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Acer CB242Y vs Asus VA24DQLB: Which Monitor is Better

Pros and Cons

Acer CB242YAsus VA24DQLB
Many ergonomic functionsGood value for the price
Fully Adjustable StandAccurate and consistent colors
Attractive Design75Hz refresh Rate
Good build qualityFreeSync Support
Tilt-only stand

Specification

Acer CB242YAsus VA24DQLB
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
Released‎July 21, 2019‎July 12, 2020
BrandAcerAsus
Panel TypeIPSIPS
Dimension21.3 x 9.2 x 19.6 inch540 x 325 x 55 mm
Weight4.30 Kg5.5 Kg
Screen Size23.8 inch23.8 inch
Resolution1920 x 10801920×1080
Aspect Ratio16:916:9
Refresh Rate75 Hz75Hz
Response Time1 ms5 ms
Adaptive-SyncAMD Free-Sync
PortsVGA
HDMI
1x HDMI®-in
1x DisplayPort
DisplayPort 1.2 x 1
HDMI(v1.4) x 1
VGA x 1
USB Hub: Yes(2 ports)
Earphone Jack: Yes
PC Audio Input: Yes
Built-In Speakers2 x 2 WYes(2Wx2)
Pixels Per Inch92 PPI
Brightness250 cd/m²250cd/㎡
Contrast Ratio1,000:11000:1
Power Consumption24 W16.7W

Design

The Acer CB242Y is a simple monitor that does without unnecessary decorations. You get a simple front, on which there is only a wider frame with a structure on the underside. It is also adorned with a silver Acer lettering. Pleasantly simple.

Acer mainly uses matt black plastic for the CB242Y. This not only looks chic but also has the advantage that you hardly see any fingerprints. Only the upper third of the back is made of shiny plastic.

There is nothing wrong with the design. It is flawless. All parts are flush; the joints are pleasantly stiff without blocking. You can adjust the height and incline with one hand without any problems.

The ASUS VA24DQLB makes an overall somewhat plastic-heavy and cost-optimized impression. The ASUS VA24EHL can hide this better with its slightly more elegant case. If you look at the price, it’s still impressive how much quality you can get for it.

The VA24DQLB, another eye care monitor from ASUS in the 24-inch class. It has an IPS panel with stable viewing angles and full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in 16: 9 format.

The ASUS VA24DQLB also impresses with its low price. It has DisplayPort and a USB hub instead of the hardly used DVI- D input.

Otherwise, the two devices look very similar at first glance. The frameless design looks good and enables almost seamless multi-monitor configurations. As a representative of the ASUS Eye Care series, the VA24DQLB is equipped with flicker-free and low-blue-light technology certified by TUV for particularly pleasant use. The design supports the ergonomics simultaneously with the mechanics with all common setting options.

Adaptive-Sync technology, a refresh rate of up to 75 Hz should prevent trailing effects and ensure sharp, crystal-clear video playback. Thus, occasional gamers could also get their money’s worth with the sRGB-optimized display.

Ergonomics

The CB242Y offers you the full range of ergonomics. You can move the monitor twelve centimeters in height. If you want to tilt your display, you can do that too. This is possible from -5 ° to + 20 °. And it can also be swiveled. Acer writes of a generous 360 °. And this makes it clear that the supporting leg does not have a joint, but you rotate the monitor completely. Due to the round base, this does not affect the space taken up on your desk.

And last but not least, you can also use the monitor vertically thanks to the pivot function.

Asus VA24DQLB- All common setting options are available with the ergonomic functions: height adjustment 13 cm, inclination -5 to + 35 °, and a rotation function by 90 ° in both directions. The pan-to-portrait format is also possible.

There is hardly anything to complain about when it comes to the mechanics. All ergonomic functions can be set very smoothly and yet stably. Nevertheless, the leg construction, which is practically identical to the ASUS VA24EHL, does not leave a very good impression this time. This may be an indication of a corresponding series spread.

The graduation of the supporting leg adopted from the ProArt series suggests precision, but our test device could not achieve this. Regardless of the graduation, it was practically impossible to align the display, leg, and front edge of the stand parallel to one another – especially not with graduation in the zero position.

Display

With the CB242Y, you get an IPS display. Specifically, this means that you have large viewing angles and the picture only darkens minimally, or the colors shift. Thanks to the anti-reflective surface, you can work well with it even in bright surroundings, and you don’t have to worry about reflections. Since the frames are pleasantly narrow on three sides, a setup with several monitors can also be implemented.

The panel frame and the panel’s surface are matt and effectively anti-reflective. The panel frame is only approx. 2 mm wide anyway. The anti-reflective coating of the ASUS VA24DQLB is extremely good, definitely above average. Even in connection with bright objects and close distance to the display, we hardly noticed any reflection here without explaining this directly with the coating images.

Connectivity

If you have a reasonably modern computer, you can connect the CB242Y via HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2. Anyone who has used a VGA connection up to now often looks down the tube with current monitors. It’s different here. Because the monitor has a VGA port, so everyone can use their favorite connection on this monitor.

You have to be careful, though. Acer has this monitor under the same name without a DisplayPort in its portfolio. So look carefully in the shop description to see which version is offered. My trial version is one of the models without DisplayPort.

Incidentally, the connections all lead down on the back. You can easily attach the monitor to the wall with a very flat VESA bracket.

In terms of connections, the ASUS VA24DQLB offers the two most important digital inputs with HDMI (V1.4) and DP (V1.2). With an analog D-Sub input, even very old devices with the display can be persuaded to show images.

The model also has a USB hub. As can be seen, however, it is only USB 2.0, and the two downstream ports are located on the back that cannot be optimally reached. It is also worth mentioning that the ASUS VA24DQLB has the often found headphone output and a PC audio input – both with a 3.5 mm jack.

Fortunately, Acer has given the CB242Y a joystick to navigate you through the menu. It reacts precisely to your inputs and makes navigation very pleasant. There are also three quick selection buttons.

The menu gives you access to all important settings and is structured. Even beginners will find their way around it very quickly.

It is operated using five multifunctional buttons (plus soft-off button), which are inconspicuously attached to the frame at the bottom right. They have a clear and audible pressure point, are a bit small, and can still be found easily even when flying blind. There is nothing wrong with the feel and ease of use.

Any keystroke initially displays a quick selection. This means that the signal source, brightness setting and blue light filter can also be reached without going through the menu.

Asus VA24DQLB- It is operated using five multifunctional buttons (plus soft-off button), which are inconspicuously attached to the frame at the bottom right. They have a clear and audible pressure point, are a bit small, and can still be found easily even when flying blind. There is nothing wrong with the feel and ease of use.

Any keystroke initially displays a quick selection. This means that the signal source, brightness setting and blue light filter can also be reached without going through the menu.

Sound

Acer has given the CB242Y two 2-watt speakers. That doesn’t sound like a lot. And that’s exactly how the sound is.

The lows are easy to guess, and the highs dominate the sound. For occasional skyping, it is completely sufficient. Listening to music is not a pleasure, and with films, you should concentrate on works that are heavily involved in dialogue if you want to use the internal speakers. Better get some decent boxes. In any case, you will have a better sound.

The ASUS VA24DQLB has inconspicuously integrated two RMS stereo speakers into the case for sound reproduction. They each have 2 watts of output power. If you look through the ventilation slots above, you can see them on the right and left.

The volume control is in the middle position at the factory. Hardly anything can be heard from the sounders. On the other hand, you quickly feel overwhelmed if you turn the volume up. However, at least for the reproduction of system sounds, they are a welcome addition. Audio signals can be received via HDMI, DP, or the analog audio input and played back via the integrated loudspeakers or the headphone output.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that the Acer CB242Y is a versatile monitor. Office, multimedia, and even light gaming are not a problem for the Acer.

The contrast is good, the colors vivid. Movies and photos are fun on display. We particularly like the uniform illumination and the high coverage of the individual color spaces. For example, in a private environment, image processing is no problem at all. 

However, the Acer CB242Y is suitable for the home office or living room. So if you are looking for a cheap monitor, you should take a look. For just under 150 dollars you can’t go wrong here.

The ASUS VA24DQLB, with its 24- inch diagonal and full HD display, is no longer up to date in terms of work surface and resolution. But for many, that’s enough for surfing the Internet and filing your tax return from home. You can also look forward to very good viewing angle stability thanks to the IPS panel. The efficiency is also top-notch.

The quality of the ASUS VA24DQLB, on the other hand, seems a bit cost-optimized but is still solid enough. The ergonomic functions of the supporting leg offer the full scope and can also be adjusted easily and precisely at the same time.

Overall, despite the low price, we are dealing with a great all-rounder that should also satisfy occasional gamers. However, one important note concerns operation at the HDMI input – at least in connection with NVIDIA graphics cards. We have described this in detail in the “Connections” chapter.

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