However, it works. FreeSync eliminates all screen tearing and stuttering as long as your FPS (Frames Per Second) is within the VRR (variable refresh rate) range of the monitor, which amounts to 48-75Hz over HDMI.

Using CRU (Custom Resolution Utility), you may be able to extend the Acer CB242Y FreeSync range to ~40-75Hz though this will vary between different units of the monitor. $ 169.99 It offers an excellent image quality and smooth performance.

© 2020 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Moving on, the backlight of the monitor is entirely flicker-free regardless of the brightness settings (except when VRB is enabled), and it has an integrated low-blue light filter. The Acer CB242Y is an affordable monitor with a fully ergonomic design. The white and black level were good but not optimal, with the last step not being clearly visible in both, and improving the one test via the black boost setting of course worsened the other. At the outside, there is a lot of matte black plastic, apart from the bar of the monitor stand. The Acer CB242Y is an all-around solid monitor for the price. However, if you’re looking for a monitor mainly for gaming, be sure to check out the 144Hz display mentioned above. Basically, as excess light passes through the panel, there can be visible ‘glowing’ around the corners of the screen. The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor is well-organized and easy to work with thanks to the joystick placed at the back of the monitor. The normal overdrive level has no noticable drawbacks, the extreme level leads to lots of overdrive artifacts. The Acer CB242Y (also referred to as CB242Y bir of the CB2 series) offers a simple solution with some attractive features. It’s not very demanding on your GPU, meaning that you’ll easily be able to maintain high frame rates in games even with a budget GPU. Professional calibration might help here.

You get full ergonomic support including up to 120mm height adjustment, 360° swivel, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. Also compare the best result with the result of the Dell: The Dell showed less ghosting, without even having an overdrive setting. My unit had some imperfections at the corners, mainly visible in light reflections. Is there any way to just disable Acer Power Button instead of the whole Quick Access Menu? There are three additional hotkeys for shortcuts and a power button. Overall, it looks nice enough, the monitor stand is very good and the feature set is okay if you look for a FreeSync monitor that has the necessary color/brightness/contrast settings. If it’s off, the UFO gets blurry again during the fast movement. Without overdrive, you can clearly see ghosting behind the ufo. Acer didn’t specify the GtG response time speed of the CB242Y, which is actually around 5ms (GtG). It’s a really noticable and disturbing effect. But in some european countries it is right now the only available variant. The Visual Response Boost is a setting I discarded at first. It’s ideal for mixed use including casual gaming, general multimedia use, and office-related work. Blue light reduces the blue light level, to 80%, 70%, 60% or 50%. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

To reduce the IPS glow, you can add some ambient lighting to the room or lower the monitor’s brightness. It is part of the rather new budget series CB2, the CB242Y with its various subvariants is the cheapest model. DisplayNinja © 2018-2020. FreeSync worked without issue, from 50 to 75 FPS. The OSD menu itself is cleanly structured and contains all settings one would expect. The Acer CB242Y is also available as a 27″ model for ~$150, the Acer CB272, which has DisplayPort and integrated speakers. Acer CB242Y - LED monitor - Full HD (1080p) - 23.8" | UM.QB2AA.002. It is part of the rather new budget series CB2, the CB242Y with its various subvariants is the cheapest model.Its price is at around $130. If it’s on, the UFO gives the impression of being clearly visible in all detail. It’s our top recommended budget monitor for office use. Consequently, the ghosting test did show enough ghosting to make me expect that it would be an issue for more enthusiastic gamers in fast esport games. That’s on normal, on the extreme setting brightness gets lowered again. So it has Freesync and some additional settings, the outer shell is okay, but how is the panel?

At first, the subjective impression when turning it on was very positive. IPS glow is manageable as it’s only visible in dim-lit environments when the monitor is displaying particularly dark content. 9.5 lbs, HDMI, Using this feature isn’t necessary as the native GtG response time speed of the CB242Y is fast enough to eliminate any noticeable motion blur and trailing in fast-paced games at 75Hz. Monitor’s pixel response time is the speed at which pixels can change from one color to another or from one shade of gray to another (GtG – gray to gray pixel transition). Overall, normal overdrive is the best setting. On 27″ monitors though, 1080p results in a lower pixel per inch ratio, which makes for a more pixelated image. Overdrive, FreeSync, VRB and Refresh Rate NUM are listed. According to Acers model page, the CB242Y bmiprx (SKU: UM.QB2EE.001) I have in front of me does not exist in the US. Without the direct contrast you wouldn’t perceive it as very blurry, just as something moving fast, but switching between the two modes it almost hurts when you turn if off and all details of the moving objects seem to vanish. The Acer CB242Y is a 24” IPS monitor with support for 75Hz, FreeSync and motion blur reduction. Gaming features include Black Boost for better visibility of objects in shadows and Refresh Rate Num to keep track of the monitor’s refresh rate. CB2. Refresh Rate NUM paints the refresh rate in yellow at the top right, which does not seem very useful to me. 9.2 in, 12.7 in, Then I used the Lagom monitor test pages to confirm my impression. Overdrive is only adjustable when FreeSync is off.

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. This technology is also known as Motion Blur Reduction. This is an excepted drawback of this panel technology.

The bars did not merge at around 2.2, but at between 2.3 and 2.4. Overall the best setting is standard overdrive. It does not dazzle with 144Hz and the included motion blur reduction will not be an option for most, that the speaker of my unit does not work is strange. Features and aesthetics. One thing to keep in mind about IPS panels is IPS glow. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side. By doing so, it introduces screen flickering (which is invisible to the human eye), and it decreases the monitor’s maximum brightness while active. * Product and pricing data are sourced from third parties for informational purposes only.

We recommend using the ‘Normal’ preset as ‘Extreme’ introduces pixel overshoot. Acer CB242Y 23.8" Full HD LED LCD Monitor - 16:9 - Black - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - 1920 x 1080 - 16.7 Million Colors - FreeSync (DisplayPort VRR) - 250 Nit - 1 ms VRB - 75 Hz Refresh Rate - HDMI - VGA Item # 5226939 Its price is at around $130. It strobes the backlight to remove the perceived trailing of fast-moving objects for smoother fast-paced motion. Make sure this fits by entering your model number. The performance menu is where it gets interesting again. For me it’s sadly probably unuseable. The gamma test – which relies more on subjective judgement is thus more error prone – was not ideal. To me, it performed well.

What’s more, they have a notably slower response time speed at this price range. The QuickAccess helps me figure out if I have CapsLock/NumLock on. There’s also an sRGB mode for accurate color representation in addition to three user-configurable modes and several pre-calibrated picture presets such as Reading, Dark Room, Movie, etc. In case you have an NVIDIA card and want to use FreeSync, check out the ASUS VA24DQ with a DisplayPort input, but tilt-only stand.

The design is a very straightforward and no-frills affair. Connectivity options aren’t as generous, though. Too cheap to be any good? One thing to keep in mind about IPS panels is IPS glow. Plus, it provides a decent pixel density on 24″ monitors, so you’ll have plenty of screen space available as well as sharp and clear details. CNET may get a commission from these offers. It was clearly worse than other IPS panels, like the Dell U2312HM I had available for a direct comparison, which was reviewed as a gaming capable allrounder. Add to that the very good monitor stand and you have a compelling offer. ACM is Adaptive Contrast Management, a mechanism that adjusts contrast on the fly. Too cheap to be any good? Color allows for adjusting color and gamma levels, audio the volume. If you want something cheaper, check out the Acer SB220Q 22″ 1080p IPS monitor. With overdrive on normal, the result is better, but there still is a bit of ghosting. The design of the Acer CB242Y is excellent, considering the price.

Activating it reduces brightness by a lot, disables FreeSync and adds noticeable modulation to the output. However, we don’t recommend 27″ 1080p monitors due to low pixel density. All rights reserved. The specified 1ms response time refers to the MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) measurement, which is achieved by enabling the Visual Response Boost technology.

We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. The image looked bright and colorful, also next to a known good Dell monitor and a known bad old TV.

Specified is 48 FPS as lower range, that it stopped 2 FPS early might be specific to my test setup. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix, 2.6 in, Below 48FPS, FreeSync stops working until your FPS recovers. Tech support scams are an industry-wide issue where scammers trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services. The Acer CB242Y input lag amounts to only ~9ms, which makes for imperceptible delay at 75Hz.

Not optimal, but not a real problem. Other panel related specifications of the CB242Y include a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and a peak brightness of 250-nits, which is standard for an IPS display at this price range. You can help protect yourself from scammers by verifying that the contact is a Microsoft Agent or Microsoft Employee and that the phone number is an official Microsoft global customer service number.

Stationary photos of the effect don’t give an exact impression, but they do show that there is a change, and they show the afterimage left by the extreme overdrive.

Let’s step through them: The first picture menu has apart from the usual brightness and contrast settings also a black boost control, and the less common options blue light, ACM and super sharpness.