Studies have shown that having more screen real estate on your computer helps increase productivity. Even laptops and computers with built-in displays usually have an option for connecting a second display, expanding the computer’s desktop and giving you more room to work. And for those of you who don’t generally do “work” on your computer, let me offer up this lightly less-responsible bit of motivation: multiple large displays look cool.
Frankly, I view it from both sides of the coin. I think had only a single display on my desk during my first year or so with OWC. For the vast majority of my time here, I’ve had at least two displays, and I bumped it up to three earlier this year when I got moved to a Mac Pro for video production, so I know about the productivity benefits having lots of screen real estate. Let me tell you, I go crazy when sitting at my favorite beverage dispensing establishment, trying to juggle emails, chats, downloads, and surfing on my MacBook Pro. Even with OS additions like Spaces, there’s nothing compared to the convenience of having everything all visible at once.
But there are also times where a multiple display setup isn’t always convenient. Sometimes you don’t have an available display connector. Other times, you just don’t have the desk space to hold an extra monitor. In that case, the trick is to get the best single monitor you can at the best possible price.
That’s why I’m glad to mention that OWC has a great price on the Acer B243HL bmdrz 24″ Widescreen White LED Backlit TFT LCD Display. This display is a great option, regardless of whether you’re pairing it up with another display (stand-alone or built-in) or using it by itself.
There are a lot of inexpensive 24″ displays out there, but we focused on that Acer when, after a ton of testing between a variety of different displays, nothing in this price range even started to compare. There wasn’t even competition in quality and features until you got into the $450+ range.
Usually, you get what you pay for. With this Acer B243HL display, though, you get more than what you paid for. Sure, there are cheaper 24″ displays out there, but this one competes with the display quality and features found with displays in the $600+ realm….but is now available from OWC for under $300!
Did I say “features?” Let’s take a look at some of what it has to offer.
- Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution with a 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- White LED Backlight for energy efficient, bright color.
- 4 USB Connectors for easy connection of peripherals.
- Dual Built-in 2.0 Watt Speakers for one less thing cluttering up your desk (and one less thing plugged into your power strip)
- HDCP support, so you can hook up a Blu-ray player directly, and watch HD movies (great for dorm rooms).
- Tilt, swivel and height adjustment, so you can be sure your display is at the best viewing angle for you.
It’s features like these which gave the Acer B243HL the honor of being an “OWC Larry Recommended” product.
And, because we’re always committed to giving the best deal, we’ve also got a special $10 instant rebate if you also purchase a Newer Technology Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. This is great if you want to hook it up to a Mini DisplayPort-equipped computer such as the newer Mac minis and iMacs. The deal is only good through today (Dec 31, 2009), though, so you need to act now.
Just in case you’re still not convinced that this monitor is a great product at a great price, let’s take a look at what one of our customers who recently purchased this display had to say about it.
You guys out did yourself with this 24″ Acer I just received. People don’t appreciate that tilt, swivel and height are invaluable but can add $100 to a monitor. This thing is amazing, huge and great picture. and crazy cheap
I’d say that sums it up nicely.