Acer S275HLbmii monitor preview: Acer's IPS monitor shines

We've reviewed quite a few Acer monitors, including several very nice ones, but they've all been screens with TN panels. They recently began developing monitors with IPS panels, and the first one we got our hands on is the Acer S275HLbmii. It's a 27in model priced around £233.

The S275HLbmii falls in the same price segment as the recently reviewed LG IPS277L-BN and the ASUS Designo MX279H. That's not the only similarity with those monitors, because it looks like they all employ the same panel made by LG.Display. This panel is used by a number of different manufacturers.

It doesn't necessarily mean that the products are identical, because the other hardware components and software features can differ significantly. Acer has tried to distinguish itself, and equipped the S275HLbmii with a shiny, dark plastic plate (it doesn't look like glass anyway). The models from LG and ASUS have non-glare screens with an anti-reflective coating.

It's a matter of taste, some like glossy screens that appear to have higher contrast and more saturated colours, others don't like reflections and will prefer the ASUS and LG screens.

Like the ASUS and LG models, this is a 27in display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. That equals 81.59 pixels per inch, significantly less than the 90+ ppi you get on a 23.6in or 24in screen. It may bother some, but in games it can add to the immersion to sit close to a large monitor. In fast-moving scenes you won't notice the individual pixels very quickly. If you have poor eyesight or sit further from the screen, the fact that everything is larger can be an advantage. However, if you're yearning for a retina-like PC monitor, you're better off with a smaller monitor and/or higher resolution. Read the rest of Acer S275HLbmii monitor preview on Hardware.info.