What you need to know
- Acer launched its new Nitro XF2 series of gaming monitors this week.
- The XF2 is a 1080p panel running at 240Hz with AMD FreeSync on board.
- You can buy the Nitro Xf2 now for $350.
Acer this week debuted a new series of gaming monitors, the Nitro XF2. Available now starting at $350, the monitors are focused primarily on delivering fluid and fast framerates for gamers.
The base 25-inch Nitro XF2 packs a 240Hz refresh rate, so you'll be able to push high frame rates if your PC is up to snuff. Acer has also included AMD FreeSync compatibility, which aims to eliminate screen tearing by syncing the display's refresh rate with the output on compatible AMD graphics cards and chips.
Alas, gamers looking for high resolutions will want to turn their attention to another monitor. The Nitro Xf2 comes with a 1080p panel; there's no QHD or 4K option here.
As far as other specs are concerned, the Nitro XF2 has a respectable response time of 3ms, can hit brightness levels up to 400 nits, and has a contrast ratio of 100 million to one. There's also HDR 10 support here, which can give you deep blacks and vivid colors with games and videos that support it.
"Our newest gaming monitors deliver amazingly high speed and precise colors for clear visuals, ensuring gamers don't miss a thing," Acer said in a press release. "Superbly smooth performance makes them a great choice for hard core gamers."
The port selection on the Nitro XF2 includes two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, and there are two 2W speakers on board. The monitor can be easily adjusted with –5 to 20 degree tilt, 360° swivel, and height adjustment up to 4.7 inches. There's also a quick release mechanism for the stand to make wall mounting a little easier.
The Acer Nitro XF2 is available now at retailers for $350. Another entry in the series, the 27-inch Nitro XF2 X, is expected to launch later this month for $450.
The Acer Nitro XF2 is built for gamers that want pure speed and liquid-smooth frames. A 240Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync should help the 1080p panel keep the action coming without a hitch.
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