Nice design, glossy screen (if you like that), good price
Problems with video card to monitor communications - won't run in native resolution in XP, video input controls extremely cumbersome
I looked at the Samsung, LG, etc...trying to find the best 22" monitor. I was very disappointed in the Samsung 226BW when I saw it - the viewing angles were horrible. Then I saw this Acer monitor - I'd never seen it during my web investigations, so I ... Read full review
I looked at the Samsung, LG, etc...trying to find the best 22" monitor. I was very disappointed in the Samsung 226BW when I saw it - the viewing angles were horrible. Then I saw this Acer monitor - I'd never seen it during my web investigations, so I thought I'd try it and return it if I didn't like it.
I first tried it on a laptop but as soon as I set the resolution to 1680x1050, the display when white & black distorted. I bumped it down one level of resolution and it worked okay, but of course looked terrible. I tried it on another computer running Server 2003 and it worked fine. Connected it to my Windows XP computer and it refuses to run at 1680x1050. The video card sends the signal, but the monitor says it's running at 1600x1200 - which it doesn't even support! It's clearly not native resolution. I tried installing a driver from Acer, but it only has a Vista driver - tried installing that anyway (which installed fine), but it made no difference. I reinstalled the video drivers and updated them (eVga 7900GS PCI-E card) and still made no difference. Tried uninstalling the monitor driver and went back to plug n play - no difference. I have a dual-boot config on this machine with Vista installed, so I tried that - and what do you know - everything worked just fine in Vista. Basically, there's some serious issues with anything but Vista...I won't be waiting around for someone to fix it though...it has to go back. I've seen other similar issues from other people in forums, so it's not just the one monitor either.
Also, I have two computers connected to the monitor (DVI, DSUB) and to switch between the two, you have to hit the menu button, move down to the input selection, hit the enter button, select DVI or DSUB, and hit enter again. Wow...is that stupid!
If they could fix those items, it would actually be a very good monitor - I like the glossy screen, the contrast is much better with it - and it even cuts down on the poor viewing angles typical to all TN panels (ie, all 22" monitors). But...there's no way I'm running this monitor in non-native resolution!
I've had the monitor a few months now and I managed to find a fix for the problem getting into native resolution. It seems to be a problem with some models of nVidia cards and this particular monitor. If you go into the advanced nVidia display properties and create a custom resolution (Display->Manage custom resolutions) of 1680x1050,it works - don't know why!
Anyway, I still like the looks of the monitor and now everything works, but I've noticed that the back-light bleeding is getting worse too. I think it has stabilized now. If you use a back blackground in Windows, you don't see it. If you run full-scren with a black background, or watch a DVD full-screen with a dark scene, it's extremely noticeable. If you're just using Windows, you probably won't notice it though.
Overall, I guess it's mostly worth the money, but I'm glad I have another monitor (BenQ FP24W) that's very solid and has no weaknesses (of course it cost another $350 too)!