Acer UT220HQL review

A 'touch' of the post-PC revolution in a PC world

Acer UT220HQL review

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At its current retail price of $146, the UT220HQL packs in a touchscreen on top of full HD resolution. This is great for desktop users to enjoy touch support on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. Laptop owners who have a built-in touchscreen can now enjoy their content on a larger canvas without losing touchscreen functionality.

What we liked

An affordable price tag and touchscreen functionality makes the UT220HQL a great desktop companion for Windows users with multitouch support. For office workers collaborating on presentations and projects, the added touchscreen makes the experience more engaging for everyone. In a small group, this means that everyone can actively participate and drive the computing experience, rather than designate one person to select things with a keyboard and mouse.

What we disliked

Uneven screen luminosity may limit this affordable panel's appeal to creative users who need a studio-grade display. For the majority of users, however, there is still plenty to like, provided you don't need a higher 4K resolution. Gamers will likely want to stay away from the UT220HQL due to its slower 8ms grey-to-grey refresh rate.

Despite it's low price, falling prices in the PC market means you can probably get an all-in-one – monitor and PC in a single package – for just a little more. A refurbished Aspire ZC, for example, costs about $100 (£63, AU$128) more at $250 (£157, AU$320). Also, upgrading to a 4K panel is about $150 (£94, AU$192) more, with Dell's P2815Q priced at $299 (£188, AU$383), but that option comes in a 28-inch size and lacks touch.

Final verdict

While the UT220HQL won't appeal to niche audiences – gamers and creative professionals requiring a studio quality display – it's an excellent option for mainstream computer owners who would like to add a touchscreen. The display doesn't come with frills, such as low blue light modes, but it still renders colors accurately and covers much of the color spectrum. It is an excellent option for students, home users and professionals who still want post-PC touch capabilities while being stuck in a PC world.