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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.