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The New Acer HN274H 3D Monitor Might Get You a Bit Confused

December 18th, 2011 · 37 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

The updated version of the 27-inch Acer HN274H 3D monitor with the new 3D Vision 2 and support for 3D Lightboost technology is here as apparently Acer is already releasing the monitor on some markets and I just got a review sample. The new monitor looks exactly the same as the old version on the outside, even the model name on the front is printed as HN274H…

Looking at the back of the display reveals more interesting facts. Instead of Acer HN274HB the model name apparently remains HN274H, but with a slight difference in the version of the model only. So instead of HN274H bmiiid as the old model, the new model is labeled HN274H Bbmiiid with a part number ET.HH4HE.B04. The fact that the model number remains as HN274H and not HN274HB and the difference is in the version number only might be a bit confusing for a lot of people and it is not impossible that somebody can get the old model instead of the new one. So be careful when looking for the new version with 3D Vision 2 and 3D Lightboost support and wait for a review of the monitor very soon.

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rhialto // Dec 19, 2011 at 04:33

    Really? Looks like they missed the chance to get new customer attention by releasing a new model to better differentiate them.

  • 2 Hotshot // Dec 19, 2011 at 08:54

    Yeah finally! Now this is gonna be interesting: Acer vs. Asus, the 27″ shoot-out :-)

  • 3 josh // Dec 19, 2011 at 10:51

    I hope this monitor gets rated better than the ASUS VG278H, which I currently own. I am disappointed that there is a large amount of backlight bleeding, the bezel is loose, and the emitter has a lopsided appearance (lazy build quality or damage due to shipping). Asus told me on the phone that they onyl replace things with refurbished items and you only get something new or better if your item is not manufactured anymore. I will probably return my ASUS VG278H for a refund soon and get the Acer if it gets reviewed better. Does anyone know how customer service is with Acer?

  • 4 otari // Dec 19, 2011 at 14:59

    The old model is out of stock everywhere in my area, so it seems like they’re just totally replacing all stock with the Lightboost version. I don’t think it’s a bad idea for them to leave the model name unchanged due to the popularity and good reputation of the original version. Since the asus has proven to be very hit or miss, I’m glad they’re getting this one out soon. I will most likely be purchasing this bad boy if it lives up to its predecessor.

  • 5 Xwing // Dec 19, 2011 at 20:18

    Any chance the older version can be easily upgraded with just a firmware upgrade or something?

  • 6 josh // Dec 19, 2011 at 20:55

    @Xwing I doubt firmware can give the monitor lightboost. I believe it is all hardware related.

  • 7 Bloody // Dec 19, 2011 at 21:05

    Unfortunately the review of the Acer HN274H B 3D monitor may get delayed a bit as it seems I’ve received a defective unit (or it got damaged during transportation)… so some time will be needed before the issue gets resolved or I get a replacement unit.

  • 8 Charles Laine // Dec 20, 2011 at 02:15

    I just went to my local Fry’s to inquire about this new version of the HN274H and the sales drones were completely clueless. The guy that ended up “helping” me said he didn’t think this was real because he hadn’t heard any “buzz” about it. So, I handed him some direct buzz in the printed copy of this article, complete with the screenshots showing the new version and p/n of the LightBoost-enabled revision. His look of confusion was priceless.

    So, I think it IS a bad idea for Acer to use the same model number. It makes it hard to find. I asked the sales guy go back and look at the mfg date of the ones they had in stock. The latest he found was Oct 2011 and it was the old version (Bmiiid) and not the new Bbmiiid.

  • 9 outwar6010 // Dec 20, 2011 at 06:00

    hi i really want the new version of this monitor any idea when its out or if it is where? i looked at scan and they had the old one. can someone email me at outwar6010@gmail.com thx in advance

  • 10 Ship of Fools // Dec 20, 2011 at 13:14

    I ordered the last one from Amazon(germany), it should arrive in two days. Hope it has not such issues as the Asus VG278H.

  • 11 Drax // Dec 22, 2011 at 01:07

    Does this one still peg the brightness to 100 in 3D Mode? Id like to still be able to change Brightness and Contrast to avoid a washed out look.

    I have the original model and it has a good picture, but I always feel like it would probably look that much better if I brought the brightness down from 100 (if not as bright).

  • 12 Ahmad // Dec 24, 2011 at 07:47

    Hello everybody so pls…

    Somebody can tell me what is best for 3D vision for powerful of 3D and Game and look movie for this em all list of Monitor….???

    I mena what is great for 3D of em monitor?

    Acer HN274H


    Asus VG278H


    XL2420T and XL2420TX

    Well can u tell me?

  • 13 john-boy // Dec 24, 2011 at 19:21

    I currently own an Acer HN274H released last Spring, its works wonderfully. No problems ever, detects 3D games automatically and no dead pixels that I can see or corner or side bleeding of any kind.

    I can turn up the brightness on my monitor but the NEWER 3D Vision 2 lightboost products are suppose to be more enjoyable to work with.

    The new ASUS 27 inc 3D vision 2 monitor has some problems light oval circle displaying in the center of the screen, NOT ALL monitors have reported this but enough to make me hold off in considering a change for lightboost.

    In a few weeks the NEW ACER 27 inch lightboost model should be available, that model I would like to look at closer.

    The cost is high so I may just keep what I have for a while and see what new technology has in store for us down the road, but if the new Acer is 180 degree improvement somehow, it does temp me….

  • 14 mike // Dec 28, 2011 at 22:28

    I have looked but no where online or in my city ( Fresno ca) sales this monitor. does anyone know where this is sold? Or when it will be released?

  • 15 Dylan // Dec 29, 2011 at 21:45

    Looks like it’s only sold in Europe right now. I suspect in another few weeks, it’ll be available stateside.

    I’m not buying it until I can see some reviews anyway :)

  • 16 johnboy // Dec 29, 2011 at 22:22

    I only saw it on a Amazon web site in Germany, the link is below:


    I am waiting for Bloodys review before I give it any serious consideration. But I own the original acer 27 inch and its Fantastic!!!

  • 17 Dylan // Dec 30, 2011 at 23:30

    Hey Bloody – Any chance you’ve heard anything from Acer about E.T.A. on the replacement? Thanks!

  • 18 Bloody // Dec 30, 2011 at 23:43

    We’ll see, after the holidays are over… ;)

  • 19 Doomtack // Jan 1, 2012 at 21:29

    Bloody, I’m excited for a review of this. Was going to purchase the Asus VG278h, but there are just too many bad reviews out there…

    I’m hoping these Acers don’t have that issue, will purchase right away!

  • 20 Smith Johns // Jan 2, 2012 at 18:08

    @Hotshot : Is asus monitors are good? I am now using LG D2342P monitor http://www.lg.com/us/computer-products/monitors/LG-led-monitor-D2342P-PN.jsp but is asus monitor superior to LG monitor?

  • 21 Florian Gantier // Jan 13, 2012 at 00:49

    Hi, I am following this blog since recently.

    Bloody, did you receive this new monitor from Acer? I’d like really to know what it has inside as I am delaying my decision to chose this one or the ASUS which support all 3D input modes ie. side-by-side and 120Hz frame sequence.


  • 22 Bloody // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:42

    I’ve received a unit with an issue in 3D mode, so now I’m waiting for a replacement unit to do the review. So for now I can recommend to go either for the Asus or wait some more time to see the Acer’s performance.

  • 23 Florian Gantier // Jan 14, 2012 at 01:39

    Yes, I hope only that it won’t last too long… It’s really sad that Acer doesn’t give any details on what is supported. Maybe someone should just ask their support…

    Otherwise I’ve checked the reviews on Amazon.de and the first visible comment refers only to the first version.

    From my point of view I think that this new one may just be an upgrade with Lightboost and new glasses. Does 3D Vision 2 gives any obligation to conform to specific 3d input modes anyway?

    Regarding to the price gap between this Acer at 504€ and the Asus at 550,88 € (http://www.amazon.de/VG278H-Widescreen-Monitor-Reaktionszeit-2-Brille/dp/B005XA2COO) anyone could suppose that the Asus is priced for what it offers ie. advanced 3d input modes.

    From what I read in the reviews (I speak french but also german), german customers don’t have the same problems concerning backlighting (http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1653278 ) which tends to prove that Asus has “learned” so to speak from its mistakes, but it doesn’t give me more assurance that it is reliable on the long term.

    In comparison the Acer gives me the impression to be more robust and has already lots of customers happy with the first version.

  • 24 Dylan // Jan 26, 2012 at 04:00

    Have you heard anything back from Acer by chance? (It’s been a month, I’m trying to be patient :D )

  • 25 Bloody // Jan 28, 2012 at 00:56

    Still waiting…

  • 26 Bishop // Feb 8, 2012 at 02:49

    Bad idea leaving the model numbers so close. One could “theoretically” buy the new model and swap their old model in the box and return it. No one is going to pay attention. Eh hem, Amazon.

  • 27 Dylan // Feb 8, 2012 at 04:43

    For those of you waiting: here’s a translated French review that just came out


  • 28 DJ // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:00

    Acer’s HN274H B 3D comes with the version 1 glasses what a joke quick attempt for Acer to compete with Asus ALL new version 2…lol

  • 29 Bloody // Feb 15, 2012 at 11:16

    The new Acer 3D monitor comes with 3D Vision 2 glasses bundled, make sure you got the right one and not the first model that was with 3D Vision glasses.

    Make sure that the part number printed on the sticker at the back of the monitor is: ET.HH4HE.B04

  • 30 Dylan // Mar 3, 2012 at 22:03

    Has Acer at least confirmed that they’ve received the unit back and/or said whether they plan to ship you a new one?

  • 31 Derek // Mar 23, 2012 at 10:39

    Each time i try to find a 3d monitor to buy, each has their own problems, acer with no 3d vision 2 for US, asus with its blacklight problems at a 700$ price tag… Totally making me think to skip 3d all together and just get a samsung that works o.O.

  • 32 Psolord // Mar 27, 2012 at 14:18

    I’d like an update on this article and actually a full review.

    People in forums say it is good but not perfect. Reviewers are not overly happy with it.

    So what is the verdict on this one? Could our good friend on 3dvision blog give some answers?


  • 33 Bloody // Mar 27, 2012 at 18:15

    I still don’t have a properly working unit to test, so I cannot say anything yet…

  • 34 Vikrant S N // Apr 19, 2012 at 14:35


    We are into photogrammetry and digital mapping. For long time we are hunting for a sutiable stereo monitor for our appliactions. We were satisfied with Samsung Syncmaster 2233. But now it is out of production.

    We recently got Viewsonic VX2268WM and Acer HN274H.
    We have tested the said monitors with DELL 7500 workstation having Nvedia Quadro 6000 / 5000 and FX 4600 cards. We have not observed Ghosting in almost all of our systems, but one.

    We fail to undertsnd why the said system has ghosting effect on both the monitors?

    Can anyone comment on it.



  • 35 Bloody // Apr 19, 2012 at 15:55

    It is possible that the crosstalk/ghosting you see is caused by the connection between the glasses and the computer. Are you using the consumer infrared version of 3D Vision, if so have you connected the IR emitter to the VESA stereo port on the GPU? You may want to also go for the 3D Vision Pro system that uses RF technology…

  • 36 Felipe // May 1, 2012 at 00:25

    I want very badly to see which monitor performs better, both are very expensive, and I want to make sure I’ll make a good purchase. Asus VG78H or this Acer Hn274h Bbmiiid (3D Vision 2 version). There doesn’t seem to be any review for this new 3D Vision 2 Acer, and it’s even more difficult to find a comparisson between it and the Asus! Please, help me, send me and email with some tips please guys! I live in Brazil and it’s very hard to buy those thing arround here (both are 1500 dolars), and I’d like tips on how to purhcase them on sites that ship internationally! Send me an email felipe_rrm@hotmail.com Thanks!

  • 37 Prima // May 30, 2012 at 08:46

    Hi Vikrant,

    We just purchase ACER HN274H to be used for photogrammetry software, but we can’t have the stereoscopic image to be viewed as 3D. The NVIDIA 3D testing did okay though, all the 3D graphics came out very impressive. We use NVIDIA Quadro 5000. Did you ever have the same problem? Any advise? Should we purchase NVIDIA USB IR-emitter in addition?


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