The Acer Nitro RG241Y is a great budget gaming monitor. It has a compact 24 inch screen with decent viewing angles, and it provides good visibility in most lighting conditions. It has a quick response time to deliver clear images in fast-moving scenes, and its Black Frame Insertion feature can be used simultaneously with variable refresh rate, further improving motion clarity. It supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing, but sadly, it isn't compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Its low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity result in blacks looking grayish, which isn't ideal for gaming in the dark. The ergonomics are terrible as it only allows for tilt adjustment, making it harder to share content or adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position. Finally, even though it supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y is a decent monitor overall. It's great for gaming due to its low input lag, quick response time, and high refresh rate. The screen size is decent for work or media consumption, but it might feel a bit cramped if you like working with a lot of windows opened side-by-side. It has a low contrast ratio, so it isn't the best option for viewing in a dark environment. HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get very bright.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y is decent for office use. Its 24 inch screen is more on the compact side and should be enough for most people unless you work with multiple windows opened side-by-side. Sadly, it has terrible ergonomics and only allows for tilt adjustment. Also, even though it has an IPS panel, its viewing angles are only decent, so you lose some image accuracy when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal if you need to share your work with colleagues.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y is a great gaming monitor. It has a low input lag, fast response time, and a 144Hz refresh rate to deliver a fluid and responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing, but unfortunately, it isn't G-SYNC compatible. It isn't the best option for gaming in the dark due to its low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. It has great reflection handling, though, and it gets bright enough to provide good visibility in most viewing conditions.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y is decent for media consumption. The screen might be too small for some, but it handles reflections well and gets bright enough for most lighting conditions. However, it isn't well-suited for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. Also, it has terrible ergonomics and its viewing angles are only decent, so images look slightly washed out when viewed from the sides.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y is decent for media creation. It has an excellent SDR color gamut, exceptional gradient handling, and decent accuracy out of the box. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to fight glare. Unfortunately, the screen is a bit small, it has terrible ergonomics, and images look a bit washed out when viewed from the sides.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y is okay for gaming in HDR. It delivers a great gaming experience due to its low input lag, fast response time, and high refresh rate. However, HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. Also, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish in the dark, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has a simple design with thin borders and a wide V-shaped stand. It doesn't look particularly premium, but it doesn't stick out in a work environment either. We can't provide the weight without the stand because we can't detach it from the display.
Update 12/08/2020: A user has informed us that the stand can be removed completely for VESA mounting. The part that attaches to the monitor comes pre-installed, and to remove it, you have to remove the bottom panel completely to unscrew the stand, and this panel is also secured with small plastic pieces that can break easily. Additionally, there are no instructions on how to do it, and some users may not be comfortable opening the monitor on their own. As such, we consider that the stand isn't removable.
The stand is made of plastic and feels flimsy. As mentioned, it isn't removable. The feet come off easily, but the trunk of the stand is hard to remove since it requires removing the bottom back panel.
The ergonomics are terrible. It only allows for a narrow tilt adjustment.
The plastic back is plain, and there's no cable management.
The borders are very thin and aren't distracting, great for multi-monitor setups.
The monitor is very thin with the stand. We can't provide a measurement without the stand since it isn't removable.
The build quality is okay. Both the display and the stand are entirely made out of plastic. The screen is flexible due to its thinness and can curve if handled by the corners. This may cause some issues down the line if you have to move the monitor around frequently, but it shouldn't be a problem if you just leave it in one place. The plastic border isn't properly aligned with the screen, and the display tends to tilt downwards. The stand doesn't support the monitor well and wobbles a lot.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has a mediocre contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look grayish in dark rooms. It's slightly higher than the advertised 1000:1; however, contrast can vary between individual units.
The Acer RG241Y doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has decent SDR peak brightness. It's slightly higher than the advertised 250 cd/m² and very consistent across different content. It's bright enough for most lighting conditions, but it may struggle to overcome glare in very bright rooms.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'User' Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max.
Mediocre HDR peak brightness. Although it's very consistent when displaying different scenes, it's only slightly brighter than in SDR and not enough to make much difference.
We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'HDR' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has decent horizontal viewing angles. When moving off-center, colors look washed out, and brightness drops. It should be fine for sharing content casually or playing co-op games, but not for work that requires image accuracy.
Good vertical viewing angles. Images remain accurate even if you mount the monitor above eye-level.
Our Acer Nitro RG241Y has excellent gray uniformity; however, this can vary between units. The sides are visibly darker, especially at the top corners, but dirty screen effect is minimal, and uniformity is better in dark scenes.
Black uniformity is bad, although this varies between units. There's visible backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges, and the whole screen looks either blue or gray.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has decent accuracy out of the box; however, this can vary between units. Most colors and shades of gray are slightly inaccurate, and its cold color temperature gives the image a blueish tint. Gamma follows the sRGB curve relatively well, but dark scenes are too bright, and bright scenes are too dark.
Accuracy is exceptional after calibration. The remaining color inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye. White balance is perfect, and the color temperature is very close to our 6500k target. Gamma is much better, but both dark and bright scenes are over-brightened.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has an excellent SDR color gamut. It covers the widely-used sRGB color space almost entirely, and it has decent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used mostly for photo editing.
Excellent SDR color volume. It only has trouble displaying dark colors due to its low contrast ratio. It has difficulty with bright blues as well, but that's typical for LCDs.
Unfortunately, the Acer RG1 Series can't display a wide color gamut. Its DCI P3 coverage is just okay, and its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is sub-par.
Our measurement of the DCI P3 coverage is likely lower than other reviews due to how we measure it. We measure it by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.
The HDR color volume is sub-par due to its limited HDR color gamut, low contrast ratio, and low peak brightness. It doesn't display dark colors well and has trouble with bright and saturated colors, too.
The Acer Nitro RG1 Series doesn't exhibit any signs of image retention; however, this can vary between individual units.
Exceptional gradient handling. There's only a tiny amount of banding in the reds and grays, which shouldn't be noticeable in most content.
There's no color bleed on the Acer Nitro RG241Y.
Great reflection handling. The matte anti-reflective coating does a good job of reducing the intensity of reflected lights. You shouldn't have any visibility issues in most rooms, but the screen's brightness might not be enough to overcome intense glare.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has decent text clarity. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes the letters look more even and diagonal lines more fleshed-out.
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The Acer Nitro RG241Y has an excellent response time at its max refresh rate, resulting in only a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The best overdrive setting is 'Extreme' as it has less overshoot than the 'Normal' option.
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The response time at 60Hz is excellent, and the best overdrive setting is also 'Extreme'. The image is noticeably blurrier than at max refresh rate, but there's almost no blur trail.
The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps minimize image duplication and reduce eye strain.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity, and unlike most monitors, you can enable it while VRR is active. However, it causes slight image duplication due to strobe crosstalk.
The Acer Nitro RG241Y has a high refresh rate that results in a more fluid and responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing, but unfortunately, it isn't G-SYNC compatible.