Problem is, it hasn't said what that budget is.
The demand for ever larger LCD monitors is almost as great as the nation’s lusting for St George’s Flags and Acer is ready to answer their cries (though doesn’t suggest you fly them from car windows).
It has introduced three new models, the AL2216W (above), AL2423W and AL2616W which sport displays of 22, 24 and 26 inches respectively. All three claim to target the constantly moving target that is the price/performance sector and though ironically cost is the one detail the company cannot yet provide, the specs pretty good for the right RRP.
At 22 inches, the relative baby of the trio manages a native 1680 x 1050 widescreen resolution with the 24 and 26 inchers jumping up a notch to 1920 x 1200. This latter level is enough to support full 1080p High Definition broadcasts though on an LCD the size of the AL2616W it would’ve perhaps been nice to see it go a step further to 2560 x 1600.
Perhaps revealing their potential budget roots are relatively low brightness settings of 300cd/m2 for the AL2216W and 500cd/m2 for both the AL2423W and AL2616W, though contrast ratios of 700:1 for the entry level 22 incher and 1000:1 for the 24in and 26in are highly respectable. The same can be said for the AL2216W’s 170 degree viewing angle and 5ms response time and while the AL2423W and AL2616W can beat the first spec with 178 degree viewable angles the slight drop to 6ms response times does screens of this size no discredit at all.
Both the AL2216W and AL2616W will belong to Acer’s so-called ‘Value Line’ which may explain why they rather surprisingly only feature an analogue D-sub input, though the ‘Office Line’ AL2423W does have DVI.
Like an Arsene Wenger transfer list, ultimately price will go a long way to determining whether Acer has got a trio of bargains here or perhaps cut too many corners. I’ll pop back with an update as soon as they come through…