Acer will soon release a new 240Hz gaming monitor dubbed as the Acer XF250Q. This monitor will also be available as the Acer XF250QA model with an additional HDMI 2.0 port, four USB 3.0 hub, the Motion Blur Reduction feature, and thinner bezels. In terms of image quality and performance, both displays will be identical which will allow the high-end professional gamers to choose between the state-of-the-art performance displays with extra features or without them for a more affordable price.
- 24.5 Inches Screen
- 1920×1080 Resolution
- TN Panel
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio
- 1ms Response Time
- AMD FreeSync
- Ports: DL-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
- Brightness: 400 cd/m2
- Contrast: 1,000:1
- Pixel Pitch: 0.28 mm
Image Quality and Performance
The same TN panel is used in both displays. Besides offering the whopping 240Hz native refresh rate, the panel also sports the rapid 1ms response time speed which ensures the most fluid gaming experience in competitive gaming, leaving you with no excuses for losing a match.
The Full HD 1080p resolution displayed on the 24.5-inch Acer XF250Q screen results in a solid pixel density of roughly 90 pixels per inch. It’s an excellent middle ground between a fairly detailed image quality and the smoothest performance with flexible computer equipment requirements.
In comparison to IPS and VA panels, the TN delivers a significantly less vibrant image quality due to poor color accuracy and clarity. Moreover, they offer limited viewing angles at 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical which cause the picture to shift colors when viewed from certain angles.
Considering that most of the professional gamers aren’t affected by color consistency and that they sit and play in front of their screens, the TN panel disadvantages aren’t as critical to them as it may be to others. More importantly, TN panels offer the fastest response time speed currently possible.
Acer XF250Q vs Acer XF250QA
While both monitors offer the key features needed for the most responsive competitive gaming experience possible, such as the adaptive-sync technology and a high refresh rate, there are some subsidiary things to take into consideration before making a final decision between the two models.
Apart from the convenience of having four USB 3.0 ports for charging your mobile device or connecting PC peripherals, an extra HDMI 2.0 port which supports 1080p at 240Hz unlike the HDMI 1.4, and thinner bezels, the Acer XF250QA will also offer the Motion Blur Reduction Feature.
Motion Blur Reduction & FreeSync
The Motion Blur Reduction technology utilizes backlight strobing in order to reduce perceptible ghosting caused by the fast moving objects in the fast-paced video games or movies. As a result, players gain an advantage over their opponents in competitive video games, especially FPS, due to clearer image with no trailing artifacts.
However, this feature cannot be used at the same time as FreeSync, just as it’s the case with Nvidia’s ULMB, which may repulse some players. Moreover, it can only be used at certain fixed refresh rates, usually at 144Hz maximum. We don’t have a confirmed maximum refresh rate of this feature for the Acer XG250QA display yet.
FreeSync technology allows you to synchronize the frame rate of a FreeSync compatible AMD graphics card to the Acer XF250Q display’s refresh rate. In turn, you gain a dynamic refresh rate which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering within its range as well as reduces the input lag. The actual range of FreeSync of both models is not yet revealed, though we will inform you as soon as it is.
Design & Connectivity
The monitor in both pictures is the Acer XF250Q as there’s no image of the Acer XF250QA model with slimmer bezels available yet. Both models will have full ergonomic support including 150 mm height adjust, 60 degrees swivel, -5, 35 degrees tilt, pivot, and 100 x 100 VESA mount compatibility.
The Acer XF250Q gaming monitor will also offer built-in speakers while the connector ports include a Dual-Link DVI, an HDMI 1.4, and a DisplayPort 1.2a for FreeSync. The Acer XF250QA will have an additional HDMI 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports.
The Acer XF250Q price is unknown at the moment, but considering that Acer already has a 240Hz gaming monitor with G-Sync available, the Acer Predator XB252Q display for $530 at the moment (June 2017), the Acer XF250QA will certainly be at least $50 cheaper, and the Acer XF250Q even more so. The Acer XF250Q release date should be sometime in July 2017.
When it comes to gaming at 240Hz, there are only a several displays to choose from. Apart from the Acer XF250Q and the mentioned Acer Predator XB252Q, ASUS has their counterpart versions as well, the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q with G-Sync and the upcoming ASUS XG258Q with FreeSync.
The Acer XF250Q display will offer the impeccable gameplay performance for the high-end competitive gaming experience. The dynamic refresh rate along with the rapid 1ms response time and the immense 240Hz refresh rate count for the most responsive gameplay possible to date. Once these professional gaming monitors are released, they will certainly be available for a more affordable price than the similar G-Sync 240Hz monitors. Additionally, it’s great to see that Acer will make two variants of the display, one for those who don’t care much about the overall appearance and convenience, and one for those who rely on extra USB ports and prefer thin bezels.