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Acer's new Predator XN253Q X gaming monitor has a blazing 0.4ms response time

By Koh Wanzi - on 31 Jul 2019, 10:53am

Acer's new Predator XN253Q X gaming monitor has a blazing 0.4ms response time

Image Source: Acer

Forget 1ms response times. It seems like manufacturers are aiming for sub-1ms timings now, what with the release of AOC's new AGON screens and their blistering 0.5ms response times. That said, Acer has managed to trump that with the Predator XN253Q X, a 24.5-inch 240Hz display that is claiming a 0.4ms response time in overdrive mode. 

The new Predator monitor features a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel TN display and a peak brightness of 400 nits. It also supports NVIDIA's G-Sync variable refresh rate technology, so Acer is clearly focusing on providing the smoothest and most responsive gaming experience possible. 

While few cards today can even push up to 240fps consistently in AAA games, you'll probably appreciate the higher refresh rate in less demanding esports titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. And like most other gaming-oriented monitors today, the Predator also comes with a built-in black boost feature to bring out details in the shadows in darker scenes, on top of different display modes for various game genres. 

Image Source: Acer

The stand supports tilt, pivot, and height adjustments, with the option for VESA mounting as well. In terms of display inputs, it has one DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 1.4 connector. You'll also get four USB 3.0 ports for hooking up your peripherals and a pair of built-in 2W speakers. 

At the E3 gaming conference in June, LG also announced its UltraGear Nano IPS monitors, which featured IPS panels with a 1ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate. This was a first for IPS displays, and together with the AOC and Acer gaming screens, we could be seeing the start of a speed race to squeeze out increasingly low response times across the board. 

I'm certainly not about to complain about that, and I think we can all look forward to the day when it'll be the norm for IPS panels to be as speedy as their TN counterparts. 

The Predator XN253Q X is now on sale in the US for US$499

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