Last year, we looked at both 26in and 32in LCD TVs from Acer, but this is the first Acer LCD monitor to appear in our labs since this 19in monitor. The AL2416WS has a diagonal viewing area of 24in making it one of the big boys in the monitor arena, competing in particular with the Dell 24in panel, though that in itself has now been put in the shade by Dells’ 30in screen. But with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 there are still plenty of pixels to be getting excited about on this screen. Dell’s 24in screen impressed us when we looked at it, and it’s available at a competitive price, especially from www.overclockers.co.uk, who consistently undercut the price on Dell’s own web site, which tends to go up and down like a yoyo. Acer has a track record in producing performance screens that beat the competition on price: can it do the same again here?
Design wise the Acer is to be honest, something of a disappointment. The screen is surrounded by a silver bezel, and underneath the Acer logo is a small panel for the power button and controls for the (OSD). It sits on a stand, also embossed with the Acer logo. Whereas the Acer LCD TVs managed to look quite modern, the overall look here is quite dated. The screen is equipped with VESA mounting slots, should you wish to place it on the wall.
In terms of fine adjustments the OSD enables you to play with the contrast and brightness, the focus and pixel clock, as well as the horizontal and vertical position.
Feature wise, the Acer is very limited, especially compared to the Dell. The panel can be tilted back very slightly and several degrees forward on its stand. However, there’s no height adjustment at all. The Dell on the other hand had both height adjustment and can be pivoted into portrait mode too.
The biggest surprise though was the connectivity or lack of it. The Acer has a single VGA, D-Sub connector – and that’s it. For a monitor that’s capable of 1,920 x 1,200 the lack of DVI is something of a shock, especially as you’d want to maximise quality at this relatively high resolution. Again this compares very poorly with the Dell, which sports, D-Sub, DVI (HDCP compliant), composite, S-Video, and Component. The Dell even shows off with side-mounted card reader slots.