Acer H257HU - a brief review

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kfmfe04, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. kfmfe04 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Just bought an Acer H257HU for my late-2013 15" rmbp (GT 750m) from my local computer shop.

    It's a 25" IPS WQHD monitor with 2560x1440 resolution. The surface is matte and the edges are super-thin. The aluminum look matches the the rmbp. Worked perfectly out-of-the-box via the included HDMI-2.0 cable. It also includes a mini-display port cable, but I haven't tried it out yet. The in-monitor speakers are good enough that I don't bother wasting real-life desktop space with externals. I primarily use the external Acer for coding and for watching movies.

    If you don't want the cost or the size of a 4K monitor, but want higher resolution, I highly recommend this monitor - actually, I'm seriously considering buy a second one so I can have a matching pair driven off the rmbp.

    Though I shouldn't be, I'm certainly surprised at how much panel technology has advanced in the past 2 years. If I rate my rmbp screen as a 6/10, I would rate this Acer as an 8.5/10 (of course, the rmbp screen isn't bad at all, but I lowered the score a bit for its shiny surface. The Acer doesn't get higher than 8.5 due to its shiny black back surface which I find a bit tacky - but since the back-side is facing the wall for me, I don't have to look at it and deduct more). But overall, just looking at the screen itself, I certainly prefer the Acer's contrast/saturation/matte surface.

    Another point of reference: I have an older 27" iMac (non-4K) and although I loved that screen at first, later, I found it to take up too much space. YMMV, but I actually found out that I would prefer 2x25" WQHD monitors rather than one 4K 27". Anyhow, you will have to decide for yourself what parameters are important to you, but if they are anything like mine, I would recommend that you take a look at this monitor - you can find some detailed video reviews and get a sense of how the monitor looks on youtube.
  2. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2013
    You just prefer a starker picture (aka more saturated) rather than a more accurate display (doesn't exhibit/emphasize color saturation/contrast etc). Each one has a taste and people who work professionally require truth and honest display e.g pro monitor and rmbp screen rather than coloring it up to look amazing like your monitor.
  3. kfmfe04 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Truth and honest display? lmao!

    Like I said, it totally depends on what's important to you. I do zero printing/video/photo work/no gaming on a Mac, so the added depth works at a lower cost works great for me. It obviously doesn't match your needs.

    As a professional developer who watches movies/videos, this monitor is perfect for me.
  4. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2013
    That's the bottomline. But it doesn't mean that the display is better than the rmbp display as it's obviously less accurate than the rmbp which doesn't meet Professional photo/video editor's needs.

    An Analogy in terms of sound, you might like the Bose sound and hate the Studio Monitor sound due to the exciting sound you hear from the Bose. However, that sound isn't accurate and is colored too much and for that reason isn't suitable for studio use.

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