Acer Nitro RG241Y Pbiipx Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Dec 01, 2020 at 10:53 am
Acer Nitro RG241Y Pbiipx Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
8.0
Gaming
7.2
Multimedia
7.1
Media Creation
6.6
HDR Gaming
Size 23"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Acer Nitro RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Pros
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Might struggle to overcome intense glare.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
7.1 Office

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Pros
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Might struggle to overcome intense glare.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
8.0 Gaming

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Pros
  • Excellent response time.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
7.2 Multimedia

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Pros
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Might struggle to overcome intense glare.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
7.1 Media Creation

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Pros
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Might struggle to overcome intense glare.
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
6.6 HDR Gaming

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Pros
  • Excellent response time.
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Doesn't get bright enough for HDR.
  • Can't display wide color gamut.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Office
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 7.2 Multimedia
  • 7.1 Media Creation
  • 6.6 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jan 20, 2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to '0.0'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.
  2. Updated Dec 08, 2020: We've retested the stand as a user has informed us that it's removable for VESA mounting.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
N/A
Weight (with stand)
9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Design
Stand
Width
14.0" (35.5 cm)
Depth
7.1" (18.0 cm)

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 of the Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

1.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -15° to 5°

Update 01/20/2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to '0.0'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

The ergonomics are terrible. It only allows for a narrow tilt adjustment.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 75x75

The plastic back is plain, and there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.6 cm)

The borders are very thin and aren't distracting, great for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
N/A

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx is very thin with the stand. We can't provide a measurement without the stand since it isn't removable.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx's 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.

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1251 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

7.3
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
276 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
289 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
289 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
291 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
292 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

6.0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
285 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
298 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
298 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
302 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
27 °
Color Washout From Right
28 °
Color Shift From Left
52 °
Color Shift From Right
56 °
Brightness Loss From Left
31 °
Brightness Loss From Right
32 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
30 °
Gamma Shift From Right
31 °

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28 °
Color Washout From Above
28 °
Color Shift From Below
63 °
Color Shift From Above
59 °
Brightness Loss From Below
30 °
Brightness Loss From Above
31 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
43 °
Gamma Shift From Above
46 °

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx has good vertical viewing angles. Images remain accurate even if you mount the monitor above eye-level.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.262 %
50% DSE
0.099 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.626 %
5% DSE
0.065 %

Our Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

3.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.604 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
227 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
75
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Color Temperature
6822 K
White Balance dE
3.56
Color dE
3.28
Gamma
2.21

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
24
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
49-90-51
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Color Temperature
6510 K
White Balance dE
0.29
Color dE
1.24
Gamma
2.18

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
96.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.5 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
93.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
77.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

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.

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
66.9 %
Rec. 2020 xy
54.4 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

Unfortunately, the Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
67.9 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
49.3 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

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.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx doesn't exhibit any signs of image retention; however, this can vary between individual units.

9.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Exceptional gradient handling. There's only a tiny amount of banding in the reds and grays, which shouldn't be noticeable in most content.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.003 %

There's no color bleed on the Acer RG241Y Pbiipx.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2 %
Indirect Reflections
4.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.6 %

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx has decent text clarity. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes the letters look more even and diagonal lines more fleshed-out.

Motion
8.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Extreme
Rise / Fall Time
5.5 ms
Total Response Time
11.2 ms
Overshoot Error
1.6 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
6.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
11.5 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.9 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Table Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Extreme Chart Table Photo

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Extreme
Rise / Fall Time
4.7 ms
Total Response Time
11.6 ms
Overshoot Error
5.6 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Dark Total Response Time
12.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
6.7 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Table Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Extreme Chart Table Photo

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.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps minimize image duplication and reduce eye strain.

8.5
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
75 Hz

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Acer RG241Y Pbiipx 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.

Inputs
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.6 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
27.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
3.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
N/A
10 Bit HDR