Review: Acer X223W 22″ Monitor
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Reviewed by Thomas Jump on 03/10/2009
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  • David Tuthill

    Got one of these monitors too but it seems that the images displayed are fat in apperance. In other words if I have a picture of a circle it displays as an slight oval around the middle not a true circle. As I am doing art work this is a real negative-everything appears fatter than it is. Tried adjusting the width “in” but it does not take. Sent emails to the acer support and was not able to get a solution to the problem. They suggest that it might be the video card. Did not have this problem with the old monitor and do not want to waste money on unsure fixes.

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    • Geoffrey

      Sounds like you need to change the resolution of your system. Go to Control Panel, then to Display. (This is on Windows XP, should be similar on other Windows systems, and there is a corresponding procedure on the Mac.) Click settings, then change the resolution to 1680×1050, which is the native resolution of the monitor. Everything should look fine (I’m using this very monitor right now.)

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      • David

        I fully agree with Geoffrey when he said that
        1680×1050 Is the correct setting.

        That would be the only thing preventing you, David Tuthill
        to have a better picture on your monitor.

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        • David Tuthill

          The problem was that I needed a new video card and drivers that would enable the settings. When it was sold to me (the monitor) no mention was made about the video card nor did the tech support appear to have a clue about this being part of the problem. The card and drivers now installed the monitor is a beaut! No problems.

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  • David Tuthill

    The problem has been resolved by getting a new video card and drivers for the monitor. Was running windows 2000 professional and the drivers and video card did not allow the proper settings. Is fixed now and is a pleasure.

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    • Rita

      Which Video card did you end up getting? I have a Dell Dimmension 4550. I am upgrading the RAM and also need to get a new video adapter too. I am running Win/XP

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      • David Tuthill

        The criteria was that it needed to support DirectX and OpenGL which my old RAGE128 card did not. I ended up with a cheepie Arcade FX GF5200FX128 which only ran me about $16.99. With the new card and drivers the monitor was adjustable to the correct width and height. I am running Windows 2000 professional (had the pc for about 8 years). Am considering adding more memory to the machine too as many apps have grown to fit pc’s with more memory and cpu power.

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  • Chris

    I LIKE the plug placement. It is tight, but not a problem. The Downward facing hookups allow you to place the X22W flush against a wall, and no cables get in the way. (Exactly how I have it setup.)

    For $168 at Walmart, it is Excellent! Literally $100 LESS than other 22″ monitors in this resolution class. The ‘e’ button gives you 5 presets for graphics/games, text, user, movies, and standard settings. The Auto button locks on target perfectly, getting the Horizontal and Vertical centered and synched in about 4 seconds. The edges are smooth, stylish, and flat matte black – All those High Gloss screens become a nightmare to see in high glare environments (like directly across from windows with bright sunlight.)

    A BIG Bonus – the monitor comes with 2 video cables, one for VGA and the other DMI. The included cables saved me another $16 in buying cables. Some displays do not come with cables.

    Overall, the only way to improve this economical monitor would be to add a HDMI hookup and remove the Mercury lamp and replace it with LED light.

    Exactly what I needed – a cheap big screen to hook up to my laptop, not a $1000+ Graphic workstation monitor.

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  • hpguru

    Best monitor, i like. Very good and style. Very good quality.

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  • Fil

    My monitor is acting strange lately. The screen seem to hibernate every now and then without even setting my computer to hibernate. What could be the problem? I have to turn it on and off for the screen to show-up.

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  • norbert

    The Acer x223w LCD Monitor bought it from the Source on Jan 27 2010 Feb 01 2010 turned on computer and the whole monitor had verticle colored lines all across the sceen took it back to The source and they shipped it off to be fixed by Acer I don’t know how long it will take to get it back mean while the Source has a 15 day return policy .. and I have to wait don’t seem fair…

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    • So you only had it for 5 days? If they have a 15 day return policy you should have just returned it, or at least exchanged it. If you bought it with a credit card you can also check with them to see if you have even longer. I think my Visa gives me a 30 day return on all purchases.

      In fact, you are still within the 15 day return period. I would just go into the store and demand your money back, or that they give you a new unit. Let the store deal with the other unit when it comes back.

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  • Codack

    I tried hooking up the VGA cable to my Toshiba satellite laptop and it displayed a No Signal on the acer screen then the blue power light turned orange. I don’t have a DVI output on my laptop and it’s only 7 months old.
    Anyone know why this may be happening?

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  • Thomas Jump

    First off what kind of graphics card are you using (does it support dual monitors?) secondly did you set your graphics card to read 2 monitors in the display propery settings?

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  • codack

    I have a Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family video card. I’ve had a Dell 17″ monitor hooked up to it before and it worked fine. But when I hooked up the acer monitor with the vga cable, the laptop noticed the monitor was plugged in but didn’t display anything on the acer. Just had No Signal then went on standby.

    The Dell monitor was hooked up with vga cable as well, 3 months ago.

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  • Greg

    I like this monitor very well, and agree it is a good value. The one real deficit is that it takes about 8 button presses (going back and forth between menu and the left and right buttons) just to switch inputs. I have space for one good monitor on my dest and need to use it on two different machines (one VGA, one DVI). I thought it would be like every other two-input monitor I’ve seen, with a pair of buttons to select the input. Want to be sure that anyone else buying it for the same application knows this limitation.

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  • Morgancarol

    How can I improve the color quality on my Acer? I have an LG next to it and the white is white and the blue is blue, but the Acer is more gray than white and a darker blue.  Same background, just the colors are off…..

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