"lacks mounting versatility, adjustment"2.5 starson by rubrtoe
Pros: bright crisp 8million:1 contrast ratio, lightweigth, slim, sleek
Cons: can't mount on wall, can't tilt back past vertical position, can't replace factory base with another, can't connect DVI without adapter,
Summary: This monitor has 3 things going for it&many negative things about mount&use.It's by far the crispiest,brightest picture of any I saw with a maximum 8-million:1 contrast ratio compared to Lcds i've seen that have a maximum 80 thousand:1.It consumes less power,runs a lot cooler.It's light&slim,which hardly matters when it is setting on a desk on it's OEM base.Now the negatives,which are many&pronounced:Acer calls it an LED screen but on the guide&printed elsewhere it's called an LCD,so who knows?More importantly,this monitor,being extremely light&slim,would be most ideal for wall mounting either on a swivel arm or directly,except for one major detail:Acer provided no mounting alternatives other than the base! It can't be mounted to anything other than the base because it doesn't have the usual 3 15/16 inch square mounting point in its center that 99.99% of all other monitors have,plus all the controls&connections are in the OEM base that cannot be removed.So you have no mounting alternatives for this monitor except the OEM base,which is elegant but extremely nonfucntional! With a full range tilt of only 10 degrees&no swivel or height adjustment,you can point it way down but just a smidge up beyond vertical position!In fact,I've a wedge under my base right now to provide more backward titl! & the on-screen programmable features?They automatically go out so fast that you better not hesitate or even blink before the display goes out. I changed the OSD to 30 seconds which was better,except when i turned the monitor off&back on,it went back to the 10 second,so it is very frustrating to program.Most importantly:Its MTBF (estimated lifespan in hours) is only 15000 (a spec you don't see until you buy it and open it) which is like 625 days or less than 2 years.Personally,that scared me because I use the computer a lot. With that short of a lifespan,by comparison,I have fans in my computer, which is on 24-7 that are rated to last 6 & 15 years (MTBF 150000)!But I knew that about the fans when I bought them because they were published,unlike this monitor.But all the monitors try to hide that spec so I still don't know how it compares with others.I know I've had my 17-inch Dell on the same PC for 7 years&it still works perfectly. Somehow I don't think I'll get near the same service life out of this Acer & I think this is quite illustrative of how all businesses routinely scam us with shoddy, poorly designed products&misleading information.Also,it has the oldest,most antiquated monitor connection there is,the blue analog vga connection,along with 2 of the latest, hdmi, leaving out a middle one,the digital white DVI connection which provides a much better signal than the blue one if your computer has that,but to connect DVI to this monitor,you have to buy an adapter to HDMI for it.