With the growing market for notebooks and all kinds of gamer products, Acer took advantage of its already demarcated space in this segment to show the world a monitor with a more compact body, response time reaching 2 milliseconds and brings a very important detail in times of pandemic : Full HD webcam with microphone and which is built into the top of the product.
If you have an AMD graphics card you can still take advantage of FreeSync, displaying uncut images in its nearly 24 inches. Is it worth investing your rich money in this monitor? And the Full HD experience, is it worth it in pixel savings? I’m André Fogaça and I spent the last few weeks with the Acer Nitro VG240Y D as my monitor to answer all this in the next paragraphs.
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Design and connections
Every gamer product always screams its segment everywhere when it comes to design, but on this monitor Acer preferred to adopt a less obvious look. Yes, it has a red base and tighter corners, but that’s it. Looking at it from the front, the Acer Nitro VG240Y D is basically a traditional monitor that can look good even on the home office desk.
The same goes for the rear. There are no RGB lights, nothing in this sense and this more sober choice can also have a footprint within the cost of this model. It is sold as an economical version for the less well-heeled gamer who still wants a good response in a game that is starting to get more serious.
Connections are all on the back and face down, with audio input and output on dedicated P2 ports, VGA port, one HDMI port, one DisplayPort and one USB port. This USB port does not offer another because it consumes a connection of this type on your desktop or notebook and serves only to make the front camera work.
It is on top, built into the body and has a mechanical adjustment to turn the sensor downward. The lens covers a lot of the environment and an LED indicates that it is in use, it is the basic for those who are in study meetings, work or even streaming with games. The only thing that bothered me was the absence of a USB output on the monitor, especially when using it on a notebook that doesn’t have that many ports.
Closing the external part, the monitor also has built-in speakers that fulfill the basics for this type of component: bass practically doesn’t exist, but the set breaks a branch when the user wants to show something with sound to someone nearby. It’s not really a problem as it is with height adjustment, which doesn’t exist.
The monitor only allows you to move the screen in one direction and this control is limited. Luckily the holes for a VESA standard bracket are present.
Acer has put an IPS LCD panel around here and that means more generous viewing angles and brightness hitting 250 nits, which may seem low and is low, but it does the job well thinking of a more entry-level model, which will show the game in a dark room.
The screen is 23.8 inches and the resolution is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, or Full HD. It’s the basics for almost any game and this point is important in the entry-level segment, as running the titles in this amount of pixels makes the hardware not as forced as it would be in a 4K or Quad HD.
To improve the gaming experience, AMD FreeSync can be activated, but it comes with two minor problems: variable refresh rates this way decrease brightness and the difference is big. It might not be a problem when gambling takes place in a dark place, but it’s tricky when the room is lit.
The other problem is: turning on FreeSync also disables extreme monitor response time. If you’re content with more than 2 milliseconds, you can keep it all turned on and without any problems.
In the image, I didn’t find any dead pixels in the test unit and the corners of the screen don’t show big inconsistencies in brightness, at least nothing clearly visible when I’m in the center of the display. Colors are accurate enough for a less expensive model and contrast is good for a monitor with not so high brightness.
I keep hitting the brightness key, but in my room I’ve always kept this point setting to 70, not 100, and the experience was satisfying. It was above the same type of control used on my own monitor, always 50 out of 100.
Its input lag didn’t bother me in any game, ranging from first person shooting to real-time strategy. In number, it is possible to reach something close to four milliseconds.
Acer Nitro VG240Y D: is it worth it?
The Acer Nitro Acer Nitro VG240Y D fits right into a more entry-level market and it fulfills the expected requirements in this segment well. Full HD resolution at almost 24 inches leaves no visible pixels, color reproduction is satisfactory, the same can be said about response time, and a 1080p webcam with built-in microphone is an important addition to the days of isolation.
On the other hand, the monitor is low and there is no height control. It also has brightness that can be lower than competitors, especially when the fastest response mode is activated. Even with the gamer name, this monitor can be comfortable on the home office desk without clashing too much, proposing an interesting hybrid use.
I could list some competitors like the Asus VP249QGR which is very similar in many of the specs, but you have to take into account the higher refresh rate of the countryman model. If you need more hertz, Acer may not like you, but if you want a more hybrid use and the webcam is important, the VG240Y D might be a good choice.
If I could give my tip to Acer, it would be to have at least one USB port on the monitor to make up for the cable occupied. This may be a minor detail on desktops, but on gaming notebooks it is lacking.
- Model: Acer VG240Y D
- Panel Size: 24.8 inches
- Resolution: 1920 × 1080 pixels (Full HD)
- Update rate: 48 up to 75 Hz
- Panel Type: IPS LCD
- Speaker power: 4 watts
- Power consumption: 35 watts (maximum), 0.4 watts (standby)
- Video Inputs: VGA, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2
- Other connections: 1 USB-B for webcam, 2 P2 for audio input and output
- Dimensions (width x height x depth): 54.03×33.91×6.3 cm (without support) and 54.03×42.72×24.05 cm (with support)
- Weight: 4.1 kg (with stand)