The Acer Nitro XF243Y is an excellent budget gaming monitor. It delivers amazingly smooth and responsive gameplay due to its low input lag, fast response time, and 165Hz refresh rate. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and its excellent ergonomics include a full 360-degree swivel range, making it great for sharing content and playing co-op games. It has both native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Its 24 inch screen should be big enough for most gamers, but it might feel a bit cramped for work, especially if you like having multiple windows opened side-by-side. That said, it's available in a 27 inch if you need the increased screen real estate. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, which isn't ideal for dark rooms. Also, it can't deliver a good HDR experience because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is a great monitor for most uses. It's excellent for gaming due to its low input lag, fast response time, and high refresh rate. It has wide viewing angles and excellent ergonomics that make it a great choice for work, but some may find the screen too small and the resolution too low. Unfortunately, it can't deliver a true HDR experience because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is great for office use. It has wide viewing angles and excellent ergonomics, making it ideal for sharing the screen with coworkers. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to combat glare. For some people, the screen can feel a little cramped, especially if you work with multiple windows opened side-by-side, and the 1080p resolution might be too low.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is an excellent gaming monitor. It has a fast response time, low input lag, and a 165Hz refresh rate, resulting in smooth and responsive gameplay. It supports FreeSync and is compatible with G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing. The 24 inch screen isn't the most immersive, but it does make it easier to see your game's entire interface. Sadly, it isn't well-suited for gaming in the dark due to its low contrast ratio and sub-par black uniformity.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is good for media consumption. It has wide viewing angles and excellent ergonomics, making it a great choice for sharing content. However, its 24 inch screen and 1080p resolution aren't the most immersive. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and sub-par black uniformity, which isn't ideal for dark room viewing.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is good for content creation. It has an excellent color gamut with full sRGB coverage and exceptional gradient handling. It has wide viewing angles and allows for a full 360-degree swivel, great for showing your work to clients and colleagues. However, the screen is more on the compact side and can feel a bit cramped, and the resolution might be too low for some.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is decent for gaming in HDR, although mostly due to its excellent gaming performance. 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 dark rooms, and it lacks local dimming.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has a simple design that's almost identical to the Acer Nitro XF252Q. It has thin borders on three sides and a stand with a round base.
The stand consists of a simple cylindrical column with a round base. The base doesn't take up much desk space, and you can still put things on top of it. It supports the monitor well, and there's very little wobble.
The ergonomics are excellent. It allows for all manner of adjustments so that you can place the screen easily at your optimal viewing position. Like the Acer Nitro XF252Q, it has a base plate that can rotate freely within the plastic enclosure, allowing it to rotate a full 360 degrees.
Other than the branding and the airflow vents, the back is relatively plain. There's a small clip at the bottom of the stand that serves as basic cable management.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y is on the thicker side with the stand because it leans back slightly. The display itself is also thicker than most monitors, but it shouldn't stick out much when VESA-mounted.
The build quality is decent, very similar to the Acer Nitro XF252Q. It's entirely plastic except for the stand's column, which is metal. The stand is sturdy, and the monitor doesn't wobble much. However, there's some flex on the back, and the buttons feel a bit cheap. Overall, it doesn't feel particularly premium, but there are no issues with the construction.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has a mediocre contrast ratio that results in blacks looking grayish in dark environments, which is typical for IPS panels. It's very close to the advertised 1000:1 contrast; however, this can vary between individual units.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has great SDR peak brightness. It's very consistent across different content and bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions. Surprisingly, it's significantly higher than the advertised 250 cd/m².
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'User' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max.
The HDR peak brightness is okay. It's again very consistent when displaying different scenes. However, even though it's very close to the required 400 cd/m² for its advertised DisplayHDR 400 certification, it isn't enough to make specular highlights stand out. It's almost identical to the SDR peak brightness, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR.
We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'HDR Mode' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has excellent horizontal viewing angles. Images remain accurate when viewed from the side, great for sharing content or playing co-op games.
Good vertical viewing angles. Images remain accurate even if you mount the monitor above eye level.
Our Acer Nitro XF243Y has excellent gray uniformity; however, this can vary between units. The edges of the screen are visibly darker, especially at the sides and at the top. There's some dirty screen effect in the center, but it's minimal and shouldn't be noticeable in most content. Uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes.
Black uniformity is sub-par, but this can vary between units. There's some clouding in the center, as well as some backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges of the screen. That said, this is only noticeable when viewing dark scenes in a dark environment.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has excellent accuracy out of the box. Most colors and shades of gray are only slightly inaccurate. The color temperature is very close to our 6500K target, just a little on the warm side. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve at all, making dark scenes too dark, and bright scenes too bright. There's a dedicated sRGB mode color option that you can activate on top of the active Picture Mode, but it's slightly less accurate than the 'Standard' mode. Note that accuracy can vary between individual units.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has exceptional accuracy after calibration. White balance is nearly perfect, and the remaining color inaccuracies aren't visible to the naked eye. The color temperature is still in the same ballpark, just a little warmer than our 6500K target. Gamma is much improved, but both dark and bright scenes are now slightly too bright.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit, even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has an excellent SDR color gamut. It covers the entire sRGB color space used in most content, and it has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, mostly used in photo editing.
Excellent color volume. It only has trouble displaying dark colors due to its low contrast ratio.
Unfortunately, the Acer Nitro XF243Y can't display a wide color for HDR. It only has decent coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, and its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is sub-par.
Note that our DCI P3 measurement is much lower than the advertised 90% coverage. This is normal and is due to the way we measure DCI P3. 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, mostly due to its lack of a wide color gamut. It has trouble displaying both bright and dark colors at different luminance levels.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y doesn't show any signs of image retention, even after displaying a high-contrast image for ten minutes. However, this can vary between individual units.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has exceptional gradient handling. There's only a tiny amount of banding in the reds, but it shouldn't be noticeable in regular content. It's advertised as having a 6-bit+Hi-FRC panel; however, it accepts a 10-bit signal without any issues.
There's some minor vertical color bleed, but it shouldn't be noticeable in regular content.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has good reflection handling. Combined with the monitor's great peak brightness, you shouldn't have any visibility issues in well-lit environments.
Text clarity is decent. You can improve it by enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) as it makes letters look more fleshed out, especially diagonal lines such as on the R and N.
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The Acer Nitro XF243Y has exceptional response time at its max refresh rate, resulting in almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The best overdrive setting is 'Off' because the other options have more overshoot with minimal improvement to the total response time.
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The Acer Nitro XF243Y has exceptional response time at 60Hz. Although the image isn't as clear as at max refresh rate, there's very little to no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The best overdrive setting is also 'Off' as the other settings are slower and have far too much overshoot. This means that you don't have to change the overdrive setting if your frame rate drops.
The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps minimize image duplication and reduce eye strain.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can improve motion clarity, called VRB. However, it isn't usable while VRR is active, and it only works within a fairly narrow range. The photo above is taken with overdrive set to 'Normal' and VRB set to 'Extreme'. Here are the pictures with the overdrive set to 'Off' and 'Extreme'.
The Acer Nitro XF243Y has a native refresh rate of 144Hz, overclocked up to 165Hz. It comes overclocked out of the box, so there's no setting to change. It supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well, but the latter only works over a DisplayPort connection. Enabling FreeSync locks the overdrive setting to 'Normal' and Ultra-Low Latency to 'On'. It doesn't prevent you from turning on BFI; however, turning BFI on disables VRR.