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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
>> Hi, everyone. This is Eric Franklin from CNET.com. And today, we're looking at the Acer G24. This is a 24-inch monitor with a TN+Film panel that gives it an ultra-glossy, but also ultra-reflective screen. The display features a 25-degree backwards tilt as its sole ergonomic perk, but screen height adjustment, panels flibeling [phonetic] and pivoting aren't included. Connection options include DVI, HDMI and VGA. All are easy to access. However, the HDMI slot is a bit too close to the neck for comfort. And our fingers rubbed against it often. The foot stand has a sleek space age look with two 7-inch long toes that extend out from the neck at .5 degree angles. Knocking the display from the sides, you'll get minimal wobbling, as a wide stand and 16-pound weight kept it fairly grounded. The foot stand is removable and the back of the panel includes four screw holes for VESA wall mounting. The OSD includes some presets for movies and games and the like. However, navigating the OSD is often an exercise in frustration. Not surprisingly, we found this interface to be archaic, unintuitive, illogical, and ultimately frustrating, especially considering how well designed other OSDs, like the latest from Dell, are. We saw good movie performance and a considerable lack of ghosting errors when watching DVDs. Games are really where the Acer G24 excels, as Unreal Tournament 3 look great. The high gloss gives added pop to the colors and resulted in a very vibrant image. Unfortunately, the G24 isn't suited for much beyond games. Its unforgiving viewing angle requires the displays to be placed at a specific position to get the most out of it. But for an all-around 24-inch monitor, we recommend the more expensive $600 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP. If you're not willing to spend that kind of cash, check out the Dell G2410 at 300 bucks, which we also highly recommend. Once again, this is Eric Franklin. It's been the first look at the Acer G24.
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