Testing out this Acer R240HY model was a real treat – you get the picture quality and reliability of a high quality IPS monitor combined with the snappiness of a TN panel, all for an extremely affordable price. Let’s take a closer look at this nifty model from Acer:
|Acer R240HY Quick Specs|
|Screen Size||24 inches|
|Resolution||1920×1080 Full HD|
|Refresh Rate||OC to 75Hz|
|Input Types||VGA, HDMI, DVI|
Acer R240HY Design & Specifications
Like most Acer monitors, the R240HY looks extremely stylish. The panel is housed in a bezel-free (read: very thin, right around .25 inches), glossy-block plastic casing, and elevated by a ring-shaped stand that lets you tilt the panel up to 20 degrees. Unfortunately, the ring stand does not allow for height manipulation, easy pivoting, nor swivel movement. It does afford you a tilt angle range of -5 degrees up to 15 degrees.
The panel itself is a fairly standard 24-inch IPS panel with a full HD display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Acer opted to compliment this particular monitor with an anti-glare screen coating, and the unit operates at a maximum measured brightness of 250 nits.
As for the physicality of the monitor, Acer included a function strip along the bottom of the unit that provides users with 5 standard “settings” (brightness, contrast, etc.) buttons, along with a power switch. The R240HY measures 21.3 x 7.3 x 16 inches, and weighs roughly 6.5 pounds.
Last but not least, this Acer monitor features HDMI, DVI, and VGA input ports, along with a headphone jack. It does not have any USB ports, audio peripherals, or a DisplayPort input option.
- 23.8" IPS Widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Response Time: 4ms. Signal Inputs: 1 x DVI (w/HDCP), 1 X HDMI & 1 x VGA
- Pixel Pitch: 0.2745mm
Acer R240HY Features
You can look at the R240HY as Acer’s entry into the budget gaming monitor arena. More and more manufacturers advertise IPS panels around this price point, but it’s always good to see Acer’s name in the mix.
As I mentioned, this Acer monitor does make use of an IPS panel, operating with a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It’s difficult to compare contrast rations between manufacturers, but if you forget about the number for a second this monitor has a gorgeous display.
The monitor features a default refresh rate of 60hz, which is fairly standard. I was very pleased to see that you can actually overclock this model to a max refresh rate of 75hz, which is a big deal to you hardcore gamers and movie-watchers. You can expect a 4ms gray-to-gray pixel response time, which is actually quite good for an IPS panel at this price point. You’ll find the tested input lag measurement slightly higher – 9.6ms – which, again, is better than you can hope for at this price point.
Here at Armchair Empire we do make a point to highlight the differences in panel technology to our users – it’s one of the most important distinctions to make when buying a new gaming monitor. The Acer R240HY is an IPS panel, which is one of three major panel types: IPS, VA, and TN. IPS panels are typically known for their excellent color reproduction and superb viewing angles, while their response times and refresh rates may not be quite as snappy as those of a TN panel.
Acer R240HY Performance
I sincerely enjoyed testing this beautiful gaming monitor out. It gives you an awesomely vivid picture – it’s what you would expect from an IPS panel, but really overdelivers when you consider how affordable the unit is. The blacks are deep and true, and the whites are bright. You get none of that gray or yellow tint you sometimes see with other budget gaming monitors.
All of the most important specs for a proper gaming monitor – response time, input lag, refresh rate – are legitimately impressive. IPS technology has been getting better and better as of late, and that’s reflected in the R240HY with its low 4ms response time and 9.6ms input lag time. Combine those numbers with a 75hz overclocked refresh rate, and you have a display that’s buttery smooth.
I won’t lie and say this Acer is quite on par with those 144hz monitors that boast 2ms response times, but it also costs a fraction of the price. The 75hz refresh rate definitely helps out with potential screen-tear situations, and it’s a noticeable step up from the default 60hz refresh rate that you’ll see on most monitors in this price range.
Both Overwatch and Battlefield looked crisp and clear on this monitor, and I honestly didn’t notice any motion blurring at all. I’m sure a more discerning gamer will pick out a few instances here and there, but you’ll only notice it if you look for it instead of focusing on the game.
The main negative performance issue I’ve seen with this Acer is light bleed. Light bleed is a well-known and extremely common issue for IPS panels, where you’ll notice a “glow” around the edges (primarily in the corners) of the screen. That’s essentially how IPS panels work – you get better viewing angles and bolder colors because the panel lets more light pass through the panel, but light bleed does come as a side effect of that technology.
You’ll notice it when viewing something with a lot of black or other dark colors up on the screen, and it might be bothersome to some viewers out there. I personally don’t mind it much, but I will say that this particular model does seem to have slightly more light bleed than is typical.
Acer R240HY Extras
The R240HY comes loaded up with Acer’s innovative “Flicker-less Technology,” which works to reduce standard screen flickering. This is great for your eyes, as screen flickering is one of the main causes of eye strain and eye pain during extended computer use.
The monitor does come with an included VGA cable as well, although you’ll have to spring for an HDMI or DVI cable if you want to take advantage of either hookup instead of the standard VGA.
Acer R240HY Pros
- Awesome 4ms pixel response time, 9.6ms input lag, and 75hz refresh rate (when overclocked)
- Extremely stylish monitor thanks to the razor thin bezel and well-designed stand
- Acer really overdelivered on the features given the low price point
Acer R240HY Cons
- Not VESA mount compatible out of the box – requires an adapter you must purchase separately
- More light bleed than most other IPS monitors have
We Recommend The Acer R240HY For…
We recommend this Acer for most any gamer out there. Serious gamers may be hesitant to commit to an IPS panel at times due to IPS technology historically coming with slightly worse response times and refresh rates than TN panels, but the R240HY takes care of those issues with it’s 4ms response time, 9.6ms input time, and 75hz refresh rate.
This monitor is also extremely suitable for graphic designers, editors, and anyone else out there who wants a gorgeous picture at a low price point.
Acer R240HY Conclusion
I might sound like a broken record at this point but I truly cannot stress how much you get for your money with the Acer R240HY monitor. It’s not the cheapest budget gaming monitor out there, but the slight price increase results in exponentially better specs and performance from a gaming standpoint.
If you’re looking for an affordable, high-performance gaming monitor that comes with the backing of Acer’s well-reputed brand, you can’t do much better than the R240HY. Just make sure you’re well-acquainted with light bleed before you pull the trigger, as it’s a deal-breaker for certain users out there.