• Panel Type: AHVA IPS
  • Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Connectivity: 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Audio-in, 1x Headphone jack
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178°(H), 178° (V)
  • Dimensions: 629 x 445 x 347.7 mm (with stand)
  • Weight: 4.77kg
  • Pros:
  • Stand
  • Visual performance
  • Cons:
  • Price

King Of The Hill

Back in IFA 2018, Acer showcased a bunch of fancy new Predator gaming products. One of it is perhaps the most feature-packed gaming monitor available now – the Predator X27.
The Predator X27’s appearance alone is imposing enough and is surely what younger gamers would call ‘cool’. It has a V-shaped base already attached to a stand, which is in turn pre-attached to the large 27-inch display unit. The entire monitor has a matt finishing that is free from fingerprints and annoying reflections.

You can use the handle on the stand to make it easier to carry

You can use the handle on the stand to make it easier to carry

When we opened the box, the entire monitor is already pre-assembled with the stand attached to the display unit. That’s great for people who want to pull this out of the box, plug it in and get to gaming straight away. However, you do have to screw on the side flaps and attach the top cover manually, should you want to use them.

The display unit is fairly thick, since it not only houses an Nvidia G-Sync chip inside, but also two 7-watt speakers. There’s no ultra-thin bezels on this display but the Predator X27 is mostly meant to be used solo, so it’s not a big deal. Another thing to note is that the stand and base are made of sturdy metal, which makes this a rather heavy monitor.

Fortunately, there’s a handle on the top of the stand for easier transportation if necessary. Besides that, this stand also has tilt, swivel, and height adjustment for better ergonomics. If that’s not good enough for you, you can detach the stand and VESA mount it on a more flexible stand. An adapter is required for this so Acer included it inside the box.

The side flaps and top cover seem silly at first, but they do help reduce glare

The side flaps and top cover seem silly at first, but they do help reduce glare

The visual performance of this monitor is top-notch, delivering solid brightness thanks to HDR10, enhanced contrast through the use of full array local dimming technology, and wide colour gamut of about 99% Adobe RGB. However, you would have to do some calibration manually if colour accuracy is important for you, since the colours lean towards cooler side. When we ran some of our usual games, the resulting visual output had a lot of colour vibrancy, detail and contrast to it.

Although advertised as 4K 144Hz, the Predator X27 will only run at around 98 Hz refresh rate at 4K. But you can still enjoy games at 4K 60FPS with no screen tearing thanks to G-Sync. As for the covering flaps, they don’t look useful at first but they reduce glare around the edges and create a sort of pseudo feeling of tunnel vision, which we feel adds to the visual immersion.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Easily one of the best in class when in comes to features and performance, but that price tag puts it out of reach for many.

(to be published in issue January 2019)