Acer Ferrari F-19
Acer’s Ferrari F-19 is exactly the opposite of the low-end model I described and tested in the previous section. This is one of the most expensive products in its category, owing its high price to two factors: 1) its design is licensed from Ferrari and 2) it is equipped with a TV-tuner, a set of video inputs, and a remote control.
The black-and-red Ferrari style is easily recognizable by any admirer of the brand. Standing on a shop shelf or on your home desk, the monitor will surely be eye-catching. There is one blunder, however. The Power indicator on the left of the screen is blue! Well, I’m quite aware that blue LEDs are currently in fashion, but it looks so much out of place here. I wonder they have a line in their design guidelines at Acer that reads, “No one will ever buy a device without a blue LED indicator!” So they put it down there, but for no real purpose. It’s not only that the blue color doesn’t fit within the overall black-and-red Ferrari-style color scheme, but the position of the LED on the right of the screen is probably the worst possible because it distracts your eyes much more than if the LED were placed under the screen. And Acer didn’t provide a menu option to disable the LED completely as LG’s and NEC’s monitors offer.
The stand is simple and plain. It only allows changing the tilt of the screen.
The monitor’s connectors are drawn together in three groups. Video inputs are on the side of the case: the tuner’s antenna input and S-Video with corresponding audio inputs. In the nearby niche with a rubber cover there is a SCART connector and a universal digital interface connector (DVI-I as opposed to DVI-D which is meant for transferring only digital signal and lacks certain pins).
And finally, you can see a D-Sub connector for analog connection to the monitor, an audio input, and a power adapter connector (the Ferrari F-19 has an external power adapter). These are located at the bottom of the case like in a majority of other monitors.
The monitor’s controls are divided in two groups. The first group is placed on the right edge of the screen and is meant for general setup and controlling the F-19 as a PC monitor. The controls are easy to use and are labeled on the front panel so that you didn’t have to turn it towards you to find the necessary button (as I had to do with certain models from BenQ).
The second group of controls is located below and is mostly meant for managing the tuner. One of the buttons switches between the monitor’s inputs and the remaining two switch the tuner’s channels into appropriate mode.
The monitor comes with an infrared remote control which was the first bewildering thing to me. It not only lacks any trace of the Ferrari style but even looks as if enclosed with some low-end model. It is just a small, unhandy rectangular box with a lot of same-shape tiny buttons that are virtually impossible to use by touch alone. For example, I would often miss the TV button and hit the Power one, which was no fun, as you can imagine. However, the remote control does make all the TV and monitor-related settings available for you to play with.