Review: Acer R240HY Abmidx Monitor

This Acer R240HY Abmidx 23.8″ Monitor review will discuss its VA technology, design, screen technology, input port compatibility, and define the best uses for this monitor.

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VA Panel

A VA monitor stands for vertical alignment. It is a type of monitor panel that is generally regarded as the middle ground between TN and IPS panels. VA monitors are commonly found to have higher refresh rates than its competing IPS or TN panels. They are better than TN panels in the regards that they offer improved color reproduction, greater brightness settings, and more angular viewing points. Although VA panels have very good contrast ratios they lack in response times which means fast-moving objects are displayed in a blurry manner and therefore not ideal for the buyer who wants to use this monitor for gaming. Acer does state that this monitor has a rapid 4 millisecond response time which reduces deviations in fast moving pictures but I have seen monitors with response times as low as 1 millisecond so while you could game with this monitor, it will not give you any superior playing edge over your competitors. You’ll often see that if you look at a traditional monitor from an angle, the colors seem distorted than they do from a right angle. This R240HY VA monitor does not have that issue because the vertical alignment technology means that the picture is vivid with zero color difference. As mentioned earlier, VA panels enjoy the best contrast ratio, and this monitor specifically has a 100 million:1 rating so that the image on your screen is displayed in a detailed manner regardless of whether you are surfing the web or viewing documents in Microsoft Word.

Mutliple support ports

This monitor is equipped with VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs. Sometimes buyers do not know what they inputs can do to improve their screen’s picture quality so we will discuss that in brief here: VGA- Stands for video graphics array and is the standard for monitor or interface display. VGA compatible monitors work with majority of new personal computers. Albeit VGA is not an entirely old technology it is rapidly being replaced with DVI and HDMI inputs. DVI – Stands for digital visual interface which is a video display interface that is commonly used for transmitting video display. It has been largely renounced by the advent of HDMI which is the go-to option for new model 4K and high definition monitors. HDMI- Stands for High definition multimedia interface and is today’s standard for transferring video and audio from the computer to the monitor. It will, of course, depend on how old your personal computer is but even the HDMI has multiple versions ranging from 1.0 to 2.1. The Acer R240HY Abmidx was released in 2014. HDMI is the standard for most new graphics cards too. So if you have a computer that is equipped with the HDMI output you will likely want to use it to get the best picture quality from your R240HY monitor. One thing to mention is that this monitor does not support DisplayPort which is a video connector commonly found on newer laptops so you won’t be able to take advantage of it in that regard. However, the HDMI input should be adequate given that your laptop supports it and if you ever feel the need to connect the two for a dual monitor display.


The design of this VA monitor is one of its neat features. It has a zero-frame construction so you get maximum viewing space. Most of the time, you’ll find that a monitor is marketed as a 24 inch or 27 inch when 2-4 inches are allocated to the frame so you’re really getting shortsighted on these claims. However, you’ll be amazed to find that this monitor 23.8 inches and produces a wonderful 1920x 1080 resolution so you get maximum viewing space. And the great thing about this zero frame design is that you can build video walls by aligning two monitors together. The frame is very thin, so there are essentially no boundaries to your viewing capability. If you need to tilt the monitor it can move -5 to 15 degrees in the specified direction and there is also an OSD button under the bezel which helps you control the panel performance more effortlessly. It is a LCD monitor which means that screen has 99.99% effective pixels. However, you can sometimes encounter blemishes of .01% or less which is just the nature of the LCD technology.

Improved Technology

The R240HY monitor features a built in blue light filter which reduces the blueish effect that is produced on a monitor’s screen when it used for prolonged periods of time. It is also easy on the eyes because the Acer Comfyview means you get less screen glare and can use it for longer durations before you feel that your eyes are beginning to strain. Furthermore, the flicker-less technology reduces screen flickering. This has been a concern among many LCD monitors but at least this technology is effective in reducing (but not eliminating) this negative effect. It is one of the reasons why many buyers choose to opt for a LED monitor but that will also mean you’ll require a larger budget. In fact, the price of this monitor is probably is greatest selling point and offers extreme technological value for its price. It’s easy for Acer to offer this price because this monitor model has been mass produced since 2014 and continues to be a favorite in the home offices and workstations of customers all across North America.


Overall, this is a budget-friendly monitor which uses improved technologies on the LCD framework to deliver an optimum viewing experience for the various office tasks you are likely to perform with it. While you could use it for gaming purposes, it is not the ideal choice because we highly recommend getting a gaming monitor with anti-screen tearing technology such as FreeSync or G-Sync so that you can match up to your opponents. In conclusion, if you would like an affordable, modern, sleek designed, and practical LCD monitor this is a very good choice for that purpose.