The Dell E196FP looks even more unassuming than the Acer AL1916 in its specification. It’s got an RTC-less TN matrix with a typical response time of 8 milliseconds, an average contrast ratio, and narrow (but honestly measured) viewing angles of 140 degrees…
It’s the exterior design that puts this monitor apart from the Acer. Combining a dark, almost black, gray with silver and standing on a V-shaped base, the monitor will look gorgeous on an office desk without trying to make your work days seem gloomier than they really are with a clumsy case of a depressing gray color.
The stand allows adjusting the tilt of the screen. It seems too thin and unsteady at first sight against the massive case of the monitor, but it is actually very stable. It can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount. As is typical of Dell’s monitors, the native stand is fastened with a button lock rather than with screws.
The monitor’s got an analog input only. I think it is a drawback, even though not a crucial one for a 19” diagonal, considering the popularity of the DVI interface.
The monitor’s controls are limited to three buttons. Frankly speaking, I think four is the comfortable minimum of buttons, and the E196FP may turn to be somewhat awkward to deal with. Quick access is provided to the brightness and contrast settings and to the auto-adjustment feature.
The monitor’s menu is simple and intuitive. You can hardly have any problems with it. The selection of settings is very limited, including only the essential ones just as you can expect from a cheap monitor.