Acer Predator XB241YU Review: 24-inch 1440p G-SYNC 144Hz Gaming Monitor

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The Acer Predator XB241YU monitor is a superb 23.8-inch gaming monitor that will take your gaming experience to the next level. With an incredible resolution, ultra-fast response time and ability to tilt and rotate the screen to suit your preferences, this was a monitor I was really looking forward to trying out and I wasn’t disappointed. This is my full review for the Acer Predator XB241YU monitor.

Specifications

Screen Size: 23.8 inch
Panel Type: TN with LED Backlight
Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (WQHD)
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 10,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Response Time: 1 milliseconds
Tilt Angle: -5° to 35°
Swivel Angle: 30°
Adjustable Height: To 5.91″
Dimensions: 20.87 x 21.30 x 10.20 inches (with stand), 14.9 x 21.3 x 2.5 inches (without stand)
Weight: 14.55lbs
Screen Coating: Anti-Glare
Built-In Speakers: Yes
Adaptive Sync: NVIDIA G-SYNC
Connectivity: 1 x HDMI + 1 x DisplayPort + 4 x USB
Color: Black/Red

First Impressions

I’ll admit I was quite excited about trying out this monitor, so I opened the box like a kid at Christmas. Inside, I found the 24-inch monitor, AC power cord and adapter, HDMI cable, USB 3.0 cable and DisplayPort cable.

Straight from the box, the monitor is pretty striking with its bold black color with red accents. The stand is quite sturdy and comes with some useful features. I had a bit of fun playing around with the swivel, tilt, rotate and height adjustment functions. Everything was very easy to adjust, needing once a gentle nudge to move the screen but the height adjustment was a bit more awkward.

Attaching the monitor to the stand required a bit of twisting and turning. The swivel joint is attached to the monitor and this has to be connected to the stand. It’s nothing too difficult, just something that requires a bit of fiddling and patience.

Once assembled, I jumped straight into testing out the specs.

Display Quality

For a TN panel, I was really impressed with the picture quality and viewing angles on the Acer Predator XB241YU. You won’t get the same results as you would from an IPS panel but honestly, this is the best TN panel I’ve come across. Sitting in front of the monitor, the image is clear and stable with it’s full 16.7 million color range that gives images a beautifully vibrant and sharp appearance. Only when you physically lean out of your chair do you notice the typical TN washout glare, so it really doesn’t pose much of an issue. The display is widescreen WQHD, a resolution of 2560 x 1440 that looks absolutely stunning on a 24-inch screen.

The Acer Predator XB241YU has an awesome refresh rate too. At 144Hz standard and a whopping 165Hz maximum, everything about using this monitor from gameplay to browsing Youtube videos is so wonderfully smooth. The G-SYNC technology works to leave absolutely no lag and no screen tearing so your gameplay is fantastic. Of course, you do need the Nvidia graphics card to make the most of this technology.

Everything truly looks beautiful on this display. Even when you’re not immersed in your games (which never looked as good), streaming Youtube videos or just browsing the net is done with superb clarity and crispness and rich pixel detail and denseness. Truly, the stunning display of the Acer Predator XB241YU monitor is its best feature.

Features

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The Acer Predator XB241YU monitor has a number of cool features that add to the user experience.

The monitor can be adjusted in a number of ways to suit your own preferred viewing angle. You can swivel, tilt or pivot the monitor and even adjust the height by about 5 inches. Inside the casing on the back of the monitor are two medium sized stereo speakers. As with most built-in speakers, the sound quality isn’t amazing but if you place the back of the monitor facing the wall, the sound bounces off the wall, giving off a decent sound with some depth to it.

The monitor has an Acer’s Eye Protect Flicker-lees feature that is designed to protect against eye strain so you can game for longer. It comes with a flicker-free backlight and blue-light filter intended to reduce eye fatigue. I found this worked quite well and my eyes didn’t feel tired or strained after gaming for 5+ hours.

One feature I wasn’t too happy with was the anti-glare coating. It gave a strange blurry quality to white backgrounds, which made browsing web browsers a little annoying. Playing games, this isn’t something you notice and it only really becomes noticeable when on a page with a large amount of white background.

Connectivity

The Acer Predator XB241YU comes with many connection options. There are HDMI and DisplayPort ports (along with supplied cables) so you can connect up all your devices easily. I found everything connected instantly with no lag or load time. The stand features a little opening in the frame for threading your cables through to keep things neat and tidy, which was definitely something I was happy for.

The monitor also features 4 USB ports for linking up controllers or for charging your phone while you game. The Acer Predator XB241YU also supports multi-monitor setup, which is a nice feature if you like to work across multiple screens.

Conclusion

For what it is, a gaming monitor, the Acer Predator XB241YU doesn’t disappoint. With a nice design, good orientation options, NVIDIA G-Sync power modules and super smooth 165Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-SYNC enabled.

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