Budget gaming is normally quite tricky; in most cases, you’re sacrificing quality for price in some capacity, be it in graphics, performance or some other aspect. Essentially, you get what you pay for. However, Acer has managed to buck that trend with the Acer R240HY.
While there are tonnes of budget gaming monitors around this particular price point, it’s nice to see Acer’s name among the mix; if you’re coming from non-gaming computers and monitors, then it’ll definitely be comforting to see them get into the mix.
But, before we get into too much detail about how well it performs, it’s probably best that we take a look at its specs. (Gamers; we’re all about those specs.) Screen size is 24 inches, with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, and an IPS panel. But, what about refresh time, etc? Well, with a refresh rate of 60Hz, which can be overclocked to 75Hz, and a response time of 4ms, it’s not a good fit for the more dedicated gamers. This is more for the casual gamers who just want an affordable computer monitor that they can use to browse and play their favorite games on. Dedicated PC gamers are not going to be satisfied with this monitor.
Now, onto how it looks and performs.
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Design & Display
Acer has never been one to create a bad looking laptop or computer monitor, and the R240HY is no exception. Set in bezel-free, glossy casing, the monitor something to be somewhat amazed at; the casing and paneling also means that it’s relatively thin compared to other monitors.
On a side note, the monitor allows 20 degrees worth of tilt, so you should be able to find the right placement, no matter where you place it. On top of that, the Acer R240HY monitor comes with an anti-glare coating, so players won’t need to worry too much about sunshine. Both design and display get a rating of 8.5 out of 10; while they’re both certainly amazing, there’s some slight wiggle-room for improvement, depending on what your personal preference is.
Where do we begin with this one? Given that it’s a pretty affordable alternative to most other gaming monitors, you’d expect that there would be certain results – after all, I did mention that you normally get what you pay for. That being said, however, the Acer R240HY over-delivers in most aspects, taking its price into consideration.
Colors and picture are what you’d expect for the kind of specs that it’s got; blacks are deep, whites are bright and there’s no tinge of other colors that you normally get with other monitors, especially when you’re working on a budget. The technology behind IPS has always been improving over the past few years, and that’s definitely on show here.
As I’ve already mentioned, it’s got a 4ms response time; add in a 9.6ms input lag time and a 75Hz overclocked refresh rate, and you’ve got a monitor that’s as smooth as possible for the price. While there are certain monitors that have better response times and lag times, this is hundreds of dollars less than most of them.
In terms of negative comments, one of the only issues there is with any sort of regularity, there is the issue of light bleed. However, that’s extremely common with most IPS monitors, so it seems like a necessary sacrifice in order to optimize everything else. However, if you’re not too annoyed by that, then it’s not going to be a big issue. That being said, though, it is slightly more noticeable than a lot of other monitors, especially those that are more expensive. However, that’s just one of the drawbacks of using a more affordable gaming monitor.
Performance gets a 7.5 out of 10. The monitor itself is superb, especially with how affordable it is, but sometimes the light bleed can become too much to ignore. Again, though, that’s an issue with many monitors at the same price. However, it’s definitely ahead of most other affordable monitors.
Value For Money
Almost everything about the Acer R240HY screams high-quality gaming monitor on a budget. Compared to other monitors of the same, or similar, price point, it’ll outperform the vast majority. Whether or not to buy one basically comes down to how much of a budget you have for a monitor. If you can afford a higher priced one, there’s a decent chance that they’ll outperform it, but if you’re just looking at monitors at this price, then you’re going to find it hard to find something that delivers as much as this.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re looking at monitors at a slightly more affordable price, then it might be worth spending that little bit extra. As I’ve mentioned before, you normally get what you pay for, and that tends to be the case with monitors, and as I’ve already noted, this is one of the very few exceptions to that rule.
Honestly, if you can find an all-around better monitor for a better price, I’d be very surprised. In terms of value for money, the R240HY gets a 9.0. While it’s certainly one of the best performers out there at this price, it’s just a matter of the light bleed, and if a 20-degree tilt would be enough for your setup.
All told, the Acer R240HY is well worth looking in to. Truly one of the very few monitors that overdelivers on its price.
Acer R240HY Review
- Design - 8.5/108.5/10
- Display - 8.5/108.5/10
- Performance - 7.5/107.5/10
- Value For Money - 9/109/10
The Acer R240HY is one of the most affordable monitors out there, and given its price tag, it’s one of the best choices at this level.