Is the Acer F20 the Ferrari of LCD Monitors?


Though it may not be all that fast, the F20 is stable, which is a positive point. We noted no inordinate overshoot.

In terms of our new test method, the F20 has an Overdrive of class A-below 0.5 frames.

In Practice

Provided you lower the brightness, you'll have no problem with office applications on the F20... unless of course you set it next to a window, in which case parasitic reflections on the panel could be a bother. For photo retouching, on the other hand, performance wasn't great. You'd need to push the brightness to get accurate colors and do a lot of manual adjustment to get satisfactory performance.

Gaming is possible with this monitor. But its performance was well short of that of the best 4:3 monitors. If you're a hard-core gamer, forget 16:9 format for now.

We rate the unit's suitability for gaming on a scale of 5. For our ratings, we try panels with different types of games - FPS, RTS, RPG, etc. The panel's reactivity is obviously the first point we look at, but the quality of the colors also has its importance with certain titles.

We found that latency was much less perceptible with video applications, but the movies we screened were fairly noisy, with sparkling particularly noticeable in shaded colors. The viewing angles were wide and the filter won't be a problem, provided you watch in darkness.