When building or upgrading a computer, upgrading peripherals tends to be one of the last things that people think about. And it makes sense—they don’t make your system any faster, and the high-end products tend to be exponentially more expensive than their more basic counterparts.
Monitors are a bit of a different story. Even if you don’t want to shell out for the really high-end ones (which often cost hundreds of dollars), it’s worth putting your money down for one that has decent specs.
ASUS and Acer are two of the biggest names in the computer landscape, so there’s a good chance you’ll end up considering one of their panels, whether you’re building or upgrading. So between the two, which one is better? There’s a handful of factors for you to consider.
What Specs do you Need?
First, ask yourself what you need it for. Monitors are pretty simple, but there’s a variety of monitors for a variety of different purposes. What you need it for will dictate the specs that you’re looking for in a monitor. A graphic designer will probably prioritize a higher resolution display, while someone looking to play games will probably prioritize a higher refresh rate, and better response time.
Acer and ASUS both cater to the gaming community, though—if you’re looking for a productivity monitor, you’re better off looking at a brand like Samsung.
Acer and ASUS also use a similar pool of manufacturers, so while the branding, bezels, stands and so on are different, the actual panels themselves tend to be similar, or even the same. I’ve personally gone through a handful of monitors for both brands, though, and there’s a few notable differences between the two.
While the panel itself is the most important part of any monitor, it seems like ASUS tends to put more care into their assembly process. The stands in particular feel much higher quality, with more weight to them and a more solid overall feel.
Acer, on the other hand, tends to feel a bit cheaper. I’m actually using a smaller Acer monitor as a side panel, and while it does its job, the stand feels noticeably cheaper, and tends to sound a bit rickety when I move it around. All in all, ASUS monitors offer better build quality and a more solid feel, but this usually comes at a higher price
It is worth noting that monitors in general tend to perform consistently across the board. Even if you don’t go out of your way to keep your monitor in good shape, most brand monitors will last quite a while.
Given the above, it’s probably not a surprise to hear that Acer tends to offer better bang-for-your buck. If you search for 144hz monitors from each brand, this comes up for ASUS, and this comes up for Acer.
The one by ASUS is actually 165hz, but is their main offering in the ~$200 range. In comparison, Acer’s is only 144hz, but offers a 1440p panel, as opposed to ASUS’ only being 1080p. Unless you exclusively play tac-shooters like VALORANT and CS:GO, you’re probably better off getting the 1440p monitor for an overall better image.
Anecdotally, Acer has been my go-to recommendation for budget purchases for quite a while now. They tend to have a more versatile selection available, which makes it easier to find cheaper monitors that still have good specs.
Both ASUS and Acer panels offer a similar set of features. Both offer a variety of G-Sync and Freesync compatible monitors, letting you pick and choose what you want. Both brands offer HDMI and display ports on nearly all of their models, and both offer an excellent 3-year warranty.
ASUS offers a bit more when it comes to user interface, though. They offer a software called Display Widget, which allows users to tweak their monitor settings (including ASUS-exclusive features like Shadow Boost) using slider bars. It’s a lot more convenient than having to fumble around with the buttons on a monitor.
Acer’s on-board UI’s tend to be a bit all over the place, and they keep changing. When I switched to my current Acer monitor, the settings and buttons all changed, making tweaking things mildly irritating.
I personally tend to gravitate more towards Acer monitors for their blend of specs and affordability. They tend to be cheaper than their ASUS counterparts, while offering similar (or sometimes even better) performance.
ASUS still has its place, though. Their products cater more towards the gaming crowd, trading resolution for noticeably higher refresh rates—but unless you’re a competitor, the chances are you’ll prefer the lower price and higher resolution of Acer’s offerings.