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[Review] Budget-Friendly Gaming Monitor: The Acer Nitro EI322QURP Monitor

Acer Nitro EI322QURP




+ 165Hz refresh rate

- VA panel

+ 1ms response time

+ AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support

When it comes to gaming monitors, which one is your to-go type? Flat or curved? While you're baffled about which should you buy, it's undeniable that each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Today, we're looking at a curved gaming monitor from Acer called the Nitro EI322QURP.



The Nitro EI322QURP comes off as a rather minimal gaming monitor with no special design that screams gaming or RGB. Not even the usual black and red combination we see on Acer's Nitro series gaming monitors.

The clean black chassis only has an Acer logo on the front below the display and a bigger logo at the top left corner on the back. At the bottom, there are 4 OSD buttons and a power button. Right at the bottom on the back, you'll find the I/O ports, including two HDMI2.0 ports, 2 DisplayPort 1.4, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It gives what you need, no exaggerations.

Supporting the display is a V-shaped stand that looks pretty slim to hold it steadily but it actually proves us otherwise. For adjustments, you only get to tilt the monitor to fit your comfortable viewing angle. If you need more versatility in adjustments or have limited desk space, it supports VESA 75 x 75mm.



The Nitro EI322QURP boasts a 31. 5" display on a VA panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1500R curvature. It has very slim bezels on all four sides that makes gaming and watching content more immersive.

For gamers, it has a 165Hz variable refresh rate, a 1ms response time, and a 2560 x 1440 resolution. This means you'll be able to enjoy a smooth gaming experience on top of clear visuals.

In addition, it supports AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro technology, mainly to deliver a smooth gaming performance for those who play HDR games. The technology allows the system to perform at least a 120Hz refresh rate at a minimum FHD resolution, supports low framerate compensation (LFC), low latency in both HDR and SDR, and supports HDR with meticulous color and luminance certification.

As of now, FreeSync PremiumPro still has a limited number of supported games but it's good news if you're playing Horizon Zero Dawn, Far Cry 6, or Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. (And if you're using a compatible AMD Radeon graphics card, starting from the RX 200 series and newer).

Apart from that, it also supports 10-bit color, VESA DisplayHDR 400, and a 100 million:1 contrast ratio. This monitor is not the most suitable one for creators or creatives as it only covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

While this is a pretty good gaming monitor on paper and in practice, it's worth mentioning that you purchase a display that suits your gaming needs. In general, VA panels have slower response times than TN panels and lower color reproduction compared to IPS panels. However, it can handle good gaming performance and excellent image quality with whatever game you throw at it but if you play fast-paced FPS games, go for a monitor with a TN display.


Other Features

This monitor comes with a built-in Picture-in-Picture (PIP) and Picture-by-Picture (PBP) function. Basically, PIP shrinks the video you're watching into a small inset window that you can move around the screen so that you can continue watching while working. Meanwhile, PBP allows two separated displays from different sources. It comes in handy for work as we could look for information on one and write articles on the other, for instance.

Furthermore, you can control the amount of blue light emitted by the screen to reduce the strain on your eyes via the Acer Bluelight Shield software. To adjust, head to the settings in the Quick Access menu and select your desired blue light setting.


Buy or no buy

For a gaming monitor worth RM1,299, the Acer Nitro EI322QURP offers quite some top-tier features, including a WQHD resolution, a smooth 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and support for AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro technology. The downside is that it uses a VA panel; an IPS display would have made it much better.


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