Acer Predator XB252Q High Speed 240Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

Introducing The Acer Predator XB252Q

Today, we are looking at a gaming monitor from Acer with a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC support. The Acer Predator XB252Q gaming monitor speaks clearly to both media buffs and hardcore gamers who have a penchant for fluidity and triple-digit frame rates. This display offers a Full HD (1080p) native resolution and an ultra-quick 240Hz refresh rate to complement the uber-high frame rates possible with a modern, high performance gaming PC. Toss in an attractive set of connectivity options, ports, and a few other key bells and whistles and we have a formidable addition to any gamer's arsenal.
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Honestly, we were not surprised by the impressive package Acer put together here. Since introducing its Predator brand, the company has become a well-seasoned player in the gaming monitor arena, and offers a wide variety of interesting displays. Many of Acer's gaming displays have eye-catching designs and support adaptive refresh rate technology by way of AMD Freesync or NVIDIA G-SYNC as well. As you'll see in the spec sheet below, G-SYNC is one of many tricks this particular display has to offer. Take a look...

 Acer Predator XB252Q NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor 
Specifications & Features
Screen Size24.5″ Twisted Nematic Film (TN Film) Panel
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Aspect Ratio16:09
Color Support16.7 Million (8 bit)
Brightness400 Nit
Native Contrast Ratio1000:01:00
Viewing Angles170° horizontal/160° vertical
Refresh Rate240Hz (NVIDIA G-SYNC Range 60Hz to 240Hz)
Response Time1ms (Gray to Gray)
Pixel Pitch0.233mm
Input PortDisplayPort 1.2a (up to 240Hz) and HDMI 2.0 (up to 240Hz)
Speakersx2 Stereo Speakers
StandHeight Adjustable, Pivot, Tilt and Swivel
AccessoriesDisplayPort Cable, HDMI Cable Quick Start Guide, USB 3 Cable, Power Supply

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The Acer Predator XB252Q NVIDIA G-SYNC Gaming Monitor features a 25" TN panel type (24.5" diagonally). The native resolution is 1920x1080 and it offers a brightness rating of 400 nits with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. This monitor also sports a super low 1ms response time, which is indicative of better TN panels targeted at gamers. One of the disadvantages of using a TN panel, however, is limited viewing angles. At 170° horizontal / 160° vertical, viewing angles aren't quite as wide as higher-end IPS panels, but Image popup autoby no means is this a deal breaker for this 25-inch display in our opinion, especially since it will most likely be operated by a single user.

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TN or "Twisted Nematic" panel types can be more affordable and have quicker response times, often 1-2ms, which makes them great for high speed gaming titles and action movies. However, unlike IPS panels, TN panels typically lack the same level of color accuracy or contrast, and as we've mentioned, have reduced viewing angles. That's part of the reason this monitor's main focus is on blistering fast refresh rates and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

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If your current GeForce GTX GPU can crank out frame rates in excess of 200 FPS in your favorite game, you can enhance your overall gaming experience with G-SYNC. G-SYNC allows the GPU and monitor to work in lock step to eliminate tearing and stutter, while simultaneously reducing lag. As the GPU pumps out a frame, the monitor is updated. In addition, speedy monitor refresh rates can improve your media experience as well, especially with sports-related content and fast-paced action movies. Animations and video appear smoother because there is virtually no screen tearing or ghosting. 

Most traditional or non-gaming monitors feature a 60Hz max refresh rate. But a powerful GPU will often push frame rates (FPS) far beyond 60 FPS, resulting in screen tearing since the display can't keep up. Traditional V-Sync technology, which could resolve screen tearing, often causes input lag and / or stuttered gameplay that can be jarring and ruin the immersion. NVIDIA G-SYNC, much like AMD Freesync, is meant to offer the best of both worlds -- smooth, stutter-free gameply with no screen-tearing.

Before we get too deep into this display's performance, lets take a tour, and check out the calibration and OSD options on the Predator XB252Q, before moving on to both objective and subjective testing with our benchmarks, movies, and games...

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