Acer AL1951

Acer's AL1951 offers a decent option for gaming junkies and those wanting a large LCD display in a small frame.


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Design
Acer's AL1951 19-inch LCD monitor has a businesslike design, from the solid base of silver plastic through to the no-design-frills black bezel. It does manage the neat trick of having a thin bezel that leads directly into screen real estate; the practical effect of this design is to make the monitor appear perceptibly larger than it actually is. The screen itself can be tilted forwards or backwards to get a proper ergonomic viewing angle, and the base arm for doing so is suitably stiff, so it should hold its position well over many viewing hours.

All of the monitor's controls are located on the base of the stand, and cover the usual features for defining screen size, refresh rates and focus settings. The menus themselves are somewhat blandly functional, but they're by no means hard to follow, with left/right selection buttons for menu choices, and the Menu/Auto buttons performing selection and going back one menu level respectively. The Auto button will also attempt to autoconfigure the monitor for best performance based on the input signal coming in.

The AL1951 supports both VGA and DVI connections through the rear of the monitor base, along with a single audio socket for powering the monitor's twin speakers. It's also here that the unit's notebook-style power adaptor plugs in. It's naturally less of a hassle to have a large power brick for something that's deskbound, although depending on your desk setup you may find the cable irritating to place easily.

Features
The AL1951's display panel measures 19-inch diagonally, with a display area of 376mm by 301mm. Resolution tops out at 1280x1024, and the monitor itself will attempt to auto-configure itself to scale to the resolution of the signal going into it. Acer rates it with a speedy response time of 2ms, a contrast ratio of 500:1 and brightness of 250cd/m2. It's rated for a typical power consumption of 45w with an estimated viewable life of around 50,000 hours -- so if you switched one on at the time of writing, you could expect it to conk out sometime in 2011.

Performance
We tested the AL1951 with both real-world applications and DisplayMate Multimedia Edition. Testing with Displaymate revealed good focus, no stuck pixel problems and decent colour reproduction, although we did note that the screen appeared a touch bright on lighter colours, especially if we let the screen run its auto-adjustment routine prior to testing.

The auto-adjustment feature was something of a bust in our testing, especially if you're planning to hook up an older VGA connection. Testing with a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with an ATI Radeon X300 graphics processor delivered reasonable images over VGA, until we auto-calibrated -- at which point we experienced a quite strong amount of ghosting on text and window bars. Resetting the image alleviated the problem, however.

Any monitor with a 2ms response time is a natural fit for gamers, and in this respect the AL1951 performed quite adequately in our tests; likewise as a video monitor it worked with no discernible motion blur. The inbuilt speakers won't blow you away, but in our testing they gave a reasonable response that'd certainly suit a lone office inhabitant -- or someone who wanted to annoy people several cubicles away.

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Jenny
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Jenny posted a review   

The Good:fast, no ghosting with DVI, bright.

The Bad:none

Good screen, good with games (fast paced FPS), no ghosting with DVI connection.
(Some ghosting with VGA!)
I love this screen, it's great =)

Kirks
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Kirks posted a review   

The Good:Rich color, solid contrast and great size. Incredible frame rate also!

The Bad:None at all

One of the best monitors I've come across so far. Being an avid gamer, I need the quickest response time around, and this monitor never fails to deliver! Great product!

anasf2f
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anasf2f posted a review   

I have this monitor a year ago and really it's a fantastic one comparing to other monitors,

I've compared it with Dell, HP and other products it's the best in everything especially in the price.

simply it's the best

Bingo
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Bingo posted a review   

The Good:Great response time
Excellent image quality

The Bad:none

I love it no issues at all

Felekar
9
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Felekar posted a review   

The Good:-High contrast
-2 ms response so there is nearly no ghosting

The Bad:One stuck red pixel.

I've had this monitor for about two years now, and have loved it.

Simon Walker
7
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Simon Walker posted a review   

Does the Acer AL 1951 have a built in microphone as I am trying to set up skype.

maallen
10
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maallen posted a review   

The Good:Everything

The Bad:None

I've had this monitor for a year now, with no problems. I am a gammer and love it.

demarren
9
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demarren posted a review   

The Good:Good screen in DVI conection
good color,verry high contrast.
Exelent monitor for fotographers.
Also verry speedy

The Bad:none I saw so far

Exelent screen,I am comming from an sonny 17 inch




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  • Jenny

    Jenny

    Rating10

    "Good screen, good with games (fast paced FPS), no ghosting with DVI connection.
    (Some ghosting with VGA!)
    I love this screen, it's great =)"

  • Kirks

    Kirks

    Rating10

    "One of the best monitors I've come across so far. Being an avid gamer, I need the quickest response time around, and this monitor never fails to deliver! Great product!"

  • anasf2f

    anasf2f

    Rating10

    "I have this monitor a year ago and really it's a fantastic one comparing to other monitors,

    I've compared it with Dell, HP and other products it's the best in everything especially i..."

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