• Screen: 27-inch Wide Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 100% sRGB colour gamut
  • Panel: IPS
  • Response Time: 4ms (Grey to Grey)
  • Refresh Rate: 144 Hz (165 Hz when overclocked)
  • Input: HDMI (v1.4), DisplayPort (v1.2), 4 x USB 3.0
  • Others: Nvidia G-SYNC, Acer GameView
  • Dimensions: 614 mm x 401-551 mm x 268 mm
  • Pros:
  • Visuals Ergonomics
  • Cons:
  • Price

The Visual Predator

When it comes to PC gamers, the demand in quality can sometimes take outrageous directions. The best and the shiniest, in terms of looks or features, are aspects of a product that appeal to gamers young and veteran. It’s no surprise that even monitors have premium gaming versions, such as one of Acer’s latest – the Acer Predator XB271HU.

The design of the Predator XB271HU provides both aesthetics and function. Its base is a combination of solid steel and hard plastic, which supports a strong stand that allows the screen to tilt, swivel, rotate, and is height adjustable. That many adjustment features make the XB271HU a very flexible monitor. In particular, height adjustment can be very useful as it helps to keep the display at eye level, which is important for maintaining good posture. Installation is easy as well, which is a nice bonus.

The inputs for the monitor are all at the back and facing downwards, with helpful labels indicating what goes where. Here, we found a total of four USB 3.0 ports that can be powered by your PC, as well as a DisplayPort, HDMI port, and an audio in jack. There’s no picture-in-picture feature or anything like that, so you can’t take advantage of the screen size to display two separate machines, but that’s not what the model is made for so that’s fine.

Video quality is great all around, as expected of an IPS panel. Colour and brightness levels are great here, especially the former as it has 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut. This not only makes your games look more vibrant and colourful, but also means that the XB271HU can be used for professional image editing if you want to.

It doesn’t just look pretty, but performs well too, with its 4ms response time and refresh rate of 144 Hz. In fact, what’s really interesting is that Acer has designed the XB271HU with the ability to be overclocked to 165Hz, making it the fastest gaming monitor to date. To add to that, it comes with Nvidia’s G-SYNC technology so you can pair the monitor with a decent Nvidia graphics card and get smoother visuals.

Considering that it’s only two 2W speakers, audio is not the monitor’s best aspect. As expected, it lacks bass and even the maximum volume isn’t much. However, if you’re not fussy about audio then it’s adequate for most purposes.

All that said, it’s obvious that this monitor commands a higher premium price due to the G-SYNC feature. But if price is not an issue, this is one of the best gaming monitors you can get.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A fantastic gaming monitor that fits both gamers and professionals, but has a steep price tag that’s scares away all but those with deep pockets.

(previously published in issue February 2016)

Acer Predator XB271HU