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Acer Predator XB271HU 27 inch Wide screen Monitor - Black
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- Predator XB271HU Widescreen LCD Monitor
- NVIDIA G-Sync technology for ultra smooth gaming
- Ref rate 144 Hz, 4 ms response time for smoother and responsive gaming
- 144 HZ Refresh rate a super-charged 144 Hz refresh rate gives you all the speed you need to dominate your opponents and get out of your graphics card. Find opponents before they spot you and enjoy crystal clear curves on the racetrack
- HDMI + DP + USB 3.0 Hub(one up, four down) connections
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|Aspect Ratio||16:9||16:9 - 1.78:1||16:9||16:9||16:9||16:9|
|Connectivity Technology||SATA||Yes||HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0||DisplayPort, HDMI||HDMI||HDMI1.4 x 1, DisplayPort 1.2a x 1|
|Display Resolution Max||2560x1440||2060x1080||2560x1440||2560x1440||2560X1440||2560x1440|
|Display Size||48.6 cm||27 inches||60.47 cm||68.58 cm||27 cm||27 inches|
|Frequency||144 hertz||165 hertz||165 hertz||0.16 KHz||144 MHz||140 KHz|
|Horizontal Resolution||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9||16:9||16:9||16:9||16:9||16:9|
|Image Brightness||ANSI lumens||350 cd/m²||ANSI lumens||ANSI lumens||350 cd/m²||ANSI lumens|
|Image Contrast Ratio||1000:138||1000:1||1000:1||1000:1||1000:1||1000:1|
|Item Dimensions||62 x 25 x 40 cm||75.69 x 30.23 x 45.72 cm||54.04 x 18 x 49.39 cm||61.9 x 23.7 x 36.3 cm||64.2 x 24.1 x 44.9 cm||62.48 x 25.15 x 53.34 cm|
|Item Weight||5 kg||6.99 kg||3.78 kg||7 kg||7 kg||6.99 kg|
|Max Vertical Resolution||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels|
|Native Resolution||2560x1440 pixels||2060 x 1080 pixels||2560 x 1440 Pixels||2560 x 1440||2560X1440||2560 x 1440|
|Real Angle of View||178 degrees||178 degrees||170 degrees||170 degrees||170 degrees||178|
|Resolution||—||2560 x 1440||—||2560 x 1440||—||—|
|Response Time||142||4 milliseconds||8||1 milliseconds||1||4 milliseconds|
|Special Feature||Built-in camera; Built-in speaker(s); On/off switch; Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:178°; Swivelling; Tilt adjustment||Built-in camera^Built-in speaker(s)^Cable lock slot^On Screen Display (OSD)^Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:178°^Swivelling^Tilt adjustment||Nvidia G-Sync||—||Built-in camera^Built-in speaker(s)^Cable lock slot^HDCP^No^On Screen Display (OSD)^On/off switch^Plug and Play^Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:160°^Swivelling^Tilt adjustment||—|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees||178 degrees||170 degrees||170 degrees||170 degrees||178 degrees|
|Wattage||27 watts||90 watts||33 watts||90 watts||47 watts||48 watts|
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A sleek, ultra-slim design with an appearance of virtually no top and side bezels. The screen itself has a matte anti-glare coating that won't leave fingerprints or smudges. The ultra-thin IPS Panel allows you to view your spreadsheets or movies from virtually any angle without compromising colour uniformity. IPS technology expands LCD viewing angles to greater than 170 degrees. Note: customer to call Acer Helpdesk for any queries 0371 760 1000
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Gaming monitors used to sacrifice colour for speed, but now there’s no need to compromise with a range of gorgeous and powerful displays. IPS1 technology provides rich colour and you can even overclock to 165 Hz2 of gaming glory. Once you try it, you won’t go back.
Get a smooth gaming experience with NVIDIA G-SYNC. G-SYNC eliminates screen tearing and minimises stuttering by syncing the refresh rate of your monitor with the frames rendered by your GPU. This is legendary PC gaming.
Take charge of any situation with Predator GameView. Adjust dark boost levels, make precise colour adjustments and set up aim points for hip-fire accuracy. Save custom settings in three profiles you can switch between at any time.
Tired of that ugly motion blur when you drift around corners? Get a powerful racing experience with NVIDIA ULMB2 (Ultra Low Motion Blur) technology for crystal clear gameplay at high frame rates.
All the colours
Good colour brings game worlds to life and lets you pick out enemies with precision. We managed to get the XB1 series up to 100 per cent sRGB2.
Predator EyeProtect’s Flicker-less, Blue-light Filter, ComfyView and Low-dimming technologies minimise eye-strain from long gaming sessions.
Stand out with hyper-aggressive styling. Four colour-accentuated speakers stand ready to melt your face and grip pads keep your hands steady – for powerful mobile gaming. Plus, the thin bezel lets the large display fit into a compact shape that fits snugly in your hand.
XB1 series monitors are packed full of features to choose from. Create your own powerful gaming experience with extreme resolutions, fast refresh rates, IPS1 technology and more. Standard features like GameView and NVIDIA G-SYNC make every choice a good one.
1. IPS stands for In-Plane Switching. All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products.
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I've heard that Acer has better commitment to QA and it's more likely that you are going to get proper Predator rather than Swift. And I must admit in my case it's true. The one I received has incomparably less backlight bleeding than all the PG279Qs I had (they were the latest batches ranging from December 15 to January 16). It is still present tho, just not as visible and looks more grayish than yellowish. Of course there's silver IPS glow as well, but that's standard and totally expectable. I did not spot any dead pixels or artifacts. So finally I got an acceptable panel, far from perfection but it's decent enough to keep. Unfortunately, it was spoiled by issues which I have not experienced with Asus ROG Swift. These include very shaky stand, you can literally see the screen bobbling as you type! I was going to use a mounting arm for it in the future so that might be solution, but hey, not for a £600 monitor! Furthermore, looks like Acer managed to get rid of bulky power brick by mounting the power supply inside the monitor itself. You have a I/O switch right above the OSD buttons and are able to switch it on and off quickly. Initially I liked that idea but as a result many people report the coil whine coming from it, and I'm one of them. The noise increases as you increase the refresh rate. For example, it remains quiet up to 144hz but as soon as you turn 165hz on, you can experience the annoying buzz. To conclude the cons, I find the blue power LED annoying as its too bright and distracting during the night use.
In terms of build quality, except the bobbling stand and LED, it does feel high end, although slightly cheaper than PG279Q. On the other hand, you compromise that with approximately £80 lower price. Even the red "gaming" elements don't look so cheesy in real.
How is the gaming? G-Sync makes the games butter smooth and IPS colours reproduction looks incredibly well. It's a huge jump from 1080p 60hz and extremely immersive experience.
So in conclusion, for paying slightly less you can feel cheaper build quality comparing to PG279Q but it's more likely that you will end up with decent panel without major defects. The gaming experience and picture quality is identical with both monitors.
UPDATE: I had a chance to do side-by-side comparison with Asus PG279Q, both at similar calibration settings, same brightness and contrast etc. As I mentioned above, although Acer's panel has significant amounts of backlight bleed, it is much less noticeable comparing to Asus Swift. I was amazed by it, but now I found out that it might be due to some weird practice used by them to hide it. Looks like XB271HU is extremely bright, like some "foggy" white tint is always present. In turn the colours seem washed out and not as vibrant as on Asus' panel. On Swift black is black, whereas on Predator it's pale. I admit, it makes the bleeding almost invisible but for what price? Pictures below which I've taken under various circumstances will explain it better than words, so just take a look. I'd love to hear some feedback from other XB271HU owners, as now I'm curious whether it's common thing or only a case with my monitor.
To those interested in more expensive gaming monitors I can compare this screen to my two previous models - a 1440p TN 144hz Asus ROG Swift and the later model 1440p IPS 165hz ROG Swift.
Basics first - The stand has to be fitted where as the ROG Swifts was IIRC fixed in place already. No issue at all fitting it so that isn't a problem. It is powered using a standard kettle lead. This is awesome as I was able to buy a longer lead for dead cheap from Amazon which allowed me to run the cable tidily. The Asus monitors come with a propriety connector and an external power brick which can be a problem for a lot of people.
Using the menu's isn't as intuitive as the joystick on the ROG Swifts but you only use the menus for initial setup and then you are done so no big deal. There is an annoying blue LED to show it is powered on and it is too bright and distracting especially in a dark room. This can be dimmed or better still set to "auto off" in the menu. No different to the ROG Swift red ring on the base that can also be disabled.
Built in speakers are as with most monitors pretty much useless. Keep your externals. They are louder than the speakers on the ASUS screens but still just as tinny.
Basic appearances - the bezel is super slim compared to the ROG Swifts and that makes it look really cool although it is a trick because the screen itself stops 5m from the edge of the monitor (the Asus didn't go all the way either) so technically speaking you aren't getting less of an edge - see the photo. Again it is swings and roundabouts really.
The two prongs of the base are a red colour and it has the "PREDATOR" Logo on the front and to me as a middle aged man I am not a fan of tech/PC gaming companies designing their products with styling that appeals to the type of teenagers that couldn't afford to buy the products in the first place. A plain font "acer" logo would have sufficed. This is nitpicking honestly although I hadn't considered buying a Predator range monitor prior to this because the childish design gave me a bad impression - a more mature look rightly or wrongly gives me an impression of greater quality.
The base is deeper than on my ROG Swifts (by 2 to 3cm) and I can just about squeeze it on the desk and still have room for my mouse/keyboard mat. The plus side is that my centre speaker can fit between the two prongs (see the photo) where as with my ROG Swift's the centre speaker had to fit on top of the base and this restricted how much I could lower the monitor.
The anti glare coating is not as strong as the harsh TN ROG Swifts but it is noticeably coarser than the IPS ROG swifts. In comparison to the IPS ROG Swift you will have slightly less glare but at the same time it doesn't have the beautiful glossy silky glassy look of the ASUS monitor. Again this is personal preference. I am slightly more in favour of the more glossy look but I think Acer have appealed to more people by going for the middle ground.
Getting onto how the screen looks in use... As some of you already know, the idea is not to run your desktop at 4K on a 4K screen as everything is too small (unless you have 32" or larger). The idea is to scale the UI up a bit so that it is broadly the same size as on a 1440p monitor but looks nicer instead. By default it runs at 150% scaling. My eyes could handle 100% but 125% is a nice compromise on a 27". Personally I'm sticking with 150 for now. The text as I type this looks perfect.
By default the brightness is too high and the colour balance too warm out of the box. I find almost all monitors are like this including the two ROG Swift screens I've had. I knocked the brightness down to 35, selected the User colour setting and reduced Red and Green by 4 or 5%. I can usually tell just by looking at a white screen as I like pure white instead of that yellowish/creamy colour you get with a warm setting.
For my money the infamous "IPS glow" (the main drawback of IPS screens) is actually the best I've seen on this type of panel. It is better than my IPS ROG Swift or the previous Dell IPS screens I've tried. I had no dead pixels out of the box but in my experience they can develop during the first week. After a week or so if none have appeared you generally tend to be safe. I will report back if anything happens.If I make the room pitch black and look at a full black screen, there is the slightest bit of bleed at the bottom but it is so tiny that 9/10 people wouldn't see it and you certainly wouldn't see it in use. A non issue.
Gaming wise, G-SYNC is a must-have. I won't buy a screen without G or Free Sync again so basically pick which system you want and buy whatever screen tech matches your GPU. G-SYNC is expensive and me thinks NVIDIA are taking the mickey a bit but with a 4K screen in particular this is essential as I currently have the fastest GPU on the market (1080ti at time of writing was released a few days ago) and that can't stay above 60fps on most games without an unacceptable reduction in detail levels. G-SYNC is a life saver in giving you more room for manoeuvre without incurring the dreaded "v-sync stutter" or tearing.
In terms of games that can handle 4K well, I've tried World of Warcraft and that looked incredible. Tiny characters at a distance can be seen in minute detail. It's really funny that someone miles away who would have been a tiny blob can now be seen in detail with their little arms and legs moving around! I can run with AA turned off and you get a super crisp image with no jagged edges. Awesome stuff. After having been using 1440p for many years now I was really impressed with how much better it looked. I only ever ran my ROG Swifts at 60fps and didn't exploit their higher refresh modes so for me personally resolution trumps refresh. Pro competitive fps gamers might want to get a 1440p 144hz screen or spend big on newer 4K screens with a higher refresh (yeah good luck getting a PC powerful enough to run it!). That said I found that motion was very slick and smooth and I didn't detect any blur at all so I'd have no problem playing Overwatch or CS on this screen.
This was a preliminary review based on a few hours with the screen - I will revise if problems occur later as I've had Asus monitors that were great on arrival but then suffered from a cascade of dead pixels over the first week.
Edit: 4 months later and no dead pixels yet.
Anyway - this is probably the nicest piece of hardware I've ever purchased. Great panel, 1440p and 27-inch is perfect and I'm really enjoying the g-sync and 144hz features. It is TOO expensive compared to freesync alternatives but it is still a wonderful piece of kit.
I personally don't like the looks so I have used a desk mount instead of the stand. I could live without the predator logo but it's not particularly noticeable to me as I use my monitor. Otherwise, the design is very nice and the surrounding bezel is nice and thin.
Edit: Adding photos of backlight test in response to comments. I can see from the test that there is glow so perhaps I was incorrect to describe this as perfect. However, it's not something I notice while using the monitor so to be honest, it doesn't actually bother me, Your mileage may vary.
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