The ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor is ideal for everyday chores. Say goodbye to bulk with its ultra-thin ZeroFrame design and yes to amazing graphics enhanced by vision health tech; it’s also green, making it useful and ecologically conscious.
The ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor is a low-cost 23.8″ 1080p monitor with a good contrast ratio and AMD FreeSync support up to 75Hz.
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor General Information
|Viewable Screen Size||23.8″|
|Response Time||1 ms VRB|
|Horizontal Viewing Angle||178°|
|Vertical Viewing Angle||178°|
|Panel Technology||Vertical Alignment (VA)|
|Pixel Pitch||11 mil|
|Maximum Adjustable Height||No|
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor Video Information
|Maximum Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio||100,000,000:1|
|Color Supported||16.7 Million Colors|
|Color Gamut||72% NTSC|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio||100,000,000:1|
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor Power Description
|Standby Power Consumption (Energy Star)||300 mW|
|Off-Mode Power Consumption (Energy Star)||300 mW|
|Maximum Power Consumption (Energy Star)||30 W|
|Operating Power Consumption (Energy Star)||20 W|
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor Dimensions
|VESA Mount Compatible||No|
|Weight (Approximate)||4.92 lb|
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor PROS
- Colors may be incredibly brilliant, and the sharpness keeps everything beautiful and crisp up close and from a distance without being too sharp. Although the spec sheet does not indicate the precise Adobe or sRGB color gamut range, it does state 72% NTSC coverage (remember that the NTSC color gamut provides the best quality of color reproduction), implying that it should have close to 100% sRGB coverage. This is quite common for most sub-$200 displays (note: the device tested by TechSpot had roughly 93% sRGB coverage, largely losing detail in the green area, thus your unit’s reproduction may vary). Color depth of 6-bits Plus FRC (equivalent to 8-bits) is also an industry standard for entry-level displays and is quite enough for casual use.
- ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor “100,000,000:1” Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR) (non-standardized measure of contrast for videos) clearly outperforms my other slightly more expensive budget IPS monitors (the HP VH240a and ViewSonic VS2412-H), which have contrast ratios of only 20,000,000:1 and 50,000,000:1, respectively.
It should be noted, however, that it still has an industry standard 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio (measure for non-moving images), which isn’t great but is perfectly acceptable for casual viewing because only the highest tiered ($400+) IPS panels exceed that point, with 1,500:1 being the maximum native contrast typically achievable with an IPS.
A brief remark regarding the “100,000,000:1” DCR figure: there is no industry standard methodology for this specific statistic, therefore the number is primarily marketing fluff. However, as I mentioned, when compared to the other two monitors with the same industry standard SCR, this monitor appeared to surpass them both in that area.
- To improve color balance, use the Color Adjustment Menu to tweak the RGB and CMY gains, bias, colors, and saturation levels.
- The Picture Menu allows you to alter the screen’s brightness, contrast, gamma, and blackness (“black boost”) settings, as well as toggle ‘blue light,’ ‘adaptive contrast’ (ACM), and ‘Super Sharpness’.
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor Image Quality
The ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor, which is based on a VA (Vertical Alignment) screen, has a high 3,000:1 static contrast ratio for deep blacks. In comparison, IPS displays, which typically have a contrast ratio of approximately 1,000:1, have grey blacks!
Furthermore, there is no IPS glow, which, combined with the high contrast ratio, creates a more immersive viewing experience, particularly in gloomy surroundings.
VA displays, on the other hand, do not offer the same wide viewing angles as IPS panels. Minor gamma and saturation changes are visible at certain angles on the Acer SB241YA, but they are not a concern for normal usage.
If you undertake color-critical work, IPS is the way to go since it produces more consistent images.
The ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor display has a color gamut size of roughly 100% sRGB and covers 72% of the NTSC color space. This does not imply that it covers 100% of the sRGB color space, since there will be undercoverage in some areas and gamut extension in others.
Overall, sRGB coverage will vary from unit to unit, but you may expect roughly 95% sRGB color space coverage, which is typical of a budget monitor, and the difference between 95% and 100% sRGB coverage is not very obvious.
The ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor has a maximum brightness of 250 nits.
Under typical lighting circumstances, it can go more than bright enough, but if you’re in a really bright environment (studio lights, screen facing a large window, etc.), it won’t be able to reach bright enough to reduce glare, in which case you’ll need to decrease the lights or acquire a brighter screen.
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor Performance
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor supports AMD FreeSync and has a variable refresh rate range of 48-75Hz.
VRR only works with compatible AMD Radeon GPUs and Xbox consoles because the display only supports HDMI and VGA connectors.
VRR synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU’s frame rates, preventing screen tearing while incurring a negligible input latency cost. As a result, as long as your frame rate is within the supported range, you will not have screen tearing. When your FPS drops below 48FPS, VRR stops operating until your FPS rebounds.
You may be able to expand the range to 40-75Hz by using CRU (Custom Resolution Utility), but your mileage may vary depending on your equipment.
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor Conclusion
Overall, the ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor is a good budget monitor, but there are lots of similar alternatives in this price range, so shop around to see which versions are on sale. However, for gamers, we highly recommend investing in a 144Hz monitor!
ACER SB241Y SB1 23.8-inch Full HD VA Monitor