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Acer XV253Q P 144Hz Full HD IPS model

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It has taken a while, but the long-awaited 24-25″ 144Hz Full HD models with IPS-type panels are now taping out. This “king of colour” panel type has been notably absent from the market, with TN and more recently VA models taking hold there. The Acer XV253Q P, of the Nitro series, provides an alternative with IPS-type panel. The styling is very similar to other models in the series, with black matte plastic dominating and some subtle dark red hints. A weighty powder-coated metal stand base is used, with a grey-coloured finish. A 3-side ‘borderless’ design is employed, a dual-stage design in other words. This combines a thin panel border surrounding the image, that’s flush with the main part of the screen. Plus a slender hard plastic outer bezel component. The OSD is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, at the right side as viewed from the front.

Slanted front view

A dark shot from IFA 2019

A 24.5″ IPS type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel is used, more specifically the AU Optronics M250HAN01.6 AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) panel. A different and slightly larger panel to that used in the AOC 24G2. This has a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, a medium matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported, with Adaptive-Sync also supported. This includes Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync for systems that support it (48 – 144Hz variable refresh rate range, plus LFC). 8-bit colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight with 99% sRGB colour gamut and 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance is used. The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, offering a very rudimentary HDR experience due to, amongst other things, the restrictive colour gamut and lack of local dimming. Other settings of note include ‘BlueLightShield’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings for enhanced viewing comfort and what the company dubs ‘Agile Splendor’ pixel overdrive. The monitor has a specified 1ms grey to grey response time, but as usual this needs to be approached with caution. This sort of speed will only apply under certain conditions, including specific shades and a very aggressive overdrive level being used on the monitor. We did some brief testing of the monitor at IFA 2019, which the 144Hz pursuit photograph below (using TestUFO) shows. Adaptive-Sync was active, which greys out the ‘Overdrive’ setting but applies an effective level of pixel overdrive.

Pursuit photograph, 144Hz on XV25

The pursuit photograph above is a screenshot taken from a quick pursuit video we took at IFA. It is by no means a perfect pursuit photograph, but it does give a fair representation of how motion on the monitor appeared. You can see that the pixel responses are rapid overall, with effective pixel overdrive. There’s a little powdery trailing for the top row and some overshoot for the remaining rows. Further information and some comparisons to make can be found in our article on responsiveness. An alternative VRB (Visual Response Boost) strobe backlight setting is also included, which can be used in place of Adaptive-Sync if preferred. The included stand offers tilt and swivel adjustment and can be removed and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports include; 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 4 USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 x 2W speakers. The monitor is available in the UK and broader EMEA region with an MSRP of £269. Availability in other regions such as North America is unknown.

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