- Panel Type: TN
- Display Size: 24.5-inch
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Connectivity: 2x HDMI, VGA
- Refresh Rate: 75Hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Viewing Angle: 170 Horizontal, 160 Vertical
- Dimensions: 55.9x21.6x42.9 cm
- Weight: 4.2 kg
- Decently priced
- Zero Frame
- No DisplayPort
Up Your Gaming Prowess
Recently, Acer officiated the launch of the KG251Q along with a few other devices that are now available locally. The KG251Q is brilliant to look at, with its 3-legged stand and almost bezel-less appearance, which Acer calls Zero Frame. Despite looking bezel-less, there are black bars around the monitor, but this did not influence much of our experience with the monitor. Zero Frame allows your multi-monitor set-ups to display gloriously, without bezels obstructing your displays.
The KG251Q comes with a 75 Hz refresh rate, which is not seen very much on monitors nowadays, but still a welcome increase to the regular 60 Hz. Supporting 1ms response time, this monitor is perfect for gamers. We tested the latest games that we could on this monitor and it performs very well, with little for us to complain about. But, with only HDMI and VGA inputs, we felt the exclusion of DisplayPort to be a downside, as most gamers are shifting into DisplayPort capable monitors.
Included on the monitor is Acer’s ComfyView technology, which reduces the amount of light that gets reflected on the monitor onto your eyes, a staple of glossy or glass surface. With ComfyView, your eyes will be much more relaxed, especially with the help of Acer BlueLightShield technology with reduces the amount of blue light, which is particularly harmful to the eyes. AMD’s FreeSync is also enabled on the monitor, so you can enjoy gaming at its best with reduced screen tearing.
Buttons on the monitor are easy to reach, but they aren’t labelled, so you would need the monitor to be powered on to make any changes. The monitor comes with eight modes that you can switch to, with a User mode that you can configure to your own liking.
Also present in the monitor settings is the Gaming Setting, which allows you to change OverDrive and Aimpoint. OverDrive speeds up the transition of pixel colours when the Extreme setting is enabled, but might oversaturate the colours due to its speed in transition. Aimpoint will permanently show you a shooting reticle when enabled, as if you’re playing an FPS game. By doing so, even with games that disable reticles, you can have an advantage over your opponents.
CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a more than capable monitor if you are looking for a decently priced gaming monitor.
(previously published in issue June 2017)