The Acer Predator XB241H is a 24-inch FHD gaming monitor that offers exceptional responsiveness combined with full G-Sync support. Its overclockable, 144 Hz panel features low input lag and excellent motion handling capabilities.
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Pro High-speed panel
The Acer XB241H has one of the fastest panels in its price range. Once overclocked, its native refresh rate can reach a whopping 180 Hz.
High refresh rate can give you an advantage over your opponents who play on slower monitors because you'll receive faster image updates. For example, a 180 Hz monitor will be on average 11 ms ahead of a corresponding 60 Hz one, entirely due to the higher refresh rate.
The overclocking procedure for the Acer XB241H is straightforward and can be done via the OSD. It imposes no danger to the hardware.
The native refresh rate of a monitor corresponds to the number of frames it can show each second. For example, a 180 Hz monitor can display up to 180 frames a second.
The Acer XB241H does not flicker because this monitor uses a DC signal to dim its backlight. Backlight flickering is horrible for your eyes; it can cause severe eye fatigue over the extensive use of a monitor.
You'll always be able to experience the best possible viewing angles by adjusting tilt angle, swivel angle, and height of this monitor according to your workspace requirements.
Pro Has speakers
This monitor's pair of the builtin speakers might turn out to be occasionally useful.
Pro Motion looks clear
The Acer XB241H displays motion smoothly, without artificial motion blur or ghosting effects because of the monitor's fast pixel response time and high refresh rate.
Fast-moving objects on screen don't leave noticeable trails as each pixel can change its color within only one millisecond because of the monitor's full pixel response time of 1 ms.
The image looks clear and fluid since the monitor refreshes every 5.55 ms. This is caused by the monitor's native refresh rate of 180 Hz.
Pro Adequate picture quality
The overall picture quality of the Acer Predator XB241H is on par with the majority of gaming monitors in this price range. It has reasonable contrast ratio and high peak brightness.
The monitor can display crisp and vivid colors as well as some average-looking dark scenes. Colors look genuinely luminous thanks to the monitor's peak brightness of 350 nits. Dark scenes look mediocre as the monitor's native contrast ratio of 1000:1 is not high enough to push its blacks to highly intense levels.
Pro Compatible with G-Sync
G-Sync eliminates screen tearing and stutter as it allows a monitor to synchronize its refresh rate to the framerate of a video card.
G-Sync works with all the Nvidia graphics cards that are newer than the GTX 650Ti.
Even though no reputable source has tested the input lag of this monitor yet, after evaluating the overall user experience and the input lag tests of other Acer monitors from 2015-2016, it is clear that the input lag of this monitor is most likely to be within the 4.5 ms range. It's a rather good result because it is on par with what the most responsive panels in this price range offer.
Input lag is a monitor's delay that is caused by the onboard image processing. Having this value as low as possible is essential in gaming.
Pro Excellent for gaming
Armed with a fast and responsive TN panel, the Acer Predator XB241H offers fluid and connected gaming experience without sacrificing the overall picture quality. In its price range, it is one of the very best gaming monitors money can buy.
Con Small panel
The 24-inch panel of the Acer XB241H is considerably smaller than what competitors at this price point offer.
Con Poor connectivity
In terms of connections, the XB241H doesn't offer much; apart from the standard DP and HDMI ports, you’ll only get a 3.5mm audio output port.
Con Narrow viewing angles
The XB241H doesn’t have the best viewing angles as even a slight, 10-degree angle between the viewer and the panel will result in total color and shadow degradation. This is a common issue for TN panels in this price range.
However, as the monitor has an extensive range of ergonomic adjustments, you can regulate its position so that your viewing angle remains ideal.
Con Blue power-on LED is annoying
The blue power-on LED in the lower right corner of this monitor is too bright and will likely be distracting and even cause eye strain.
Unfortunately, Asus still ignores this issue, even though it is suspected that a simple firmware update could fix the problem.