Acer P193W review

£137
Price when reviewed

In a bland grey fog of screens, this Acer stands out a mile with its sleek white frame and silver arrow stand. It’s by far the best-looking product in the group, and at first glance we were amazed such a slick-looking panel could sneak in at less than our target price of £100. Then we checked the price again and reality settled in.

Acer P193W review

The nearest Acer could get us for this test actually comes in at £119 (exc VAT), but that doesn’t mean it’s superior to all of its cheaper rivals. Far from it, in fact. Attractive design aside, you get no speakers or DVI port for your money, so it’s left entirely to its 19in panel to justify the price tag.

It’s the only glossy-coated screen this month, making it best suited to entertainment use. And in movies and games it did pretty well. Video looked great, with sharp edges and plenty of detail, and although the colours weren’t the most accurate in our tests, the tone was perfectly acceptable. The desktop was also bright and crisp, so all seemed well.

But opening up a few test photos showed that colour accuracy to be a bit further off than we’d first thought. A cold tone made whites seem off, and small halo effects were visible around some edges. Our technical tests backed this up, with a bluish tinge to our white tests and some pixel tracking issues over the VGA connection.

Add in slight banding in our gradient ramps and a blue tinge in our greyscale colour tinting screen, plus a colour ramp that barely had any black in it at all – dark, atmospheric films are not the Acer’s strength – and you have a distinctly average screen. The P193W will certainly look great on your desk, but at £119 we expect better quality than this.

Details

Image quality 4

Main specifications

Screen size 19.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1440 x 900
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 700:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 2,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.284mm
Horizontal viewing angle 160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 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
Other audio connectors None

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 37W
Idle power consumption 2W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings Warm, Cool, User
Extra adjustments Image position, focus, clock, OSD potition, OSD time-out, language, info, reset

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 21mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 454 x 164 x 359mm (WDH)
Weight 4.400kg

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