The AL2017 belongs to the bottom tier of Acer’s product range whereas the AL2032WA costs 50% more and occupies one of the top steps there (moreover, you will see shortly that Acer’s topmost Ferrari F-20 model is actually based on the AL2032WA, so the latter can be said to occupy the topmost step indeed).
The mention of the MVA matrix type in the specs is not a typo. Although Acer’s website declares an S-IPS matrix with a response time of 16 milliseconds, our sample of the monitor had an MVA matrix and its own documentation declared a response time of 8 milliseconds (GtG). Note that the website describes an AL2032W model, i.e. without the “A” suffix.
The front panel of the case, and the LCD matrix itself, has a glossy surface – you can even see a reflection of the camera I photographed the monitor with. This glossiness is a matter of personal taste, I guess. The AL2032WA looks pretty, yet you have to choose such a place for it that there were no light sources in front of the monitor. If you don’t take care about that, the light will be reflected in the screen, which is a nuisance, especially in games and movies.
Although the native stand seems to be the only option for this monitor at first sight, the decorative cover conceals fasteners for a standard 100x100mm VESA mount.
The monitor’s own stand is elegant, but not functional. It only allows to adjust the tilt of the screen.
The monitor’s connectors are divided in three groups. One group includes an analog input, an audio input and a power connector. They are not easily accessible, but these are not very frequently used connectors, after all.
The second group includes a DVI-D and a SCART connector. These are placed in a deepening in the case which is closed by a rubber cover. I don’t quite grasp the purpose of the covering, though. SCART is perhaps not a very frequently used interface, but DVI will surely be utilized in a majority of cases, so that cover will always be open. The DVI cable will be in your sight while the cable to the analog D-Sub hides behind the stand.
The third group of connectors, on a side panel, includes S-Video and composite video inputs and a second audio input (the first audio input is a mini-jack for connection to a PC, while the second consists of two RCA connectors).
The monitor’s controls are gathered on its right side, and there is also an Input button at the bottom of the case.