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Acer B296CL
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Acer B296CL PC Monitor

PC Mag Editor's Choice
29" 100000000:1 LED Jan 2015
Display Diagonal Contrast Ratio (dynamic) Display Built-In Speaker(s) Release Date
Find a working angle that's perfect for you with the Acer ErgoStand1, a stand that lets you easily adjust the screen's height, as well as letting you tilt and swivel it easily. Another great... More
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16 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This flatpanel monitor received an "Editor's Choice" from PC Mag who said that this PC display was fantastic.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Six experts from sites including Digital Versus, PC Mag, Good Gear Guide.com.au and Les Numeriques.com have rated this medium monitor on average 82 out of 100.

Robust

Several Acer B296CL reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Three years ago Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote in their review of the Acer B296CL “Solid color and grayscale performance” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

Some Acer B296CL reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Acer B296CL “Acer's extra-wide LCD monitor for business users offers crisp picture quality for office apps, vibrant output for photos” and rated the Acer B296CL 80 out of 100. Expert website Itreviews.com said “This 29-inch IPS monitor delivers rich color quality and good gr” in their review of this PC monitor.

Good Technical Features

Some Acer B296CL owners reckoned that it had good features. Good Gear Guide.com.au gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “Good build and hardware features” in their review. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote “Colour fidelity is decent, response times are respectable and there's a good range of hardware features” and gave this PC monitor a score of 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who reviewed this PC monitor reckoned that it was good value for money. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The Acer B296CL is a reasonably priced 29-inch Ultra-wide monitor offering a generous selection of ports, solid IPS color performance” and rated it 5 stars.

Nice Design

One Acer B296CL reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Pcmag.com scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Acer B296CL on PC Mag “An ergonomic stand”.

Good Picture Quality

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it had good picture quality.

Acer PC Screens Have Good Reviews

On average Acer medium monitors have good ratings compared to other brands as do all PC monitors built by Acer.

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LED Display

This PC screen has an LED display, which is the most frequently found display on comparable spec flatpanel monitors that have been available for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other LCD screens that have an LED Display currently available including a cheaper PC screen such as the Asus VG27AH (£303.80) or you might consider a better rated PC screen such as the Acer B286HK (£303.99), or the Viewsonic VP2770 (£453.58).

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Acer B296CL has a built-in speaker(s), which is unusual. Most of the other LCD screens of this age and spec do not have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this PC display to all the other PC displays with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the iiyama B2888UHSU (£384.72) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

It is worth also looking at alternative PC monitors which also have a built-in speaker(s) including the Acer 296CL (£380.62), or the Philips C240P4QPYEW/75.

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Very Wide Viewing Angle, Vertical

When compared to other PC displays of a similar spec and age to the B296CL that we have assessed, the viewing angle, vertical of the Acer B296CL of 178 degrees is one of the widest. Across all the similar spec LCD screens that came out around the same time as the B296CL the viewing angle, verticals range from 15° to 180°, and the average viewing angle, vertical is 170°.

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Quite Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

The viewing angle, horizontals of similar spec PC displays that came out more than two years ago range from -5° to 1,800°. When compared to other PC monitors of a similar type and age to the B296CL that we have checked, the Acer B296CL's viewing angle, horizontal of 178 degrees is one of the widest.

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Quite High Height Adjustment

Medium monitors that have been around for a similar time to the B296CL have height adjustments of between 13mm and 1,200mm, and the average height adjustment is 130mm. At 150 millimeters, the Acer B296CL has a fairly high height adjustment compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors that came out around the same time as the B296CL.

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Quite Big Display Diagonal (metric)

The Acer B296CL has a fairly big display diagonal (metric) (73.7 centimeters) compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of this type and age. The display diagonal (metric)s of flatpanel monitors that were released more than two years ago range from 28cm to 590cm.

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2560 X 1080 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Acer B296CL has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1080. That's 33% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) flatpanel monitor, which is the most common resolution. Across all medium monitors that were released around the same time as the B296CL the best resolution is 3840 x 2160 and the worst is 640 x 350.

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11 Reasons Against

Average User Reviews

On average, B296CL owners rated this LCD screen 66%.

Only One USB Type-A Downstream Ports Quantity

The Acer B296CL is a one USB Type-A downstream ports quantity PC screen. Most of the other similar spec PC screens that have been around for a comparable time to the B296CL have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports quantitys.

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£73.22 Price Increase

In the last 20 days the price of the B296CL has increased by £73.22.

Not 3D

Most flatpanel monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the B296CL are not 3D. The Acer B296CL is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a PC screen that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Asus VG236 (£349.99); or the Asus VG27AH (£303.80), or the Samsung LS23A700DS (£299.99).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The Acer B296CL does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other PC displays of a comparable age and type to the B296CL also do not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of alternative PC displays which also have a built-in camera which you might want to consider including the Philips 272P4 (£517.20), or the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display (£288.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Card Reader Integrated

Most medium monitors that are a similar age to the B296CL do not have a card reader integrated. The Acer B296CL is no exception to this as it too does not have a card reader integrated.

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Expensive

We checked 507 PC screens that were released more than two years ago and they range in price from £46 to £2,475. We think that this flatpanel monitor looks expensive compared to other PC screens that were released more than two years ago.

Only HD HD Type

This LCD screen has a Full HD HD type, which is typical of many medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Only One HDMI Ports Quantity

Most PC monitors that have been available for around the same time as the B296CL have between one and three HDMI ports quantitys, including the Acer B296CL which has one HDMI ports quantity.

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Quite High Annual Energy Consumption

The Acer B296CL has a fairly high annual energy consumption (63 kilowatt hours) compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out around the same time as the B296CL. Flatpanel monitors that have been available for around the same time as the B296CL have annual energy consumptions of between 25kWh and 140kWh, and the average annual energy consumption is 50kWh.

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Fairly Slow Response Time

The Acer B296CL has a quite slow response time (8 milliseconds) compared to most of the other similar spec LCD screens that have been available for more than two years. The average response time of LCD screens of this age and spec is 6.2ms.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer B296CL

Released Over Two Years Ago

This PC screen has been on the market for over two years.

Specification

Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Display
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
HD Type
Aspect Ratio
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Display Diagonal (metric)
Display Technology
Display Brightness
Response Time
Native Aspect Ratio
Display Number of Colours
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB Type-A Downstream Ports Quantity
USB Hub Version
AC (power) in
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Camera
TV Tuner Integrated
Design
Colour of Product
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
Height Adjustment
Tilt Angle
Tilt Adjustment
Swivelling
Swivel Angle Range
VESA Mounting Interfaces
VESA Mounting
Stand-By LED
Power LED
Power
Energy Efficiency Class
Annual Energy Consumption
AC Input Voltage
Certificates
Certification
Energy Star Certified
EPEAT Compliance
Packaging Content
Cables Included

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(9)

Acer's extra-wide LCD monitor for business users offers crisp picture quality for office apps, vibrant output for photos and video playback, and it comes with a stand that allows it to move up,...

Matte
IPS panel
Heightadjustable stand with screen rotation
Rich colour output
Wide viewing angles
Some of the port placements could be better
Poor speaker
No upscaling mode to make use of the screen's full native resolution when watching movies
Mediocre vertical viewing angle
No auto-rotate feature
14 April 2014

The Acer B296CL is a good monitor. Colour fidelity is decent, response times are respectable and there's a good range of hardware features. All in all, it's a versatile display. It's a shame that...

IT Reviews.com

17 August 2013

The Acer B296CL is a reasonably priced 29-inch Ultra-wide monitor offering a generous selection of ports, solid IPS color performance, and an ergonomic stand...

15 August 2013

The Acer B296CL is a reasonably priced 29-inch Ultra-wide monitor offering a generous selection of ports, solid IPS color performance, and an ergonomic stand. Its issues?the panel loses some...

PC Mag

31 March 2014

Le B296CL d'Acer est un bon écran. Il offre un rendu des couleurs plus que correct, une réactivité honorable et un équipement fourni qui permet un usage polyvalent. On regrette l'absence d'une...

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 23 January 2015 by James M.
(Verified Purchase)

For just a little over half the cost, Hikvision makes FAR better cameras, the best home security cameras by far for the price. The 3-megapixel Hikvision DS-2CD2332-1 gives an amazing range of... Read more…

Reviewed 22 October 2015 by Daryl M.
(Verified Purchase)

I just have to comment on some of the other reviews negative comments. There seem to be a few mentioning bad/poor picture quality. I have a few of these and have excellent picture quality on all... Read more…

Reviewed 11 April 2015 by Peter A.

I purchased this unit because I already have two Samsung smartcams inside my home and wanted to use one application to connect to all the cameras...

Reviewed 2 April 2015 by Chris P.

These cameras work great so far. I wish I could upload a few pics because the quality is amazing. ~~~ The cord that connects to the camera is NOT removable on the camera end. It's permanently... Read more…

Reviewed 17 December 2014 by James C.

Overall, I think Samsung is better way to go than cheap no name IP camera or dropcam or anything wired dvr systems...

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 2560x1080, acer b296, acer hub1, acer b296c, acer hub1u, acer 100m1, 2560x1080m, 2560x1080ma, acer b296cl, acer hub1up, acer p238760, 2560x1080max, acer 300cdm2, acer p174655, acer b296clb, acer p174655p, acer b296clbm, acer p238760p, acer b296clbmi, acer b296clbmj, acer umrb6ee001, acer b296clbmjd, acer umrb6ee009, acer b296clbmii, acer umrb6ee005, acer b296clbmiid, acer b296clbmjdp, acer b296clbmjdpr, acer b296clbmiidp, acer b296clbmjdprz
Barcodes 04712196777319, 04712196777333, 04713147696840, 04713392335167

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