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Acer B223w – A Pivotal Idea

January 7, 2010 3 comments

I recently got the Acer B223w LCD monitor for my work I do for layout etc. The reason I chose this model was for it’s novel pivot option that basically mean the monitor can rotate from landscape to portrait and make it more “native” for page type programs like Word, Acrobat Reader, and of course my programs i use for making page layouts like InDesign, PhotoShop easier to view as there is little need for scrolling up and down much.

I got mine here and they were fast and diligent however the website says it is a 2500:1 contrast ratio monitor but on the box it says 1000:1. It is an older model and not good if you want it for gaming or high def video due to that ratio and 5 ms response time with the mouse but for what I need it for it more then does great.

One thing that is a bit problematic is the software that helps it change orientation and the instructions in the manuals that don’t tell you hardly anything you need to know and nothing on how to get the pivot working only online forums and sites were able to help with that like this one and you need to add the CD that comes  with it and download the ADM (for some reason unknown to me it can;t just be embedded in the CD itself), ADM is Acer eDisplay Management. this program crashed my computer a few times and i finally uninstalled it in Safe Mode but it still kept the orientation in portrait, so at this moment I am “trapped” into that one display, one I don’t mind but one that seems to take much more RAM and CPU usage.

I will upgrade to a faster CPU soon and reinstall everything and see how things go from there but for now I have a 22″ portrait style screen full-time. But since I am predominantly on Word, Internet or layout programs it really is a nice fit for me as I don’t have wasted space on the side of pages and don’t have to scroll much of the time. Here are some example screen shots with pages I use.

A Blog post with images all fits on one screen shot and can be viewed all at once in this view.

The desktop, lots of room for icons, :P. At 1050×1680, no distortion and displays a large picture rather sharply.

In InDesign it shows an A4 page near life-size without scrolling.

Mail, I live in my mailbox at times, writing and chatting so seeing the whole page is nice scroll free.

PDF is nice to see the whole page too, I like viewing things in “page width” and this allows for that to fill out all four sides in one screen of an A4 PDF with room to spare.

In PhotoShop you can make the pic take up the whole screen if you are working on a portrait pic just like we always have been able to do for landscapes on traditional monitors, I find this fabulous for portraits and photographers to get a real full view of a pic in a formate size of a large print and edit the whole pic in one view.

A view of 22″Acer B223w in portrait mode and 14″ Acer FP553, virtually twice the display space and could watch a movie at the same size as the 14″ on half the screen and still have another window to following other things.

McStack! viewing two things simultaneously, I know I am an over obsessed multitasking freak with 10 or more tabs in my browser and programs running at any given time, but now I can do that twice as much and much more organized!

Overall this monitor gives a “stand up” performance in more ways then one, sure I wish it also had 5000 or 8000:1 contrast ratio but for this price and being a few years old model is more then what I expected and hoped for and provides me a better workspace for what I need and gets a 9 out of a possible 10, sighing complicated software and lack of comprehensive manual in not giving it a 10.

If it is what you’ve een looking for you better get it, mine came with a “laptop upgrade kit” wireless mouse and keyboard also by Acer, not really what I need and have not gotten them to work and the signal seems to have a big delay time but it came free extra and I’ll give them away to a laptop user and it was a nice idea and see it would be good for laptop users.

Also a nice touch and what one of my friends thought the pivot was for is watching a movie laying down either right, left or upside-down, or any work for that matter:P. The monitor only pivots from 0-90 degrees clockwise physically but the software help with the other options.

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Protected: 2010 – Fly as a Bird

December 31, 2009 Enter your password to view comments.

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Another Carol of Christmas

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Despite not having the best review copy I found Disney’s A Christmas Carol staring Jim Carry and Gary Oldmen both creepy and awe inspiring displaying what can be done with 3D these days. What I loved best were the amazing director’s insight to take your vantage point to new places like behind a door knob that would not be able to achieved with a video camera and the hand held feel of much of it, really brilliantly story boarded.

I liked how it followed closely to the book and most if not all of the talking seemed right out of the original text exposing a universal audience to a richer form of English then most Hollywood movies and Disney audiences which never hurts our word knowledge.

It was amazingly dark, both the color tones used, old style art, how wretchedly hideous Ebenezer, and Marley looked and the visual effects. The second ghost in particular goes out in a fashion I’d never seen before, it was not New Years or even the end of Christmas Day so why he dies and becomes a mummy does not make sense and only upstages the rather dull 3rd ghost a hard act to follow and really makes it hard to feel frightened a second time for a silent silhouette grim reaper.

The tomb scene and over the top next morning seemed to loose my emotional strings, they just did not feel very personal. I’m not sure if it is the 3D or story telling but that usually is the best part of the story for me but it was powerless for me this time around.

Also he goes and buys the biggest turkey to presumably send to Tiny Tim’s family but the father goes to work and never says thanks or mentions anything.

Over all a great portrayal of the book and a Christmas classic that shows us that giving more to others on this time is what Christmas should be about. Jim Carry did quadruple duty on this one but really only makes a presence with Scrooge and ghost of Christmas present.

In finding pics for this post I was amazed to see so many different advertising and many trying to be so dark feeling, it’s a kids and family Christmas story.

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Protected: Only A Stones Throw Away, But Does Love Reach?

November 30, 2009 Enter your password to view comments.

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Weekend Wallpapers + poll

November 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I get a lot of visitors to this blog but very little feedback so I am interested in knowing more about who my readers are, so if you have a few minutes to take the poll below and tell me why you visit this site. It will also help me know what kind of content to post in the next few months and new year or reevaluate this blog altogether.

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Autunm Colors ’09

November 15, 2009 1 comment

Well it is that time of year again, not my favorite but one thing that makes me look on the positive is trying to find interesting pics anyways despite the rain and cold and everything dieing all around. here are the first two wallpapers.

nov 09 150

nov 09 143 copy

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