Summary: Probably will buy new in the future to ideally avoid issues.
Cons: Buying a refurbished monitor I guess comes with its risks. I purchased two of these monitors at the same time. The first one I opened had no bubble wrap padding which allowed the base for the monitor to freely to move around in the box and naturally was on the same side as the exposed LCD screen. I took a picture of the packaging or lack there of since I was sure there would be an issue, but miracles happen and nothing appeared to be damaged once powered on. The secon...
Summary: Two major problems I noticed immediately with this monitor: First, the stand is an absolute joke. As stated in the manual, you can move it a few degrees back or forward, but it settles in the same position, leaning a bit toward you. It can also be tilted left and right, but stops so that the bottom right of the monitor is lower than the bottom left. The five control buttons are also poorly designed and implemented.
Summary: I have another ACER S230HL monitor and its great. I wanted a second one and found a "refurbished" monitor on sale at Walmart and ordered it. Based on the condition of the bezel, condition of the packaging and the display output, it is a returned unit, that has not been refurbished, just repurposed. I can get over the bezel, but I can't get the monitor to match in properties to the first monitor based on brightness, contrast, and other settings.
Summary: All they have to do is put a little thought into to packaging and you'd get a superb product every time. Duh.
Pros: VERY nice picture and high res 1920 x 1080. NO dead pixels
Cons: I ordered two of these. Both were packed like the box would be handled with kid gloves. The base and the cords were all loose. Not meant for UPS or Fedex shipping. One came with VGA and HDMI, the other with only VGA cables. One had a bezel and base that looked like it had been taken out of a tumbler full of rocks (hmm, maybe it was the loose cables and base) and the other bezel still had the factory plastic protective tape. Not worth the savings if you are looking for...
Summary: I bought 3 of these and each one had a problem with the screen where a section of it I noticed during games had a circular indent and a bright crescent shaped light like backlighting along the sides of it. I don't know whether it was due to handling it too rough to get the base in, or not. I just don't understand how it happened to 3 separate monitors of the same make. The other monitors it happened on both sides, but this time its just one.
Summary: Now, when I bought this monitor the colors were perfect, it looked amazing but it was a pain to hook up until I learned you have to push on the fat part of the monitor on the bottom a bit to get the stand in. That annoyed me, but then I started playing around on it and as you'd think 1920x1080 looks gorgeous and I don't notice any ghosting or anything. But what I do notice and its very annoying, to me, as I have an eagle eye for these things.
Summary: This is a nice monitor but one big problem. Acer likes to put the power button and the control buttons on the bottom edge of the screen. You can't see what you are doing. You have 6 buttons and you have to feel your way around it. It is a problem. I would never buy another Acer monitor for that reason.