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Acer SB220Q Review: 1920×1080 Widescreen 21-Inch 75Hz IPS Panel

The Acer SB220Q is another great budgeted IPS monitor that you can invest in if ‘you’re looking on saving on money.

Acer is a reputable company that develops state of the art electronic devices. And Acer has developed an excellent monitor that delivers.

With the ‘SB220Q’s simplistic design, with a bezeless frame design to it, ‘you’ll be able to immerse yourself into the gaming and multimedia environments fully.

Furthermore, ‘it’s lightweight in design compared to other IPS panels, and should be easy to carry around if ‘you’re ever traveling or on the go.

So before investing in the SB220Q, ‘let’s dive into some of its specifications, design, performance, and features.

Specifications

  • Display: 21.5-inches
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 Widescreen
  • Panel: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 100,000,000:1
  • Color Support: 16.7 Million Colors
  • Brightness: 250 nit
  • FreeSync Ready
  • I/O Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
  • Tilt: Yes
  • Height, Pivot: No
  • VESA Mount: No
  • Weight: 6 lbs
Acer SB220Q Side View

The Design

The design of the Acer SB220Q is elegant, and the display itself is very thin (0.24 inches) by design. With a bezeless frame, ‘you’ll be able to immerse yourself into your projects, and gaming environments fully.

Furthermore, with a beautiful matte black finish to the display, ‘you’ll be able to adore the monitor itself while walking into your room or office.

With the frame being an all matte black, the screen itself is matte black as well and ‘shouldn’t give you any glare when viewing the display.

Alongside with its stylish display, ‘you’ll be able to enjoy viewing the monitor thanks to its widescreen display; ‘you’ll have more than enough screen real estate to have multiple windows and projects open while gaming.

And the stand itself is outstanding and will serve a proper foundation to the monitor. Thanks to its sturdy stand and a round shaped base, the monitor ‘won’t wobble or move around at all if it does get hit.

However, the stand ‘isn’t ergonomic by design so you ‘won’t be able to swivel, pivot, nor make any height adjustments. But ‘you’ll be able to tilt the monitor, so you can either make the monitor lean back or upright.

Unfortunately, the SB220Q ‘isn’t VESA compatible as well, so you ‘won’t have the options of installing a VESA mount to the display.

The I/O panels are located in the back, with just an HDMI and VGA port. ‘They’re easy to install, plug and play. The power cord is around 6 feet long and should provide you enough length to plug into a distant power source.

Besides, there ‘won’t be any built-in speakers, but ‘that’s fine because a pair of dedicated speakers or headphones is a lot better if ‘you’re gaming competitively.

Also, the On LED light ‘isn’t a distraction and shouldn’t give you any issues down the line because ‘it’s not too bright.

In addition, the monitor also has an OSD panel as well located in the front of the display. You can also choose up to different screen profiles as well, such as night use, gaming, and color adjustments. And if ‘you’re a gamer, you can also choose up to 3 profiles to fully optimize for any game.

Overall, the SB220Q has a simple design that adds to its elegant aesthetics. And the stand provides you with a sturdy foundation and base. In general, the monitors’ design is equal to the price tag, which is reasonably cheap.

So if ‘you’re looking for a budgeted IPS panel, then the Acer SB220Q is it.

Performance and Features

The SB220Q is a 21.6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920×1080. With a widescreen, ‘you’ll be able to have extra screen real estate to provide you extra space to have multiple windows and projects open at the same time, which is excellent if ‘you’re doing some graphic designing while watching a movie simultaneously.

Being an IPS panel, ‘you’ll be able to look at the screen from different angles and ‘won’t have washed out colors or images disappearing. This is great if ‘you’re watching a movie or like working on projects in different angles.

However, the SB220Q ‘isn’t the most vibrant and color depth display there is, but ‘you’ll still get the vibrant images, contrast, and the impressive color clarity. So if ‘you’re ever on a budget and a producer at the same time, then the SB220Q would be the right choice.

Also, if you do have an AMD graphics card, then ‘you’ll be able to fully use the FreeSync feature that the SB220Q has to offer.

Once FreeSync is on, you’ll be able to experience gaming to a whole different level. Thanks to its FreeSync features, ‘you’ll be able to have super buttery-like graphics and no screen-tearing at all.

With a 4ms response time and a 75Hz refresh rate, ‘you’ll have a fast monitor by your side. You ‘won’t notice any significant amount of speed difference from a 1ms to a 4ms response monitor unless ‘you’re looking at the details.

But if ‘you’re a competitive gamer, then ‘you’ll need at least a 144Hz monitor with a 1ms response time to gain a slight advantage over your opponents. However, if ‘you’re a casual gamer and like to game on occasion, then ‘you’ll do great with this monitor.

Pros

  • The monitor has a great design, and performance for a budgeted IPS monitor.

  • You’ll do great with this display if you’re a casual gamer and a producer that works closely to graphics thanks to its color depth and vibrancy.

  • For under a hundred dollars, ‘you’ll have one excellent performing monitor by your side.

Cons

  • The stand ‘isn’t ergonomic by design, and there’s no option to upgrade to a VESA mount for future use.

  • Given with a super affordable price, expect not to have a VESA mount or an ergonomic stand. But other than that, there are no other cons.

Conclusion

Overall the SB220Q is an excellent IPS panel that you can invest in due to its affordable price tag. ‘It’s lightweight in design and should provide you the stability thanks to its sturdy stand.

With a widescreen resolution of 1920×1080 and a 75Hz refresh rate, ‘you’ll do reasonably well with this display and still have excellent image clarity and color depth.

All in all, the Acer SB220Q is a worthy monitor to have.

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