Display: 25″, IPS Panel, 2560×1440, 4 ms Response Time, 60Hz
Notable Features: Framelss Design
Ports: DVI-D Port, HDMI, Display Port
Price Scale: 2.5/10
Acer G257HU smidpx is one of the best slim bezel monitor with a WQHD display. Just to let you know that Acer already has a very similar monitor in the market that ha a few negligible extra features, a different design, but a lot higher price tag: Acer H257HU smidpx.
Acer G257HU smidpx is not only has a slim bezel, but it also happens to be one of the most affordable WQHD monitors in the market. So if you are looking for a budget multi monitor setup that has WQHD resolution, this is the monitor to go for. Just remember though that if you do happen to run games on multiple number of this monitor or on even a single one this, you will need to have a very powerful computer. WQHD resolution is far more taxing on the graphics card and the processor compared to the FHD resolution.
This monitor is gorgeous to look at. It follows the trend of all Acer hardware i.e make it competitive in specs but at at the least possible price tag. This monitor would be great for gaming, multimedia as well as productivity.
There was a time not so long ago, in fact just a two or three years back, when WQHD resolution monitors were just limited for professionals. They were expensive and designed only for industrial level of work. However, now they are almost as expensive as FHD monitors were a few years back. Technology never stops evolving and as it evolves further, we will see FHD monitors slowly phase out and WQHD monitor take their permanent place as the default monitor resolution to go for.
Design and Features
This monitor is a beauty to behold. It harbors a beautiful IPS panel with a WQHD display on a 25 inch screen. Unlike the Acer H257HU smidpx which does seem to take its inspiration from some of the rival thin bezel monitors out there, Acer G257HU smidpx has a an entirely different design and style. The stand, instead of being circular, has a cross shape. Although this looks interesting and stylish, it does not have as much functionality as a circular stand. You can use the space between circular stand for keeping your accessories. With this stand, most of that space is wasted.
Despite that, the monitor has both the style that would be worth of a classy as well as a gaming monitor. You can place it in your living room and it would be the eye candy, or you can have it place it on your desk as part of your gaming rig and it would look equally as good.
One of the biggest issue with this monitor, like its counterpart H257HU, is that it does not offer VESA mounting holes. Now to many this may not matter; however, for those looking to actually setup a multiple monitor setup and have the monitors placed on dedicated stands, this would be a huge issue.
The basic features of this monitor include 4 ms response time, a 1000:1 static ratio, 60 HZ refresh rate and 2560×1440 resolution. Most of the customers have praised the quality of the visuals stating that there is not ghosting effect whatsoever. So if you are worried about 4 ms response time not living up to gamers expectations and needs, then think again. Lets us talk about infamous IPS back light bleeding. This has been an issue in most of the monitors out there. Now unless you are willing to spend top dollar on monitors, IPS back light bleeding is quite inevitable. With that said, you would be delighted to hear that this monitor has minimal of that, as reported by its customers.
Connectivity wise, this monitor is awesome. It has all the necessary connectivity ports that you will ever need. It has a DVI port. Along with that it has HDMI and the rare Display Port. You will find t hat Display Port will come in quite handy if you want to setup a multiple monitor display. Now for the price of this monitor you cannot possibly ask for more. However, it would have been awesome if this monitor could have also featured a USB Hub. This really helps in productivity and puts a lot of value on the monitor.
You should note that many customers have a complained about the stand being flimsy. This is really not an issue as you won’t really be moving the monitor around much. However, it should be noted nevertheless.
Remember, if you are a gamer, you will to know that playing games on 2560×1440 is really demanding. The FPS will most certainly drop when playing at this resolution. If you current graphics card can run the games on high settings at FHD resolution but cannot run on high setting on WQHD resolution then tweaking a few graphics settings can give you excellent frame rates.
The cost of this monitor is one of the biggest attraction. It is one of the cheapest WQHD monitors to go for. The fact that is offers a wide variety of connectivity options and on top of that has amazing visuals adds more to the value.
There aren’t many that can be stated. The only possible drawback at this price point that can be said is that this monitor lacks VESA mount. Most of the monitors of similar price tag do have VESA mounts. You can read more about them here.
Now if you become too picky you can consider that fact this monitor lacks 144Hz refresh rate or adaptive sync a flaw. Well, know that these features cost a lot of money. This monitor would be more than twice its current price tag if you wanted those features.
If you are looking for an affordable WQHD monitor with thin bezel that has won praise of many customers, then Acer G257HU smidpx is the monitor that you are looking for. It has amazing visuals, beautiful aesthetics, excellent selection of connectivity ports and amazing price point. I would recommend this monitor in a heart beat as it has the best bang for the buck. I would warn you; however, that you should really think hard before migrating to WQHD resolution. Is your computer really capable of handling this much resolution. If you answer is yet, then by all means go for it.