Acer G24 LCD Monitor

While its gaming performance is stellar, due to its ultra-glossy and reflective screen its viewing angle is unforgiving. It's also not the most ideal monitor for colour accuracy.


7.0
CNET Rating

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Design and features

The Acer G24 24-inch monitor can be found on the street for around AU$650, has a bright, glossy, reflective screen, and a smooth, bright orange bezel. The bottom of the bezel is 63.5mm above the desktop and measures 27.9mm on the left and right sides, bringing the full panel width to 571.5mm; that's slightly wider than the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP's 558.8mm. The base panel depth measures 45.7mm — about the same as the Dell's — but it extends back another 33mm to house the ventilation system, bringing its full panel depth to 78.7mm, a hair longer than the Dell's 76.2mm panel plus vent.

The display has a 25-degree backward tilt as its sole ergonomic perk. Screen height adjustment, panel swivelling and pivoting aren't included. Connection options include DVI, HDMI and VGA, all supporting a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1920x1200-pixel native resolution and located on the back right-hand side of the panel, next to the neck. All are easy to access; however, the HDMI slot is too close to the neck for comfort and our fingers rubbed against it often.

The foot stand has a sleek space-age look with two 180mm long "toes" that extend out from the neck each at a 45-degree angle. The full width of the span is 360mm. Knocking the display from the sides yielded minimal wobbling as its wide stand and 7.26kg weight keep it fairly grounded. The foot stand is removable and the back of the panel includes four screw holes for VESA wall mounting.

The blue LED in the bottom right-hand corner represents the power button located directly underneath it. The five buttons to the left comprise the on-screen display array. The buttons include left and right arrows, a menu button, auto and an "e" button. Pressing the "e" button displays the available presets including User (custom), Text, Standard, Graphics and Movie. Selecting different presets altered the brightness and sometimes colour temperature of the display. For example, the Text preset lowers the brightness and adds a cool colour temperature, making reading text on a white background more comfortable. The rest of the OSD includes controls for colour temperature — user control included — brightness and contrast control.

Performance

We tested the Acer G24 with its DVI connection right next to our gaming powerhouse the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP. The Acer posted a composite score of 89 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, compared with the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP's 90. Both displays got high marks in our greyscale tests, but the Acer faltered a little in some of our colour tests. This was mostly because of the high-gloss TN+Film panel, which makes viewing colour accurately on the monitor difficult if your line of site is not at the optimal level. Also, in the black screen test, we saw obvious backlight bleed through on the top and bottom edges.

The Acer's DVD movie performance triumphed over the Dell's in at least one area. While the Dell has a lower black level (thanks to minimal backlight bleeding), the Acer achieved an outstanding performance in our ghosting test. To test for ghosting, we used a scene from the Kill Bill: Vol. 1 DVD that shows a close-up of The Bride's big toe (sound's weird, but it works every time). While the Dell had apparent ghosting, the Acer's was minimal in comparison.

Games are really where the Acer G24 excels, as Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) looked great with the display's super-high-gloss screen and high brightness. This high gloss gives added pop to the colours and resulted in a vibrant image, especially compared with the Dell's comparatively dull look. Also, we found that our fragging accuracy was better with the Acer than the Dell. This may have to do with pixel lag being slightly worse on the Dell, but as of yet we don't have a tool to confirm this. Still, playing UT3 on the G24 felt faster and more responsive.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colours and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at non-optimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from non-optimal angles.

The Acer G24 uses a TN+Film panel, which adds extra gloss to the screen. While this gloss really makes the colours in games pop, we don't recommend this monitor for non-entertainment purposes. When it is viewed from the sides or below, the screen appeared to darken only a couple of millimetres off from optimal. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems. When watching a movie we had to make sure we were absolutely lined up or we'd notice the heavy backlight bleeding on the black bars or reflections in the super glossy panel. The lack of a screen height adjustment feature hurts all the more when the viewing angle is so sensitive.

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If you're looking for a gaming-friendly monitor, you've come to the right place. Thanks to its high-gloss, TN+Film panel, the colours on the G24 look vibrant and smooth and high-speed games feel responsive and accurate. Competitors such as the AU$989 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP make for a better all-round monitor considering the lower black level, S-PVA panel, and multitude of connections, but when it comes to displaying games, the G24 is a clear winner. Unfortunately, the G24 isn't suited for much else beyond games. Its unforgiving viewing angle requires the display to be placed at a specific position to get the most out of it. Also, the severe backlight bleeding means that while movies look vibrant and lack ghosting, their colour isn't accurate enough for serious viewing.

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