"Nice Monitor... But"on by Dittohd
Pros Nice, clear monitor. Adjustments easily made to brightness and contrast to my preference.
Cons Doesn't come with a driver to create a 1440x900 setting in your operating system.
Summary Pros: Nice, clear monitor. So much clearer than my previous CRT's, hands down. I can now read stuff I couldn't read before because the colors used on a website were poorly chosen by the website creator. The display was a bit too bright for me at first but I was able to adjust both the contrast and brightness with just a little checking in the user manual. Sweet! No dead pixels. Easy to set up. Came with both VGA and DVI wiring. Works with DPI settings other than 1440x900 by stretching or shrinking the signal to fit the screen.
Cons: Doesn't come with a driver to create a 1440x900 setting in your operating system. I have Windows XP Pro. This monitor is plug and play and it was recognized by my operating system with no problem, but I got no 1440x900 setting as a result. I downloaded the most recent driver for my video card as directed by Acer's instructions but it didn't help. So I came to the obvious (to me) conclusion that I need a new video card.
Warning: If your computer and/or video card do not support 1440x900 DPI and you wish to upgrade your video card to one that does, you are in for a super headache! I found out through over a week of on and off research with internet forums, video card manufacturer websites, a video card manufacturer, my computer manufacturer and the motherboard manufacturer that there are several different types of video card motherboard slots that hold the video card to the motherboard, depending on the age of your computer: AGP 1.0. AGP 2.0, AGP 3.0, PCI, and PCI-Express. They are not compatible with each other in most instances. There are exceptions, but that's complicated too.
All the details that have to be matched between your computer, video card, and monitor cause shopping the different cards a royal pain. And the sellers and manufacturers don't make comparisons easy. Plus, the details on each website for the same card are not in the same format. Not only is the format different but different websites show different amounts of info. I even found different characteristics on different websites for the same video card that are supposed to be telling what that card will do and what its compatibilities are. For instance, one website said a card has a VGA output connection and runs on an AGP 2.0 motherboard slot but on another website it said that it had only a DVI output connection and only runs on an AGP 3.0 motherboard slot. I even found a video card on a seller website that showed a picture of the card having a fan on it, but reviews on the page warned that the card doesn't come with a fan.
Local retail outlets have very little variety of video cards in stock (based on my experience) so if you're computer is a bit old and requires older technology compatibilities, forget about it! They generally have mostly or exclusively the newer technology versions. Plus if you upgrade your video card, chances are good you'll need to upgrade your power supply too based on the increased needs of the new, more powerful video card. Just one headache after another.
Now that your eyes are starting to glaze over, my bottom line recommendation? Make sure your current video card will handle the 1440x900 dpi preference of this monitor before you buy it if you're picky (like me) about getting optimal benefit for your money. Otherwise, consider a different monitor that's maximum DPI is handled by your current video card.
Based on my experience, help from sellers and manufacturers (including Acer) is not very good. Sometimes, they don't even reply to your questions. Other times they do but beat around the bush instead of answering your specific questions. This is even when dealing with technical support, the persons who are supposed to be the experts. I got the total of what I learned by getting a little from many sources. If you're not tenacious, forget about it! Take the easy way out and make sure you're maximum DPI compatibility matches the 1440x900 DPI this monitor prefers and if you're going to upgrade video cards, you know exactly what type of video card slot your motherboard has on it so you get the right type of card, before buying.
If you're not picky and are just looking for a good quality (based on my only two weeks of use), inexpensive monitor, this monitor is very good because it works even with older video cards with different DPI's and makes adjustments, based on my limited experience. My computer is a seven year old Hewlett Packard.Updated
I bought my monitor from Walmart.com. I tried to post my review on that site and they didn't approve it. I guess they didn't like all the details that related to related issues rather than the monitor itself.
So I wouldn't believe all the ratings on Walmart.com as an accurate portrayal of a product's worth. How many other ratings were not approved? Who knows?
Pros It is wide screen which is nice. Good for gaming. It has great clarity and has a fast response time which means there is no more blurred motions going on.
Cons The software makes the 1400 X 900 Move to the side for some reason.
Summary This is a great product to have. If you do game then this monitor is the one for you. The brightness is just what you want for gaming. The response time is ultra fast so no more blur.
"A very good buy"on by Curt O.
Pros Very inexpensive, no dead pixels, great resolution
Cons The speakers aren't great but who buys a monitor for the speakers?
Summary Overall, this is the best monitor I have bought. I got mine off staples for 170$ on a one day sale. Its native 1400x900 is great for watching movies and media. I acually own the AL1917W but they are very similar in mostly every aspect. The only trouble I encountered while setting this monitor up was I had to download a driver. I couldn't find it but it still looks great in 1280x1024. Hook up some external speakers and you'll love your setup.
"Great display"on by loadedstewie
Pros 5ms response time, dvi and vga, value price
Cons light leakage, makes a buzzing sound when it goes in and out of standby mode
Summary This is one of the best featured best looking monitors for the money. I've had mine for 3 months now and I might buy a second cause they are soo cheap. that being said if your watching movies there is quite a bit of light leakage on all sides of the screen no worse then others in this price range but kinda annoying. would have given a 9 if there was less light leakage.
"very, very nice"on by vett
Pros price, size, picture
Cons manual could tell a little more and bigger print
Summary I just got this this morning from buy.com for 201 shipped free in 2 days. not one dead pixel. it takes a little getting use to, took me about 15 min. The screen is very bright, I turned it down to about 50% and it's fine. would I recomend it? YES and also buy.com for there fast service