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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Frameless HD Monitor

    Posted
    DaveW
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    I have had a chance to play around with the Acer XF251Q 24.5" monitor for a few days now, and I have enjoyed what I have seen. I am driving the monitor with a AMD Vega 64 Powercolor Red Devil GPU that is hooked up with the supplied HDMI cable. Since I am using an AMD graphics card I was able to test the full range of feature. NVidia owners can still benefit from the adaptive sync, but not to the level of Freesync/G-sync. First, I need to point out a few discrepancies in the listing for this monitor. The images shown for the listing have a picture that shows (2) USB 3.0 ports on the side - these are not present. I believe it is an image of one of the other monitors in the XF series from Acer. Best Buy is not the only site using this image, so I would assume its an honest mixup. There is also a little snippet in the listing about the monitor having a 144HZ refresh rate, but the Features section only lists 75Hz. This monitor is for sure 75Hz. This may get cleared up in the future, but at the time of this review, that is what I saw. *Onto the good - Construction and build quality are very nice. The stand is one of the nicest I have come across in an affordable monitor. It's very sturdy, and does not wobble a bit (others have noted that this makes it feel heavy - TBH the weight is necessary). The stand allows the monitor to adjust height, viewing angle, rotation (±45° from center), and easily switch from portrait to landscape. This has been a boon for me because I game and work in landscape, but my wife needs portrait for her work. The monitor has a sleek, understated design. It doesn't have eye-catching curvy looks, or a design that screams GAMER!!! What it does have are very nice clean lines that allows this monitor to look comfortable in a gaming or workstation setup. The 'frameless' design also helps set it apart. The bezel edge is just over 2mm thick (checked with caliper), which is pretty slim. There is still a black border around the image on the screen (just under 5mm, so >7mm from bezel edge to the image), This is right on par with many frameless monitors I have looked at (my other monitors have 1.5mm bezels, but still the same >7mm to the image). This black border is present whether due to the physical construction of the panel, or the LED backlight bleeding, or what I really can't remember. Most gaming monitors carry a large bezel (9-12mm), which isn't so great if you are planning a multi-monitor setup. I only use slim bezel monitors for this very reason (I am now up to 4 monitors for that whole wrap around feeling). The panel itself provides a great picture. At 24.5", 1080p is still a more than adequate resolution to game at. Most graphics cards struggle with 4K 60 @high settings, let alone ultra - so for now 1080 is still very worth it. I had plenty of time to play around with the various settings for the picture quality. I didn't have to adjust much, other than the brightness. This panel is actually pretty bright, and I feel like the 250 nit rating undersells it. I have had no trouble viewing with the lights on, or with natural light shining in at my back. The anti-glare matte finish also helps here. I was happy to see the blue light reduction feature on the monitor. I know this is something that has been implemented in Windows 10, but its still nice to see it incorporated. The panel also has several preset modes you can jump around through to adjust the color settings. You can also customize those presets to make it easy to tailor your changing display needs. I will be honest about the fact that I am lazy with settings, and I will likely just do a 'set it and forget' preset going forward. In games, with Freesync enabled, the image quality was excellent. I had no frame tearing, or framerate issues. Games I tested were Dirt Rally 2, Far Cry 5, and Shadow of War. The 1ms (gray to gray) response time was fantastic, and really did away with the motion blur/ghosting when I would spin around or do anything really fast paced. This is a big feature for TN panels, and I have to say it is making me regret my 5ms IPS gaming panels I bought last year. The viewing angle on the monitor is pretty standard for TN (170° horz, 160° vert), and you can't really get much more than that unless you jump to VA or IPS. I set the Acer up in the same position as my IPS panels (33° off center panel), and the angle of the monitor didn't seem to affect the image at all. It still looked nice and bright - again causing me regret for my IPS's. Another nice feature is the audio pass through over HDMI to the 3.5mm headset jack. This knocked down a little cable clutter for me, and freed up a speaker jack in the back of my computer. This passthrough appears to be for playback only - no microphone support. *Now the not so good - There's really not a whole lot of bad to say about this monitor, just minor pain points. I really wish they would have changed one of the HDMI ports to Displayport. Every mid to high end graphics card has one or more these days, so I wish that could be different. The menu buttons on bottom of the frame have no designation, so you rely on the OSD to figure out what each button does. Also, OSD only displays if you have a connected source that isn't flickering (I had this issue when I was fiddling with settings on my graphics card and the monitor at the same time). The speakers - they exist, and I guess can be useful in a pinch. I tried them out, and they were as I expected them to be. I would rather cut them out to save some cost, and weight. The headset hook does not like to stay attached - it really needs another mounting point near the bottom of the hook to hold it in place. I used a velcro strap to hold it to the stand frame, and that appears to be working nicely. My last issue is the inability to disable the power button LED. It's bright blue, so gaming at night is affected. I don't like having to put tape or post it notes over LED's when I should just be able to disable them. *Conclusion - This is a very good entry level gaming monitor, and it comes in at a pretty solid price bracket. It really shines with its quick response time, Freesync support, and quality construction. I would recommend this monitor for sure. I may even pick up a few more of these to replace my 1 year old IPS's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Gaming...Great for everything else

    Posted
    sundevilchemist
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Short Story: Pros: -Stand is amazing. Tilt, height, and rotation adjustment. -Anti Reflective coating is most I have ever seen. I am getting no reflections at all. I have windows on my right side and it does not bother my viewing -NO PWM back light so you won't see any flickering (can stare at monitor all day with no or very little eye fatigue) -Refresh rate is awesome (game play is smooth and you don't drop frames when zooming or spinning fast) -Power built into monitor so no power brick needed -Vesa mount ready with screws attached for those who like to mount their monitors -Almost zero bezel around monitor -Actual buttons to adjust monitor settings in front Cons: -Out of Box calibration is off (easily fixed in settings) -I am gonna con the speakers only because most in the gaming community have speakers or headphones already (speakers are passable if you don't have any) -NO RGB (okay wasn't advertised) -A USB C port or USB 3 port would have been nice (again not advertised) -2 HDMI and 1 VGA but no thunderbolt or display port (again not advertised) Long Story: I have been using a 1440P monitor (27") and a 1080P (27") monitor side by side. Both monitors are native 60Hz monitors. The Acer XF251Q can do 75Hz and on the box indicates the LED lighting is good up to 250 nits (however I turned brightness down to setting 30 because it was too bright). Out of the box I did not like the monitor. The picture was over-saturated and to sharp. I went into settings and changed to standard settings. This made the picture and colors look much better and realistic. I played Gears of War 4, Battlefield 4, & Ghost Recon Wildlands to name a few games. It didn't look better than my 1440P monitor or my 1080P 60Hz monitors. I figured my graphics card or windows 10 would set refresh rate to 75Hz for me. Turns out Windows had the refresh rate at 60Hz. Had to update settings in Windows 10 to 75Hz so I could see the 75Hz in game play. 60Hz to 75Hz is better than seeing 1080P vs 1440P or 4K gaming for the first time. Zooming in and out with scope or aim was butter smooth. No screen tearing or jutters. I did have to turn down some settings in video quality from Ultra to High in order to maintain the 75 FPS in game. I have a GTX 1070 so depending on what video card you have YMMV. Unfortunately NVIDIA uses GSync and not FreeSync so if you have an AMD video card you might get more out of this monitor. Had it not been for the out of box calibration (OOB), I would have given this 5 stars. I think most people don't like having to tweak settings. The OOB experience you see limitations in the monitor viewing angles, sharpness, and saturation. It does not look good and might scare people away from a great monitor. Watching youtube and reading text on websites had no complaints. The monitor also has settings that adds a aiming site that becomes fixed to the monitor. Maybe good for gaming noobs but I didn't use it. This monitor is marketed towards gamers but can be used for general computing as well. It is a TN panel and looks as good as one of my IPS panels. I think ACER 250 NIT back light rating was to low. It was way brighter than my 300 nit monitor. Make sure to go into advanced monitor settings and update refresh rate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for gaming and everyday computing

    Posted
    Kotor
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    I first tested this Acer gaming monitor with my laptop for playing games and general computing functions. Since we are talking about a display monitor, picture quality is crucial and this monitor does not disappoint in that area with the overall picture quality being excellent. Like all LED monitors, brightness is a definite strong point. I immediately noticed the high contrast ratio because in my opinion, contrast ratio is the single most important factor of picture quality. The blacks are inky black and whites are milky white. I can't emphasize enough how critical contrast ration is because it causes the picture to pop. I use a docking station with my laptop which allows me to use this monitor as a second screen. I found this to be very useful. Especially for work and personal computing projects using multiple software programs simultaneously. The two HDMI inputs are especially useful to do this. The FreeSync function only works with AMD video cards, so I was unable to test that specific function. However, the native refresh rate of this monitor is obviously high because I noticed no flicker. I also did not experience any noticeable lag when gaming or computing. I also tested it as a Vudu and Netflix playback monitor using my laptop. This monitor performed well that way even though I don't see myself using it that way very often, because I prefer to watch movies and shows from my couch, but it can be used that way if necessary. The build quality of this monitor is high. The ergonomic friendly viewing angles are highly adjustable, and can even rotate from the standard horizontal orientation to a complete vertical orientation. I do not have a need to use it that way, but it is a nice feature that some people might find useful with certain software applications. The built-in speakers are adequate, but I would recommend using external speakers. The laws of physics dictate that you can't get big sound from small, thin speakers. I am using a Logitech 2.1 speaker system, and it makes a big difference when playing games and watching movies. Another notable feature that I want to mention again is that this monitor has 2 HDMI inputs as well as the standard VGA input. I used the HDMI input to connect my PS4, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. I initially thought that the picture would be too small in comparison to my big screen TV, but since I was sitting so close to the monitor I actually found that the scale was comparable and I could see more detail. If you are in the market for a gaming monitor or PC monitor, you can’t go wrong with this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bright, Clear, and sharp

    Posted
    Dan0Sterling
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    tl;dr -This 1080p display is a very bright, sharp, clear monitor that takes over your full viewing area. Out of the box colors are a little over saturated, but can be adjusted. The included stand is sturdy and fully adjustable. Zero frame is nice! Off axes viewing loses some of the brightness, and there’s a distinct color shift. White documents begin to shift to red. Because of it’s size, you’ll need to position yourself close to the center axis. With a dual monitor set up, this may require some adjustment in the angles of the monitors towards a “V” instead of a flat line. Even then, the edges may be slightly washed out if you’re too close. Speaking of dual monitors, the zero frame shines in this set up with < 1 cm between images. While some have shifted to 4K screens, there’s still something to be said for the ultra wide set up offered by dual monitors. It has a built VESA connector for monitor stands / wall mounting. Colors are little saturated out of the box and will require some calibration. I didn’t use anything fancier than the built in Windows tools. You can also tweak values using the on screen controls and front buttons if you prefer that route. There are several modes which can be accessed from the front buttons. Each will give you a slightly different look. The best color accuracy is in the ‘Graphics’ mode. It has 3 “Gaming” modes which give a nice over saturated look for shooter type games. They also provide the option to place a gun sight in the middle of the screen, when it detects a game. It’s an interesting but can be a little distracting. Unique among monitors of this type is the rotating support. This monitor lives in portrait mode as happily as landscape. Those who play in the evening, but develop during the day will appreciate the quick rotation. The stand is very sturdy with a solid connection to the monitor. No tipping without a lot of help! Speaking of the stand, Acer thought of users when building out the stand. There’s integrated cable management coming through the support to make routing easy. It’s also height adjustable for the taller among us. This monitor assumes you have a recent machine, as there are few connection options. There’s 2 HDMI connectors and a VGA. There’s no DVI or DisplayPort connector. All ports face down which allows for relatively flush mounting. The power cord is a standard pentagon shaped plug which makes it power strip friendly. Acer did include a speaker in the unit, connected via HDMI. I’d only use that if I had no other choice. Per a nearby label, I was provided a free unit in exchange for an unbiased review of the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    change my perspective of a TN panel

    Posted
    techPCbuy
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    The Acer XF251Q gaming monitor had change my prospective of a non-IPS panel. With my years of using an IPS display technology, having to downgrade my viewing experience to the 2nd display that provide a little better viewing experience than a TN panel but let face-it, if it’s not an IPS panel, then it’s a TN panel. With me having to return or exchange my 27-inch Dell monitor which happen to be an IPS panel, I manage to grab an monitor that from built from , “judging from my personal experience”; to be a reliable brand in gaming monitor, I decide to pick up and paired it with my Acer 20-inch IPS panel for a dual monitor setup. With me having to purchase a 4-years products replacement plan for both monitors, due to my past shopping experience with a retail the known to be a “wrost buy”, not having to warry about the monitors for the next 4 years’ worth the additional twenty bulk. As a tech savvy users, I know that technology is not yet to improve in the qulity control department but at the time of doing to exchange, the woman “whom shall remain anonymous” kind of refuse to do the exchange despite of knowing I had the Geek Squad 4-years exchange plan until I saw her the footage of the problem that lead me to return it and explain “for the second time” of the problem. Within less than one-second she told to grab the model that I want and it over and she will do an exchange. After spending couple minutes of “window shopping”, I did not find the model that I want so I was about to give Dell a second change until I saw the Acer XF251Q gaming monitor. Despite from be 2-inch smaller than the model that I return, the price different draw my attention and interest to pickup it up. Once I got home and hooked it up, without any adjustment the setting; the display does not seem to blind me but since it’s not an IPS, the white seems to swift slightly enough that close resample to the color-yellow. So, is it’s worth the time waiting in line for a simple exchange? Yes, in a way. Is it worth the time and patient of shopping at Best Buy, maybe of if you don’t forgot to ask for a paper and/digital copy of your purpose receipt and make sure the purchase is posted on your Best Buy account.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One Sweet Monitor

    Posted
    TechDude
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    This monitor is far superior to my two other monitors (HP 2011X and Dell 23 in LED). It came nicely boxed and was relatively easy to get mounted onto the quite versatile desktop stand even though the assembly instructions were somewhat sparse. That stand permits adjustments on all three axes: rotate left or right, slide up or down vertically, and tilt up or down. I did not use the provided speaker cable so I cannot comment on the sound that might be produced from the monitor. With the stand attached, the monitor is a bit heavier than my other monitors but with built-in speakers and power adapter, I guess that should be expected. I really like the matte screen finish which reduces the amount of reflected light. The colors were quite vibrant yet realistic with very good and even saturation. However, I noticed some color differences between the bottom and the top of the screen when viewing the Windows 10 desktop wallpaper picture. It was a very gradual darkening of color from the bottom to the top, but with consistent color from the left to the right sides of the screen. I switched from the wallpaper picture to a solid non-black color and thereby revealed the color grading more clearly. It definitely was noticeably darker at the top of the screen than at the bottom. I did not see any blooming or leaking around the edges from the LED back lights as I did on my two other monitors. I thought it might be due to the viewing angle, but the resulting viewing angle was undesirable once the screen was adequately tilted to eliminate the color variation. If I changed the solid background color to all black, there was no longer any color variation from top to bottom and it really was a very nice, deep black. The menu system is very intuitive and easy to use even though I did not need to change any of the default settings. When I viewed the display properties in Windows 10, I saw that the monitor was properly FREESYNCed with my Radeon RX570 Graphics card. Neat. I believe that the FREESYNC feature works only with AMD graphics cards but there are other monitors out there that will perform a similar function for those nVidia graphics cards. Since I am not a gamer, I cannot offer an opinion about the monitor's advertised 1 ms response time. I do not find the color variation mentioned earlier to make the monitor unacceptable - it might not even be noticeable in a gaming situation or when playing videos. Nevertheless, I would encourage prospective buyers to check the monitor out in a store somewhere before shelling out the money for one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best bang for your buck entry gaming monitor?

    Posted
    elzeus
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    It's important to have the right expectations when purchasing electronics. You can have the awesome performance of a TN panel or the amazing viewing angles of an IPS panel, but you cannot have both! For the price I consider this monitor one of the best entry level gaming monitors on the market. This is a TN panel, while the viewing angles leave something to be desired they are tolerable and are quickly forgotten. What you give up in terms of viewing angles you gain in faster reaction times and higher refresh rates. The stand that comes included rivals those that come with monitors triple the price of this one. This monitor also support Freesync over HDMI for both Radeon graphics cards and the Xbox One, One S and One X consoles for tear free gaming at any price-point! While this monitor does include speakers they aren't very loud, but they are serviceable and very welcome at this price point. There is also a headphone hangar that goes on the back of the monitor which is a nice added touch.The monitor brings a 3 year warranty, which is well above the industry standard. TLDR: Great entry level gaming monitor, feel free to ask me any questions about this monitor. Pros: Tasteful design High quality stand (portrait and landscape positions) Freesync for PC/Xbox One/ Xbox One S/ Xbox One X Acceptable horizontal viewing angles for a TN Panel 1ms response time 75hz refresh rate 250 nits brightness Includes speakers Great calibration options in the user interface Anti-glare coating is perfect Vesa capable 3 year warranty Cons: Low vertical viewing angles Can only enter monitor options with an active input device

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Gaming Monitor

    Posted
    Robs
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I found the ACER XF251Q Gaming Monitor to be a good value for the cost. It may not have all of the inputs and options of more expensive monitors, but it is better than average and comes at a very competitive price. First, it looks very nice coming out of the box. The bezel is very narrow on 3 sides of the sides, with an average bezel along the bottom. The stand has 4 legs, with 2 of the legs being parallel to the bottom of the bottom and the other 2 legs sweeping slightly backwards. The monitor is VESA mountable, if desired. The inputs are VGA and HDMI, and it was very easy to hook up. It was nice that it came with both a VGA and HDMI cables. It does support AMD Freesync through the HDMI input. Gaming looked very good on the 24.5 inch LED FHD (1920 x 1080) screen, as long as your viewing angle is fairly straight on. The response time is listed as 1ms with a refresh rate of 75mhz, and I did not experience any ghosting or flickering. Brightness is listed as 250 nits with a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1. The viewing angle is listed as 170 degrees horizontally and 160 degrees vertically. Personally, I found that to be just a little generous with viewing decreasing noticeably as I sat to the side. That said, I do almost all of my gaming by myself, sitting right in front of the monitor, so this was not an issue for me. The monitor does have 2 speakers which I found to be about average for small monitor speakers, and I was pleased to find that the monitor includes a jack for headphones. You can find gaming monitors with UHD capability, more input varieties, and that are more friendly for wide viewing angles. But for the price of this monitor, with the features that it has, I believe this to be a very good FHD gaming monitor that will be excellent for a small to middle-budget gaming setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent specs for the price

    Posted
    RunningMan
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    This monitor is at a good price point with a good size and quality display. The minimal bezel on the sides and top looks great and maximizes the size of the display. This monitor comes with built in speakers, but sound quality is lack luster, but what would you expect from built in speakers? Sound pushes out the back of the monitor and the max volume is really only good for someone sitting next to the display. Personally, I would not use the internal speakers, so it may be useless add on for most. Which brings me to my next topic, the depth of the monitor. This monitor is a good 3" deep without the stand. My previous 23" monitor topped out at maybe 1" at it's thickest point, so an additional 2" of depth for another 2" display. Yes, most people can look past this depending on display of location, but with later technology, you would expect a thinner display. Perhaps it is doe to the speaker add on, if that is the case, Acer should have done without it as most user would opt for their own speakers/headphones, especially gamers whom this monitor is target to. I did run into some issue with display recognition via HDMI. Periodically, even though my PC is not sleeping, I will get a pop up window indicating no cable signal. Also, when powering off the PC, it takes over a minute to recognize and place the monitor in sleep mode. Not a huge deal, just something I noticed. The menu options on the monitor is pretty cumbersome with use of five buttons on the bottom of the monitor. It would be nice to have a software to make all your custom configurations. Overall, it is a decent monitor at a good price point, however there are some nuances that could use some improvement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much brighter than advertised

    Posted
    DiscerningGamer

    I've been using the Acer xf251q for the past six weeks. For the price, it's is a fantastic deal. Here's my thoughts: -The monitor gets very bright. The listed 250 nit rating seems quite low. In a bright room, I keep brightness at 50% while doing office work, etc, and while gaming I'll crank it up to %100. In a dark room, I keep it around 60% while gaming. There's has not been a single situation in which I wished the monitor got brighter. -1080p is plenty sharp for office work and gaming. Would a 2K screen be better? Sure. But on my budget, this monitor does just fine. -The colors are fine, and the viewing angles adequate. If you look at your Samsung Galaxy phone and then this monitor, you'll see just how much better the AMOLED screens in our phones are. But when simply using the monitor, I find the colors and overall image quality pleasing enough to look at. I never find myself disliking my gameplay due to image quality issues. And while an IPS screen (rather than TN, which this one is), would have wider viewing angles, I can think of no real life situations where the viewing angles on this monitor aren't good enough. -The build is solid, and the stand has no wobble or stability issues. -75 refresh rate is better than 60, though if you have the money (I don't), go for something higher like 144. -I typically cap my frame rates at 120 on my games, which is higher than the 75 refresh rate can handle. However, I experience very little screen tearing. All in all, this is a great monitor for the price. If you can spring for something 2K 144, go for it. But if you're on a tight gaming budget, this is a great deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice entry level gaming monitor

    Posted
    mkcar1
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This has a 24.5 inch screen with 1 millisecond response time, and a 75Hz refresh rate. There are built-in two-watt speakers if you need sound in a pinch. It looked great viewing anything I ran/watched. In the box are; Instructions HDMI (about 5 feet in length) VGA (about 5 feet in length) Mini cord extension (about 5 feet in length) total dimensions 19.9" x 22" x 10.6" (with stand) - 13.07" x 21.96" x 2.20" (without stand) weight of about 12.5 lbs with stand (8.2 without) Positives; Was easily put together 1080P resolution with 2 HDMI inputs (can easily switch between them) Has adjustable height/tilt/swivel making it very easy to get it perfect for you viewing. You can also turn screen to switch between landscape/portrait viewing. Hooked it up with provided HDMI cable – turned on desktop – and was ready to go with Windows 10. Very nice matte black screen that provides virtually no glare. All adjustment controls are on the front of monitor with nice tactile buttons. So you can tune monitor to your person preferences; On/off OSD functions (shows what other buttons do) Input Button (use to go between inputs) Volume Brightness Mode Pretty much edgeless except at bottom where controls are Since this has freesynch the better your video card the better this should perform. 3 year warranty Negatives; Speakers are to be used ONLY in emergencies, but that is to be expected… Not a touch screen and not very slim on the sides. Definitely worth a look

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bargain meets quality and we all win!!!

    Posted
    Robsapremiresilver
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    I have had this product for a few weeks now and this is what I know. Pros: You cant complain about the price, with a high quality LED 24.5" screen with AMD FreeSync (tested on NVIDIA GTX 1060 GB card) is well worth looking at for monitors under $200.00. A+ Has 2 HDMI slots to plug in both your gaming consoles and get FreeSync to work as well as getting 1920 x 1080 @ 75Hz and 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz with VGA input. (Tested with 2 HDMI @ 75Hz). Tested with Metal Solid V game for a week set at 75Hz w/FreeSync and have been blown away with the speed of the refresh as well as overall gaming experience as the games details appear to be more vivid and fluid movement within the gaming environment. A+ The stand is high quality (however heavy) allowing to adjust vertically up & down, Horizontal Viewing is 170 degrees and vertical of 160 degrees. This stand also allows you to turn monitor 180 degrees to view document style viewing if needed is just easy as siting and adjusting viewing of a book or other media in a snap. B+ Cons: The stand is heavy meaning taking this to your friend’s house is a bit more work. The FreeSync only works with AMD video cards (Check you system first to see if it’s compatible). Overall I am pleased with this monitor and its quality you can’t touch in this price range, so kudos to Acer for making this possible. I would recommend to anyone with compatible system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Picture Detail

    Posted
    veritech13
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The quality of the picture has been very good. The set up was pretty easy, it was pretty much plug and play. I don't use it for gaming, I use it more for streaming video. The viewing angle is nice, the color and image doesn't distort if you are not directly in front of the screen. The most visible upgrade from my old monitor is the color black. The color black on this screen is deep and dark, it doesn't give off that pixilated gray(ish) look when the color black is being displayed during a movie or game. The next plus is the size and the borderless design, it is very streamlined and weighs very little. The only downside I have encountered when installing, was the vesa compliant mounting option. The rear of the monitor has an indented/recessed screw bracket. The problem is attaching the wall mount plate on most vesa mounts to the back of the monitor. Due to the recessed screw bracket it doesn't allow for flush placement of the wall mount and you have to get longer screws and pretty much rig it to fit. it's a minor hassle but not a deal breaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good budget gaming monitor

    Posted
    AznEngr520
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    This is a good sized monitor that is connected to an Alienware m17 laptop being driven by a Nvidia GTX 2070 graphics card through HDMI. This is a freesync monitor so it will not reap the benefits from Nvidia's G-Sync technology. I use this monitor to play games and honestly only use the Standard setting on the monitor, although the monitor has plenty of other preset settings such as Gaming, Movies, Photos, etc. I find the color and sharpness is best for my eyes in the Standard settings. Very minimal next to no bezels on three sides makes this monitor look attractive sitting on my desk. Has 2 HDMI ports which I use one to connect my Nintendo Switch to. Comes with a nice "hook" that I used to hang my Astro A40 Gaming headset. For being LED, 1ms response time, you cannot beat the price of this monitor. Yes its only 75 Hz and not 144 Hz but since I am not a pro gamer and not earning money playing games or competing in tournaments, this monitor serves me very well for casual gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good multi-use gaming monitor

    Posted
    J0A0A7
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    For the price, you can't go wrong with this gaming monitor that performs well for most usage scenarios. I tested out with my laptop, Xbox One X and Chromecast. The Xbox One X does support AMD Free Sync and I was able to test this feature out with Call Of Duty WW2 and Forza 7. Framerate was smooth, especially when playing online which is key since lag can have an effect on gameplay. There's also an option to enable framerate counter that displays on the upper right-hand corner. Playing from my Tv to this you can tell when playing online how much quicker the controls felt. Picture wise is good blacks could be deeper they do have this grey look to it on some scenes. The monitor does have multiple picture profiles optimized for specific situations, for example, you have Action, Racing, Movie and Standard mode. You also get manual settings to set up the picture to your liking. Connectivity options are pretty good you get x2 HDMI ports, VGA, and headphone jack. Speakers are not that good so you would definitely be better off with some external speakers or headphones. Design wise doesn't look cheap for budget gaming monitor. I like the slim bezels gives it a more premium look to it. Overall I was very satisfied with the monitor it perform well from gaming to watching media and productivity. Value wise you get a lot for your buck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Monitors, but

    Posted
    RLowe
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm going to give these monitors a 4 start even though I returned them. I bought them because I was looking for a specific type of monitor. I wanted something that was VESA mountable, had 2 HDMI ports, and didn't have a bezel. These monitors checked that list, and were on sale. I believe they're probably a great entry level gaming monitor, and they're pretty big in size. They have plenty of adjustments for brightness and color settings. The build quality is pretty good too. I ended up returning them, because I wasn't using them for gaming. I mainly use my PC for programming, and these just weren't the right monitor for that (I knew they were a TN panel going in. Hence, the 4 star review). The viewing angle on them for my application just wasn't that great. I ended up getting two IPS panel monitors. So, my recommendation is buy these for a budget gaming monitor, but probably look else where if you don't plan on using them for gaming. If you're going to be looking at a lot of text documents or programming, I'd look for an IPS monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Strong monitor

    Posted
    Quincy0980
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a strong monitor. It is larger for desktop computer use and midsize to larger for a desktop gaming monitor. It is not curved and has a matte finish. The colors are very vivid, deep and accurate. The monitor is very easy to assemble and configure. The stand’s base it larger than most other monitor bases I’ve used and should be considered when making sure you have the room on your desk/stand for it. The stand allows you to raise and lower the monitor’s height and tilts up and down to find the best viewing angle. The monitor has many preset picture settings that allows you to find settings that appeal to your liking. The monitor also allows you to customize your setting as well. The only real issue I have with this monitor is the stand itself, because it is rather large. The stand doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the picture and the performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Gaming Monitor

    Posted
    teasten
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    The best LED gaming monitor of 2018 bwith inbuilt speakers and multiple inputs. There's so much about the Acer XF 251 to love but the dual HDMI input + VGA inputs means this is head and shoulders above other LED monitors I considered. I have this connected into my gaming laptop (Acer Nitro) and the other HDMI is used for my Nintendo Switch. The XF 251also has a VGA input but I haven't used it for that. Acer seem to have thought of everything. The monitor is frameless, can rotate on the stand in horizontal of vertical mode. And the rotation goes both ways, so I was able to have the controls on the right side, but if I wanted them on the left it would rotate the other way. No other monitor I tested came close. Acer also don't cut costs and have the decency to include HDMI, VGA and an audio cable in the box. Thank You! I don't get why everyone else doesn't follow Acer's lead. Audio from the inbuilt speakers is actually pretty good and a step up from my laptop. But there's an audio out jack if you want to push the audio (from HDMI pass through) out to external speakers. Very very happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Used for Work

    Posted
    Birby
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I needed a second monitor for when I work from home. This monitor seemed like a good price for a 24.5 in monitor. I have not been disappointed. I know it is intended as a gaming monitor, but it works just fine for work as well. I had to buy a DisplayPort to HDMI cable as my docking station doesn't have an HDMI output. The monitor is very bright and has great colors. When I compare the display to my other monitor, an HP z22i, they look very similar. The viewing angle isn't as good as my other monitor, but I'm looking at it head on so that's not a big deal. I guess you give up viewing angle for a better refresh rate. The speakers are fine. They are about as good as what are on my laptop, but are nothing special, but I wasn't expecting great sound anyway so no loss. The monitor stand is great. The height adjustment is great for a workstation as many monitor stands are too short and I end up looking over the monitor rather than at it. Overall this is a great monitor. I do not have any complaints as I got what I expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad, great quality

    Posted
    hockeycanuckjc
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    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    I am surprised. This monitor is actually very sharp picture wise and does not have any noticeable blur in games. Like the fact that you can plug in other things besides a computer into there. An XBOX 360, a Fire Stick if you wish or other HDMI Components. They all look great. And , it's one of the larger format monitors that still remembers that users of computers with VGA ports need some love too and it includes one of those if you need it. Speakers are built in and sound is kind of tiny at best depending on what you're outputting into device, best to use external sound. That's the only flaw I found on this. Setup was a breeze. No tools needed to setup to be honest, the base has easy screws and the monitor snaps into place on the other portion of the stand so no problem. I think gamers would appreciate the setup and quality of the build on this monitor and would make a good choice for their setup if they are looking for something budget conscious without sacrificing quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend