Sorry it took me so long.. So got it for $95 which is a great price, and really torn on what to do. First, this would make a solid regular monitor for basic use. I think the contrast looks best in the preset 'movie' setting. And of course, 1900x1024 is it's preferred resolution. I find it extremely usable for every day use if I raise the monitor up (using books to prop the stand) where my eye-site is in the middle. Also, during game play - it works even better and fast action is very easy to see.
The part that bugs me is the viewing angle. For example, if I fill the full screen with any color (black, red, etc.) the color is different throughout because the viewing angles are different. Because I program a lot where I have a constant background with a lot of text, I fear this would put strain on my eyes over a longer period of time. I still have the analog cable in use - tomorrow I'll borrow a DVD-I cable to see if that helps - but could the signal help with the viewing angle, or is that just a panel trait?
Anyways, I hope this helps some people. If this was solely for my wife or other family members it would be a bargain and I actually may end up keeping it because it looks good for things other than programming.
Just an update, I ended also purchasing a SAMSUNG S24B30BL from Staples (same $15 off deal, so got it for $105). Basically, only $10 more than the Acer. However, when compared side-by-side, the display on the Samsung is better in every way. It also doesn't have the odd color issues with constant backgrounds. I also noticed the Acer would have very faint vertical lines depending on the background color (though almost completely unnoticable). The only plus on the Acer is that it was $10 cheaper and also much much thinner/lighter. However, I'll be returning the Acer because the display on the Samsung is great.
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