Computer maker Acer has largely avoided the high-end gaming monitor market of late, until now. While their product line has traditionally focused on the general computer user base, the company has jumped into HD gaming displays in a big way with the GN246HL Bbid Predator 3D 24″ gaming display. With budget-level monitors, the old adage that you get for you pay for usually applies. Acer, however, has managed to pack a whole suite of features into this unit, and in the process upends the high-quality gaming monitor market and brings it to its knees.
Acer GN246HL Bbid In-depth Breakdown
If you’re trying to learn more about this product in-depth check out my full review below. for the in-depth explanation of this awesome monitor.
Acer GN246HL Bbid’s Design
The first thing you notice about the Acer GN246HL Bbid is that it’s relatively lightweight for a high-quality gaming monitor, weighing only 3.5 kilos (7.7 pounds) and it sports an x-shaped base for added stability. While it doesn’t provide the ability to adjust the height, it does feature a tilt angle of between -5 and 15 degrees, allowing you to set it for optimal tilt.
The stand comes complete with standard VESA 100mm holes so you can mount it on a wall or moveable stand if you prefer. The viewing angle is large – 170 degrees of arc, providing for one of the largest optimal viewing ranges in its class. The Predator is very slim, measuring just over 7″ including the base.
While I’m not a major fan of the design (I’m a pretty tall guy so a monitor with height issues has always been rather important to me), I can admit that it’s a nice looking monitor and worth checking out on that standpoint alone.
The design is why I was attracted to this monitor, but the specs were the reason why I decided that it was worth sharing with you guys. This monitor is really one of the best 144hz 1080p monitors in 2016.
Acer GN246HL Bbid’s Features
It’s no wonder that the Predator has become such a popular gaming monitor, and for good reason. The 144Hz refresh rate – the rate at which the onscreen picture is replaced – is more than double the standard 60Hz rate of most comparably priced monitors. This has enormous implications for the smoothness and fluidity of the ensuing visuals, and for the overall gaming experience itself. This is augmented by the inclusion of NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology which provides brighter HD 3D visuals than similar monitors. To enjoy it at this level requires the use of a DVI cable, as HDMI will generally only support refresh levels of up to 60Hz. Fortunately, the Predator comes with three inputs: DVI, HDMI, and VGA so you’ll be able to take advantage of DVI if your computer supports it.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a 144hz Monitor under $200 (at the moment of the review), then as far as I’m concerned it’ll be very difficult to beat the GN246HL.
The Acer GN246HL Bbid also features Acer’s Adaptive Contrast Management scheme, an important factor in providing brilliant whites and deep blacks for overall exceptional image quality at a 100 million to 1 ratio. Indeed, the 24″ 1920 x 1080 resolution is a boon for gamers, offering among the highest pixel resolutions south of 4K. As it’s full HD, it’s a highly versatile monitor allowing you to not only play games with exceptional fluidity and clarity but also use it for all other desktop functions, as well as playback of crisp Blu-Ray movies and other graphic-intensive apps.
One of the biggest features of this monitor would have to be the 1ms response time! Every competitive gamer knows that one of the worst feelings in the world is being brought down not by bad playing, but because of inferior equipment. Most monitors have 8ms response times which is good, but when you’re playing with others who play for hours on end you’ll find yourself dying just because of this. The Acer GN246HL has a 1MS response time, which is insane at this price level. If you’re a gamer that plays games that require fast reaction times like CSGO, or even Overwatch, this monitor would be a great buy.
But the visual capability doesn’t end there. The backlit LED is easy on the eyes, yet allows colors and grayscales to flourish, and offers a matte screen finish which helps filter out glare and provides for an excellent viewing experience, all at considerable energy savings.
Acer GN246HL Bbid’s For Daily Tasks
While gaming is important, that’s not all you will be using the Acer GN246HL for. If you like to watch TV shows and movies, then this is a great 1080p monitor for that. You also have the ability to watch things in 3d due to the software that the monitor has which might be important for some.
In general, this monitor will also be suitable for most professional workers. Some people might prefer a 2k monitor, but the pixel density of this monitor allows for things to be displayed in stunning clarity.
Whether you’re going to be using this monitor for gaming, proffessional work, or just watching movies, you will get a great viewing experience due to the amazing refresh rate and pixel density. This is a great deal for gamers and non-gamers alike.
Acer GN246HL Bbid’s Drawbacks
While I have many great things to say about this monitor, there are some issues with it as well. For one, it can take a while for the unit to turn on, as long as 15 to 20 seconds. While a faster power-up sequence would obviously be desired, complexity and features come at a cost of time. Owing to the large software package consisting of a suite of onboard programs, the Predator does take its sweet time getting up and running. And while 15 to 20 seconds may not seem like a lot, it can definitely be noticeable when using it.
Second, the monitor lacks any type of audio support, including the lack of any built-in speakers. While it does sport a standard 3.5mm output jack, it’ll allow for sound output only when using an HDMI source for the audio; DVI cable users will be out of luck – or at least will have to use a dual cable setup. And finally, as mentioned before, there is no capability to adjust the height of the monitor, only move it side to side. This can be an annoyance for tall individuals who may find the viewing angle too low.
It’s also very bright out of the box, which can be really irritating on the eyes for some, but this problem is easily fixed as you can adjust the light in the settings. A lot of people have no clue that they can do this however and will be very annoyed because of it.
Most of these issues aren’t too big of a deal so don’t let this dissuade you from getting this monitor, but it’s always good to know both the good and the bad before you buy anything. The control interface is intuitive and simple to operate offering various modes such as Eco and Automatic, as well as giving access to the main menu of settings in addition to volume and input controls. Adjusting the onboard settings can be done quickly and efficiently, even on the fly.
Given the features it offers for the price, it’s hard not to like what the Predator brings to the table. It’s rare to find a fully-functional gaming monitor of the size and resolution for under $200, and those models tend to lack in the features department and generally operate on the “no frills” principle. Yet the old adage doesn’t apply here – as you get more than what you pay for with the Predator. The contrast and color processing abilities are second to none, as is the fluidity and smoothness of the 144Hz refresh rate – one of the highest refresh rates we’ve seen for any monitor in the price range. And while it isn’t perfect – the lack of built-in speakers, height adjustment capability and startup time come to mind – overall it’s a great monitor that packs a lot of punch for the cost. To that end, the GN246HL Bbid Predator 3D 24″ gaming display will suit any gamer on any budget.
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