Acer KG251QF 144Hz FreeSync model
Update: Update on price and availability. News piece below initially published 3rd February 2018.
Pretty much all recent ~24” 144Hz monitors released recently have been using the same panel, with little changing about that panel since its introduction back in 2011. We’ve now started to see the emergence of monitors using a newer panel, with one obvious external difference being the slimmer bezels. A notable example of this is the AOC G2590PX. The Acer KG251QF makes use of what is likely the same panel, although they’ve gone for a slightly different design decision by keeping a slim single-stage bezel rather than having a dual-stage bezel design. Matte black plastics are used alongside a fairly simple ‘penguin foot’ stand base.
A simple look, with slim bezels
The monitor uses a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 24.5” TN (Twisted Nematic) panels from AU Optronics; a variant of the M250HTN01. This is accompanied by a 144z refresh rate complete with Adaptive-Sync and hence support for AMD FreeSync on compatible GPUs. The variable refresh rate range is currently unknown but believed to be 30 – 144Hz. The static contrast is 1000:1 and response time of 1ms is specified for this model, whilst the usual 170° horizontal and 160° vertical viewing angles are specified. A medium matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst the monitor supports 8-bit colour via 6-bit + FRC dithering. A WLED backlight is used with a typical maximum luminance of 400 cd/m². Acer’s ‘BlueLightShield’ Low Blue Light setting also features. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, with provision for VESA mounting included (100 x 100mm VESA holes at the rear). The ports are down-firing and include; HDMI, DP 1.2a, DVI and 2 x 4W speakers for basic audio output.
Provision for VESA mounting
Further information can be found on Acer’s website. The monitor is available for around £200 in the UK. This monitor is not to be confused with the model that lacks the ‘F’ suffix, which is just a 60Hz (overclockable to 75Hz) model.