Acer ET241Y UK Review: An ideal second monitor

Acer ET241Y UK Review: An ideal second monitor

The Acer ET241Y is a bargain-basement monitor that, in many ways, is typical of the genre.

It sacrifices luxuries such as height and rotational adjustment to hit a low price point. But that doesn’t mean it’s a low-quality product. Indeed, with solid all-round image quality, it’s well worth considering at a price that comes in below £100.

Key specifications and price:

  • 24in, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • HDMI and VGA inputs
  • Auto brightness and blue-light reduction modes
  • Built-in speakers
  • Price: £98

What do you get for your money?

Considering that low price, what comes in the box isn’t particularly surprising. If anything, it’s more generous than you might expect. There’s the monitor itself, of course, and a kettle-type power cable – the bare minimum – but Acer also supplies the monitor with both HDMI and VGA cables so you can get hooked up straight away.

The monitor arrives in two parts, with a simple desk stand that you have to attach to the screen itself when you take it all out of the box. That isn’t difficult – simply slot it into place and screw together with a simple thumbscrew – and the stand itself does the job. It’s a touch wobbly and basic: it only allows you to tilt the screen back and forth and there’s no height adjustment. However, it provides a stable platform and I like the fact there’s a little lip on the front edge of the base so you can store small items on it without them slipping out of sight under your keyboard.

Plus, if you really need more flexibility, there’s always the option to attach it to a 100 x 100mm VESA stand via the four mount points at the rear.

What type of connections does it have?

Again, physical connectivity is basic but you have the essentials here with one full-size HDMI input and an old-school, nine-pin VGA input. There are no additional luxuries here, either: no USB hub and not even a headphone jack since the monitor has no built-in speakers.

If your laptop or PC doesn’t have an HDMI output, don’t worry; HDMI is flexible enough that you’re likely to be able to buy a converter cable for your particular need. Converter cables are available for all sorts of outputs to HDMI inputs, including DVI and USB-C connections and for very little outlay. 

How good is the image quality?

Image quality isn’t pro-level quality but, again, Acer makes cuts in the right places. The display isn’t particularly bright – it peaks at 263cd/m2 – so don’t plan on using it in your conservatory on a sunny day. This is absolutely fine in most rooms, however, and a high contrast ratio of 1113:1 means images look bold and vibrant.

This being an IPS monitor, viewing angles are great; you’ll see no colour shifting as you view from the side or above as you would with a TN monitor. Likewise, colour accuracy and sRGB coverage are perfectly acceptable.

You will need to make sure you use the monitor’s settings to select the Standard picture preset and then set the colour temperature to “User” if you want to make the most of it, though. The monitor’s default settings have a warm colour temperature preset enabled and contrast and colour accuracy both suffer hugely.

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