The Acer KG241Q is one of the most affordable big-brand monitors on the market today — in the UK, this 24in display costs just £113, and in the US, it costs just $125.
That’s a steal for a decent screen, and it makes the Acer a tempting alternative if you need a decent display but doesn’t want to spend a fortune.
The problem is that cheaper goods typically lack features and generally suffer in terms of quality – so let’s see if the Acer KG241Q can defy the trend.
Acer KG241Q: Specs
- Panel size: 23.6in (60cm)
- Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
- Display Technology: TN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Response Time (GtG): 1ms
- Maximum Refresh: 75Hz (with adaptive sync)
- HDR: n/a
- Video Ports: 2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA
- USB Ports: n/a
- Speakers: 2 x 2W
- Other Ports: n/a
- Typical Brightness: 300 nits
- Static Contrast: 1000:1
- Variable Sync: AMD FreeSync
- Weight: 4.42kg
Design and Build
Acer’s panel appears and feels like a device from the lower end of the market. It lacks the narrow bezels and smooth metal found on more expensive displays, instead opting for broad bezels and old, glossy plastic. The stand is simple, with an unimpressive plastic panel at the back.
The basic design is matched by mediocre build quality — there’s considerable movement in the rear panel, and the Acer KG241Q wobbles excessively. Because of the large bezels, this panel is not appropriate for use in a multi-monitor configuration.
When the Acer is sitting on your desk, it’s inoffensive enough, and the build quality flaws won’t be an issue if the display is never moved or touched. The display is 567mm wide and 61mm deep, so it doesn’t take up much space, and it weighs 4.42kg.
It’s also simple to get started. The tool-free mechanism snaps the little stand into position, and the base attaches with one tool-free screw. Expect little adjustment: the monitor offers 20 degrees of backward and forwards tilt and supports 100mm VESA mounting, but that’s it – no height or swivel movement, and it can’t be used in portrait mode.
The display is controlled through buttons on the bottom bezel. They’re a little shaky, but they do the job and are perhaps easier to use than a joystick around the back of the screen. The on-screen menu is simple and slow, but it contains all of the tools you need for basic adjustments, such as color adjustments and switching between different screen modes.
Specifications and Features
The Acer KG241Q combines a minimalist style with a straightforward set of characteristics. The underlying display uses TN technology, which is currently the most cost-effective method of producing a flatscreen display. When compared to VA and IPS screens, TN panels have lower color fidelity and viewing angles.
The 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD resolution is adequate for regular use, but you’ll struggle to display more than two windows or applications at the same time. Because the Acer only supports 8-bit color rather than 10-bit color, it cannot handle color-sensitive jobs.
This isn’t the screen to get if you want to play high-end games. While its 1ms response time is excellent, its 75Hz refresh rate is subpar. The Acer uses AMD FreeSync to provide smooth movement in everyday applications and casual games, but it lacks the speed to run esports titles rapidly and the quality to provide top single-player experiences.
The Acer KG241Q includes two HDMI inputs and a VGA port on the back, which could be useful for connecting older devices, but it lacks DisplayPort and no USB ports. There are no speakers or a headphone jack.
The quality of the entry-level TN panel is merely adequate for everyday use. The Acer delivered a brightness level of 237 nits and a black point of 0.2cd/m2 out of the box, contributing to a contrast ratio of 1,185:1.
Those high numbers indicate that you have adequate brightness, depth, and vibrancy to make browser tabs, Office programs, and YouTube movies look nice.
With the display at half brightness, those statistics were maintained, and the Acer KG241Q reached a maximum brightness level of 313 nits – completely adequate for indoor use.
Those decent outcomes gave way to less than stellar performance. The delta E and color temperature statistics of 2.68 and 6244K are adequate but not exceptional, respectively, while the panel’s sRGB coverage level of 89.2 percent is mediocre.
Because TN screens aren’t especially adept at rendering colors, the Acer’s colors appear harsh and cold rather than nuanced and vivid. The many alternative screen modes are also ineffective: they change the brightness and color qualities, but none of them improve on the factory settings.
Unsurprisingly, viewing angles aren’t great – walk to the side of the screen and you’ll quickly lose contrast and precision. In addition, the panel lost up to 16% of its backlight power in the corners, which is unacceptable for such a small screen.
The Acer’s TN panel offers good contrast but poor colors, uniformity, and viewing angles. Overall, it has enough quality to support web browsing, streaming online video, and working in Office apps, but it lacks the accuracy, depth, and finesse to handle color-sensitive activities.
You’d also receive more satisfactory outcomes in those daily chores if you used an IPS or VA panel, simply because those screens deliver more depth and warmth.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer KG241Q we examined costs £113 in the UK and $125 in the US, making it the cheapest display in Acer’s KG1 line. Use the model number UM.UX1EE.006 to locate the screen we discussed here.
In this line, there are two further 24-in models. The Acer KG241QBM, which costs £114 and can be found using the part code UM.UX1EE.001 is the next option. It’s the same display like the one we tested here, but it comes with a pair of 2W speakers for further media capability.
The Acer KG241QS, part number UM.UX1EE.S01 is the third 24-in option. Because of its 165Hz refresh rate and the addition of a DisplayPort port, that panel is better suited to gaming, although it costs £159 and US$199.
Acer also provides smaller 22in displays with larger 25in, 27in, and 28in models in the KG1 line. Most are TN-based, however, some may be upgraded to 2560 x 1440 and 3840 x 2160 resolutions, and one 27-inch tablet incorporates IPS hardware.
Of course, upgrading to IPS technology will result in a big improvement in image quality, but you’ll have to pay a little more for a 24-in panel with that kind of hardware. Expect to pay roughly £150 or $150 if you want to match our Acer KG241Q’s size and specifications but get IPS instead of TN.
- Very affordable
- Decent contrast and brightness
- Small and light
- Poor connectivity
- Underwhelming colors
- Few extra features
- Little adjustment
The Acer KG241Q is one of the most affordable 24in monitors on the market right now, and it has enough contrast and quality to perform most everyday tasks. You can utilize Office software, online browsers, and media sites without any problems here.
Because of the low price, the Acer lacks the quality to make ordinary photography look truly great, and it is insufficient for color-sensitive applications. It also lacks features, adjustability choices, and a stylish look.
However, if you need a simple screen for everyday use and don’t require something enormous, elegant, or very accurate, the Acer will suffice.