Acer's monitor lineups get new models and USB Type-C

Acer's monitor portfolio is growing quickly, and the firm doesn't seem to be easing up on the throttle. The company just announced new monitors in its R1, H7, and XR lineups.

The R1 series looks to be an affordable option for those looking for a basic IPS screen. These monitors are available in sizes from 21.5" to 27" and pack what Acer calls flickerless IPS panels. According to Acer, the monitor's bezel is a mere 7 mm thick, and the screen's tilt can be adjusted from 5° to 15°. The R1 series will be in stores sometime in Q1 2016, with prices starting at $130.

The stars of the show, however, are the new H7 series screens. Acer says these are the first monitors with USB Type-C ports, allowing transmission of display signals, data, and power on a single cable. The monitor should be able to charge any USB devices plugged into it, including notebooks. The H7-series monitors come in 25" and 27" sizes with a 2560x1440 display resolution, and their IPS panels can display a claimed 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Prices for these screens start at $500, and they should be in stores in February.

Last but not least, there's a new 34" beast in town. The XR342CK is an ultra-wide 3440x1440 (21:9) curved monitor. Like its cousins, it packs an IPS panel, but it also has 6-axis color adjustments for professional calibration. In a nod to the gaming crowd, the XR342CK supports FreeSync variable-refresh-rate technology, though Acer doesn't say what this screen's refresh rate range is. There's also no word on a stateside release, but Acer says the XR342CK will be available in Europe in March for 1,100€, or about $1,200.

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