HP EliteDisplay E243 vs. Acer SB220Q: Which Monitor Should You Buy?

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Having an extra monitor around can really help with productivity, especially if you've been relegated to a laptop monitor while working from home, We're stacking up a pair of our favorite budget options that can exponentially expand your desktop real-estate, without taking up a ton of space. Even a solid 22-inch display can make a huge difference, but there's more to consider than just the size of the display when looking for a new monitor.

Refresh rates, adjustment options, and peripheral connectivity are all important factors to consider if you're shopping for a new desktop display. To that end, we're weighing the pros and cons of the HP EliteDisplay against the Acer SB220Q to help you figure out which one is best for you.

Acer SB220Q HP EliteDisplay E243
$95 $160
Tilt Adjustable Tilt, Height and Rotation adjustable
22-inch display 24-inch display
75Hz Refresh Rate 60 Hz Refresh Rate
No USB Ports 2 USB 3.0 Ports

Design

Both monitors have a similar, slim-bezel design, devoting the maximum amount of real-estate to the display. With the Acer having 22 inches, and the HP being a little bigger at 24 inches. While you might be inclined to gravitate towards, the larger display, there is a small advantage to having a smaller panel in that it is much slimmer. The panel of Acer SB220Q is less than half;f an inch deep, making it easy to put up against a wall or other surface.

HP EliteDisplay E243

Another big difference between these monitors is how they can be oriented. The Acer display is mostly fixed in a single position as its only able to tilt its panel up and down by about 20 degrees. The EliteDisplay however, is height adjustable, can rotate on its base, and the screen can rotate up to 90 degrees for vertical orientation. This can have a large impact on the layout of your workspace in general but definitely makes the EliteDisplay the more versatile option here.

Resolution

Both of these displays are FHD 1080p displays, but the HP EliteDisplay is slightly larger, providing you with a 24-inch panel as opposed to 22. However, the smaller display of the Acer SB220Q features a slightly higher 75Hz refresh rate as well as AMD FreeSync, making it a slightly better display for gaming.

Acer SB220Q

The HP EliteDisplay breaks with the Acer SB220Q by offering a broader range of display connectivity options, allowing not just for HDMI or VGA connections, but also DisplayPort output. This may have a greater impact on your decision depending on your particular set up.

Features

There are a couple of features present in the HP monitor that put them firmly in the lead in this regard, the EliteDisplay includes VESA mount compatibility, allowing you to mount the monitor to your wall or an articulated arm to clear up some additional desk space. The EliteDisplay also includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports for charging accessories or connecting peripherals. While the usefulness of these features is largely case-sensitive, they are certainly nice to have.

HP EliteDisplay E243

Price

Finding any display for less than $100 is a rare find, but you get what you pay for. While the Acer SB220Q is definitely the cheaper option at $94, its features have been parsed down significantly to reflect this. Conversely, the HP EliteDisplay is roughly double the price, at $165, but is not only a bit larger but also has a greatly expanded set of features.

Final Verdict

Unless money happens to be particularly tight, the clear winner, in this case, has to be the HP EliteDisplay. The Acer SB220Q does have a slimmer display and a slightly higher refresh rate, but the added USB ports, adjustment options, and larger display of the HP EliteDisplay edge out the competition.