Acer AL2216W: 22″ Wide LCD Monitor

Acer AL2216W Specifications

Size: 22″
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1680×1050
Response Time: 5ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 700:1
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Viewing Angle: 170/160
Input: DVI with HDCP, VGA

The Acer Blog: The AL2216W is part of Acer’s Value Line, meaning very affordable line, though pricing for this unit has not been announced yet. The AL2216W has a 1680×1050 resolution with a 5ms response time. Contrast ratio is 700:1 with VGA and DVI inputs.

The interesting thing about this announcement by Acer is that another model will be replacing this one in the fourth quarter this year that has HDCP. However, I wonder what the use for HDCP over DVI would be for a monitor that only has 1680×1050 resolution. 720p content will have to be upscaled and 1080p content will need to be downscaled: either way, this is not the resolution you want to play your PS3, XBox 360, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD on. Scaled video, no matter how good, is still scaled and nothing beats a display with 1920×1080 native resolution.

Update 2007.07.10: The Acer AL2216W has been very popular among blog readers, so I wanted to update the post with some pricing information that I recently found. I like to use both PriceGrabber and ShopZilla, but prefer PriceGrabber because I don’t like the new browser windows/tabs that ShopZilla pops up for every single click. According to PriceGrabber, the lowest price as of July 10 was at SecureMart for $213.87. But, since I wouldn’t buy an important piece of hardware from just any store, the cheapest 4-start and higher store was TechOnWeb for $226.99. This is, of course, before taxes and shipping. Please let me know if you know are aware of somewhere cheaper.

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