Acer is trying its best to become the largest PC vendor in the world but at the moment it is playing catchup with companies like Lenovo, HP and Dell. Good thing is that it is still producing attractive products like Acer XF240H bmjdpr 24 inch monitor as it will certainly helps its cause. It has many qualities as well some minor drawbacks which we are going to discuss in detail later in this review.
If someone asks us to describe Acer XF240H with one sentence, we would say that it is one of the best budget gaming monitor in the market. It comes with mind boggling 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response rate and AMD FreeSync technology at a much cheaper price as compared to its competitors. If you are looking for some affordable monitor with great performance and specifications, then this offering from Acer is a wonderful choice. You would be happy that you spent your money on this one instead of some other monitor with same specs which would cost you a fortune. It is a perfect choice specially for professional gamers with limited budget.
Now, we are going to review Acer XF240H and after reading it, you can decide for yourself if it is worth spending your hard earned money on it or not.
It has simplistic yet beautiful design with black matte finish and faux metal stand. We guess that one reason to keep it simple is its price but we are not complaining as long as it is presentable and work well for consumers without compromising on functionality. Overall, quality of the material used is great and its base is also very sturdy. ASUS didn’t add cable management option in its design as it could be a nice addition to hide the cables.
The stand of this monitor is quite ergonomic as it has an excellent tilt angle of -5°- 35°. Most of the monitors these days have forward angle of 20°- 25° so it is something which can be really helpful for neck and upper back pain. You can adjust it easily according to your preference. Apart from tilt ability, you also get vertical height adjustment up to 5 inches and rotation capability up to 90°. You can find 100 x 100mm VESA mounting holes on the back, therefore, it can be mounted easily if needed. OSD buttons are present at the bottom right of the display. They can be accessed easily but they are a bit stiff and you need to press them hard in order to make them work. Although, it is a downside but most of you aren’t going to use OSD buttons often.
The display of Acer XF240H is 24 inch in size with full HD 1920×1080 resolution. The company chose TN panel instead of IPS or VA panel which does lessen picture quality and viewing angles when compared to these two panels but this is a compromise almost all manufacturers make these days in order to achieve high refresh rate and response rate at low cost. It is still more than decent. You can also tweak brightness and contrast from OSD menu for better viewing experience.
Factory calibrated brightness is a bit on the higher side and color settings aren’t great so you will need to adjust these the first time you use this monitor. For us, changing brightness level to 55, contrast to 50, gamma to 2.4, saturation to 105 and color temperature to normal worked really well. Super sharpness must be “on” too for best result.
Other display features like 16.7 million colors, brightness level up to 350 cd/m² and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio are pretty solid and help in improving the overall picture quality of XF240H. QHD 2560×1440 resolution instead of Full HD could be great for professional gamers as world is moving toward even 4K monitors but this would be expecting too much at this price point. Still, Full HD is quite good at this cheap price and does fulfill our minimum resolution criteria for gaming monitors.
We told you earlier that performance is one area where Acer XF240H excels. Specifications like 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and AMD FreeSync Technology are what gamer dreams are made of. The display is without any dead pixel and does a good job when it comes to producing accurate colors. Fast action FPS games like overwatch and doom run smoothly and there is no input lag or ghosting issue. AMD FreeSync technology will work only with AMD graphic card which supports this technology. You can buy one if you don’t have it or even if you don’t have one, this monitor is still good enough to run your games seamlessly, thanks largely to 1ms response rate and 144Hz monitor.
XF240H is equipped with Acer EyeProtect technology which helps in reducing strain on your eyes. Flicker-less technology and blue light filter are also present to facilitate your precious eyes. These features work quite well and they will really help you if you are an addicted gamer. It also has built-in speakers but they are not loud and you would need external speakers with it.
Our minor quibble with Acer XF240H is its OSD Menu. It is outdated and you need a bit of time before you get used to it. An attractive OSD menu would be great but it is not something which you are going to use regularly. Moreover, once you get familiar with it, you would be able to adjust settings more quickly. All in all, it is a great monitor performance-wise apart from our minor complaint about on-screen display.
Display: 24″ LED with IPS Panel
Resolution: 1920×1080 (Full HD)
Viewing Angle: 170°(H)/160°(V)
Response Time: 1ms
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Brightness(Max) : 350 cd/㎡
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000,000:1
Speakers: 2 x 2W
Stand: Tilt -5°- 35°, 5 inch vertical height adjustment and swivel up to 90°
VESA Mount Compatibility: Yes
Ports: 1 x HDMI/MHL, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x DVI
Pros and Cons
Acer XF240H bmjdpr is definitely among one of the best budget gaming monitors we have reviewed lately. Aesthetically, it has a simple design but it is still pleasing to the eyes. Its display is not magnificent but it wouldn’t disappoint you as long as you use it for day to day tasks or gaming. If you are a graphic designer or video editor, this monitor might not be for you and you might need to look at some other options. In short, Acer’s XF240H is an excellent monitor to buy if you have limited money to spend on a gaming monitor.