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Acer AL2216 review: Acer AL2216

Acer AL2216

Matthew Wood

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LCD monitors aren't just displays anymore--they often come with a full suite of extras such as speakers, USB ports, and yes, even an iPod dock. While the extras are nice, they have a habit of driving the price of the display up and if you already have PC speakers and plenty of USB ports, just a plain monitor may be all you need. That's where the Acer AL2216W (also sometimes called the AL221Wbd) fits in, offering 22 inches of screen real estate with a list price of $330--although we've seen it going for as low as $280 online. That's a heck of a deal, and we were pleasantly surprised to see that the AL2216W did pretty well in our testing as well. Sure, the lightweight styling might strike some as cheap, but we actually liked it. In all, the price is right on the AL2216W, and its basic feature set will suit many people who just need a monitor.

7.1

Acer AL2216

The Good

Inexpensive; solid performance for the price; HDCP-compatible DVI port.

The Bad

No extras such as speakers or USB ports.

The Bottom Line

Acer AL2216W is a bare-bones LCD monitor, but it represents a good value with its low price and relatively solid performance.
Design
As we mentioned, the first thing you might notice about the AL2216W is that there aren't any extra features, just the power plug, VGA, and DVI ports around back. The stand itself is extremely light and slim, and it almost felt like it was a "fake" monitor. While its lack of weight may make it feel cheap to some, it didn't bother us, and we liked being able to easily move it. What did bother us was that there was very little ability to adjust it--absolutely no swivel and a small amount of backward and forward tilt. On the other hand, we didn't have any problems with the onscreen display controls and found them easy to use.

Manufacturer's specs

  • Resolution: 1680x1050
  • Dot pitch: .28mm
  • Pixel-response rate: 5ms
  • Contrast ratio: 700:1
  • Viewing angle: 170 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical
  • Connectivity: DVI, VGA
  • HDCP compliant
  • Included VGA and DVI cables

Performance
Anytime you see a 22-inch display at this price, you begin to become a bit suspect of how it will perform. Well, for the most part, you can lose those suspicions as we found the AL2216W to perform fairly well--especially for the price. Overall, it scored a 72 on the CNET Labs' benchmark test, which puts it in good standing versus similar displays. We didn't see any evidence of ghosting or streaking in our gaming tests, and DVDs looked pretty good. Sure, we've seen stronger performance on games and DVDs from more expensive displays, but it's perfectly fine for the vast majority of people who will just do everyday computing. Text was readable at 7.5 font size, although stepping down 6.8 made it very hard to read.

At the end of the day, the Acer AL2216W is a fairly good value stacked up against the competition. Overall, the AL2216W wound up getting a higher score than the Viewsonic VX2235wm, which is a very similar monitor but costs more. Sure, there are no built-in speakers, but savvy consumers might not want to spend the extra money for built-in speakers that almost always sound pretty weak. It would have been nice to have some handy USB ports on the stand, but we're betting the low price and relatively good performance will more than make up for that for many consumers.

The Acer AL2216W comes with an industry standard, three-year parts and labor limited warranty, which includes the backlight. Additionally, similar to all Acer displays, the AL2216W is backed by toll-free service and support, and there also is online support with a knowledge base, downloadable manuals, and drivers.

CNET Labs' DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell 2007FP
73 
Acer AL2216W
72 
Viewsonic VX2235wm
69 
Dell E207WFP
68 

Brightness scores
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell E207WFP
265 
Acer AL2216W
243 
Viewsonic VX2235wm
226 
Dell 2007FP
219 

Contrast Ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer AL2216W
733 
Viewsonic VX2235wm
668 
Dell E207WFP
570 
Dell 2007FP
453 


7.1

Acer AL2216

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 6Performance 8Support 7