Most low-cost monitors are pretty basic and cut corners in one or more places but the Acer ED242QR is more fully-featured than most.
Its high refresh rate of 144Hz gives gamers a way of playing video games at higher frame rates than on most budget screens, which tend to have slower 60Hz panels and, therefore, put a cap on frame rates.
If that wasn’t enough, the monitor delivers solid colour performance and usability, plus it even looks nice with a subtle curve ensuring more of the panel is at the perfect distance from your eyes.
What do you get for the money?
Aside from the luxury of the 144Hz refresh rate and curved panel, this is a pretty standard budget monitor. It measures 24in from corner to corner and the resolution is 1,920 x 1,080.
As with most cheap monitors, the Acer ED242QR is also barebones in terms of its physical design. Its slender stand offers no kind of height adjustment or rotational capability. You can tilt it back and forth but that’s your lot. The ED242QR doesn’t even have VESA mounting points, so you can’t upgrade it with a stand of your own choosing at a later date.
The stand itself comes as a separate section in the box, which you have to attach yourself to get the monitor up and running. This isn’t as straightforward as with most monitors because you need a screwdriver (Phillips or flat head will do). Assuming you do, though: assembling the monitor is as simple as slotting the stand in place and securing the screw.
The monitor is powered by an external power brick, rather than an internal power supply, which is another thing to find a space for on or under your desk. It’s all basic stuff.
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