LCD monitors are becoming ever more popular, especially widescreens. A few years ago it was uncommon to see someone at a LAN party with an LCD monitor. Now you can find that most people will bring their widescreen LCD monitor because it's a whole heck of a lot lighter than a CRT and most of the time the display is a lot better. Let's take a look to see how the Acer AL2002W widescreen monitor will stand up to the performance expected of gaming at LAN parties.
- 20-inch screen size
- 5ms response time
- 1680x1050 native resolution
- 800:1 contrast ratio
- EnergyStar compliant
- VESA Wall mount compatible
- 15-pin VGA
- 18.75 x 7.5 x 15-inches w/stand (L x W x H, approximate)
- 18.75 x 2.75 x 13-inches w/out stand (L x W x H, approximate)
The AL2002W comes shipped in your typical Acer monitor box, a simple brown box with Acer advertisements around the four sides of the box. At least you will know what's in the box before you open it.
Inside of the box you will first find two giant pieces of Styrofoam covered in some sort of gray material. Underneath those we find out AL2002W sitting there, face up, covered nicely in a plastic bag. Of course on the bottom of the monitor we have another two pieces of Styrofoam. One of the most interesting types of packaging monitors that I have come across.
After digging around inside of the box we find ourselves a VGA cable, DVI cable, and a power cord. Everything except the monitor gets tossed around in this intelligent packaging. If you are thinking "I'm going to throw away this packaging material", think twice. You could really use the pieces of Styrofoam to make a nice flotation device for a pool. A little duct tape and a little bit of ingenuity and you'll have yourself a lounge chair.