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A review of the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Widescreen Display with ErgoStand – B286HK, B326HK

by on April 16, 2015
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Overview

The astonishingly sharp Acer B286HK ymjdpprz may have a rather bizarre model name that almost seems partly like something a cat came up with as it stepped across a keyboard but when it comes to quality, this 4K ultra HD monitor does deliver the goods in a wonderful way, even if it also comes with some moderate but none too severe flaws.

In addition to offering a host of very decent and well-rounded visual and connectivity specs, the B286HK also gives users an excellent choice for a budget 4K monitor that won’t cost a fortune to deliver an ultra HD experience that’s more than good enough for both gaming in 4K and for professional video and graphic editing at 3840 x 2160 pixels.

While features like DisplayPort are the only means of accessing 60Hz rendering in the Acer B286HK, this is definitely one of the least expensive 4K monitors on the market right now and it’s worth the dollars it costs. We do recommend you check out the newer model from Viewsonic, the VP2680-4k. We also recommend you check out the Samsung U28E590D, Asus PB287Q and the Dell P2715Q.

The Good

For such a cost effective monitor, the B286HK offers plenty of good stuff to make it worth your dollars and time if you’re more squeezed for money but do want a 4K display.

For starters, the machine is a solid performer overall. Despite a few scattered flaws, what you get with the B286HK is an excellent display with superb rendering of its 4K resolution in a TN screen that delivers surprisingly good viewing from off angles. TN stands for Twisted Nematic film and is part of the key to the B286HK’s low price. While TN normally doesn’t offer the best off-angle viewing, in this case Acer nailed the best of both worlds and also gives you the ability to enjoy excellent response times, for which TN screen technology is particularly known for.

Moving along, the B286HK also offers decent connectivity with a four port USB 3.0 hub, an MHL-compliant HDMI port and the added bonus od DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity, which is much more compatible with PC game cards at feeding 4K motion with 60Hz refresh rates.

Then there is the design of the B286HK. Here it also manages to look and quite work quite well without being very flashy. The bezels are less than half an inch thick and thus provide plenty of screen space while the display’s stand offers 30 degrees of tilt, 120 degrees of swivel (split 60/60 to the left or right) and some six inches of height adjustment potential.

Additionally, the screen can be rotated into portrait mode and can be hooked up to a second screen for a wider single display through the use of the HDMI 1.4 cables, though this will reduce the 4K refresh rate considerably from its already low 30Hz through the monitor’s HDMI 1.4 connections.

Also, the screen comes with a VESA mounting ability through holes in the back and can thus be placed on a wall, an extendable arm or even another stand that you might find preferable to the first one.

Another useful feature of the B286HK is its built-in USB 3.0 hub. While this selection of connections won’t do you much good as far as 4K video transfer goes, it does offer an excellent series of connection ports for peripheral devices like external hard drives, mobile phones and cameras that you might want to hook up for transferring photos, files and videos either way. The USB ports are spread out so that two face downward under the screen and two more face out on the left side from behind the bezel.


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The Bad

Let’s start with the stand itself, this will probably be the first thing you’d notice about the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz right out of the box and also the first thing you might not be happy about after setting the Monitor up. The stand is wobbly, and because of this it feels cheap, crappy and not particularly safe even though it does manage to hold the monitor itself up just fine. For this, you might have to take advantage of that VESA capability and invest in a better stand, or simply mount the monitor to a wall if that works for you.

Next, there is the included DisplayPort cable. This is a defect that may have been eliminated by Acer but in the most recent user purchases, some people reported getting just a single 4 inch DisplayPort cable with their monitor and that the cable wasn’t even a DisplayPort 1.2 version but rather the original DisplayPort, meaning it’s useless for the one single connection port on the B286HK that is capable of handling 4K at 60Hz.

Finally on the relatively small list of features of this TV that aren’t great, there are the built-in speakers. While you’re likely to have your own, much more powerful speakers set up to your PC anyhow, Acer could have still invested at least a little bit more in the B286HK’s native set. The two-watt system sounds cheap and any brand-name external set of even $20 PC speakers will beat them completely in terms of quality.

Final Thoughts

This isn’t the very best 4K UHD PC monitor on the market today but it is a surprisingly good and well-designed model when all things are considered. For its price, it also offers what is possibly the best deal you can get for gaming and visual design in ultra HD and at 60 frames per second of smooth rendering.

Specs

Monitor color: dark grey
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 25.9 x 15 x 2.05 inches
Screen size: 28 inch - B286HK, 32 inch - B326HK, 27 inch - B276HK
Contrast ratio: 100 million: 1
Colors: 16.7 million
Brightness: 300 nits
Refresh Rate: 60fps (Hz)
Screen Lighting: LED
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
OS Compatibility: Windows, OSX
Connectivity Ports: 1 HDMI 1.4, 4 USB ports, DisplayPort 1.2, headphone jack, Mini-DisplayPort
Operating Power Consumption: 39W

Highlights

Since we’re talking about a 4K monitor and not a UHD TV here, the highlights aren’t exactly going to be exploding from the page but there are a few things worth mentioning that stand out.

First, the most surprising visual feature of the Acer B286HK is the simple fact that it offers excellent off-angle viewing in which colors and visual effects stay the same despite this being an TN screen. TN technology is not known for this and, normally, if you want great off-angle visibility, you have to go for a more expensive IPS or IGZO 4K display. Kudos to Acer for pulling off the good off-angles on a TN monitor.

Then there is the fact that for a 2014 budget monitor, it does support 60Hz refresh rates thanks to its DisplayPort 1.2 connection. This too is actually a nice little highlight given that many slightly older 4K ultra HD monitors were built without viewing at 60Hz in mind with any of their connection ports at all. While HDMI 2.0 would have been great as well, the DisplayPort 1.2 is a nice and surprising bonus.

Visual Specs

As we’d already mentioned, the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Widescreen Display offers some surprisingly robust and great visual specs when you consider its price. What Acer failed at in physical external design (the wobbly stand) it more than makes up for in how well it packed the B286HK with visual specs.

Right off the bat there is the 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution that gets displayed in a 16:9 aspect ratio, which makes this monitor absolutely ideal for 4K gaming needs and very good for more conventional visual and graphic design or content viewing needs. Then there is the LED edge.lit backlighting system which offers some very good luminance for what is just a 4K PC monitor. At 300 nits of luminosity, the monitor comes surprisingly close to a lower-end 4K TV in delivering bright picture quality.

Furthermore, the practical contrast ratio of 690 to 1 is more than enough to be called great and is particularly high in a UHD PC display when compared to averages of 550 or 650:1 in many other models from other brands.

As for more technical details. The panel on the B286HK displays 95% of the sRGB color spectrum and manages to do about 73% of the AdobeRGB spectrum. These figures aren’t extraordinary but they are just fine for a 4K monitor and should leave you more than satisfied in most visual situations. There is an out-of-the-box delta error of 2.46 and while this isn’t downright awful, it’s notable enough to be worth mentioning.

Finally, we should also again mention the matter of the viewing at off-angles. As we had said, the B286HK does a surprisingly good job at making this work despite it being a TN screen but the off-angle quality does fail when the screen is viewed from below. In normal landscape desktop mode, this isn’t a problem (who views their screen from below?) but if you lift the display into vertical portrait mode, the viewing angle problem is suddenly on the left side of the screen and placing the monitor even a bit to your right will create a washed out and almost unusable image.

Overall, the B286HK display is a great piece of technology for any normal gaming and content browsing needs and wil also work fine for most types of conventional visual and graphic editing work. We’d recommend a more expensive and more precise IGZO or IPS monitor only if you’re a truly fine-tuned professional who needs the most refined levels of color coordination and calibration.

Connectivity

Not much that we haven’t already covered needs to be said about connectivity in the Acer B286HK. It does the job of letting you hook up your 4K PC just fine thanks to its DisplayPort 1.2 connection port and offers plenty of sockets for attaching multiple third party devices via USB 3.0. IT’s only moderate defect is a lack of HDMI 2.0, which forces you to use the DisplayPort 1.2 if you want to daisy-chain one B286HK to another 4K monitor and still enjoy 4K resolution at at least 30 Hz.

Pricing

With a current retail price of $412.29 on Amazon.com, the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Display with ErgoStand is still one of the most affordable 4K monitors on the market. The 27 inch version B276HK sells for $469.99 while the 32 inch B326HK is currently on sale for $775.92.

Check the Price of Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Monitor on Amazon:

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Not so Great

As we had already mentioned above in different places, the less than ideal aspects of this monitor can be summarized as being: the B286HK’s wobbly stand, its slightly cheaper plastic body design, the lack of an accompanying DisplayPort 1.2 cable (they instead give you an ordinary DisplayPort cable and it’s just a measly few inches long) and the poor performance of the speakers. However, none of these defects are in any way deal breakers.

Positives

• Excellent refresh rate
• Great contrast ratio
• decent color gamut
• 16:9 aspect ratio great for gaming
• DisplayPort 1.2
• Great angle viewing for TN monitor

Negatives

• loose monitor stand
• Angle viewing fails along bottom of screen in landscape
• Low quality speakers
• No DisplayPort 1.2 cable included
• No HDMI 2.0

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For a budget 4K ultra HD screen, the Acer B286HK delivers in every important aspect of performance and is definitely worth the price its selling for. If you just want a gaming or conventional 4k content viewing monitor with 4K capacity, this is a fine choice.

Check the Price of Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Monitor on Amazon:

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  • John Riehl
    October 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    As far as I can determine, there’s no daisy-chaining capability with this monitor. It has one DP and one mini-DP…no “in” and “out” DP connections. I had to buy an MST hub to get two monitors working.

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