My monitor is getting up there in age. Sometimes the backlight seems to hurt my eyes, but that is probably just because my room is a bit dark. It's in alright condition. The screen looks brand new, minus a tiny little scuff, and the black paint on the base is a bit scratched up along with the black trim around the screen.
The quality is good, however, I don't have many monitors to compare it too. It's rather thick and heavy, but it still produces decent picture.
I noticed some games I play have black bars on the top and bottom since they only support HD. It does get a little bit annoying and makes you feel a bit outdated.
I guess my question is: Is the upgrade worth it just for an extra 1.5 inch and HD resolution? Would you recommend that new monitor?
I just don't want to waste money on an upgrade that may not even feel much different at all.
Current Specs: GTX 560Ti i5 2500k 3.3ghz (3.7 turbo) ^ all that's important
I never had a 1680 x 1050 resolution monitor. I went from 1280 x 1024 to 1920 x 1200. The slightly higher resolution should add in a little more detail in games, but at the cost of performance; the higher the resolution, the lower the frame rates.
I can tell you that if you tend to have a lot of windows open to do multitasking, then the increase in desktop space (resolution) is a big plus.
Personally, I prefer a 1920x1200 monitor as opposed to a 1920x1080 monitor, but that's just me. I have a 1920x1080 monitor that I plan on getting rid of later 'cause I find that a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor to be a bit weird, I prefer 16:10.
I generally do not like Acer monitors. They have a reputation for looking, feeling and being cheap. For an inexpensive monitor of similar price to the Acer I recommend one of the following Asus monitors who are generally known of good quality monitors at a reasonable price.