Acer is not associated in Poland with monitors. Meanwhile, AL1917L from the Taiwanese manufacturer turns out to be a real surprise.
LCD monitors are replacing CRTs in the blink of an eye. We have a lot to choose from when selecting new monitors. As it turns out, when shopping for LCD monitors it is worth to consider brands such as Asus or Acer that are not associated with liquid crystal displays.
Opening the box
In the box you will find AL1917L monitor, digital (DVI) and analogue connection cable, drivers, quick start guide, three power cables (European, British and Swiss!) and analogue signal cable. Quite a large package.
The tested monitor has a diagonal screen size of 19 inches and measures 422.2 mm (width), 433 mm (height) and 175.8 mm (depth). The whole thing looks really solid, making a positive impression. AL1917L has a frame, the thickness of which at the narrowest point is 10 mm. Additionally, the monitor is equipped with two 2W speakers. On the back we find digital DVI interface, analog VGA input and audio input. On the front we will find a control panel with 4 buttons and an on/off button.
Although the monitor looks really solid – there is no question of any major surprise. It’s a good, craftsmanship job. Is there anything wrong with that? Not at all.
Turning on the monitor
Let’s turn on the tested equipment. First of all, we should start with the fact that the AL1917L features LED backlight technology. According to the manufacturer, this makes the palette of displayed colors increased by 45 percent. The fact is – LEDs do their job, and the image is more complete, beating the quality of LCD monitors that do not use LEDs.
AL1917L horizontal viewing angle is 170 degrees and vertical 160 degrees. The latter figure is not surprising, but we know very well that what really matters is the horizontal viewing angle, and in the case of the tested device it works very well.
The basic capabilities of the described equipment are not surprising – the monitor has a response time of 5 ms, a contrast ratio of 700:1 and brightness of 250 cd/m2. These parameters are perfect for office work, as well as for watching movies or browsing photos.
The situation with games is different – the lower refresh rate and contrast ratio cause some problems with more dynamic titles and games played in dark locations, but it is not common. If we are a “professional” player – it is worth to look around for another monitor. The monitor supports a resolution of 1280 by 1024, which is a standard these days.
In the final analysis, the Acer AL1917L doesn’t surprise with anything amazing, presenting itself as a good, usable monitor. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I worked on it for almost two weeks, 8 to 11 hours a day. Not only did I have no problems, but while typing, processing multimedia and graphics, I did not feel eye fatigue. That says something.