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Like phones, monitors have been slowly creeping up in size in the last decade. Whereas once we all had 16″ or 17″ monitors on our work PCs we’re not surprised by 23″ monitors on basic systems. That extra space has two real uses – gaming and productivity. The K272HL is a 27″ monitor from Acer aimed squarely at the productivity market.
Internally the K272 has somewhat lower-end specs than its size would suggest with a maximum resolution of only 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz. The Pixels Per Inch translates to 100 which means that you get quite large pixels that are clear if you look for them. In normal use this isn’t a major issue but if you try putting any animation that’s too demanding through it – like an AAA game – it’s going to stand out like a sore thumb. I’ve been using it to have two web pages or Word documents next to each other and it’s very competent to do this. Video playback is possible but there are some artefacts with quickly changing scenes.
The frame can best be described as plain and simple. It’s a black plastic and unremarkable looking box with a stand that can only be tilted forward and back slightly. There is, however, a VESA mount and the stand is removable so more flexibility can be added if you need it.
Retailer: eBuyer +:
Price: ± £150
Acer is a Taiwanese multinational that has a revenue of over 10 billion dollars a year and employs over ten thousand worldwide. They make a range of electronics items ranging from computers to tablet, phones, monitors, peripherals and also provide a significant amount of government IT infrastructure services. They have detailed social, environmental and corporate policies that fulfil legal requirements and the company is generally well regarded as an economic mass-market supplier.
The K272 is very simply designed with a plain black plastic body and a stand that is fixed in one position. As such to get it to an ergonomic position you’ll probably need on desk raisers or to make use of the built-in VESA mount with an arm. The panel inside the monitor is not great but is of a reasonable resolution and bright with acceptable viewing angles.
- Target audience: Those wanting a larger monitor but who won’t want higher specs
Certification: MPR II Power compliance
The Acer K272 is the cheapest large monitor that we’ve ever seen. It’s available for a regular price around £150 but I’ve seen it drop to just under £100 on several occasions at different retailers.
Product dimensions: 46 x 64 x 25 cm (including stand)
Item Weight: 5kg (with stand)
Materials: ABS Plastic
Energy use: 28.5W
Response Time: 6ms
Connectors: VGA & DVI
Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
Panel Type: VA
Contrast Ratio: 1000,000,000:1
Viewing Angle: 178°(H), 178°(V) Tilt: -5° to 25°
VESA 100 x 100mm
Power: Internal: 100V – 240V
Warranty: Three year limited warranty
The K272 has a standard 3 pin power adaptor and VGA and DVI connectors. I’ve been using it as an external monitor for a laptop that had a HDMI output and successfully used an adaptor cable like this to connect. The screen does not have any speakers and hence the adaptor cannot pass audio.
The K272HL monitor is a budget screen with a very specific market. It’s aimed at a user who wants the extra space but isn’t looking for higher specs. Perhaps you’re a low or mid-range laptop user who wants a second monitor or a desktop user who wants the extra space for multiple windows at once. If you keep this in mind and don’t try and push it too far it’s a decent product that does what it claims. Recommended.
The review is based on the Acer K272HL 27″ HD DVI Monitor. Read more about Ergohacks’ eco and access used in reviews. This article was first published on 26th July 2016.