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4 Reasons For
Based on 3,184 expert and user reviews, Acer has good ratings for its LCD screens. Acer also has good ratings specifically within its small monitors range compared to other manufacturers.
100000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
The highest contrast ratio of the Acer V196 is 100000000:1. That's over five times the contrast ratio of a 20000000:1 PC display, which is the most common contrast ratio.
This PC screen's contrast ratio (100000000:1) is in fact the best contrast ratio amongst all LCD screens of a comparable type and age to the V196.
Amongst similar types of PC screen the worst contrast ratio is Mega Contrast.
1440 X 900 Graphics Resolution
The Acer V196 has a maximum resolution of 1440 x 900. That's 1% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA). Across all small monitors that were released around the same time as the V196 the best resolution is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) and the worst is 720 x 400.
Across all the comparable spec LCD screens that were launched more than two years ago the weights range from 3.3g to 19kg, and the average weight is 3.3kg. With a weight of only 2.3 kilograms, the Acer V196 is quite light compared to most of the other comparable spec PC displays that are a similar age to the V196.
4 Reasons Against
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The Acer V196 does not have a built-in speaker, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small monitors that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in speaker.
We think you might also be interested in alternative PC screens which also have a built-in speaker including the HP W1972a (£46.97) which is also higher rated.
Not 3D Compatible
Most small monitors that have been available for a similar time to the V196 are not 3D compatible. The Acer V196 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The Acer V196 does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth noting that most of the other small monitors that are a similar age to the V196 also do not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Like most of the other similar spec PC displays that are a comparable age to the V196, the Acer V196 does not have an integrated card reader.
+1 More reason against
4 Other reasons to consider the Acer V196
Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when this PC display was released.
LCD Display Type
The Acer V196 has an LCD display type which is better than the LED display type found on most PC screens of a comparable spec and age to it.
Flatpanel monitors with a better display type that might also be worth looking at include the E970 (£54.97) (LED), or the E2070 (£59.99) (LED) both from AOC or the HP W2072a (LED).
1440 X 900 Pixels Display Resolution
The Acer V196 has a maximum display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. That's 1% less display resolution than a 1280 x 1024 pixels LCD screen, which is the most common display resolution.
We compared this PC monitor to all the other PC monitors that have a display resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels and we think the Samsung LS19C45 which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
If the display resolution of this PC display is too few for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo LT1712p (1280 x 1024), the Acer V193 (1280 x 1024), or the DELL E1713S (£84.59) (1280 x 1024).
+2 Other reasons
At 447 millimeters, the Acer V196 has a pretty average width compared to most of the other small monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the V196.
PC screens with a wider width that might also be worth considering include the HP Compaq LA1956 (£91.99) (417mm).