Acer S273HL review

If there's such a thing as a mid-range 27" monitor, Acer seems to have made it

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Our Verdict

Acer's new 27-incher looks good on your desk. But it's pricey for a TN panel with humdrum image quality.


  • Interesting industrial design
  • LED backlight


  • Boring TN visuals
  • Expensive

At nearly £400, the new 27-inch Acer S273HL looks rather lonely. It's much more expensive than budget-oriented 27-inch monitors such as Iiyama's E2710HDS. And yet it's significantly cheaper than Dell's high-end U2711 uber panel.

That wouldn't necessarily be a problem if it weren't for the fact that most of the Acer S273HL's specifications place it firmly in the budget camp. Yes, it's powered by an LED backlight. But it also makes do with the standard 1,920 x 1,080 pixel grid. That resolution works well enough on screens up to 24 inches, but the pixels become pretty plump extended over 27 inches.

What's more, the S273HL has a TN LCD panel like the cheaper Iiyama monitor, rather than the superior IPS technology found in the Dell. What, then, can possibly justify the premium pricing? Acer has certainly put extra effort into the design and presentation of the S273HL. But unless it has achieved something special in terms of image quality, it's going to be a tough sell.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, MPR II
Backlight TechnologyLED
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Brightness300 cd/m², 300 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAcer
Contrast Ratio12,000,000:1
Screen Size68.6 cm (27")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Operating Power Consumption22 W
Height469 mm
Width645 mm
Depth190 mm
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelS273HL
Product NameS273HL Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part NumberET.HS3HA.005-D10
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 27" Acer S273HL monitor sports a slim profile with a depth of less than an inch. High-def visuals leap to life, thanks to Full HD resolution and an extremely high contrast ratio of up to 12,000,000:1. And, the spacious display allows you to view three A4-size pages simultaneously -- great for multitasking and web browsing! You'll appreciate both the imagery and the look of this streamlined yet powerful Acer monitor.

Package Contents
  • S273HL Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Power Cable
  • VGA (Analog) Cable
  • Speaker Cable
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.80 kg