Quick access is provided to volume adjustment, to auto-adjustment (for the analog connection), and to switching between the inputs. The latter operation is performed very slowly and the monitor can’t detect which inputs signal sources are connected to. It will browse though the analog input, for example, on your pressing the Input button, even if nothing is attached to that input.
The onscreen menu isn’t very user-friendly, mostly due to its illogical organization as I already wrote in my earlier review, describing the Ferrari F-19 model. For example, the option of choosing the input is located in the Settings section when the monitor works with a PC, but then this option moves into the Options section when you begin to work with the video inputs. Such small things begin to get on your nerves if you have to use the appropriate menu options often. Moreover, the monitor doesn’t provide Picture-in-Picture mode, which is rather strange for a model with video inputs.
The menu offers two display modes: Wide and Normal. This only affects images in 4:3 or 5:4 formats. A widescreen image is always shown in full screen mode.
By default, the monitor has 100% brightness and 80% contrast. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white I reduced the brightness setting to 35% and the contrast setting to 40%. Brightness is controlled by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 340Hz.
The monitor reproduces color gradients without any flaws.
The gamma curves go a little higher than normal. This results in a whitish, low-contrast image. When the brightness and contrast settings are reduced, the curves remain as they are. The monitor reproduces all the color tones it is supposed to reproduce.
Like the previous model, the AL2032WA offers two color temperature modes and one user-defined mode. The setup quality is average. The temperature of dark gray is too high (and is perceived by the eye as a colder color). The difference is not as big as to become a problem for an ordinary user, though.
The monitor behaves just like many other RTC-enabled MVA matrixes do: the response time is high on dark tones (61.5 milliseconds at the maximum), but falls down suddenly towards the lighter tones (on MVA matrixes without response time compensation it was diminishing smoothly). As a result, the average response time is 8.5 milliseconds, which is quite close to the specified 8 milliseconds.
Of course, there are RTC artifacts. I want to remind you that I mean only those visual artifacts that you can see when the accelerating impulse is stronger than necessary. It’s only in this case that you can see a new type of distortion on the screen: a white trail behind dark objects that are moving on a gray background. This effect cannot occur on monitors without response time compensation. In the opposite case, when the impulse is lower than necessary, you will see the ordinary fuzziness typical of older LCD monitors. This effect is fully described by the response time parameter, so there’s no sense in paying it special attention.
So, the AL2032WA has artifacts, but not big ones: 4.4% on average and 13.8% at the maximum. It means that you will only spot them if you are specifically looking for them. Otherwise, this won’t be a problem at all. You can compare the performance of the AL2032WA with today’s super-fast TN+Film matrixes (such products, with a response time of 2 and 4 milliseconds, were discussed in my previous review) which have an average error of 15% and higher with peaks of tens of percent. That’s what I call big artifacts. With the AL2032WA, it is no problem at all, really.
The contrast ratio is, unfortunately, rather low. I had expected a better result from the MVA matrix. The numbers are rather average even in comparison with TN+Film technology. The maximum brightness almost coincides with the specified value.
So, the AL2032WA is a good enough home monitor. It has a number of drawbacks, none of which can be considered as a serious defect: a mediocre contrast, average-accuracy color temperature setup, illogical menu structure, and an inconvenient switching between the inputs. On the other hand, the monitor looks cute (I do not count the glossy matrix among the monitor’s drawbacks because it is rather a matter of personal taste than a technical issue, but keep this feature in mind when you’re evaluating this monitor). It offers a number of video inputs and a fast matrix with excellent viewing angles which makes it competitive as an all-purpose home monitor against other manufacturers’ models.