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The monitor has a standard and rather handy menu from Acer. It doesn’t offer any extra features, though, just the basic settings any LCD monitor offers.

By default, the contrast and brightness settings are set at 50% and 100%, respectively. By choosing 27% brightness and 30% contrast I achieved 100-nit brightness of white. The monitor’s brightness is controlled through pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 270Hz.

The backlighting is quite uniform, yet on closer examination you can discern that the top and bottom of the screen are darker than the rest of it.

Just as I said above, the viewing angles of this monitor are quite normal for a modern TN+Film matrix, but the narrowness of the vertical angle isn’t that striking in comparison with an ordinary 19” monitor due to the reduced height of the screen. The difference isn’t big, though, and if you are not satisfied with the vertical viewing angle of a standard 1280x1024 TN matrix, you’d better consider matrixes with other manufacturing technologies rather than with a different screen aspect ratio.

The monitor produces undesirable bands in color gradients, but they are not very conspicuous. These bands are not affected by the monitor’s settings (it often happens that a monitor is well tuned up at its default settings, but you can see errors in color gradients as soon as you change the contrast setting).

The gamma curves lie very close to the theoretical curves for gamma 2.2. There are no problems here that would affect the reproduction of light or dark tones. The situation doesn’t change at the reduced brightness and contrast – the monitor still honestly reproduces all the color tones it is supposed to show.

There is a small difference between the temperatures of levels of gray, which is an achievement for a low-end monitor. The problem is that the image looks cold. Even in the Warm mode the temperature doesn’t lower to the sRGB standard 6500K whereas a majority of other monitors produce something like 5400K in their Warm modes. So, if you’ve got a rather “warm” illumination at your home, you may want to manually set up the color temperature of your AL1916Ws.

The AL1916Ws’s matrix lacks response time compensation, so its speed cannot impress. The pixel rise time is over 30 milliseconds at the maximum and goes down to acceptable level on black-white transitions only. Well, this is quite a typical picture for RTC-less TN+Film matrixes, but it anyway looks depressing after you’ve seen the latest models of gaming monitors.

The AL1916Ws’s brightness and contrast are quite typical for its class – there’s nothing to be surprised at. The max brightness of 250 nits allows playing games and watching movies with comfort even under bright lighting.

Thus, the AL1916Ws may be an interesting option for people who’d want to have a widescreen 19” monitor but are not satisfied with the low resolution and large pixels of the older 1280x768 matrixes. The monitor suits well for work and for watching movies (a special thanks to the wide display!), but you should think twice if you need a monitor for playing games. The matrix installed in the AL1916Ws is way slower than the matrixes of modern gaming LCD monitors. Don’t forget about the type of the matrix, too. The characteristic problems of TN+Film technology with viewing angles may have become less annoying, but have not disappeared yet.

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