The gamma curves look bad at the default settings. They go far from the theoretical curves and also differ much from each other. As a result, you won’t be able to make this monitor reproduce colors correctly unless you set it up using a calibrator.
It is much better at the reduced contrast: the curves are now much closer to each other as well as to the theoretical ideal.
There are only three color temperature modes available to you here, just like in most other monitors from this brand. And these are set up rather sloppily – there is a difference of over 1000K between the temperatures of the different levels of gray. Note also that the Cool mode does not feel so very cool, actually. Having a temperature of only 7000K in this mode, white is going to look warm to you if you’re accustomed to cold colors.
The monitor’s got an ordinary color gamut that covers the standard sRGB color space almost entirely. It has a reserve in the area of greens, but its point of red is shifted relative to the sRGB one, although not as much as to cause any problems.
It’s all right with the AL1916Fsd’s speed characteristics. Its average speed is 2.7 milliseconds with a maximum of 6 milliseconds. The special feature of RTC-enabled TN matrixes can be seen here: the black-to-white transition takes the longest time on them whereas RTC-less matrixes have their minimum of response on such transitions.
It’s worse with the RTC errors. The average is 19.5% while some transitions are accompanied with an RTC miss of almost 100%. You are going to see the characteristic trail behind moving objects on this monitor.
The maximum brightness and contrast ratio are quite normal for a TN matrix, although the level of black is rather too high.
The Acer AL1916Fsd is one of the cheapest models on a fast matrix. If you want a fast monitor and don’t really care about other parameters as well as about the exterior design, you may want to buy this model and save some money. The implementation of the RTC mechanism in this model is far from perfect, however. The RTC error is high and will show up as visual artifacts.