Even though it first launched way back in 2012, the Acer T232HL is still one of the best touch screen monitors available today. That's good news for Acer, but a real kick in the teeth for touch screens, which have languished in recent years in favor of laptops and tablets. Despite this, the Acer T232HL is a great piece of kit that does everything you want a touch screen monitor to do.
The screen works without issue, which is the main point, but we were also blown away by how comfortable and easy to use the Acer T232HL was when we tested it. There are a few nagging issues, but considering the low entry cost of $299.99, we’re suitably impressed with the Acer T232HL and highly recommend it.
Acer T232HL review: Design
- Sturdy build
- Ugly bezel around screen
Unlike other touch screen monitors like the Dell 2418HT, which tries to disguise itself as a regular screen, the Acer T232HL makes a statement - it’s clear from looking at it that this is a touch screen device, not just some random screen to watch YouTube on.
It’s also well designed too. While not the most flexible touch screen monitor on the market, the Acer T232HL is the easiest to readjust to a new angle. In our tests we found it was easy to move the Acer T232HL from one position to another with one hand, despite the size and weight of it. It also feels stable and secure too, unlike some other monitors, which wobble around during use.
There is a fairly chunky 1.25-inch bezel around the entire screen, which looks quite ugly now that we’re used to edgeless touch screens on many of the best smartphones. It can be a blessing in disguise though, as it gives you something to grab when you need to readjust the screen angle. That's a generous take on the design, however, but it is very practical.
You can adjust the screen angle anywhere between 30 and 80 degrees, which means you can keep the screen upright like a standard monitor or lay it down almost flat in front of you - a feature that makes the Acer T232HL ideal for digital artists who want to draw directly onto the screen.
Acer T232HL review: Screen quality
- Full HD with 60 Hz refresh rate
- Touch screen works perfectly
The Acer T232HL has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, aka full HD, which is essentially the baseline standard for monitors these days. It’s tough to find a dedicated touch screen monitor that goes above this resolution though, so users looking for 4K screens will likely have to give up on the touch screen dream (or buy a laptop with a 4K screen, at great expense). It has a 60 Hz refresh rate and a 5 milliseconds response time, so you won’t have any issues with the screen updates lagging behind your movements when you’re using it.
If you’re buying a touch screen monitor, the very least you’d expect is that the touch screen works as advertised and we’re happy to say it does. We were able to use all of the functions of the screen - like dragging, pinching, and rotating - without any problems.
The only real issue we have with the Acer T232HL is the color accuracy, especially when the screen is viewed from an angle other than straight on. What we mean by this is that images on screen don’t always look the color they should do. This is disappointing, but we’re talking relatively minor deviations here - a picture of a rose will show up a slightly lighter shade of red, but it’s not suddenly going to turn yellow. If color accuracy is hugely important to you, we recommend checking out the Planar Helium PCT2235. Ultimately, we didn’t feel it impacted our experience with the Acer T232HL much at all.
Some users on Amazon have noted that the screen is quite reflective and can be difficult to use without a screen filter, but the Acer T232HL has received generally positive reviews on the site with an average star rating of 4 stars out of five.
Acer T232HL review: Usability
- Easy to set up
- Comfortable to use
We found that the Acer T232HL was incredibly easy to set up and start using. The ports and sockets were all easy to access. It has two HDMI ports, a VGA port for those with older connections and several USB 3.0 ports. There are also in-built speakers and an audio jack to let you connect a headset to the monitor. You can also mount the Acer T232HL on the wall with standard VESA mount.
If comfort is your primary concern with a touch screen monitor, then the Acer T232HL is easily our top pick of the available options thanks to some intelligent design choices. For one thing, all the buttons are on the side of the screen, rather than the top, which means that you won’t accidentally press them while using the touch screen.
If you do run into issues, Acer has a great customer service system and can be contacted via email, phone and on their website. It should be noted that most of the support channels are only accessible during regular business hours.
Should you buy the Acer T232HL?
Of all the touch screen monitors we tested, the Acer T232HL is certainly the most visually pleasing and impressive device on the market. Given that the Acer T232HL came out nearly eight years ago, that says something about the state of the touch screen monitor market. But if you’re looking for a flawless touch screen experience for your home computer at a reasonable price, then the Acer T232HL is still your best option in 2020.