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ericmaxman
post Nov 17 2008, 10:25 AM


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I bought this 20" LCD from ACER for a mere RM490. I did some survey before I bought, and so it seems that most shops do not have this model. TecAsia was selling it at RM429, but it was out of stock.

This LCD comes with all the needed cable to get you started, including DVI, Analog and 3.5mm audio. Other than that, it also comes with the usual power cable. Really simple package, really.

On to the monitor itself. The first thing you would notice is the odd resolution of 1600x900. I would guess that this is for the 16:9 ratio. I was thinking that it would at 1680x1050, as most 20” are at. Anyway, it does have a fast response time of 5ms. Nothing to shout about, as most LCDs these days are less than 10ms anyway. Contrast ratio is at 10000:1, way more than my 740BF, which was at a “mere” 700:1 ! Insane contrast aside, this monitor does deliver.

I did run a HD movie to test it out, and although the movie is “just” 720p, I would say that it looks stunning. The black bars are very small. Almost negligible. Watching HD clips would be a very good idea indeed. My unit did not have any dead pixels to worry of, which means that the panel itself is of high quality. Kudos to Acer for that.

I played Racedriver:GRID, at the native resolution. I would say that GRID is one of those newer games where widescreen gaming is supported. And it does look good. No visible ghosting at all. I maxed out the AA and AF, and it was still chugging along at a minimum 30fps. It was really a sight to be hold. ( Well, not really, when comparing beside a 22” or 30”), but nonetheless, is beautiful.

I would recommend this monitor to those with a low budget and wants to jump onto the widescreen bandwagon.

Pros : -

- Very cheap
- Comes with full set of cables
- 16:9 widescreen

Cons : -
- Not full HD
- No HDMI In
- Long startup time

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Yup, native resolution of 1600x900. Please ignore the RIVA TNT2 shocking.gif

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Bundled cables. Analog cable is being used right now.

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Some of the X203h's specs. Note the HDCP input.

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Some more specs

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Shot of the LCD itself.

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post Nov 17 2008, 10:32 AM


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WOW... what a review..
no pic
no result of test

damn this would have made my job tons easier..

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I would get the pics up soon. The review is still in beta mode and will be improved over time.
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ok thanks..
cause pics help a lot...


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Pics added !
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fwah.. u still using riva tnt2 ar.. i think i still got the card lying somemore inside my cabinet... haha... very cheap indeed for a 20" panel.. smile.gif
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post Nov 18 2008, 12:47 PM


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Yeah. But I missed the RM429 offer. doh.gif
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looks like those lcd with weird native reolution (acer and viewsonic are popular with that) are always being sold at lower price.

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post Nov 18 2008, 09:31 PM


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there's a X203Wbd model which has reso of 1680 x 1050

but i think hard to find here
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QUOTE(Skylinestar @ Nov 18 2008, 06:39 PM)
looks like those lcd with weird native reolution (acer and viewsonic are popular with that) are always being sold at lower price.
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Dont be so scarcatic. If you just pay a little attention to the photoshots, you will notice why. The screen is 16:9 instead of the usual 16:10. This is why you see weird native resolution.

IMO, there wouldnt be any worry about ghosting with TN panel because these panel refresh much faster than PVA or IPS panel. In fact, most people are more worried with the viewing angles, color reproduction and contrast of these panel to see whether its worth buying or not.
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with riva TNT can watch movies at 720P ????
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post Nov 20 2008, 07:25 AM


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QUOTE(S4PH @ Nov 19 2008, 12:56 AM)
with riva TNT can watch movies at 720P ????
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Cant. The video will lag and artifacts will appear. The resolution was 1280x720, ngam ngam 720p HD
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pergh...very cheap..
and still good in quality...poisoned...
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post Nov 28 2008, 07:36 AM


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ericmaxman, congratulations on your purchase!

May I know how long is the warranty coverage for this LCD?
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post Nov 28 2008, 09:41 AM


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@maxcheam,

It is covered by Acer for 3 years.
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erm... Rm490 a tad expensiv for diz model ler...
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post Nov 28 2008, 01:11 PM


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Is it? I know that TecAsia had an offer for RM429, but no more stock.
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Rm429 is a best buy value, but if you're getting it around RM450, I think stil ok, but 490?

anyway, its up to u anyway. pc price dropping everyday de. to me diz lcd is juz a value grab unit. nth to shout out. still prefer T240.
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I see. I did go through a few pricelists, but did not locate the X203H. Which pricelist did you see it from?
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nope. i don need a price list. coz i work in a pc shop. tongue.gif but not in kay eel.
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