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Acer also ships the AL2623W with its GridVista software, which enables the user to split the screen into a grid system and dock windows into each area. Allowing for up to four grid configurations, it's a fairly useful addition and will certainly appeal to professionals who need to monitor several different windows at the same time.
At the price it's also fairly cheap for a 26in monitor, though not necessarily for a monitor with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution. Unlike, say, opting for a 30in Dell – or the 30in Samsung we'll be reviewing shortly – a 26in monitor boasts a maximum resolution that's no greater than a 24in monitor. Consequently, you're only gaining physical size rather than actual desktop real-estate.
Moreover, for slightly less you can get the astoundingly good BenQ FP241W. Of course, that would probably be overkill for an office environment – it's an all round powerhouse – but the fact remains I certainly couldn't recommend this over the BenQ for anyone needing an all round solution. Crucially, the lack of adjustability compared to cheaper 24in models makes the Acer 26in a rather less adaptable performer.
Although satisfactory in most respects, the lack of any meaningful stand adjustment puts a bit of a downer of things. At £570 it is cheap for the size, but I'd argue it doesn't present as much value when compared to 24in models that feature pivot and height adjustment. If you're convinced the extra inches are what you need then it's worth considering, but there are plenty of other options that I'd pursue first.
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