Acer 24 S242HL bid Widescreen LED Monitor Review

This is my New Acer 24 Inch WideScreen LED Monitor. It’s a Ultra-slim 24″ LCD Display, featuring a LED backlight, 1080p support with HDCP, 1920 x 1080 Full HD Resolution, 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, DVI, HDMI and VGA video inputs, also features the usual adjustable display angle and best of all a 3 year limited warranty.


  • 24″ Widescreen LED Display
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Contrast ratio 1000:1
  • Response time 5ms
  • Inputs HDMI, DVI, & VGA
  • Brightness 250 nits
  • Dimensions 15.77″H x 20.04″W x 6.53″D (11.8lbs)
  • 3 year warranty

Specification :

Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080
Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Image Brightness 250 nits
Input Signal VGA, DVI, HDMI
Speakers None
Compatibility PC/MAC
Dimensions 15.77″h x 20.04″w x 6.53″d
Weight 11.8lbs
Warranty 3 year
Cable included VGA Cable


First Impression:

Packaging of the Acer S242HL is great, the lcd screen is well padded, and securely intact. The user guide is completely useless and only contains the specification of the monitor. All the external controls are located underneath the LCD including the power button. It would have been nice if it was located  on the front  and not underneath, but it’s ok, it really doesn’t bother me. The S242HL is super light and slim mainly because  it is made of plastic. It has a black glossy finish which is prone to fingerprints. There are no built-in speakers included in this lcd monitor.

I bought this monitor from a local Staples for a sale price of $178.99, pretty cheap compare to it’s regular price that runs anywhere from $205.00 – $250.00. I was hesitant at first mainly because I wasn’t sure of the quality and I only found one review of this monitor which isn’t favorable. But then, $178.99 is really cheap for a 24″ Widescreen LED Monitor. So I went ahead and bought it.  Late that night, I decided to to hook it up to my Dell Vostro Laptop as a second monitor replacing my old 19″ Dell LCD Monitor. I have had the 19″  Dell for two years now and I love it, the color is crisp and sharp and doesn’t need frequent calibration and it’s way better than glossy screen of my Vostro Laptop.

I turned off all the lights, so I can clearly see the quality of the display output especially the color. The first thing I notice is it has a warmer feel compare to my old monitor, this is using the windows default ICC profile (“SRGB display profile”).  Next thing I did was to open my lightroom 3 catalogue to see how the photos will look like, and I was disappointed. The last thing I did was to apply a the ICC profile that I was using for my 19″ Dell and it worked great. The colors are just spectacular and the photos now look almost if not exactly the same as my old dell monitor.

Conclusion :

Overall, it’s ok for it’s price. Comparing it to the Dell Ultrasharp Series LCD Monitors which cost more than half of the price of this monitor (around $520), the Dell wins, no questions asks. But then again, after using the icc profile for the Dell U2410, the colors, brightness, contrast and saturation has greatly improved and I’ve decided to keep. But I will still test it continuously for the next 8 days and if it breaks, I will return it for a refund.

You can read the full review of this monitor from Digital Versus, you can also download icc profiles for your monitor from them. The one I’m using is right here.

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