Acer P223W review

£176
Price when reviewed

Monitors with glossy panels may be reflective, but they’re great for movies thanks to their boosted colours and deep black levels. To really appeal, though, they need to tick all the entertainment boxes. The lack of any kind of digital input on Acer’s P223W is therefore a bad start, and unfortunately it doesn’t offer enough elsewhere to make up that lost ground.

Acer P223W review

The black chassis and grey stand initially look stylish, but closer inspection reveals a cheap plasticky finish. Alongside the single D-SUB connection you’ll find nothing in the way of speakers or extras, and the all-important image quality isn’t high enough to save things either.

Acer’s ecolor Management settings offer a range of presets, but we still needed to make some tweaks out of the box. Contrast needed to be reduced and colours tweaked in order to get the best out of it. Even then the image retained a bluish tinge and was overly reflective. Our black screen showed light bleeding through at the bottom too, while the white screen was far from neutral.

Colour and greyscale gradient ramps showed significant banding, indicating poor colour blending, and while this wasn’t really noticeable in real-world use, general performance in our gaming and movie tests was less than impressive, with disappointingly poor colour accuracy.

We could be fair and point out the £153 price tag, which is lower than all but the BenQ this month. But when that monitor manages to offer decent image quality as well as DVI and HDMI ports for £25 less, it only serves to highlight the Acer’s weaknesses.

Details

Image quality2

Main specifications

Screen size22.0in
Aspect ratio16:10
Resolution1680 x 1050
Screen brightness300cd/m2
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio2,500:1
Pixel pitch0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle170 degrees
Speaker typeN/A
Speaker power ouputN/A
TV tunerno
TV tuner typeN/A

Connections

DVI inputs0
VGA inputs1
HDMI inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0
Scart inputs0
HDCP supportno
Upstream USB ports0
USB ports (downstream)0
3.5mm audio input jacks0
Headphone outputno

Accessories supplied

Other cables suppliedVGA
Internal power supplyyes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption45W
Idle power consumption1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control?yes
Contrast control?yes
Colour temperature settingswarm, cool, user
Extra adjustmentsFocus, clock, image position, OSD position, language, timeout, info, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle5 degrees
Backward tilt angle20 degrees
Swivel angleN/A
Height adjustmentN/A
Pivot (portrait) mode?no
Bezel width21mm

Dimensions

Dimensions518 x 177 x 400mm (WDH)
Weight5.300kg

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