Talking about the product specification, Acer should be given credit for measuring this monitor’s viewing angles by the “honest” method, i.e. by a contrast drop to 10:1. This is why the specified angles are so narrow, but at least these numbers do not mislead the user. Take note of the response time parameter, too. It is 5 milliseconds on a black-white-black transition (as measured by the ISO 13406-2 standard). Although this number looks similar to “4ms (GtG)” that you can often see in a monitor’s specs, the AL1916 is going to be considerably slower than 4ms models. It lacks response time compensation and its black-white-black transition takes the least time to complete of all the possible transitions, actually. I’ll measure the average response time of halftone transitions (GtG) below, though.
The monitor’s appearance is quite unassuming. It has got plain-looking gray plastic case and a simple and rather flimsy stand that allows adjusting the tilt of the screen only.
The case is rather thin notwithstanding the integrated power adapter.
The unpretentious stand can be removed and replaced with a VESA mount if necessary. There are holes required for that here.
Acer didn’t change its principles when developing this monitor and equipped it with an analog D-Sub input only. This seems insufficient considering the current popularity of digital connectors. The image quality is unaffected, though. Our Radeon X600 would yield a sharp and clear picture through this monitor.
The monitor’s controls are centered below the front panel. The Power button differs from the others with its shape and size, so you can’t confuse it for anything else. Quick access is provided to the auto-adjustment feature and to selecting an image profile.