After setting the monitor on the base and standing it up, we get a better view of how thin the LCD is.The base allows the monitor to be tilted but lacked a height adjustment.Looking at the back of the monitor, we see the ports for the power and VGA connections, which are oriented vertically to allow for wall mounting.However, this brings us to the one feature that�s noticeably missing on this monitor: no DVI connection (note that Acer does offer a model with a DVI connection).While some argue that you can�t tell a difference between the digital DVI connection and the analog VGA connection, the fact is that DVI theoretically will offer a better picture since it allows for a straight digital-to-digital connection from your computer to the monitor.We�ll have to see if affects our opinion of the monitor.
Looking at the front of the monitor, we see 4 buttons, corresponding to the power button and 3 menu/configuration buttons.Absent from this monitor are features such as audio ports and USB ports that you find in other monitors.Comparing this 19� widescreen monitor to a standard 4:3 17� LCD, we see that the 19� monitor is shorter yet is obviously much wider.
Now switching the video card, the ATI All-in-Wonder VE video card comes in a colorful box that most ATI video cards come in.The back of the box describes the many features of the video card, with the main feature being that the video card also can capture TV signals, allowing you to display and record TV shows on your computer.
Opening up the package, we find the video card, a video input adapter, a sound output cable, and some CDs and instruction manuals.The AIW VE comes with ATI�s multimedia software that plays CDs, DVDs, TV, video CDs, and other media files.Notably absent from the package is a remote control, which nowadays comes with most video capture cards.
Examining the video card closely, we see a rather compact PCI video card by today�s standards.I should mention here that this video card was originally released over 4 years ago and is based on ATI�s Radeon 7500 GPU, which is a few generations old.We�ll see if this card should be put out to pasture or if it still has some legs left in it.Looking at the ports, we see connections for the sound, VGA, S-video, and an RCA/CATV connection.