitor on some kind of stand. The static height may be annoying but not unexpected for a monitor at this price point. Overall, I do like this monitor. It is super thin, proves to be a good replacement for my 10yr old Acer monitor, bright, and gives me more graphical real-estate than I had. It will do the job of a day to day web surfing and office monitor. It will work for movies when I need a distraction while working on office type work. And most importantly, it fits my budget. It is not perfect but it will get the job done. I hope you found this review useful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor at a great price

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    BobinVA
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    I’ve been using the same 20” flat-screen monitor for about the last 12 years, and it still works. However, it was made before HDMI was common, so its main input is VGA. So, I decided it was time to upgrade. This Acer 23” widescreen monitor is a very good value in its price range. It is extremely thin and light, and with a very small bezel, it doesn’t take up any more space than necessary. The monitor comes with power cord, base for the stand, and a VGA cable. I think it’s interesting that Acer chose to include a VGA cable as opposed to an HDMI cable. Fewer and fewer laptops still include a VGA port, so I would have expected them to include an HDMI cable instead. Perhaps the thinking is that most households are more likely to have an HDMI cable than a VGA cable, but I digress. While many people will probably not even look at the included documentation, I decided to do so. There I was surprised to learn that the stand is not detachable and must be straightened in order to use it. Why was that surprising? Because the box contained a base and post for the stand. The post inserts into the back of the monitor and then fits into the base, which can be fastened to the post using the attached screw. While it isn’t immediately apparent, the monitor can be tilted to your desired angle. With the monitor assembled and plugged in, I then went in search of the power button. On the bottom right side of the monitor there are 4 buttons. Unfortunately, they are not labeled, so I just chose to press the one on the far right, figuring that would be the power button. It was, as confirmed by a tiny blue LED that lit up. Since the buttons aren’t labeled, you just have to start pushing them to figure out what they do. It’s not actually a big deal, however, as the on-screen menu is well designed and the controls shown on the screen line up with the buttons, indicating which button does what. It definitely works, but it’s a little cumbersome to use. The screen itself is very bright and clear, with full HD resolution. In fact, it has brightness to spare, which is nice. With an IPS display, the viewing angles are excellent. It features 4 different display modes: standard, graphics, movie and user. Except for user mode, these are pre-set packages of settings such as brightness, contrast, etc. User mode is what you get when you manually change any of the settings. The resolution of this monitor is 1920 x 1080, and it looks very good. I don’t have experience with high-end monitors, so I don’t know if they would be any different, but I noticed that when I viewed text up close on the screen, it didn’t appear to be as sharp as it was on my laptop’s screen. Perhaps that has to do with pixel density, but I’m not sure. It’s a very subtle thing, and does not detract from the image. It’s really a function of how close you sit to the monitor, so perhaps I was a bit too close. Especially at this price range, I would not consider this a drawback. Overall, this is a great monitor at a great price. It’s large enough to provide plenty of work space, so you won’t feel cramped at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great display in a thin and light design

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    SteveL
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    Bottom line: The Acer SA230 is a great display that looks good at any angle. *** Note: the SA230 bi model does not include DVI input or speakers *** Pros: Thin and light design, excellent and immersive display Cons: AC power adapter, no VESA mounting option, round stand limits thin profile, settings menu a little clunky to operate Review: I was surprised how thin and light the monitor is when I pulled it out of the box. The screen is extremely thin, and even the bottom quarter of the display that houses the connectors isn’t much thicker. The frame around the display is also very thin, which creates an immersive experience for your content. The HD display itself is quite good. Colors are bright and vivid, and fast video motion looked particularly sharp. It’s also an IPS panel, so the images look great from a wide variety of viewing angles. The thin and light design does come with a few trade-offs. First, the power cable is divided into two parts: a grounded, 3 prong cord and an AC adapter (pretty much what you get to power a laptop). I suppose the power supply was moved outside of the display housing to reduce the size, but it also means the setup isn’t as clean as when you just plug the power cord into the display. Second, the display is so thin, it does not support VESA mounting. One design decision I found baffling is that the monitor has a round (circular) base. This requires much more depth on your desk than if the stand had been oval or wide-V shaped like some large screen televisions. In some ways, the stand negates the monitor’s thin profile. Setup was simple, but the Quick Start instructions were a bit confusing, since they were written and illustrated for a model with DVI input and speakers. Additionally, I found the on screen control menu (accessed via buttons under the front right bezel) difficult to use, as I kept pushing the wrong buttons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Corners were cut, price not compensated

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    Gerbil
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    Acer really cut corners with this monitor, even more than I'd expect from them. This monitor seems to represent a marked step backwards from some of their other models at the same price point, and doesn't stand favorably in the market in general. Be aware that this monitor has a matte screen coating. The unit I received is model SA230 bi which is the same price as the SA230 bid, and has virtually all of the same specifications listed on Acer's website... except that this model lacks a DVI port. It seems odd to list the same price for a product with reduced functionality. I happen to have very similarly priced 23" monitor from Acer which I'd like to use for comparison, the H236HL (manufactured two years ago, and now generally available new at a reduced price, well below the MSRP of the SA320 bi). [ Notable Steps Forward ] - Improvements in color gradients and near-color contrasts - Addition of some color adjustment settings - 4ms response time, improved from 5ms [ Trade-off ] - Colors aren't nearly as vivid, instead having a washed out appearance, lower overall contrast with white looking duller and pure black looking much brighter. This is a side-effect of the matte screen coating, with the trade-off being reduced reflections/glare. [ Noteable Steps Backward ] - Lack of a DVI port - Lack of stereo audio out port - Does not include an HDMI cable - Trashier appearance. The lower border/bezel is taller, sports a larger and bolder Acer logo, and has a very odd looking, square power LED light that protrudes out of the border. The decrease in response time is nice, and 4ms is quite respectable in comparison to the competition, though the type of usage typical of budget monitors won't likely have users noticing the difference. The vast majority of users will probably never bother tampering with the added color adjustment settings. The improvements regarding color gradients and contrasts are generally important, but most users will probably not even notice the difference; these changes are most apparent in tests designed to measure monitor performance. The lack of a DVI port is quite unfortunate for those wanting to make use of a dual-monitor setup, as many if not most motherboards and video cards have a single HDMI port and single DVI port (VGA aside). Lack of a stereo audio output port seems like an odd exclusion, being a feature that seems rather standard. Not including an HDMI cable is heaped onto the list of cut corners. It doesn't feel like these shortcomings are adequately reflected in the price. If you greatly prefer matte screens to glossy, then this monitor isn't a bad option, but it is missing some features that are commonly found at this price point. For those who put a premium on color quality, this monitor should certainly be avoided.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good value

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    BradleyFl
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    The ACER SA230 23" Monitor has a matte screen. Although I was able to get speakers configured in the HDMI out to the monitor, the volume button stayed grayed out. After reading more on this I discovered this monitor doesn't support HDMI Audio, but a different model has an actual 3.5mm audio input jack. They used the same firmware on this model as one with audio capabilities, this is an over site on ACER's part. The volume option shouldn't even show up if no speakers are present. This in no way detracts from the overall quality of the monitor. No one I know uses the built in speakers on a monitor. The monitor stand is a round flat plate measuring 8.375" in diameter. The monitor is very light weight and thin. It does not have a VESA mount option. The monitor can tilt forward by 3.6° and back by 14.4°. It has 2 inputs, HDMI and VGA via D-Sub. Video color out of the box is set to "Warm" turning white into yellow. This is the new normal for monitors. It is easily changed to "Cool" making the colors correct. It also has a Blue light reduction setting. I'm not sure why people want this, it looks god awful to me, but people do want it and use it, and this monitor supports it. Assembly was easy, setup was non existent. Windows 10 didn't even ask to install drivers, it just displayed the correct setting and monitor model number. The control buttons are located under the right side of the bottom bezel and not labeled at all. Pressing the farthest one to the right turns the monitor on and off, any of the others will activate the OSD menu. The power light is blue, not a great choice because blue is a bad color to look at. They have turned down the brightness of the power light but your eyes still go right to it when looking at the monitor. A Sharpie will fix this. The monitor is a FHD display with no noticeable lag or ghosting. On a full white screen there is just a small amount of color fade on the right side. Red and green are also showing a very small amount of color fade on the right side. Blue is a bit more prevalent to color fading. On my other monitors this is not the case, but I'll be honest, they cost twice as much. This color fading will never be seen except on a solid color screen. I always run a full color screen test on a new monitor. It allows me to see faded spots, not usually noticeable while displaying a normal screen. But more important, dead or stuck pixels. This monitor shows only the slightest signs of color fading, and no dead or stuck pixels. I believe for the price you cant go wrong with this one, unless you really want speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice 23" IPS monitor for the average home PC

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    I have been struggling a little with how I should rate this monitor as it is a little expensive for the size and the category that this is built to compete with but with that said, it really isn't overpriced for what you are getting which is a very thin monitor with the exception of the bottom 3" with a very nice picture in a hard to find IPS monitor that is affordable and I personally believe the picture is better than the same size 1080p TN monitor that most screens in this price range are built with making this monitor an all around better value than other cheaper models. One of the reasons they could make this screen so thin is because it has an external power supply which could be seen as a pro or a con depending on how picky you are with having to find a place for it to sit out of the way. Which brings me to the cons which aren't huge but I do feel there are enough to dock it one star. The biggest is the lack of ports as it only has a VGA Port or an HDMI port which should be enough for most but I wish they would have replaced the VGA Port with either a DVI or Display port which would work much better with newer video cards and I also wish they would have included an HDMI cable but unfortunately they only included a VGA cable so you will need to get an HDMI cable if you want the best picture possible from your new monitor. Secondly several reviewer's have complained about the stand not being adjustable which is not true as it does tilt from -5° to 15° which isn't much but it is enough to get a good viewing angle. #3 is that in order to make the screen so thin they could not include any VESA mounting hardware or options which could be a major issue for some. This last one in which I don't believe is a con but other's might see the 4 Ms refresh rate and 60hz as a little low or the refresh rate a little faster but honestly I don't believe most people can even see the difference in 3 Ms but whatever and if you are looking for a monitor that can be over clocked to a faster refresh rate than 60mz then you should be looking for a higher priced gaming monitor as this monitor was not built specifically for gaming or pro video editing but it will work for casual gamer's or just hobbiest video editing. In closing, this is a nice monitor with crisp text and a beautiful screen that would be perfect for any home or office user that wants a better than most picture in a moderately priced monitor and can live with a few small deficiencies then you should definitely consider the new Acer AS230 BI.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great IPS Monitor

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    RedScorpion
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    I have really enjoyed this monitor. Out of the box, the monitor looks great. At the top edge, the monitor is around a quarter of an inch thick. It has a good viewing angle and was plenty bright. The 4ms response time is great for games or netflix on the PC. Potential drawbacks: The monitor only comes with a VGA cable in the box. VGA cables are bulky analog cables. If you want the monitor to look as it was intended, you need a digital HDMI cable. There is no display port or DVI input on the monitor. So HDMI is your only digital option. The controls took me a bit to figure out. There's very little documentation to explain how to change brightness or other settings. A lot of the setting changes came down to trial and error. Out of the box, the unit is set too bright (all monitors are initially set too bright), but once I lowered the settings (set brightness closer to 50 and contrast up around 65, but I am still perfecting it) the visuals really looked great. I really like this monitor and I can easily recommend it. Just make sure to buy an HDMI cable to go with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor, great price....

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    RaleighBestBuyFan
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    I purchased this monitor recently when it was on sale for only $99 - screaming deal for the quality, performance, and features. And actually, I purchased 2 (two). After using it for a few days, I could recommend it for the original list price of $159 also. Out of the box, it was very easy to set up (VGA cord included, but not HDMI). Tools are not needed. It all snaps together and the main screw securing the base to the stand has a thumbscrew on it that was easy to use with my fingers. The monitors are very light but sturdy when set up. Pieces are good quality. Nothing jumped out at me as being too cheap or flimsy. It was all plug and play. The “frameless” screen looks good. The picture is great for what I need .... mostly email and spreadsheets. Everything is crisp and clear regardless of the resolution. I did watch a few videos and the picture was very good. There’s a ton of fine tune adjustments for color, warmth, position, etc... to get the picture perfect. I was impressed with how easy it was to use the built in controls. While the buttons are underneath the edge of the screen, the screen displays the buttons labels and lines them up with the buttons underneath making adjustments very easy. Definitely recommend this unit especially if you can find it on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GREAT but has a scratch

    Posted
    Cryst
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    Long story short: Purchased a new lenovo desktop pc. Needed a screen. Found this one right under $100 which made me very happy. 23" is a great deal, to me, for that price. Very user friendly. It has menu buttons along the bottom, right side of the screen. No usb ports on monitor which is perfectly fine with me. Down side, (1) there are no speakers (to my knowledge) even though menu provides the option for sound volume. That is okay since I have a Bluetooth discoverable PC and linked it on to my mini Google. (2) I have yet to call Best Buy, however, out of box my monitor stand (came with monitor) has a long scratch about half the diameter of the base. (3) The flaw I do not like is that there is no way to "mount" the base and monitor screen together. There were two screws with no instructions. I would imagine the base could be tightened and secured for safety reasons. My fear is my special needs brother will lift the screen and the base (or monitor) will part in two. OTHER THAN THAT, on the bright side: (1) menu allows to switch contrast, brightness, focus, and picture settings. For example, blue light settings. I find this very helpful since I am a online student. (2) the monitor can be adjusted/tilted. There is no "lift up or down" for on the stand. (3) Picture quality is fantastic. Very clear and crisp image. I am taking microbiology so this is a great help. (4) 23" makes it easier on the eyes. No squinting which can lead to headaches over a long duration. (5) under $100. Overall, happy with my purchase! I do recommend. Like anything that comes by mail or package purchased in store, inspect item thoroughly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crazy Thin, Light, Crisp

    Posted
    JenN7
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    This is a simple, high quality, wide screen monitor. That's it. It does one thing and it does it WELL. You will pull it out of the box, marvel at how ridiculously thin and light it is, appreciate the simplicity of the connections, the matte finish (if you hate fingerprints and glare like I do), plug it in with the enclosed monitor cable or your own HDMI cable (I used an HDMI), and turn it on. If you have a newer computer with Windows 10, it will "just work" and be beautiful, with your splash image and desktop stretching to fit the lovely wide screen. The colors pop and, for me, most importantly, even with an HDMI connection (which does not always work awesomely for this) text is really easy to read. The really nice matte finish the screen has also noticeably reduced my eyestrain compared to using the glossy screen on my laptop. This screen is not much larger than my old one, but moving to the wider screen means better side-by-side content, which I had previously done using a two-screen configuration. That's not really necessary anymore. For day-to-day work, this screen is just the right size to have a reference document and a working document up side-by-side or open up a big spreadsheet and be able to see the whole thing. I love it. If you are looking for something more complex, this may not be the choice for you. It does not have speakers (so be prepared to hook up a little speaker to your PC or use a soundbar or something--I had previously been using an HDtv/monitor with built in speakers, so I had to hook up a speaker, but I knew that going in); also, there is only one HDMI port and one older pin monitor port, so if you need to connect multiple computers up to this, you may need a port replicator of some kind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent entry-grade monitor

    Posted
    Hikergal
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    The Acer SA230 bi 23" Monitor is an attractive, serviceable, entry-grade monitor. The upper portion of the screen unit is only a quarter-inch thick, with a very thin bezel. Its display has about a 3/8” unlit border, and surprisingly there is no Windows 10 driver available. The round base is stable, but a rectangular base would take up less room. And, although the screen can tilt, its height is not adjustable and there is no VESA mounting option. Basic setup is as easy as possible — do some no-tools-needed assembly, plug it in, and connect it to a computer, and you’re good to go. It has ports for both HDMI and VGA cables (no DVI port), but only a VGA (i.e., analog) cable is included. So, if you want a true digital signal — and better image quality — you’ll have to add an HDMI cable. It also does not have built in speakers, so even if you use an HDMI cable, to have sound you’ll have to attach some external speakers to your computer. Making adjustments to the color and other settings is a hassle, because the settings buttons are unmarked, hard to reach, and not at all intuitive. However, if you like what you see without making any adjustments, this will be a non-issue. Speaking of what you see—the image quality of the Acer SA230 is great or not so great, depending upon where you use it, what you use it for, and your eyesight and personal preferences. The matte coating on the screen helps reduce glare, but it also can result in colors that appear less vivid and text that appears less sharp. I have it sitting next to a high-end monitor, and I can tell the difference. However, for email, surfing the Web, and many other uses, it gets the job done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good moniter

    Posted
    fargofar
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    Set-up: Easy as pie. No instructions needed. Cable supplied not compatable with video card on my computer. However HDMI works great. The stand is in two parts with one screw that no screwdriver is need for and just snapes onto the monitor. Screen: Very bright. Colors: Wonderful. For a 1080P monitor you don't need 4k, it looks that good. Viewing area: There is no bezel to speak of on the sides and top. However, there is a quarter inch area on the sides and top that are not used. My old ACER monitor had that quarter inch bezel to cover the unused area. Played Smash Frenzy 4 from Big Fish games and Big Jig (a jigsaw puzzle) from Lena games. There was a one inch unsable area on the to of the monitor and quarter inch unused area on the side. Drivers: Monitor was in use out of the box. However Set up a log-in on the ACER site to download any driver(s) available. To my surprise and confusion, NO Win10 drivers. Saw Win7 and Win 8 32 bit and 64 bit drivers though. Findings: For a novice user, setup could not be easier and usable straight from the box is an A. Setting up an account with ACER is easy and is an A. Driver update is only useful if you still use Win 7 or 8. That gets an A. BUT for those of us using Win 10 driver update gets an F. Overall, this monitor is a better than a good buy for ease of set-up and usability out of the box. I would rate this monitor a great buy if ACER had drivers for Win10. That might eliminate the unusable area on the sides and top.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    very good and very slim monitor

    Posted
    blah
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    This is the first Acer monitor I have ever had, and I was pretty surprised how good it is for the price point. My biggest gripe with monitors in this price range is when viewing off angle, a lot of grey introduced to the screen image, but the viewing range is pretty good on this monitor. The monitor is only HD, 1920x1080, which is ok, but if you are an heavy gamer, you might want more resolution, like 2560x1440, though those monitors tend to cost more, and you will need a more expensive video card to drive video games at that resolution with all the settings turned high up. At 1920x1080, even a GTX 1060 will make most games like Doom run at a very fast rate. I tried Doom, it looked great, though because this monitor is only 60hz, there was screen tearing as it could not keep up at the frame rate my GTX 1060 laptop card could output (which was 90+ frames per second at this resolution). The monitor itself is quite plain, but that was ok with me, as what I really cared about was how thin it was, and it is pretty thin. There is no swivel, or height adjustment either. This is an IPS screen, with a 4ms response time, and I could not see any ghosting to my eyes, either gaming or using windows 10. The monitor does tilt up and down slightly. There are single HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports, but I wish it had included DisplayPort, which it does not. Overall, unless you need a monitor that has Nvidia G-Sync this is a pretty good monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor

    Posted
    SimpleLiving
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    Finally, I have a monitor that is nice to work, study and have fun. The screen dimension is nice to work because it allows me to have to browsers, or apps open at the same time to work more efficiently. I find working on word documents a lot easier when I have another page open and on my screen. The colors are beautiful and vibrant. The resolution is excellent to watch movies. The hardware and case feel like a quality built. It is extremely light that you may lift with just one hand. This Acer monitor is very thin and it comes with RGB cable for connection. It has a HDMI port, which this is the only type of connection my new computer has. The monitor tilts a bit forward and backward, but only a few degrees. What I like about this monitor is that after a few hours of use it doesn’t feel hot or warm. I think that this Acer monitor is great and I plan to get another one for my wife, maybe the 27” for her.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice mid-range monitor

    Posted
    cw77
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    The thing I love most about this monitor is that it has a matte screen, which greatly reduces glare. So many monitors out now have the glossy screen, which looks great when the lighting is perfect, but suffer a lot from glare and reflections. Won’t have that problem with this monitor. Color seems good, perhaps very moderately subdued, but that can probably be tweaked in the settings. Speaking of settings, they are a little awkward to use, as you have to just feel for them along the bottom of the screen. Can’t tell the power button from the others. Display does have about a ⅜ inch bezel around the top and sides, in addition to the ⅛ inch plastic frame, so effectively there’s a ½ inch bezel around your entire viewing area. Hard to see the ⅜ section from online pics, and even somewhat difficult to see when the monitor is off, so don’t spend 30 minutes trying to adjust the viewing area to ‘fill’ the monitor. The monitor is also crazy thin - perhaps too thin. There was a visible bend to my monitor when I took it out of the box. And it’s thin enough that you can easily bend it, inadvertently, when handling, so be careful. All in all, it’s a decent monitor. Not spectacular, but slightly above average.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice monitor but not audio capable

    Posted
    BestBuyFanDan
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    I like the size and dimensions of the Acer SA230 bi monitor. It has a very thin profile and provides a great wide screen image. The display depicts colors very well - very comparable with other monitor brands I've used. It offers VGA and HDMI inputs - my one and only issue with this monitor is that when you connect with an HDMI cable from your computer, you will not hear any sounds. On my computer, when an HDMI cable is connected, it routes sound through that connection as well, so when I'm connected to this monitor without speakers, I just don't hear any sound. I reached out to the Acer support using their chat feature and confirmed that my model does not have speakers, but they did not have any suggestion on how I might be able to hear audio from my computer when connected. I suspect that there are ways and will continue to research that in Windows forums, but this is question cannot be one only I am encountering, so it would be advisable for them to find a better answer in my opinion. If you connect with VGA, this issue does not occur as VGA connections only deal with display.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TeamAcer

      Dear BestBuyFanDan,

      Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We’re sorry that you are unhappy with your
      Acer monitor. In order to get sound from any monitor it must have built-in speakers. Although the monitor you selected does not have internal speakers you should still be able to connect external USB speakers to your PC to get audio.

      Best regards,
      Acer America Acer