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Acer Premium ConceptD CM2 Monitor Review

Creatives need to be picky about their choice of monitor. The higher the resolution the better, and accurate colors are a must. But Acer thinks there’s a demographic out there who want that in a smaller package. Its new line of ConceptD monitors, aimed primarily at creative specialists, includes a 24-inch panel with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution. The Acer ConceptD CM2 packs a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is refreshing in a world where monitors seem to be getting wider and wider.

When it comes to the styling of the Acer ConceptD CM2, I quite like what Acer has done. Taking the display out of the box, you’ll immediately notice the weighty stand with an imitation wooden base and anodized neck. The display’s neck simply screws into the base from below, after which you can easily snap the panel on.

When it comes to connectivity, Acer has opted to keep things rather simple. At the rear I/O, there is a main power plug, two HDMI ports, and one DisplayPort input. As these offer a way in for the audio channel, the display also comes with a pair of two-watt speakers built in. You can also connect external speakers or headphones with the 3.5mm audio jack.

As a display for creatives, it’s also nice to see a USB 3.0 hub integrated. One USB-B port handles the upstream connection, and then there is one USB 3.0 port at the bottom I/O and there are two more on the left side of the monitor.

Out of the box, Acer’s monitor comes with factory calibrations for the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color spaces, which are easily selected via the OSD (on-screen display) control pad at the bottom right corner at the back of the monitor. Simply click it, hit the top button to go to color modes, and pick whichever profile you need.

The ConceptD CM2 comes with a 24-inch panel that has a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution. That doesn’t give you a tremendous amount of screen real estate to work with, but the CM2 earns its brownie points in other places. The panel used is of the IPS type, which is still among the most respected when it comes to color reproduction and viewing angles.

Although it’s meant to be color-accurate and no more, Acer has equipped the ConceptD CM2 with a few goodies that make it good for gaming too. In the OSD, you can jump to the performance tab and you’ll find options for overdrive, adaptive-sync, an FPS counter, and quick response.

Acer’s ConceptD CM2 had us scratching our heads when we first received it, wondering why anyone would be inclined to pay $400 for a 24-inch Full-HD monitor. Promises of excellent color accuracy are often not delivered on, but Acer proved that stereotype wrong. The 24-inch ConceptD CM2 delivers extremely accurate colors straight out of the box, and our own attempt at calibrating the display did not yield any improvements — which tells us that if it’s color reproduction you’re after, you can happily purchase this display and trust its factory calibration for years to come.

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