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Having marvelled at the stunning 26in NEC Benny reviewed recently, I couldn't help but think it was setting an impossibly high benchmark for all to follow. Even a cursory glance showed it was a superb panel, a point reflected in the maximum Performance score given.
I'll freely admit I wasn't expecting such marvellous results from Acer's AL2623W, though that's no great surprise. Acer has made no secret of targeting a budget market with its LCD monitor range, which is either a good or bad thing depending on exactly how budget a display actually is.
Quite recently Benny looked at the AL2216w, whose budget origins were rather too evident – especially in the ugly colour shift when viewing from an angle. The 26in monitor I'm looking at here is aimed primarily at the office environment and purely from an aesthetic point of view immediately improves on the 22in display. Though by no means stunning, the 'titanium' – read dark grey – metallic plastic bezel is certainly an improvement.
Regrettably, Acer hasn't seen fit to add much in terms of stand adjustment to the AL2623W, with tilt the only thing available. That means no rotation, pivot or height adjustment, which is a major disappointment. Although the monitor is cheap for its size, I'd still like to see some adjustment available especially considering the professional/office environment this is targeted at stand to benefit most from an adaptable monitor.
As with any 26in monitor, the Acer sports a 1,920 x 1,200 native resolution, which is obviously the primary selling point of the monitor enabling you to put two full-sized A4 documents alongside each other on-screen or watch content at a full high-def resolution of 1080p. In aid of this, the DVI port on the AL2623W is also HDCP compliant.
Utilising a PVA panel, the AL2623W is a full 8-bit, 16.7 million colour monitor – no 16.2 million colour malarkey here – with a reported contrast ratio of 800:1, a 5ms Grey-to-Grey response time, 500 cd/m2 brightness rating, 0.287 x 0.287mm pixel pitch with connectivity restricted to DVI and D-Sub ports, along with an audio jack for the in-built "speakers". Contrast is boosted to 1,600:1 by the Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) mode, which is activated via the OSD.
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