It looks like Acer is looking to bolster competition in the monitor market this year, as the company just unveiled a new Predator gaming monitor, sporting a 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate all for less than $500. It sounds impressive, though this did mean cutbacks in some other areas.
For starters, this is a 24-inch monitor, which is rare for 1440p, with most QHD offerings coming with 27-inch panels. Also, the 165Hz refresh rate is not native, it is achieved through overclocking in the OSD (On Screen Display), the native refresh rate for this monitor is actually 144Hz.
With that aside, this monitor does sport a TN panel with 1ms grey-to-grey response time, making it excellent for competitive gamers. It also offers support for 100 percent coverage of the sRGB colour gamut, so colours may not quite match an IPS display, but they'll still be pretty good. Of course, G-Sync is also supported, which has become normal for high-end monitors these days.
The Acer Predator XB241YU also has a ‘ZeroFrame' design, which makes it a good candidate for a multi-monitor setup. Acer's ‘ZeroFrame' naming has been called into question though, as there is still some bezel left on the edge of the display.
You can find all of the tech specs for this monitor, HERE. It should be available in the US soon starting at $499. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed.
KitGuru Says: Those are some pretty great specs on paper considering the price. Are any of you guys currently looking to pick up a high refresh rate 1440p monitor? Or are you sticking to anothe resolution for the time being?