REVIEW: Acer G24 Part 11
Despite its` TN panel, the Acer G24 makes an acceptable impression in the UGRA test. The 24-inch monitor does not achieve certification, since the range of hues for the grey levels is 91.1 percent after calibration. At least 95 percent is required, which is generally only achieved by LCD monitors with 10- or 12-bit look-up tables that are designed for graphics workers.
The detailed UGRA UDACT report can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Overall, the Acer G24 offers good image quality in its factory settings, including the glossy effect. For gamers, calibration and colour spaces are rather irrelevant and the subjective impression is important. This is ok, although the illumination and black value could be better. However, the "sensed" contrast is increased by the glossy panel. Regardless of how you position yourself, the image never looks the same everywhere.
The G24 can be adjusted precisely overall to the needs of the user and responds sensitively to each change in brightness and contrast. For everyday use, we recommend the pre-defined settings or our sRGB setting with slightly higher brightness depending on taste. Because of its glossy layer, the gamer monitor is not suitable for graphics workers.
As part of the Acer Predator gaming series, the G24 is naturally primarily designed for games. Here, the responsiveness, which can decide between victory and defeat for gamers, plays a particularly large role. Therefore, Acer has equipped the G24 with a fast responding TN panel which manages a response time of 2 ms (grey-to-grey).
Here, overdrive technology is also used, causing the liquid crystals of the LCD to rotate faster by means of an intentional electrical impulse. Disadvantage: where settings are imprecise, what are known as "corona" effects can arise. These are coloured or white "streaks" around objects which, in extreme cases, are more distracting than normal streaks.
Overdrive test image with white, red and blue at different grey levels.
In this regard, there is no need to worry with the G24. Even in artificial tests, we could see hardly any corona effects. Only around the black box in our test image could a slight bright shimmer be made out. It is hardly possible to achieve better and this is a positive aspect in gaming.
Left: Scene from the game "Unreal Tournament III", Right: Excerpt from game "verlord".
In the PixPerAn streaking test, the Acer G24 also makes an excellent impression: as can be expected of a gamer monitor, streaking is minimal. Only when you look closely can a very slight tail be seen. The 24-inch Acer monitor is at the same level as the 22-inch leading models, the BenQ X2200W and LG L227WT.
Left: Scene from the ego shooting game "Halo 3", Right: Excerpt from strategy game "Command & Conquer III Tiberium Wars".
No streaking can be seen in games. Regardless of whether it is backwards movements in Halo 3 or map scrolling in C&C 3 TW or Warcraft, the image remains sharp and blurring effects must be looked for carefully. Considerably sharper results can only be achieved with PerfectMotion (BenQ X2200W) or similar technologies through which the motion blurring caused by the technology used in LCDs can be eliminated. Unfortunately, this is also linked with disadvantages which can be more distracting in some circumstances than the motion blurring itself.
The glossy surface is rather irritating in games, even if colours and images look more plastic than in conventional monitors.
The glossy surface is a distracting aspect for dimly lit games in particular – at least when the area in which the model is set up cannot be dimmed sufficiently. That which lends the 24-inch an elegant appearance and higher colour brilliance on the one hand proves impractical when you are gaming.
As can be seen in the photo, part of the room is reflected on the screen. If the focus is solely on games performance, Acer should omit the glossy design in the next version. Users who lock themselves in the cellar to indulge in their hobby certainly do not need to worry. However, in very bright rooms with direct sunlight shining in, shooting accuracy can be spoiled by the reflection.
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