Oct 28 2010 - Earlier this year, Acer launched the GD235HZ 3D monitor. This 23.6-inch LCD display, priced competitively at $399 MSRP, can now be found for around $350 due to recent price drops. If you're looking to dabble in 3D gaming but are on a budget, the Acer GD235HZ LCD display holds its own against more expensive models from rivals, such as Alienware and Samsung.
- Full HD Resolution
- Lack of Ports
- Text Could be Crisper
- 23.6-inch Widescreen TFT LCD
- 1920 x 1080 Resolution
- 80000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
- 170°/160° Horizontal/Vertical Viewing Angles
- VGA, DVI, HDMI (HDCP) Connectors
- 300 cd/m2 Brightness
- 2ms Gray-to-Gray Response Time
- 22.6" x 7.7" x 16.4" @ 12.8 Pounds
Review - Acer GD235HZ 23.6-inch 3D-Ready LCD Monitor
Upon first glance, the Acer GD235HZ features an orange and black stand that coincides with Acer's Predator line of desktops designed for gaming. Luckily the orange accent color is subtle compared to the previous G24 monitor, which featured an orange bezel around the entire screen. The new look is definitely favorable. The GD235HZ is also relatively light at 12.8 pounds compared to other 23.6-inch monitors.
The Acer GD235HZ offers 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, which is above the norm considering many 3D monitors only support 1680 x 1050 resolution. Seeing as the Acer is a 3D-ready monitor, the refresh rate is 120Hz. Paired with the NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit, this monitor produced awesome 3D images with ease once the quirky NVIDIA display drivers were installed properly. The monitor is a bit slow when powering up, but it's not anything that inhibits performance.
One downside to this display is the lack of ports. One dual-link DVI, one HDMI, and one VGA input are all you get. Seeing as to how this display is designed for 3D gaming, it's disappointing that a USB port isn't found on the monitor, especially considering the fact that the NVIDIA 3D Vision transmitter utilizes this type of connection.
It was also necessary during the testing process to calibrate the display using the buttons (that are somewhat awkward) underneath the screen. Once the Acer GD235HZ was restored to default settings and calibrated accordingly, the monitor looked great for gaming. However, if you read a lot of text or use a variety of applications, such as Excel or Photoshop, the text and images aren't quite as crisp as on other displays. But due to Acer's aggressive pricing, these issues can be overlooked if you want to get into 3D gaming on a budget.
Overall, the Acer GD235HZ monitor is a decent buy at $350 if you are looking to game in 3D. Be aware, though, that 3D gaming does require the NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit, which is priced at nearly $200, as well as a compatible graphics card and game. And it's not easy gaming for long periods of time in a 3D environment. If you are an early adopter, go for it. The price, size, and resolution are all positive attributes. However, if you plan to game in 3D occasionally and use the monitor primarily for work or school, there are better alternatives on the market that offer clearer text.