A new monitor in Acer’s Nitro gaming line-up has appeared on Chinese retailer Taobao this week. The Acer Nitro XV242F is a 24.1″ sized screen built around a TN Film panel and offering a very high 540Hz refresh rate. It’s Acer’s alternative to the Asus ROG Swift Pro PG248QP already announced, and which we had chance to see in action at Gamescom last month. It’s aimed firmly at competitive and esports gaming, focused around delivering the best frame rates and motion clarity available.
Acer Nitro XV242F Specs
The screen is 24″ in size and features a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel from AU Optronics. There is a 1ms G2G response time (a daft 0.1ms “min” is also listed) as normal along with 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a 10-bit colour depth. The screen has a standard sRGB colour gamut only with 99% coverage quoted.
540Hz Refresh Rate
The screen has a whopping 540Hz refresh rate which is supported by adaptive-sync for Variable Refresh Rates (VRR) from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems. It is expected to include certifications under the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ scheme apparently. The refresh rate range is listed as 48 – 540Hz + LFC for VRR operation.
The TN Film panel used here should offer excellent response times, and hopefully sufficient to keep up with the very high frame rate demands. We found some small merit in this ageing technology when we tested the BenQ Zowie XL2566K quite recently.
There is no mention of any blur reduction mode on this screen although it’s possible one will feature. We do know however that it won’t be certified under the NVIDIA ULMB 2 scheme, as that requires the use of a Native G-sync hardware module which is not used in this screen, unlike Asus’ competing model. That will however mean the screen is a lower retail price.
Connectivity and Features
The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. For connectivity there are 1x DisplayPort 1.4 and 2x HDMI 2.0 provided along with an audio output. The screen also features some basic 2x 2W integrated speakers.
Pricing and Availability
The screen is listed on Chinese retailer Taobao at the equivalent of ~$700 USD but pricing and availability in other regions is not yet known. We do expect it to be a lower retail price than the Asus model though. More info here when we get it.
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