ACER G257HU Review

Acer G257HU Review – Epic Budget 1440p Monitor

Picking the right gaming monitor for a given build is one of my least favorite decisions to make. Not because the decision itself is particularly difficult, but because gaming monitors can get friggin' expensive!  With my Acer G257HU Review, we'll find out of this monitor is any exception to that trend.

Before I get into the details though, let me be clear - I am 100% okay with shelling out extra money for quality products. I think most of us are. However, when you're on a tighter budget, it should still be possible to get decent quality peripherals and components.

That's why the fact that so many crappy monitors still run you over $300 drives me nuts! 

Naturally, costs like that are difficult to stomach for most PC gamers - myself included.

The only real alternative (If your top concern is sheer quality) is to shell out over $600 for a high-end monitor and install a boatload of case fans just to take advantage of its power (Since you're going to need a pretty beefy video card!).

So how do we solve this problem? Are there actually any good budget monitors out there?

Fortuantely, there are. Paired with a solid budget gaming PC build, they can kick some serious butt without requiring you to shell out upwards of $600.

But to the main point of this article - the G257HU. Does it fall into the same low-quality, high-price trap that so many other PC gaming monitors do?

ACER G257HU Review

Acer G257HU Review - Product Overview


The Best PC Gaming Monitor
  • SPECIFICATIONS
  • pros
  • cons
  • Obvious cost-cutting in the stand - it's flimsy
  • A 60hz refresh rate isn't terrible, but it isn't ideal for 1440p

Solid Design

Whether or not a given monitor looks good or bad is pretty subjective. That's why I don't typically like to go into too much detail on aesthetics.

However, generally speaking, most PC gamers seem to be into a more modern, clean aesthetic in their peripherals - including me! Heck, my favorite micro ATX case is the Thermaltake Core V21 - that thing is basically a small mesh box!

So, to that end, how does the G257HU measure up?

In my opinion, the design is pretty awesome. The bezels are very thin, giving the monitor a super slim profile. The slightly thicker silver bottom bezel also looks really good, especially when combined with the black coloring throughout the rest of this monitor.

Oh, also, the screen is matte instead of a glossy - another huge plus, in my opinion.​ It doesn't attract fingerprints as easily this way, and it helps a lot with glare from the sun/other light sources in your room or office.

I generally prefer round stands to X-shaped stands, but that's more of a personal preference than an actual complaint. I just find them less intrusive and easier to fit into smaller space (X-shaped stands take up way too much space, in my opinion).

In terms of ports/connectivity, the G257HU is pretty standard. You have 1 DVI port, 1 HDMI port, and 1 display port. Nothin' to write home about there!

Cost-Cutting Is Evident In The Stand

I don't really like to fault companies for doing a bit of cost-cutting in physical aspects of the monitor (Larger bezels, flimsier stands, etc.) when it benefits the rest of the monitor, but I felt it was important to go into details about the build quality this time around.

There are 3 major aspects of the monitor (Physically speaking) that were clearly sacrificed in favor of higher screen quality, and I'll go into details about each below.

To start with, though, let's talk about the stand.

The stand on the G257HU is wobblier than I'd like, but it's not horrendous. It's definitely noticeable while typing, but I've pretty much gotten used to it by this point.

Best Budget PC Gaming Monitor

However, if even a slightly wobbly stand turns you off to a monitor, I can't blame you for looking elsewhere. If you want to stick roughly around the budget of the G257HU, but want something a little different, here's my list of the 10 best monitors under $300.

The other two things that frustrate me about this monitor's overall design/build quality are pretty minor. First is the lack of swivel, height, or rotation functionality. Again, it's a minor complaint, but it can be annoying if you have a shorter (Or taller) desk than average.

The other annoying thing is the monitor's buttons - they suck. There's no indicators to tell you what they do, and the feedback you get when you press one is poor (No real "clicky" feeling).

But that's enough about the build quality - let's talk about the screen!

Decent Speakers For The Price

We might as well cover the speakers before going into too many other aspects of the monitor!

Most budget monitors either don't have speakers at all, or make them as awful as they possibly can just so they can say "Has built in speakers!" on the product page.

Fortunately, the G257HU's speakers are actaully pretty decent. They aren't going to blow your mind (Literally), but their clarity and overall quality are good enough to play music through while cleaning up your room or reading a book.

However, they are a bit too quiet for my tastes. If you're anything like me and like to keep yourself cool by running a desk or floor fan, you may have a hard time hearing audio through the speakers without cranking the volume up.

Again, though, they could be a lot worse than they are (Or even just not exist) and this monitor would still be worth the price due to the other things it has going for it.

Beautiful 1440p Screen

The screen is where this monitor really shines. Although I have a few minor gripes about it, it's really fantastic for the price.

1440p looks awesome on a 25" screen - way better than it does on a 27" screen (Which, unfortunately, is usually how 1440p is offered). In my experience, 25" is the perfect sweet spot between a given monitor being way too big, or way too small.

In other words, if you're looking for a solid high resolution monitor, look no further!

Acer G257HU Monitor Review

The colors are crisp and vibrant, and I've encountered no dead pixels or backlight bleeding whatsoever during my 12+ month time with this monitor.

The screen is also insanely bright! This is mostly a good thing, but it can be annoying when you're gaming well into the night - especially given how clunky the buttons and OSD menu are.

Speaking of the OSD menu, there's quite a bit of customization available with this monitor. Colors, contrast, brightness, etc. are all relatively easy to adjust to your liking.

The 4ms response time is also a huge plus, though it's not quite as fast as other gaming-grade monitors out there (Which can get as low as 1ms). Still, the difference will be hardly noticeable.

Unfortunately, this is where my complaints start.

The biggest frustration I have with this monitor's screen is the fact that it only has a 60hz refresh rate. Don't listen to what people say - the human eye can absolutely see past 60FPS. That's why 144hz monitors exist.

A 60hz refresh rate essentially means that you'll never see more than 60FPS on this monitor - no matter how high end your video card is. That's a massive bummer, but it also makes the G257HU really well suited to low or mid-range PC builds.

It's a tradeoff, at the end of the day.

Are The Trade-Offs Worth It?

In my opinion, yes.

You make trade-offs in certain aspects of the monitor for better quality in other aspects (A crappier stand for a better screen).

When you delve into the realm of budget monitors, this is a pretty common practice - the difference between the G257HU and other monitors in the price range is the fact that the G257HU makes those trade-offs in the right areas.

I've seen budget monitors decide that the quality of the stand is way more important than the quality of the screen (Spoilers: It isn't).

This means that you could easily pay the same price and get a 1080p, 24", 60hz screen.

Ouch.

Is It The Best Gaming Monitor?

It's tough to say for sure. I wouldn't say it's the absolute best gaming monitor of all time - the price is just too low for that.

However, is it a strong contender for the title of best budget gaming monitor? Absolutely! The G257HU has a lot going for it in terms of screen real estate, colors, and overall quality.

The downsides are pretty insignificant, in my opinion, but it's really up for you to decide whether or not they're dealbreakers.

At the end of the day, the G257HU is one of the best pc gaming monitors you can get for under $300, and I personally believe it's well worth the price.

But don't just take my word for it. Check out some reviews on Amazon and decide for yourself!​

Oh, and if you're new to PC gaming, check out my guide on how to build a gaming PC! It'll get you started pretty quickly, and in plain english - no overly complicated tech-y talk here.

Comments

  1. Yes I see that this monitor can be of beneficial to PC gamers and from what I am reading the good out way the bad about this monitor my question would be which other monitors compare and what are the price ranges for them all the best David

    1. Author

      Hi, David! Thanks for your comment. To answer your question, if you’re looking for more of a selection (Perhaps with tighter budget concerns), your best bet would be to check out my article here – Click Me

      In that article, I offer more options for those who are still struggling with their monitor purchase.

      Thanks again!

    1. Author

      Good call! I’ve had this monitor for well over a year now, and I’d never even noticed – it does indeed have tilt, though its not much.

      Thanks for the correction!

  2. I JUST got this monitor 2 days ago, from a friend used for just $60! And I have to say; IT IS FANTASTIC! In every way! I was using an HP Z22n before hand, and when I heard that this monitor was 24″ (incorrectly), and had G-sync (again another misconception, the guy I bought it from does not even know what G-sync is, and probably mistook it for V-sync which every monitor can do ofc!) for $75, I was salivating!
    (since it did not have G-sync, that is why the 15$ price cut)
    ANYWAY – Then I started looking into the specs, and to my shock and surprise, it was 2560×1440, 25″, and was an IPS panel with better response times, equal or really BETTER color response (Z22n was 95% sRGB, from what I have seen this Acer is closer to 99% of sRGB!) Also on display latency tests, this particular display scored VERY well at just barely 1`0ms input response time – basically hanging in with ALL but the VERY fastest refreshing gaming displays!

    So after getting my initial disappointment that it was not G-sync capable, and comparing the picture side by side with my old HP Z22n high-end workstation IPS panel – and surprisingly to my eye, after tweaking all color, contrast, and brightness settings to what looked as good as possible to my eye – the Acer G257hu smidpx won out!
    *But wait, THERE’S MORE!*

    So I am not totally new to “Display Overclocking” wherein you can either use Nvidia Control Panel or CRU (Custom Resolution Utility) to make a “Custom Resolution” where all you do is increase the refresh rate! So where this monitor, and my now replaced HP Z22n both are 60 Hz out of the box, I was doing some reading, and apparently Acer uses a HIGH END LCD Panel on this monitor – apparently the same (either Taiwanese or Japanese – that are supposed to be superior to the Korean cheap panels that USUALLY make up this price bracket) – the EXACT same panel that is used on the much more expensive Dell Ultra Sharp branded 25″ 1440p IPS monitor!
    – And furthermore, this particular LCD display is notorious for EASILY hitting 70 to over 85 Hz refresh rates with some tweaking! Well, I managed to get mine running PERFECTLY at 76 Hz – or 76 frames per second fully rendered!

    So now I have a larger display, with more pixels per inch, AND it refreshes at 76 Hz FLAWLESSLY! There is an amazing Website that tests monitor Sync issues, called Blur Busters, and in absolutely every test, my Acer G257hu smidpx scored PERFECT synchronization! And at 76 FPS my monitor refreshes every 12.1ms down from the 16.33 it takes to refresh at 60 FPS/Hz (Refresh rate in Hz horizontal = FPS) – a significant improvement that gets me very near the 11.1ms response time of my HTC Vive’s refresh rate! (BTW VR IS NOT DEAD! IT IS AMAZING! AND I HOPE EVERYONE CAN SOON AFFORD IT! HTC Vive is better than Oculus overall, especially for room scale games, but either is going to provide an amazing experience PSVR can only dream of!)

    While this display may not be gamer geared, it is still one HELL of an AMAZING gaming monitor! The 10 million to 1 contrast, the VIVID color, the amazing brightness, the quick pixel and input response times that literally hang in with all but the best and most expensive! Aka displays such as ACTUAL G-Sync 144+ Hz displays that are basically designed for nearly 0 latency. Still the Acer holds up amazingly in this respect, literally, NONE of the response times are beyond what is perceptible to the average person. And while it certainly is true that there is NO hard limit to perceived frame rates, resolutions, and pixel response times – there IS a limit to how quickly the human brain can actually notice response time. It varies person to person, but this display should be more than fast enough in response times for anyone to ever complain!

    1. Author

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Brian!

      Glad to hear you liked the monitor. Sorry for taking so long to respond here, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus the past couple weeks.

      I am curious, how did you tweak your display to get it to run above 60 Hz? I’ve been having some issues with screen tearing lately, and V-Sync isn’t exactly the best way to get around them. With my system, games regularly push above 100FPS, but I can’t actually take advantage of that with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Let me know if you have any tips, or if you can link me to any resources you might have used.

      Thanks for stopping by either way!

Leave a Comment