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 quality 2

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 2,500:1
Pixel pitch 0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle 160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 170 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support no
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 45W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings warm, cool, user
Extra adjustments Focus, clock, image position, OSD position, language, timeout, info, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle N/A
Height adjustment N/A
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 21mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 518 x 177 x 400mm (WDH)
Weight 5.300kg

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