I needed a new monitor after my year-old Acer 2017
took a jab to the screen, shattering its TFT array like a pane of glass,
a star fracture in the upper right of the screen.
Yet the cracked monitor still worked OK; it was to be replaced because the screen is unsightly in the upper right corner. I should take a picture.
Even after the fall, I have been pleased with the value and continued good performance of the old Acer 2017
and so I focused on getting another one, but this time it would be a 22" widescreen
Acer's ace in the hole at this time is the vastly popular but aging AL2216Wbd
. This was the monitor I was going to buy today.
Lucky me. Miami is the home base for Tiger Direct
store there was the AL2216Wbd, and it looked good.
Ah, but next to it was another Acer, one I had not seen before: the recently discontinued-in-the-USA (at least), P223W
Its specs are identical to the AL22, other than a claimed contrast ratio of "2500:1"
And I don't believe it but... here's how/why Acer claims such better contrast ratio:
, a fancy name for an Acer gloss finish screen with a silicon-based anti-glare hardcoat.
Side by side with its frosted screen brother (the AL22), the P233 just sparkled, brilliant, gorgeous, gotta have it
Tonight here at home I made subjective, side-by-side tests of the old Acer 2017 with this Acer P223W.
Result: I ain't never gonna have a frosty-face LCD monitor again. This is so much better.
IF I worked in an environment where there were glaring light sources from over my shoulder,
well---perhaps the frosted screen would have to be the first choice.
But I work in a dimmed room and with a lamp off to the right or left side, there is no reflection to be seen from the uber-glossy screen face.
So, what do you think? Most all of the consumer-grade LCDs today are with frosted faces.
screen feature must have been a poor seller
here in the USA for Acer;
their current online brochure lists the new Acer HDMI-capable P
They all lack gloss Crystalbright screens.
Conclusion: there are
other, better makes of monitors with glossy faces
but they are all a good deal more costly than the competent, basic Acer.
My P233w is a freak in another way too: its front bezel is in snow white.
This one was targeted for the Mexican market (says so on the data label).
I was expecting to hate the white. But white turns out to be a boon:
see, the other bezel colour, sold in the UK and AU for sure, and I think in the USA, was gloss black,
and you know, dust and fingerprints grow on gloss black. But white stays clean looking,
and in the relatively dark room where I work, a white bezel becomes black in practice.
And mounted on a swing-out Ergotron LX
arm, this white bezel helps me to avoid bumping into my monitor when I pass by on foot, if it was left in the swung-out position; I see it better then.
I work (ha, work!) from a reclining chair next
to the computer desk, with the monitor hovering in front and center to my eyes, and push the whole thing to one side when I get out of the chair.
This is not a performance review so much as a suggestion to look at the choice of screen finishes when choosing a monitor for photo work.
When we adjudge
paper photographic prints for detail, do we want a matte finish or a gloss finish on them?
The frost on an LCD faceplate is not even at the same plane or level with the pixel array,
therefore the loss of detail to diffraction could be said to be even greater than that of a satin finish paper photo print.
If you did not have an opinion before, what do you
think about frost vs. gloss? Would gloss work for you too?
I feel that a gloss finish screen affords cost-free detail enhancement,
and in some
working environments there's no downside to gloss.
Hope this helps someone,
EDITS: changes to the text above, removing incorrect info as I learn more.
Discontinued it may be, but this white framed gloss screen 22" monitor IS still available
at least at NewEgg and probably elsewhere too.
And this link contains savvy user reviews of the monitor in question.
Those reviews may sell you after all.