First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- Sharp pictures, minimal noise, fast response time, lots of real-estate
- Some minor over-saturation of reds and yellows, slight contrast issues
The image quality of the Acer AL2616WD is quite close to being flawless and considering the size and price this is a bargain purchase for anyone looking to take their PC display to the next level.
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With the increasing proliferation of PCs as full featured entertainment devices, the demand for larger, widescreen displays continues to grow. Fitting in nicely between the standard 24in and 27in models is Acer's AL2616WD which measures in at the somewhat bizarre size of 25.5in. It provides great image quality, a massive viewing area and some decent basic calibration options without costing the earth, making it a wonderful option for those looking for something a little larger.
The unit's specifications are quite impressive. Boasting a 500cd/m2 brightness rating, a 1700:1 contrast ratio and a 5ms response time, it can handle basically anything you throw at it. The 1920x1200 resolution also ensures you can fit a huge amount of windows on the display at one time.
During our imaging tests it impressed us. First we ran DisplayMate, which is a piece of software designed to check for flaws on a fundamental level. In the sharpness tests, the AL2616WD was flawless, crafting a crisp, clear picture with no noticeable aliasing or aberrations. The contrast charts were also handled nicely. There was a little loss of definition at the extreme light and dark ends of the intensity ramps, but it was better than we've seen on many display panels.
That isn't to say everything was flawless. In the colour tests, reds and to a lesser extent yellows were noticeably oversaturated. We tried to correct this using the calibration options, but they didn't help. We also spotted some very minor flickering in some of the moire patterns, but it wasn't a problem in any sort of real world scenario.
Meanwhile in our movie and gaming tests, the 5ms response time really had an impact. There was almost no ghosting to speak of even in extremely fast scenes. The crispness we saw in earlier tests also showed through here. Contrast, an area large monitors often come up a little lacking, was well handled. There could have been a little more definition in dark areas, but in general it satisfied our expectations.
The viewing angles are rated at 178 degrees both vertically and horizontally, and we had no issues with multiple people watching the display from a variety of angles. Black levels were also quite good, rounding out a strong performance from this unit.
Aesthetically the AL2616WD is fairly plain, with a matte black bezel and matching stand. It does have a fairly hefty footprint, so keep in mind you'll need a fair bit of space to accommodate such a monstrous panel. It comes packing both DVI and D-Sub connections, although DVI offers by far the best image quality.
A small string of buttons runs along the front, giving access to the on-screen display. This contains some basic calibration options such as brightness, contrast and colour, however, these aren't as robust as those found on some competing manufacturers' products such as Samsung.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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