With the introduction of USB Type-C, companies are bound to make peripherals that support the new USB interface. At CES this year, Acer has introduced three different series of monitors. The H7 series, in particular, is the monitor that uses USB Type-C.
Acer H7 Series
Let’s start with Acer’s H7 series monitors because these monitors are the world’s first to support USB Type-C. Having the advantage of USB Type-C, users can transfer data, display content from their laptops or smartphones, and even charge their devices all through a single cable. The H7 series monitor comes in two sizes, 25-inch and 27-inch, and they boast a WQHD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Not only that, they also utilise Acer’s TrueHarmony sound technology, as well as DTS Sound.
The monitor features the ZeroFrame design, which reduces the bezels on the sides. On the other hand, the stand is diamond-cut and has a brushed metal surface. In addition to the USB Type-C port, the monitor also comes with HDMI 2.0 ports and support for 100% sRGB colour gamut, which is right up the alley of enthusiasts and creative professionals.
Taking advantage of the USB Type-C port, this monitor is also compatible with the Acer Liquid Jade Primo’s capability of using Windows’ Continuum feature. Besides that, Acer has also introduced two new monitors that do not utilise USB Type-C – the R1 and XR series.
Acer R1 Series
The R1 series of monitors from Acer features an amazingly thin enclosure under 7mm. Coming in at five size variants – 21.5, 23, 23.8, 25, and 27 inches, the R1 series monitors have a full HD resolution panel and green credentials like EcoDisplay, ENERGY STAR 6.0, as well as construction free from mercury.
Similarly, it sports the ZeroFrame design from the H7 series that maximises real estate and reduces the monitor’s bezel; this proves useful should the monitor be used in a multi-monitor setup. The R1 series monitors also combine Acer’s Flicker-less and Blue Light Filter technologies to make content-viewing on the monitor more comfortable for the user.
Acer XR Series
Here’s something for you gamers out there. Acer’s next-gen XR342CK monitor has a 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) display, with a 1900R curvature, and 100% sRGB colour gamut. Being a gaming monitor, the XR342CK monitor features AMD’s FreeSync technology, which gives users variable refresh rates and a viewing experience that is smooth and free from screen tearing.
Not only that, it also has 6-axis colour adjustment with DTS Sound and an ambient light that is customisable to the user’s preference. The monitor also supports PIP/PBP and daisy-chain modes, not to mention the fact that the base can be swivelled from -30 to +30 degrees for the user to find the perfect viewing angle.
Pricing and Availability
Acer’s latest monitors will first be available in Q1 2016 in North America, where the R1 series monitors’ price will start at USD$129.99 (about RM560). As for the H7 series, it will be available in February starting from USD$499.99 (approximately RM2,160). In Europe, Middle East, and Africa, the R1 series will be available in January with a starting price of €139 (roughly RM650), while the H7 series monitor will be available in February with prices starting at €499 (approximately RM2,350). On the other hand, the Acer XR342CK monitor will only be coming in later during March, with prices starting at €1,099 (about RM5,150).