Advantages Picture quality, slim design, value!
Disadvantages Poor quality integrated speakers.
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Having just built myself a quite high-spec computer system from the ground up, I was becoming a little tired of viewing all that I had created on an ancient, tiny 14" monitor, salvaged from the computer breaking yard that is our loft!
As the set-up was located in my bedroom, space was at an absolute premium, so a large flat-screen LCD monitor was at the top of my list. "But aren't they hideously expensive?" I hear you ask. Well, yes actually they are! At least to a tightwad like me…. Looking in Maplin, PC World and several online retailers it looked as though I was going to have to part with something like two hundred of my hard-earned pounds!
Salvation came from a most unlikely quarter however. Whilst shopping with my mum in the local Tesco, I noticed a display of flat screen monitors, of various shapes, sizes and prices, tucked behind the fruit and veg! The one that particularly caught my eye was a 17" slim and sexy offering from Acer, marked up at an incredibly tempting £149.95. Well that was it, I was smitten and we proceeded to the checkout with our milk, sugar, eggs and computer screen!
So the Acer took everything I could throw at it and still asked for more! It really is a fantastic bit of kit for the money, and as it's an LCD screen, I now have loads more space on my computer table! Thank you Acer!
With everything connected, it's time to boot up and see how things look….turning the monitor on brings up the Acer logo before the usual "No Signal" box appears to tell you your PC is not turned on.
Booting the PC up and I'm already surprised at how much bigger everything is, and I'm only looking at the black BIOS screen! When Windows does it's thing I am greeted with the picture of my car on my desktop as usual...but wait! Something is different…my car has grown and my icons look a little out of proportion. There is a sticker on the screen telling you the optimum resolution for this screen is 1280 x 1024 pixels, so I dutifully amend this from the 800 x 600 I had been used to. The difference is immediately noticeable, my icons seem tiny, but in proportion, and are no longer arranged round the edge of the screen as they were previously, they are now floating around in the middle - where the edge would have been before! This was easily fixed by dragging the icons back to the edge of the screen.
Opening Internet Explorer, I was delighted to find that my Ciao home screen now fits neatly on the screen, without me having to scroll down to see new reviews etc…much better! Picture quality and clarity are superb - no more fuzzy words or dodgy looking pictures - this is like having a new PC all over again!
I decided to give the monitor a real test and opened Google Earth (for those not familiar with it, Google Earth is a superb free download that allows you to view the entire world via aerial photographs. You start by looking at the Earth from space and are able to zoom into street level) On my old screen, I could only view half of the program, the rest lay beyond the viewing area, but now I was able to see it all, and in such vibrant colour! In fact, the monitor is so good it shows up the weakest link in my PC - the puny graphics card which is next on the list to be replaced!
Pixel Pitch - 0.264mm
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