Acer SB220Q Review: Best Selling 21.5" Monitor Under $100

Parker Evans
May 7 · 3 min read
Acer SB220Q 21.5" Ultra-Thin IPS Monitor
Acer SB220Q 21.5" Ultra-Thin IPS Monitor

After you finish reading my SB220Q review and buying guide, go get one (or two) on Amazon.

Acer SB220Q Introduction

The Acer SB220Q monitor offers great performance and image quality in comparison to its affordable sub-$100 price tag.

Stand-out features include the IPS display panel, full HD 1080p resolution, AMD FreeSync and it’s 75Hz refresh rate.

It also boasts a highly desired modern design with an ultra-thin frame — making it ideal for a multi-display setup or the office.

Acer SB220Q Key Features

  • 21.5" Full HD 1080p Widescreen IPS Display
  • AMD FreeSync Technology
  • Ultra-thin Design with Zero-frame
  • 1 HDMI & 1 VGA Port
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 16.7 Million Colors
  • 75 Hertz Refresh Rate

Acer SB220Q Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel for display, you get accurate and intense colors for all your games and HD movies.

Even though the SB220Q is smaller than other budget friendly monitors, the resolution has a more dense pixel count to improve the image.

This makes the picture full of more clear and clean detail while reducing screen space.

Acer SB220Q Performance

To eliminate most ghosting and motion blur in games, the SB220Q IPS monitor has a response time of just 4ms.

In addition to the response time, this monitor is rocking a 75Hz refresh rate. This isn’t the 144Hz or higher everyone spends money on — but unlike the Acer R240HY monitor that only has a standard 60Hz refresh rate, you can tell a huge difference playing on this 75Hz screen for the sub $100 price.

Speaking of refresh rates, the SB220Q is AMD FreeSync compatible. If you have an AMD graphics card with FreeSync, the technology will sync your cards refresh rate to the Acer SB220Q.

AMD FreeSync Comparison
AMD FreeSync Comparison
Image credit: AMD and

Once FreeSync is enabled, this monitor will dynamically match the refresh rate of your AMD card. On the SB220Q, FreeSync will be active between 48Hz and 75Hz (or Frames per Second). If your FPS drops below the 48Mhz limit, FreeSync will be off until the rate increases.

NOTE: If you use a NVIDIA graphics card, you can still run this monitor up to 75Hz, but without dynamic refresh rates.

Acer SB220Q Design and Connectivity

One of the best design features of the SB220Q monitor is the Ultra-thin design.

With a bezel at just 0.24 inches thick, the ZeroFrame design of this monitor makes it appear much more expensive and sleek.

Acer SB220Q Ultra-thin Frame
Acer SB220Q Ultra-thin Frame

The only small design flaw in the SB220Q monitor is that it is not VESA mount compatible.

I didn’t find this to be a big deal since most people are not mounting 22 inch monitors to the wall.

You will also save a lot of desk space with the minimalist design of the monitor. Running 2 or 3 of these on most computer desks shouldn’t be a problem.

As far as connectivity options, the Acer SB220Q has a single HDMI 1.4 port and a VGA port.

Acer SB220Q Monitor Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Acer
  • Screen Size: 21.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p Full HD)
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (Widescreen)
  • Refresh Rate: 75Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms (GtG)
  • Adaptive Sync: FreeSync (48Hz-75Hz)
  • Ports: HDMI 1.4 & VGA
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static)
  • Colors: 16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)

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