BenQ EX2510 vs Acer XB253Q GP for PC games

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    • #63796

      Which monitor to choose from the two:
      Acer Predator XB253Q GP
      BenQ EX2510

      Or a different monitor in this price range?

      I love the BenQ eyecare feature. I have an Nvidia card.

      #63800

      Hi CsZsolt,

      What games do you play and what Nvidia GPU do you have? What sort of frame rates would you be getting at the Full HD resolution?

      #63801

      Hi,

      thanks for the reply.

      I have a Ryzen 5 3600+ gtx 1060 (average budget gamer here). And this year or next (depending on the market). I want to upgrade to RTX 3060 or similar from amd. The main goal is to run 144hz 1080p games.

      #63805

      Ultimately I recommend both of these monitors for PC gaming so I’d like to go into this comparison in a bit of detail. The EX2510 is very similar to the EX2710 we’ve reviewed, aside from the screen size and pixel density. So our review of the 27″ model will give you a very good idea of what to expect from the 24.5″ model. I appreciate there’s a massive amount of information in both reviews so it would be difficult to sift through, but the BenQ EX2510 and Acer XB253Q GP have far more similarities than they do differences. They’re both based on the same panel; the AUO M250HAN01.6 AHVA IPS-type panel.

      The Acer is very well tuned for a strong 144Hz performance. The BenQ is no slouch, but as you’ll see from the comparison in our EX2710 review the Acer offers slightly faster pixel responses in the UFO Motion Test for ghosting with both models using their optimal setting. So there’s a little bit less ‘powdery trailing’ behind moving objects and therefore perceived blur is very slightly lowered. Both models perform very well here and offer a competent 144Hz performance, but the Acer still has a slight edge. It offers a similar performance to the BenQ set to its ‘AMA = 2’ pixel overdrive setting, but does so with less overshoot (inverse ghosting – ‘halo’ trails etc.) Most users would probably use ‘AMA = 1’ on the BenQ as they’d find the overshoot a touch high otherwise. Both models outperform the AOC 24G2(U) we reviewed with its Panda IPS-type panel in this test and through broader subjective testing in games. But really, the vast majority of users would be happy with any of these models when it comes to responsiveness, none are slow by any means. These are just slight differences I’m highlighting here as I like to be thorough.

      The Acer is less well tuned for lower refresh rates. The ‘Normal’ overdrive setting works really nicely at 144Hz, but below that you will get moderate to strong (depending how low the refresh rate is) overshoot. This is important to be aware of in a VRR environment – if you use ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ for example. Because when your frame rate dips, the refresh rate will as well and you’ll get an increase in overshoot. This is explored in the review and I recommend setting overdrive to ‘Off’ if you’re frequently dipping into double digit refresh rates. This is a bit of a pain to do and depending on the games you play you might find some scenes you’re happily getting close to 144fps or well above 100fps at least, other times you dip below that. With the RTX 3060 this will happen much less frequently than with the GTX 1060. But the nice thing with the BenQ is that it has a setting (‘AMA = 1’) that works nicely at all refresh rates really. Certainly giving less overshoot than the Acer would if you left it in its ‘Normal’ setting and the refresh rate dips. So it’s set and forget rather than an extra thing to worry about.

      You mentioned liking the ‘Eye Care’ features of the BenQ. It’s worth noting that the Acer ticks the same boxes for viewing comfort, including; having a flicker-free backlight, no dithering used, similar brightness adjustment range, similar screen surface and Low Blue Light (LBL) settings. It doesn’t have the ‘B.I.+’ feature – but as I note in the OSD video of the BenQ EX2710 (below) I don’t much like this feature anyway. It tries to do too much and doesn’t account for the fact people have their own preferences. I do prefer the balance that the BenQ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings give to the image as they don’t impart a green tint and are easier for the eyes to adjust to. It comes at the expense of contrast as demonstrated in the review, but this is really a secondary concern in my view when using this sort of setting. Really the Acer settings are just as effective at reducing blue light output.

      The Acer has a more solid ‘feel’ in my opinion due to the powder coated metal stand and it offers superior ergonomics as you can rotate the screen into portrait. The BenQ actually has an extra 10mm height adjustment (130mm vs. 120mm), though, and both models offer 100 x 100mm VESA mounting if you prefer to use a different solution. The Acer has a few extra as well such as an integrated flip-down headphone hook and 4 USB 3.0 ports. The BenQ has superior integrated speakers, so perhaps something to consider should you find yourself wanting to use those from time to time. I’d also slip in here that I found the BenQ’s build quite solid even though the stand base is plastic, so don’t be concerned about it feeling ‘cheap’.

      The BenQ and Acer are difficult to separate when it comes to colour performance or contrast. Same panel and both are nicely calibrated – there will be a bit of inter-unit variation but from feedback I’ve seen you can expect a good factory calibration with both models. A few final things to note includes that only the BenQ supports FreeSync via HDMI and lists ‘1080p @120Hz’ in a PS5 friendly manner. None of this matters as a PC gamer – you’ll be using DP happily and making use of the full feature set, but it’s still worth mentioning. A final point to note is that competitive gamers sometimes like to make use of a gamma enhancement feature that will lift up dark shades to make enemies more visible in dark surroundings etc. Both models offer this sort of feature – ‘Black Boost’ for the Acer and ‘Black eQualizer’ or ‘Light Tuner’ for the BenQ depending on preset used. I think both implementations are decent, but I’d give a slight edge to the BenQ. As the settings there seemed more targeted and had less of an effect on pure blacks and contrast.

      So you may still be confused after reading this – and that’s fine. It’s because the EX2510 and Acer XB253Q GP are very good monitors in my view, with slightly different strengths and unique features. I don’t think you’d be disappointed with either model really.

      #63819

      You mentioned that Acer has gsync problems. So I’m more attracted to Benq, but the build quality and fast charging usb socket, and the stronger 144hz operation also make Acer attractive, but since I only have a GTX1060 right now, benq seems like a more balanced choice.

      Thank you for your effort and advice! Have a great day!

      #63821

      ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ is indeed imperfect on the XB253Q GP with GTX 10 Series GPUs, but seems to work fine with newer GPUs. Although I didn’t test the BenQ with a GTX 10 Series GPU, I’ve certainly received feedback from users with such GPUs that found the technology worked well for them. The issues I had with the Acer even on my GTX 10 Series GPU were pretty minor, but I agree it would be nicer if they weren’t there.

      On my RTX 3090 with the EX2710, I was pleasantly surprised to find the technology not only work well but actually give a bit of a bonus over FreeSync. With a lower floor of operation of 38Hz vs. 48Hz, LFC below that. I’m not sure if this applies to the EX2510 as well, but at the very least you can expect it to deliver a very similar experience to FreeSync with a 48Hz floor of operation and LFC below that. But it doesn’t sound like you intend to game at such low frames anyway and certainly shouldn’t expect to do if you get your RTX 3060. So the floor of operation and where exactly LFC kicks in won’t make a difference to you.

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