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Acer GD245HQ review

Is this 3D monitor worth the extra money?

Our Verdict

The GD245HQ's 120Hz refresh gives a glimpse of a smoother future. But not quite worth the asking price.

For

  • Works well with Nvidia's 3D kit
  • 120Hz refresh gives 2D benefits

Against

  • Image quality is nothing special
  • Very expensive for a 24-incher

Whether it's gaming or movies, it seems the whole world is going mad for stereoscopic 3D. With that in mind, the 3D-capable Acer GD245HQ is probably the monitor of the moment.

By most metrics, it's a pretty ordinary panel. It's a 24-incher with a TN panel, a CCFL backlight and the standard-issue 1,920 x 1,080 HD pixel grid. None of that would necessarily be bad if it weren't for the minor matter of pricing. The Acer GD245HQ is knocking on £300.

That makes for a tough sell compared to similarly proportioned panels available for over £100 less. Some, such as the BenQ EW2420, even have VA panels and LED backlight. What they do not have, however, is support for stereoscopic 3D.

Of course, for 3D visuals you need some additional kit, such as Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision. That adds another £125 to the overall figure required to enable 3D visuals. Whatever you think about stereoscopic 3D, it doesn't come cheap.

Power consumption
Watts: maximum and approx 170cd/m2 – lower is better
Acer GD245HQ: 43W / 25W
BenQ EW2420: 32W / 18W
LG E2350: 28W / 19W

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDMIYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyGamer
3D Type3D
Brightness300 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAcer
Contrast Ratio80,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size61 cm (24")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
Height417.8 mm
Width574.8 mm
Depth194.4 mm
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelGD245HQbid
Product NameGamer GD245HQbid Widescreen LCD Monitor
Product LineGamer
Manufacturer Part NumberET.UG5HE.004
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Aspire GD245HQ 3D monitor is engineered for the graphics-intensive, win-or-lose moments of today's leading high-def 3D games. The radical design, ultra-high performance and immersive 3D visuals take gaming to the next dimension.

Weight (Approximate)5.80 kg