Acer T232HL Touch 23in monitor
Add a touchscreen to your Windows 8 PC or notebook with this 23in monitor from Acer
- Good touch responsiveness
- Useful tilt angle
- Good colours and clarity
- Reflections can be very annoying
- Menu buttons aren't great
Acer's 23in Touch monitor is a good one to go for if you've got a Windows 8 PC or notebook that doesn't already have a touchscreen monitor. We like its image quality and the fact that it can be tilted until it's almost flat.
Price$ 699.00 (AUD)
Using Windows 8 without a touchscreen means you don’t get to experience the new operating system in the way that it was intended, primarily by swiping back and forth on the Start screen and tapping on icons to launch apps. If you’ve just bought a new PC or non-touch laptop and now you want to add touch capability, you can consider a monitor like the Acer T232HL.
Acer’s T232HL is a 23in, Full HD (1920x1080-pixel), LED-backlit monitor that supports 10 multi-touch inputs and it has a relatively funky design that’s the same as what we saw on Acer’s Aspire U Series all-in-one PC. The front of the monitor features edge-to-edge glass that has been extended down seamlessly to create part of the stand for the monitor. Rather than make the screen look like it's floating (as it was meant to look like on the all-in-one PC), the clear glass on this monitor is tinted and gives off more of a grey look than see-through look. The rear of the monitor has a single, angled arm that allows the monitor to be tilted back and forth quite easily with one hand. It tilts down 60 degrees, which is a good angle for performing touch-based tasks.
We typed up this part of the review using that screen position, but it did take us much longer than using a physical keyboard, and we were a little frustrated that we couldn’t make the Windows 8 on-screen keyboard bigger. Basically, it’s not a practical way to type; the lower angle is more suited for playing games with on-screen controls or for interacting with music, photo and video software. In fact, tilting the screen back and using your finger to swipe back and forth while leaning over the screen is a great way to view images on this monitor (as long as reflections don’t get in the way). We had no problems with the accuracy of the touch inputs. Our Windows 8 swipe-in gestures were recognised easily, as were taps and dragging operations of windows and files. The only thing that could be a problem is friction on the screen’s surface as you drag your finger across it.
The video inputs are located under the rear lip of the monitor and they include HDMI, DVI and VGA; there is also a 3.5mm audio input. As is the case with most monitors, these ports can be a little hard to get to; you’ll have to tilt the monitor forward a little so that you can see them, or just use your fingers to feel for the port that you’re after. There is a USB host port that needs to be connected to your PC in order for the touch functionality to work, and it also enables the three USB 3.0 ports that are located on the left side of the monitor. Stereo speakers are built in to the monitor, but they are only for very basic listening. If you want louder and better quality sound, you’ll still need to use a good pair of external speakers.
On the right side you get some control buttons that can be awkward to use. The power button sits in the same line of menu and navigation buttons and it’s too easy to hit it when you want to try and enter the monitor’s menu. The buttons aren’t even labelled apart from the power button. However, you can press any of them to bring up a menu that correlates to the position of the buttons and then shows you which one to press depending on the feature that you want to access. For example, the top button allows you to access the main menu, the button under it allows you to change video input, and the two buttons below that are for navigation. It’s not too difficult to navigate once you get the hang of it, but it can be frustrating when you’re uninitiated.
From the on-screen menu, you can change the brightness, contrast, colour temperature, and also select from one of Acer’s pre-defined colour profiles, including ‘eco’ mode, which reduces the brightness. We used the ‘standard’ setting for our tests and found the monitor to be perfectly fine for everyday tasks (viewing photos, watching videos, working on documents and playing games). Colours looked rich and pictures looked sharp. We noticed the screen's angles to be wide and we were able to view the screen from the sides, above and below without any colour shift or too much loss in detail. That’s a good thing considering the tilt angle that’s supported. The brightness is good enough so that the screen can be viewed comfortably in a well-lit room, but reflections might still be a nuisance in some environments.
The thin design of this monitor makes it look elegant and it keeps the unit light so that you can tilt it back to make proper use of its touch interface. It’s good monitor to choose if you are after something that will enable touch input on your Windows 8 PC or laptop and its image quality is very good to boot. It has a 5ms response time, which should make it okay for gaming — we had fun playing games such as Riptide GP from the Windows 8 store, which is a fast-paced racing game, and didn’t notice any ill motion effects. We’re only concerned about the reflections that come off the screen, which could get annoying depending on your environment, and we don’t like the control buttons, but the chances are that the controls won’t need to be played with very often, if at all. It comes with an external power brick that’s similar to a laptop’s power supply, and it has a rating of 64W.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
cloudandco Smart Cane
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Xbox One X
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- BenQ Celebrates Modern Sleekness with Newest Monitors for Home and Office
- AOC Unveils AG322QCX AGON Gaming Display Bolstered for Battle
- Samsung announces Australian availability for its 49-inch CHG90 QLED Monitor
- BenQ Announces the EW3270ZL Eye Care Monitor with Immaculate Colour Reproduction
- AbleGamers' Player Panels could make future games more disability-friendly
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- TPProject ManagerACT
- CCTechnical Field Engineer/SupportVIC
- TPSenior Business Analyst - ieMR - Digital Health ProgramQLD
- FTFront End DeveloperOther
- TPSolution Architect | eDRMS | 2 PositionsQLD
- FTPython and Java DeveloperOther
- FTSolution DesignerOther
- FTSenior Siebel DeveloperACT
- CCSolution Architect ? Office 365 MigrationQLD
- CCControl Systems SpecialistACT
- CCJunior to Mid Level Tester - BrisbaneACT
- CCManager - Business Intelligence - TelcoVIC
- FTSystems Centre Configuration Manager Deployment TechnicianACT
- FTSenior .NET Developer - Back EndOther
- FTCyber Security Program ManagerACT
- FTNetwork ArchitectACT
- FTAGILE Business AnalystOther
- TPResource ManagerNSW
- CCRPG Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- CCJunior to Mid Level Tester - BankingQLD
- CCIteration Manager - Insurance BackgroundQLD
- CCSenior Salesforce Functional ConsultantNSW
- FTPronto Systems / Reporting AnalystVIC
- CCProject Manager -AgileWA