Acer AL2032wm review

£391
Price when reviewed

With the trend for widescreen LCDs continuing, it was only a matter of time before a 20in wide display appeared. And it’s an arrival to be celebrated.

The resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 is a perfect balance between standard 19in panels and the more sprawling 23in screens on offer, such as BenQ’s FP231W.

There’s only one D-SUB VGA input, but a clip-on attachment is included and adds DVI-I, S-Video, scart and composite video inputs, complete with an input select button. It adds slightly to the overall bulk when seen from the side, but otherwise fits in seamlessly. There’s a TV tuner version in the works too, which should be available by the end of May.

The OSD is among the most polished and intuitive we’ve seen. Aside from brightness, contrast and pixel tracking, you’ll find controls for focus and positioning. Colour temperature is only switchable between ‘cold’, standard and ‘warm’, with the middle equating to about 6,500k, but it’s more than adequate for most.

Performance is superb – the strong backlight is even, colours are vibrant and natural, and the contrast is excellent. The Super IPS panel means viewing angles simply aren’t an issue. Thankfully, pixel tracking is rock-solid over the D-SUB input too, and we’d have no qualms about using it if you want to keep the stand at its sveltest. In fact, the panel flew through all of our technical tests.

Despite the subwoofer built into the back of the panel, there’s limited bass response from the built-in speakers, but they’re fine for a touch of background music or TV, and we like the dedicated volume buttons. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack at the back, as well as RCA stereo inputs on the add-on box.

From the satisfyingly sturdy metal feet to the understated blue power light and the discreet controls, this panel looks gorgeous. And it’s backed by a level of build quality rarely seen in modern displays.

Currently, there’s not a lot of competition in this area, but Acer has done a fantastic job of creating a desirable, practical and high-performing product. But the crowning glory is its amazing price.

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