Acer H277H

Product Name:Acer H277H
Size:27 inches
Resolution:1920 x 1080 pixels
Acer H277H

Acer H277HU Gaming Monitor Review

Pros:

Great Gray to Gray-scale test performance

USB-C capable

Cons:

Has a slow refresh rate

Speakers are on the back of the monitor

The ACER H277U is a beautiful offering from Acer. This monitor was the first to market with a USB-C equipped monitor. This beautiful peripheral from Acer is a 27-inch In Plane Switching (IPS) display that allows you to fine tune colour output via advanced user settings. The display is designed all white except for the gold coloured aluminum trim that looks fantastic. This display offers high colour accuracy and fantastic gray scale performance. The display offers sharp WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) imagery and has USB 3.1 connectivity.

Features and Design

The Acer H277HU features the same zero bezel design as another popular model from Acer, the H257HU. The only difference is the model in this review features a white cabinet with gold trim and the previously mentioned model is black with silver trim. The cabinet weighs in at 9 pounds and includes a ring-shaped base made out of aluminum to provide stability. This base allows for 20 degrees of tilt but does not offer swivel, pivot, or height adjustability. This display uses a non-reflective coating on the screen and included flicker free technology to reduce eyestrain and glare. The Acer H277HU IPS panel has a maximum resolution of 2,560 x 1,440.

On the back side of the cabinet, users will notice Display Port and HDMI video inputs. There is also a USB-C port and two 3.1 USB ports featuring USB Type A connectors. This makes this display compatible with prior USB 3.0 and 2.0 devices. The included 3w built-in speakers provide relatively loud sound but lacks in the bass department. The speakers are adequate for system sounds but most gamers will opt for an aftermarket gaming headset or external speaker system.

Functionality

The Acer H277HU features five different function buttons along with a Power switch on the bottom right-hand side of the cabinet. Users can utilize the five function buttons to access and navigate the settings menu. The settings menu allows users to adjust the picture in various ways such as Gamma, Colour Temperature, Contrast, and sharpness. Acer also included Blur Light technology that can also be accessed in this menu. The Low Blue Light technology allows users to filter eye fatigue causing blue light emissions. The display also features advanced colour settings such as 6-axis Hue and 6-Axis

Saturate adjustment for Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan colour calibration. Users can also select from 5 different picture presets. These include Eco Mode, Standard Mode, Graphics Mode, movie mode, and user mode. User mode allows gamers to custom set a picture setting to their specific tastes.

Display

The Acer H277HU has a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 which is also known as WQHD or Quad HD. This is a very nice feature for this monitor. This resolution fits very nicely on a 27-inch display. Users will notice that images are crisp and clear when gaming, watching media, or just browsing the internet. This monitor is targeted more for Home Office Use than a professional setting. Professional Users need better colour reproduction and colour depth. This monitor is also not really a gaming monitor although some users do use it for those purposes. This monitor is made more for everyday tasks such as Microsoft Office, Netflix, Hulu, You Tube and other media.

This IPS panel offering from Asus also features superior viewing angles along with good colour quality. The brightness is also an amazing feature. The 350-nit brightness will allow users to see what is happening on the monitor even if they are in direct sunlight. The monitor is fantastic for home office work, watching movies, browsing the internet and some basic image editing applications such as the Adobe platform. This monitor is not a good fit for photographers, video editors, or graphic designers. Users needing a monitor for those purposes will want a 4k resolution and a minimum of 10-bit true colour. The Acer H277HU does not offer these.

Connectivity

Users can take advantage of several different connectivity options with this monitor. Acer has included two 3.0 USB ports, an HDMI port, and a Display Port connecter located on the back of the monitor. Probably the best feature though is the USB-C port on the back that Acer added to this beautiful model. We tested this monitor on basic image editing in photoshop and Adobe After Effects and the monitor performed well. However, users who graphic design in a professional setting will need a better monitor if they desire accuracy.

The built-in speakers on this monitor are located on the back of the cabinet. Due to the location users will notice they lose some of the sound impact and volume. Acer would have had a better design if they included these speakers on the front side of the monitor. Most users will decide for a headset or external speakers anyway so this is not that big of a problem.

Acer Warranty

Acer offers a three-year warranty on parts and labor for the H277HU gaming monitor.

What’s in the Box?

Acer ships this display in a slim box that provides excellent protection with its inserts and foam padding. Inside the box users will find a Quick start guide, an HDMI cable, a USB-C cable, and a display port cable. There is also warranty information included along with the monitor and stand.

Technical Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inches

Resolution: 2560 x 1440

Panel Type: IPS

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Response Time: 4ms

Adaptive Sync: No

Speakers: 2x 3W stereo speakers

Performance That Cannot Be Ignored

The H277HU is a very strong performer. The display had no issues passing the Display Mate 64 step Gray-Scale test. The monitor displays excellent shadow detail as well as highlights. Colours are vibrant and rich against the dark blacks. Because this Acer model is an IPS panel, the viewing angles are very wide and users will not notice any colour shifting.

Motion blur is prevented thanks to the panels 4ms gray to gray pixel response. Although it does a decent job at preventing motion blur it does not completely eliminate it when playing games on it. This is understandable though as this monitor was not designed for gaming. Input lag comes in at about 9.9 milliseconds.

The monitor will use less power when set in Eco Mode. During Eco Mode 26 watts of power were used. When the monitor was tested in Standard mode, 34 watts of power were consumed. Those are actually very nice numbers and this monitor even out performs the Acer Predator series in this department.

Conclusion

The Acer H277HU provides users a nice selection of connectivity options. The display provides a very sharp WQHD picture that has very wide viewing angles. Users who have a CPU equipped with a USB-C port can take advantage of transfer rates as high as 10 GPS. This monitor also has a very strong gray-scale performance. Because of this, H277HU provides solid highlight and shadow detail. Users may notice that the red-colour accuracy is a little bit off bit can always fine tune colour input with the advanced 6-Axis settings.

This monitor is not really a gaming monitor. It can be used for some gaming but users who are wanting an immersive gaming experience will be better off choosing an actual gaming monitor with faster refresh rates such as the Acer Predator.

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