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Acer X193w

The Acer X193w is somewhat more expensive than the above-discussed model and features a more exciting exterior. It comes from Acer’s relatively new series. We have already tested one model, X192w, from it.

Judging by the specifications, this monitor has the same or similar matrix as is installed in the previous model. We’ve got dynamic contrast but no RTC again. The latter technology is still limited to rather expensive models whereas dynamic contrast has spread to almost every model, except for the cheapest ones, in new product series of all the manufacturers. It is sad because response time compensation is a more useful feature than dynamic contrast.

The X193w looks livelier than the plain square models of the AL1916 series thanks to the protrusion in the bottom center of the front panel and the new position of the controls. The stand has transformed from square into an arrow-like shape. There is a metallic plate in the stand to make it steadier. This doesn’t seem much of an innovation, yet the monitor’s appearance is not boring or dull anymore.

The new stand has old functionality. It only allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen. You can replace it with a VESA-compatible mount using the holes at the back panel.

A digital interface is now added to the analog input.

The buttons are placed on the beveled bottom edge of the front panel. They look nice but are not really handy. The buttons don’t provide clear feedback to the finger and also rattle somewhat. The monitor provides quick access to the automatic image adjustment and to choosing a factory-set image mode (Empowering Technology).

The menu is absolutely the same as in the previous model and has the same drawbacks (it doesn’t remember the last changed option and always opens up on the Empowering Technology tab).

The monitor’s brightness and contrast are set at 77% and 50%, respectively, by default. I lowered both to 35% to achieve a 100nit level of white. Color gradients are displayed without banding and there are no problems with dark halftones at low levels of contrast. You shouldn’t increase the contrast setting above its default as it makes light halftones indistinguishable from each other. The monitor’s brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 270Hz.

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