The first thing you will notice if you have ever
brought a 19" monitor back from the store and are about to set it up is
getting it out of the box can be difficult. The easiest way we've found to
do this is by tipping the box over, and removing the box from the
monitor. There is no chance of dropping the monitor on a toe or something
equally nasty this way. Then simply remove the protective Styrofoam and the plastic bag.
Next you'll want to attach the swivel base, which quickly snaps
into place on the base of the screen.The base not only supports the giant
screen but allows you to swivel and adjust the orientation to suite you taste.
Resolution and picture quality with this monitor is first
rate. We increased resolution to the max value of 1600x1200, but at only
65Hz flicker was slightly distracting - considering our typical monitor is set to
75Hz. Colour quality and pixel definition remained sharp and true throughout our tests with the contrast and brightness settings. Often
poorer quality monitors oversaturate at high brightness settings and the pixels become washed out and
blurred. The Acer 99sl had none of these problems.
The Acer 99sl operates at a conservative
number of settings, but enough that they fill
out all the popular settings used. They are listed below:
Controls on the front of the monitor are limited to the
standard contrast / brightness. Additionally there are some function keys and
one called the i-key. Now personally I am very tired of hearing everything
called i-something... but the key does serve a nifty purpose so here goes. The
i-key once pressed, automatically adjusts the display size and
position of the screen to the optimum. How it knows what the optimum is not for
me to guess, but on activating the key it did its thing. Incidentally, I
didn't notice any visible differences ;-)
What kind of onscreen controls does the Acer 99sl have and
how easy are they to adjust?