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Acer XFA240 Review: 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By January 15, 2019 No Comments
Acer Xfa240 Review 2019

Update: The Acer XFA240 is the cheapest G-SYNC certified gaming monitor which means that in addition to all of its features, it also provides a variable refresh rate for compatible (GTX 10-series and RTX 20-series) NVIDIA graphics cards. Therefore, it’s the best 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor for the money currently available. For G-SYNC to work, you will need NVDIA’s 417.71 WHQL drivers.

Introduction

The Acer XFA240 is one of the many 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming models available. In this review, we’ll see how it compares to its rivals.

Image Quality

The monitor is based on a TN panel with a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 8-bit color depth (6-bit + 2-bit FRC), and 160°/170° viewing angles.

Other specifications include 1080p resolution which on the 24″ screen of the Acer XFA240 monitor results in a sharp and clear picture quality.

Naturally, 1440p or 4K would provide you with significantly more details and screen space, but it would also be more demanding to drive at 144Hz whereas 1080p isn’t too taxing on your CPU/GPU allowing you to reach higher frame rates.

While TN panel monitors don’t have as vibrant colors nor as high contrast ratio as IPS and VA panels respectively, they do offer the best response time speed of only 1ms.

Such quick response time allows the pixels to change from one color into another almost instantaneously which, in turn, removes ghosting and motion blur in fast-paced games.

When you add the 144Hz refresh rate to that, you get an incredibly responsive and engaging fast-paced gaming experience.

Performance

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The Acer XFA240 input lag amounts to ~6ms which is fit for professional gameplay as there’s no perceptible delay between your commands and the result on the display.

Note that the backlight of the monitor is flicker-free as it doesn’t use PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so you don’t have to worry about headaches if you’re sensitive to flickering.

There’s also a low-blue light filter which, when enabled, eliminates the harmful blue lights and prevents eye strain.

If you have an AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card, you’ll be able to utilize the full potential of the Acer XFA240 144Hz gaming monitor.

The FreeSync technology removes screen tearing and stuttering by allowing the monitor to change its refresh rate according to the GPU’s frame rates.

Unfortunately, it only works with select AMD cards, but you can still use the monitor with NVIDIA cards (just not this feature).

The Acer XFA240 FreeSync range is 48-144Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) over DisplayPort and 48-120Hz over HDMI.

LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) is also supported which means that even when your FPS rate drops below 48 and FreeSync stops working, the display’s refresh rate will double or triple the frame rate for a smoother performance.

Features

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There are six monitor hotkeys at the bottom bezel which can be used as shortcuts for the following functions: swapping between the Game modes, adjusting the Overdrive setting, opening the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, changing the input source, adjusting the volume, and turning the monitor on/off.

The Game modes include three customizable profiles where you can save and edit your settings. The Acer XFA240 also offers advanced picture adjustments including the 6-axis hue and saturation as well as gamma presets.

Other gaming features include ‘Black Level’ for better visibility in darker games and ‘Aim Point’ which consists of customizable crosshair overlays.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer XFA240 display offers full ergonomic support with up to 150mm height adjustment, -5°/35° tilt, 90° pivot, and +/- 60° swivel. It’s also VESA mount compatible with 100 x 100mm holes.

Connectivity options include a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4 with MHL support, and a Dual-Link DVI-D. There are also two 2W built-in speakers and a headphones jack.

Price& Similar Monitors

The Acer XFA240 price amounts to $199 which makes it one of the best gaming monitors under 200 USD due to its excellent design quality, performance, and features for the money.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the AOC G2460PF which offers all the same features plus a quad-USB 2.0 hub and a wider FreeSync range (35-144Hz over DP and 35-120Hz over HDMI) at the same price.

Note that alongside the Acer XFA240, there’s also the Acer XF240H model which is essentially the same monitor though it only supports FreeSync over DisplayPort. Moreover, the Acer XF240H is usually more expensive – depending on the region.

For CRT-like motion clarity, check out the LG 24GM79G and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P which have a backlight strobing capability that further eliminates motion blur.

Lastly, you should consider the AOC C24G1 which is also a 24″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor but with a curved VA panel. It offers a much better picture quality, but not as smooth performance in fast-paced games.

Conclusion

The Acer XFA240 and the AOC G2460PF are the only two 144Hz gaming monitor available under $200. For the money paid, you won’t be disappointed by either one of these two displays as you get plenty of features, versatile ergonomics, and smooth performance.

Acer XFA240 Specifications

Screen Size24-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)
G-SYNC Certified
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI-D
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Full ergonomic support
  • Useful gaming features including FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

Writer

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

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