Tuesday, August 5th 2014

Acer Debuts the B286HK 28-Inch UHD Monitor

Acer America has announced the availability of the Acer B286HK display for both consumers and commercial users in North America. This leading-edge 28-inch display features sharp images and exceptional color accuracy with an ultra-high 4K2K (3840x2160) resolution and 6-axis color adjustment.

The UHD 3840x2160 resolution has four times as many pixels as 1920x1080 Full HD, delivering exceptional detail, a perfect fit for consumers who enjoy photography and video editing and professionals requiring premium image quality, such as graphic designers, photographers, videographers, website developers and marketing professionals. A large 28-inch backlit LED screen is ideal for viewing large spreadsheets, brochures, newsletters and two documents side by side.

"The Acer B286HK display delivers benefits to users and IT professionals alike," said Ronald Lau, Acer America business manager. "The premium UHD image quality, generous screen size and ergonomic stand provide a superb viewing experience that will be especially appreciated by those who work with graphics. IT professionals will be pleased with the extensive connectivity, eco-conscious design and VESA support for saving space."

Excellent Ergonomics
The Acer B286HK is optimized for maximum comfort. Boasting a multi-function ErgoStand with tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment, the display can tilt 25 degrees up or -5 degrees down for finding the best view. It can also swivel 60 degrees to the right or left, while the height can be adjusted 5.9 inches up or down. VESA compliant, it can be mounted on a wall to free up desk space.

The Acer B286HK display comes with Acer ComfyView non-glare protection that provides a polarizer material to reduce unnecessary lighting reflection for clearer, more comfortable viewing. A crisp 100,000,000:1 maximum contrast ratio (1,000:1 native) provides excellent clarity, while the fast 2 ms response time contributes to sharp images, critical for video.

The display boasts wide viewing angles up to 170 degrees horizontal and up to 160 degrees vertical. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, 300 cd/m brightness and delivers 1.07 billion colors with a 72 percent NTSC color saturation, a combination that delivers exceptionally vibrant, detailed and high-quality imagery.

Offering excellent connectivity, the Acer B286HK comes with HDMI with MHL for charging smartphones, tablets and other portable devices. It also provides DVI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort (Mini DP) and a USB 3.0 hub, so users can connect multiple peripherals simultaneously.

Eco-Friendly Design
The Acer B286HK adheres to strict environmental, performance and ergonomic design standards. It's ENERGY STAR and TCO 6.0 qualified as well as EPEAT Gold registered, the highest level of EPEAT registration available. It's also mercury-free and LED-backlit, which reduces energy costs by consuming less power than standard CCFL-backlit displays. In addition, it's mercury-free, making it safer for users and the environment.

Pricing and Availability
The new Acer B286HK display is available at Acer resellers and leading online retailers in the United States for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $599.99. It will be available in Canada for a MSRP of $649.99 later this month.

Acer displays are backed by professional, high-quality technical support and a three-year warranty. Acer's online community at community.acer.com provides customers discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions and the opportunity to share ideas for new and enhanced services and products.
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3 Comments on Acer Debuts the B286HK 28-Inch UHD Monitor

#1
Chaitanya
looks like 4K monitors will soon hit the sweet spot of 400$. 4K might be the thing that will drive PC gaming for a while.
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alwayssts
by: Chaitanya
looks like 4K monitors will soon hit the sweet spot of 400$. 4K might be the thing that will drive PC gaming for a while.
Personally, I think those TNs will hover around $500 on the low-end.

AUOs models will probably hover the notches above that (four models, two 27, two 32; one of each srgb, one of each closer to argb).

Other than that, the only options are a ~24 IPS and the 31.5 Sharp. Innolux has larger VA models (39-40), but in reality that's closer to a tv, and the specs will likely not be favorable to most of us.

It's true that lesser Chinese and Korean companies have started ordering panels for products, and that soon China Star (CSOT) and Beijing Optoelectrics (BOE) will start mass-producing their own, but we're probably a little ways off good quality monitors for low prices. AUO is running at full tilt (some articles have claimed shortage, but that' s a first-world problem...hence why we see so much Innolux stuff), LG has minimal options currently available (especially for products outside their own company), and if Vizio's CEO is to be believed, China is about 2-3 years behind Taiwan in technology.

Prices will come down, but I wouldn't expect super cheap for something respectable for around a couple years...around the time China are making decent (closer to today's available high-end) quality panels, and the current high-end manufacturers have more and better options (like expanded color gamut etc) out as mass-available products.

As much as people like to say it's not worth it right now, 4k demand currently outstrips supply, especially for anything actually worth it's purchase (imho).

As for PC gaming...yeah. 720p/30fps xbox1 (lowest common quality/performance standard) -> 4k/60 (or similar a la 1440p/144hz) scaling will drive PC gaming until probably around 2020 or so, the point until we reach around 18x performance of the xbox1 for a consumer GPU and 4k in turn can be more-or-less encapsulated in another console generation (or service). 4k/60 would be somewhere around 4x performance of the current high-end parts like Hawaii/GK110, but the next consoles will probably be something like 2x+ (4k/30...roughly 9x performance xboxone). I suppose that is reliant on how process/memory tech develops in that time, but that is essentially what HAS to happen. Either way, at that point we'll be talking 8k/240hz, 4k3D HMD, or something else that requires proportionally more performance.

Edit: Tried to better word some stuff.
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Octavean
by: Chaitanya
looks like 4K monitors will soon hit the sweet spot of 400$. 4K might be the thing that will drive PC gaming for a while.
For what its worth, I have seen the 28" Dell P2815Q go for as little as ~$469 new and but as you know this is an early 30Hz only model.

Still as newer models with newer features are introduced, older models become cheaper. Even the early 32" MST 4K models that hit the market at ~$3500 are now more like ~$2200.

Those who are actually buying the hardware now and creating the demand are the ones that are helping to perpetuate lower prices. 4K now is probably most practical for professionals that need the extra real estate and will be making money with the hardware.

Still there are gamers willing to drop ~$600 or so on a video card and then buy multiples of said card. Those gamers probably are not scoffing at todays 4K monitor prices,....since clearly they can afford it,....
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