Acer Nitro XV252Q Review

The Acer Nitro XV252Q is a beast when it comes to performance, and comes at a compelling price as well. However, it does lose points in terms of design and connectivity options, but the worth of that is subjective and will not matter much to most users.

That being said, the jump from 144Hz to 240Hz is noticeable but the jump from 240Hz to 360Hz is not significant enough for most people to justify buying such an expensive gaming monitor.

Acer Nitro XV252Q Overview:

Over the years, computers have come a long way in terms of performance, pricing, and ergonomics, and they are only getting better and better as the days go on. With new improvements and innovations being made at a pace that no one has ever seen before. Our modern computers are capable of putting out incredible performance. However, to be able to actually see and appreciate the performance of modern gaming systems, and to take full advantage of the amazing refresh rates and low response time that our systems are capable of putting out, we need gaming monitors.

Gaming monitors are high-performance monitors that are not only capable of displaying the performance that a system is capable of putting out, but also enhance the user experience with vast color pallets and amazing viewing angles. That being said, the incredible performance of these monitors does not come cheap, as they are extremely expensive when compared to normal or causal monitors.

So it is generally not recommended that everyone buys them for now, as over time the technology will eventually become more common and more affordable. Especially since most normal or causal monitors are still capable of 144 to 240 Hz refresh rates, making them more than good enough for most casual gamers and some competitive gamers that are simply not willing to invest so much money into one product.

However, for those of you who are still interested in them and want to purchase them, then it is better to simply view these monitors that can push around 360Hz refresh rates and insanely low response times, as an investment towards building their career or a long-lasting gaming set-up. As the performance that these monitors are capable of is no joke, which is why they are mainly used by professional E-sports gamers, streamers, and other users that want to improve their gaming performance.

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Description:

Acer Nitro XV252Q

  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Inputs: HDMI, Display Port, Headphone
  • Features: AMD Free sync
  • USB: No
  • Power Consumption: <40w

The first thing to realize when considering to purchase the Acer Nitro XV252Q is that for a monitor that is 24.5 inches, capable of providing a maximum of 360Hz refresh rates, and response time as fast as 1ms, it is very affordable. Granted, it is still quite a bit more expensive than most normal or work-focused monitors, but it is not nearly as over the top expensive as most other gaming monitors that provide such incredible performance. 

Currently, there are a lot of edgy, tacky, or funky-looking 360Hz refresh rate gaming monitors out there but if simplicity is what you want then the Acer Nitro XV252Q is the way to go for you. Acer is a hardware company that was founded back in 1976 by Stan Shih. They tested and tried to make all sorts of different hardware devices such as computer components, smartphones, and laptops, however, they are only well-known for making good work-focused laptops, and accessories under their predator brand, which is what this gaming monitor falls under.

This monitor is a prime example of how Acer makes all its products. They currently do not have nor ever had, any signature look or design and just stick to keeping a simple and minimalistic design, to avoid looking too over the top, and instead focus on how the product performs. This is also evident from the fact that in order to bring the price down with this model, they had to cut corners that would not be too major towards hindering the performance or user experience, but instead would be mainly cosmetic, such as the fact that this monitor does not feature any RGB lights.

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Specifications:

The specification of the Acer Nitro XV252Q are listed in the table below:

Screen Size24.5″
Maximum Resolution(Full HD)1920 x 1080@360 Hz
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Response Time1ms
Color Supported16.7 Million
Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM)100,000,000:1
Brightness400 cd/m²
BacklightLED
Horizontal Viewing Angles178° Horizontal
Vertical Viewing Angles178° Vertical
Panel TypeIPS (In-plane Switching)
StandIncluded
HeightAdjustable up to (120°)
Speakers2 x 2 W
Ports & ConnectorsHDMI®1x DisplayPortHeadphone
Power500 mW (Power Standby)300 mW (Power Off)60 W (Power Max)40 W (Power On)
Environmental CertificationMPR II
ColorsBlack
VESA CompatibleYes 100 x 100 mm 
Dimensions (W x H x D)21.97″ x 12.99″ x 2.56″
Dimensions with Stand (W x H x D)22″ x 19.8″ x 9.2″
Weight (Approximate)7.8 lbs.
Package Contents1 x Nitro XV252Q F Widescreen LCD Monitor1 x DisplayPort Cable1 x HDMI Cable1 x Power Cord(US)

Image Quality:

The main purpose of any monitor is to provide a means of viewing the images generated by the processor of the system, and for this purpose, the Acer Nitro XV252Q is fitted with an IPS display panel that is able to provide as low as 1ms (grey to grey) response time speed. These factors not only ensure that the display is capable of providing users with vibrant and accurate colors, but also with wide viewing angles for maximum comfort, and will also not have to face any sort of ghosting during fast-paced gaming sessions.

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Color:

Bland or unnatural colors tend to only push away potential buyers, as they look unrealistic. This is why most monitors need to come with truer tones and more attractive colors at their disposal, to make images look more realistic and life-like. For this purpose, this monitor has been provided right out of the box with ~99% sRGB gamut coverage and strong 400-nit peak brightness, making it capable of getting extremely bright, even in a very well-lit room.

Angles:

The viewing angles on this gaming monitor are amazing, as it makes full use of its bright and crystal clear display, along with a practical stand set up to provide users with up to 178° worth of both vertical and horizontal viewing angles.

Resolution:

How clear and detailed images look when displayed on the monitor depends on the resolution that the monitor is capable of supporting. In accordance with the specifications of this monitor, it is capable of putting out a max resolution of 1920×1080 at 360Hz refresh rates, which produces sharp and crisp images that provide a deeper and clearer sense of details and depth perception for the user.

Performance:

The main problem with any new technology is consistency, as many products have impressive specifications but fail to perform accordingly, however, this is not the case for this monitor as it lives up to its expectations on all accounts.

Furthermore, given that this monitor has a refresh rate of 360 Hz, it is unlikely that performance will ever be a problem, as this monitor also comes with a variety of features to help further improve performance and enhance the user experience.

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Features:

The features that enable the Acer Nitro XV252Q to perform as well as it does are the following:

• It uses AMD FreeSync, which is basically AMD’s version of NVIDIA’s G-SYNC. It balances out the FPS of your system with the frame rates of your monitor to avoid frame tearing or stuttering.

• It uses Adobe RGB 99% and color accuracy of Delta E<2, to present more realistic images and colors, with better uniformity and deeper shades.

• It also uses IPS to provide 1ms response time, through optimizing the screen colors and brightness. This eliminates screen tearing and choppy frame rates.

• It also has Acer BlueLightShield and Flickerless technologies, which help reduce the amount of stress being put on your eyes by reducing the amount of harmful blue light passing through. While Acer ComfyView and Low Dimming, use sensors to adjust the screen to not put stress on the eyes of the user.

Design & Connectivity:

Now, while the pricing, performance, and user experience of the Acer Nitro XV252Q is amazing, and reason enough for anyone to buy this product. The overall look of it is a slightly different story. As it does feature a clean and minimalistic design, with what Acer calls a “Zero Frame” design, which is basically a simple and sleek design for the screen, with abundant connectivity options, but the back bit odd and does not feature any RGB lighting, while they stand for it does not seem to have any theme to it or match the rest of the look of the monitor.

These days, we are used to seeing all sorts of computer products such as RAM modules, Fans, speakers, keyboards, etc. that utilize design elements such as curves/edges, different textured surfaces, and RGB lights to make themselves stand out. Most gaming monitors use these same various design elements such as along with special mounting tools, stylish stands, and embedded RGB lights to make them look futuristic or aesthetic since the monitor is the single device that is constantly being looked at while a user is using the computer.

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Design:

Acer Nitro XV252Q

As mentioned, Acer does not have any specific look or design elements apart from their logo that they consistently use on all their products. Instead, they just try to make the products as simple and work-focused as possible. This perfectly explains what they have done with designing this monitor as it steps away from all the norms and common design elements that we are used to seeing these days and instead focuses on practicality and ergonomic.

That being said, it is a shame that such a high-performance monitor like this looks so bland, with a clean and minimal front screen, and a back that features vents in the form of a central arrowhead. Along with this arrowhead, we can see the back curve and divide it into 3 different parts. 

Even the stand for this monitor is very practical as it enables various movements for user comfort and ease, but just looks out of place as it does not follow the rest of the theme and would be easily mistakable as just an ordinary rod or stand with a flat circular base.

Practicality:

Now, despite the back looking bizarre, and they stand looking out of place, it is still a very practical piece of equipment, as it provides viewing angles up to 178° for both vertical and horizontal viewing. Meaning it can be easily adjusted to enhance user comfort. It can also be either mounted on a wall using a VESA compatible wall mount or on its own included stand.

Given the design of the stand, some people may consider mounting it onto a wall instead, however, the stand is actually quite useful as it allows for some manual adjustment to improve viewing angles and ensures that users can find a comfortable viewing angle. While mounted on the stand, the monitor can make tilt adjustments from (-5° to 25°), °), swivel adjustments from (-20° to 20°) and event height adjustments from (0″ to 4.53″), this helps users by putting the screen at an angle where there is no strain being put on the neck of the user, resulting in a better overall user experience. 

Connectivity:

In terms of connectivity, there is a growing concern amongst users that the newer and more modern, sleek and minimal-looking designs, make it harder for manufacturers to place an abundant amount of connectivity options in these products. As there is just not enough room for them, and such is the case for this monitor. However, the fact that it only provides the bare minimum in terms of connectivity options is also a result of the company having to cut corners with this model. Fortunately, that still covers all the essentials for gamers, as it features two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4b input, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio pass-through via HDMI. Plus, the AC power connector is back there as well.

Price & Similar Monitors:

The entire concept of having higher and higher refresh rates is still pretty new and so are the monitors that are capable of providing such performance at 360Hz refresh rates, with 1ms response times. So it is understandable that these monitors are very expensive, and with time, the prices are sure to come down bit by bit. 

That being said, for the time being, the Acer Nitro XV252Q competes with monitors like the Acer Predator X25, the Alienware 25 AW2521H 360Hz, and the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR, which are all far more expensive than it but provide the same level of performance with 1080p resolution at 360Hz refresh rates and 1 to 2ms response times.

Acer Nitro XV252Q Final Thoughts and Ratings

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Summary

Overall, the Acer Nitro XV252Q is a beast when it comes to performance, and comes at a compelling price as well. However, it does lose points in terms of design and connectivity options, but the worth of that is subjective and will not matter much to most users.

3.8

Conclusion:

That being said, the jump from 144Hz to 240Hz is noticeable but the jump from 240Hz to 360Hz is not significant enough for most people to justify buying such an expensive gaming monitor.

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