Acer R240HY Review: Budget 24-inch 1080p IPS Monitor

The Acer R240HY boasts a slim design with narrow bezels, 1080p resolution, and a high-quality IPS panel for an affordable price.

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Acer R240HY is a gorgeous thin-bezel monitor with 1080p resolution, great image quality, and outstanding performance – all that at a reasonable price makes it one of the best selling monitors.

Design:
(2.0)
Display:
(4.0)
Performance:
(3.8)
Price/Value:
(3.5)
3.3

The Acer R240HY is a high-quality low-budget monitor that delivers flawless image quality with rich and vivid colors. It is also known by its longer product name, the Acer R240HY bidx. 

The monitor’s frame is very thin and barely noticeable, making it an ideal option for a multi-display setup for gaming or office work.

Image Quality

The Acer R240HY offers a stunning picture quality considering its price thanks to its rich colors and Full HD resolution.

The IPS panel will leave a powerful impression on you, especially if you’re coming from a TN monitor. The accuracy and consistency of colors will significantly improve your viewing experience; even the common everyday computer use will become more pleasant.

Furthermore, if you are an entry-level aspiring photographer or designer, the Acer R240HY IPS monitor is a brilliant choice for you at this price range.

IPS panels also guarantee wide 178-degree viewing angles, which allow you to watch the screen from any distance or angle without the image shifting in color and contrast.

Performance

The rapid response time speed of 4ms will make sure there’s no noticeable motion blur or ghosting of fast-moving objects in games or movies.

The TN panels, however, still have a faster response time of 1ms, which eliminates ghosting in fast-paced games, but at the cost of color accuracy and viewing angles.

So, unless you’re a competitive gamer, we recommend the Acer R240HY 23.8-inch IPS monitor.

You can also overclock the monitor to 71Hz-75Hz for extra fluidity in games. In addition, the Acer R240HY input lag amounts to only ~10ms, which is rather impressive.

The IPS glow is an expected downside of IPS panels causing excessive light to pass through the panel and glow, usually near the edges and corners of the screen.

We’ve only detected a minor amount of IPS glow, though it’s only visible in especially dark scenes and when there’s no light in the room.

Features

There are a few presets available which are well-optimized for certain activities on the screen. These presets include User, ECO, Standard, Graphics, and a Movie mode.

Remember to select these presets accordingly as they can enhance the quality of what you’re watching.

The Acer R240HY is very power efficient and consumes only 19W of power; in the ECO preset, the power consumption is reduced to 12W.

Moreover, the monitor has a flicker-free screen and a low blue light filter so you can work, play, or watch movies for hours without straining your eyes.

The OSD menu of the Acer R240HY monitor is not quite user-friendly as it is troublesome to navigate with and cannot adjust certain settings.

Besides the brightness, contrast, and the level of blue light protection, there are no other options to tweak, such as gamma and colors.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer R240HY screen is covered with a non-reflective matte coating, which eliminates light reflections. Connectivity is diverse and includes VGA, DVI, a headphones jack, and an HDMI port.

Unfortunately, the monitor doesn’t support VESA mount, so if you wish to mount the screen on a separate stand, you will need to buy an adapter.

The bezels are strikingly thin, which is, without a doubt, one of the monitor’s main selling points. You can also tilt the screen by 20 degrees.

Along with the thin bezels, the monitor has a magnetic stand to which you can attach paperclips and similar handy metallic items.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Acer R240HY usually goes for around $110 – $130.

Conclusion

We highly recommend checking out the ASUS VA24DQ. It supports AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz for tear-free gameplay, it has a DisplayPort input, and it’s VESA mount compatible.

Specifications

Screen Size23.8-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (WQHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
PortsHDMI 1.4, VGA, DVI
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)

The Pros:

  • Thin bezels
  • Inexpensive
  • Vibrant and crisp colors

The Cons:

  • No VESA mount
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Tilt-only design
  • There are better alternatives for gaming

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.