Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jan 12, 2021 at 10:24 am
Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.8
Multimedia
7.9
Media Creation
7.1
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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. 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.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • Screen might be too small for some.
8.1 Office

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Screen might be too small for some.
  • Pixel density might bee too low for some.
8.6 Gaming

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Pros
  • Exceptional response time.
  • Low input lag.
  • High refresh rate.
  • VRR support.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
7.8 Multimedia

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • Screen might be too small for some.
7.9 Media Creation

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Good visibility in bright rooms.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • Screen might be too small for some.
  • Pixel density might bee too low for some.
7.1 HDR Gaming

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Pros
  • Exceptional response time.
  • Low input lag.
  • High refresh rate.
  • VRR support.
Cons
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • Not bright enough for HDR.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.8 Multimedia
  • 7.9 Media Creation
  • 7.1 HDR Gaming

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23.8" Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

Design
Stand
Width
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Depth
9.3" (23.5 cm)

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.

8.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -180° to 180°
Tilt Range -25° to 5°

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.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.7 cm)

The borders are thin, great for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.6" (6.5 cm)

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx's 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.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1006 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
351 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
398 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
398 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
383 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
398 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
396 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.002

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
370 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
384 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
383 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
397 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
398 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.002

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.

8.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
51 °
Color Washout From Right
48 °
Color Shift From Left
59 °
Color Shift From Right
61 °
Brightness Loss From Left
51 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
58 °
Gamma Shift From Right
57 °

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx has excellent horizontal viewing angles. Images remain accurate when viewed from the side, great for sharing content or playing co-op games.

7.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
36 °
Color Washout From Above
39 °
Color Shift From Below
53 °
Color Shift From Above
53 °
Brightness Loss From Below
41 °
Brightness Loss From Above
44 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
37 °
Gamma Shift From Above
40 °

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.
3.624 %
50% DSE
0.109 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.458 %
5% DSE
0.043 %

Our Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

5.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.223 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
321 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
70
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Color Temperature
6468 K
White Balance dE
1.53
Color dE
2.17
Gamma
2.18

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
105 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
2
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
46-45-50
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Color Temperature
6448 K
White Balance dE
0.58
Color dE
0.42
Gamma
2.18

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
76.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.4 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
81.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

Excellent color volume. It only has trouble displaying dark colors due to its low contrast ratio.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
73.4 %
Rec. 2020 xy
55.8 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

Unfortunately, the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

5.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
67.1 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
49.1 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx has a sub-par HDR color volume, mostly due to its lack of a wide color gamut. It has trouble displaying both bright and dark colors at different luminance levels.

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 Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

9.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

9.5
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.096 %

There's some minor vertical color bleed, but it shouldn't be noticeable in regular content.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.4 %
Indirect Reflections
4.0 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.4 %

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx has good reflection handling. Combined with the monitor's great peak brightness, you shouldn't have any visibility issues in well-lit environments.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx has decent text clarity. 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.

Motion
9.5
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Total Response Time
7.0 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
7.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

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 Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

9.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
3.9 ms
Total Response Time
9.3 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
9.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

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 Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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.

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.

6.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
119 Hz

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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'.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 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. If you want a monitor with an even higher refresh rate, check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG258QM.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.3 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
3.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.5 ms
10 Bit HDR