On Tuesday in Taiwan, Acer announced two monitors that might be worth a look for anyone looking to put a couple of multi-monitor setups together, or interested in an attractive design combined with high resolution. The first is the S277HK, which is a 27” UHD/4K model, and the second is the H257HU which is a 25" WQHD model.

The S277HK is the first 4K monitor with a frameless design according to Acer. In addition to the 3840x2160 resolution for the IPS panel, the 27” model also has DTS surround sound though Acer does not go into specifics on how the audio is achieved. With an asymmetric stand and aluminum bezel, the S277HK certainly looks as premium as the specs would indicate. Connectivity is DVI, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2.

S277HK (left) and H257HU (right),
images courtesy of TechPowerUp

The second monitor announced is the H257HU, which also features the frameless design, but the IPS panel is slightly lower resolution at 2560x1440 (WQHD). This monitor also features DTS sound, and a round rim base and DVI, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs.

'Frameless' is a little bit of a misnomer, as typically all monitors will have some sort of edge bezel. In the smallest bezel monitors on sale, sub-6mm is quite common although specialist models exist that might go smaller. The H257HU, from the sole small image we have found access to, looks like it has a larger screen-distance, despite the 'frameless' moniker keeping the edge distance small.

The IPS panels on these devices also include features to assist with eye strain including a Flicker-less technology to reduce screen flicker, a blue light filter which Acer claims helps with long term eye damage, and a Low Dimming technology to allow the backlight to be set as low as 15% for low light environments. Both monitors also include “ComfyView” to assist with screen reflections.

Both models will be available starting in Q4 2014, with global availability. Neither refresh rates, color accuracy nor prices have not been announced at this time.

Source: Acer

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  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    "'Frameless' is a little bit of a misnomer"

    Or, in this case, completely false. :-(

    Speaking of Acer, WhereTF is this thing? It's supposed to be shipping already:
  • Samus - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    Yeah I define frameless as 2mm or less.
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - link

    I'm not sure a truly frameless/bezeless display is possible with current technology, outside of a very finely calibrated projection system, but what a pain to set up. Even new tablets and phones that claim to have "edge to edge" screens still have bezels. At some point, the screen has to have an edge of some kind either for electrical termination or to protect the screen in use/shipping.

    Hopefully all this flexible/durable OLED display tech will result in something approaching zero bezel. (sub 1mm?)
  • Snake Eyes - Saturday, September 13, 2014 - link

    can't blame them, they have 3 less technologies in that monitor ( no ips and no DTS and no Frameless ) and you will say that they have g sync well the thing is free sync is coming so it will also include a risk of not selling. especially if the new gpu's from AMD give Nvidia another beating. lol :P i said beating XD
  • Kaboose - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    I saw some site in the UK list 10/10/14 as the ship date for the Acer 4k. Not really sure if that's legit as it was originally supposed to release several months ago.
  • mrdude - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    That 25" x1440 monitor sounds interesting. I'd be interested in it provided I can get the benefit of more screen real estate without needing to fiddle about with the abomination that is Windows DPI scaling.

    So, how would 2560x1440 look like on a 25" monitor at a roughly 3 foot distance?
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    It's ~118 DPI; which is equivalent to a 13" 1366x768 display. That's a reasonably common laptop resolution; so you should be able to test-drive UI element size easily enough at your local electronics boxmart.
  • Calista - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    Of course, a 13" laptop is normally kept much closer. So in "real PPI" terms I guess we should assume it would like a 13" full HD display. Pretty sharp, although not crazy sharp like most modern tablets.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    mrdude wanted to know what the 25" one would look like. For testing that just standing a bit farther back from the screen in the store will work fine.
  • izdlang - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - link

    FYI, I have a 27" 1440 Acer.. it's pretty small. For the most part I can handle it. But lately I have decided that I have to use zoom in chrome to read web pages comfortably. Finally just set Chrome's default zoom to 125%, and now I'm doing okay. It's just the text that is a bit hard, everything else is gravy.

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