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A lot of features but a horrible VA panel !
23 January 2019
I was pretty surprised to see a sublet of Acer selling such a feature packed monitor at such a low price.
And best of all they were using VA panel and not TN(which are usually the cheapest and the worst looking).
Before i start my rant about its issues, let me say this, for this price you won't get Freesync and 144hz from any other brand, the blacks are pretty good and the panel gets decently bright.
And overall can be a decent buy if the panel issues are sorted out which i will discuss next.
So despite my apprehensions with this brand and Acer in general, i dived in and bought it, only to realize nothing ever comes cheap, and there is a reason why AOPEN monitors are so cheap, usually with monitors QA(Quality Assurance) plays a big factor when deciding the price. You see the more monitors you have to discard on the assembly line to maintain a certain level of quality, the more end users end up paying for that quality. I think by now you know why these monitors costs to less, for those who didn't get it, the QA department for such cheap monitors is pretty relaxed, they allow relatively bad looking panels to pass through to cut down the price.
For some this might absolutely be a non issue, but for the discerning user who values quality, i will not recommend this monitor, the proof is in front of you folks, the pics i have attached here show how a complete black backgrounnd looks on this monitor, its really funny because my 8 year old TN panel monitor looks way better.
It seems like we should expect less of panels now than we did 8 years ago(Added a comparison screenshot of this monitor vs my 8 year old TN panel, just look at the panel uniformity and backlight difference between the 2) !
The panel uniformity is all over the place, and if you tell me to look the other way due to the price, i won't because even the costlier Predator series monitors have backlight bleed and uniformity issues.
Ok enough talk about the first issue, moving to issue number 2.
Typically and technically IPS panels have the best color reproduction, followed by VA and then TN.
So i was expecting the monitor to have much richer and better colors than my TN panel, but sadly thats not the case, the colors are completely unrealistic, have an unnatural hue, and to add to that the monitor's edges are DIMLY LIT.
Caliberating the monitor on your own helps a bit but its still not a good VA panel.
Good Contrast ratio
Decent Build Quality
Freesync(works with Nvidia gpus too now, but only with pascal and turing)
Pathetic backlight issues with dim edges
Really bad color calibration out of the box
Panel uniformity issues
Giving it 2 star due to all of this, because in my eyes a monitor should have a solid foundation(The Panel) and then adding extra features adds value, if your panel is this poor then whats the point in having all those features.