Acer XG270HU Gaming Monitor Review
|Product Name:||Acer XG XG270HU|
- Flicker Free Backlight
- Excellent Response time
- High Refresh Rate
- Free Sync support
- Restrictive Viewing Angles
- Missing a Blur Reduction Mode
- Limited Stand adjustments and Ergonomics
- No VESA mounting holes included
The Acer XG270HU is a 27-inch gaming monitor that features a QHD resolution courtesy of a 144Hz TN panel by AU Optronics. The backlight of this monitor is an arrangement of white LEDs that are flicker-free due to the fact they run on a constant current. This monitor takes advantage of eliminating pulse-width modulation. Typically, users would perceive flicker at rates of high as 20,000 cycles per second but utilizing the constant current gets rid of that artifact for any monitor that utilizes this technology.
This monitor from Acer also features Free Sync technology. Free Sync is a technology that matches the frame rate to the video card to eliminate tearing and motion blur. This technology is comparable to the G-Sync technology offered by NVIDIA but the Free Sync technology is a part of the Display Port spec meaning that it does not require proprietary hardware to be utilized. The Acer XG270HU has a frame rate range of 30 to 144Hz, this means that gamers can benefit from the advantages of Free Sync all the way down to the lowest frame rate of 30 frames per second.
The Acer XG270HU also features a native 8-bit color depth. Gaming monitors in the past featured 6-bit panel and frame rate conversion that would synchronize up with an 8-bit signal being supplied by the computer. Older models frustratingly display banding artifacts. These artifacts were mostly reduced by good GPUs/video processing but it is always best for users to have the same bit depth throughout the signal chain.
The Acer XB270HU is the first monitor to have an IPS panel and offer a 144Hz refresh rate from a major brand.
Design, Layout, and Video Inputs
The Acer XG270HU boasts a bezel-free design that is almost frameless but not quite. The screen has a thin 8 mm border that goes around it but is only visible when the panel is turned off. At the bottom of the monitor, the design includes a wider strip that is 24mm wide. This means that if a user wanted to set up this monitor in a multi-display arrangement, there would be a small gap in between each arranged monitor. The display features a beautiful reddish copper trim that looks fantastic with this monitor.
After bolting on a small upright during assembly, the base snaps on quickly and easily. However, one of the downsides of this monitor is the lack of adjustability options. After assembly, the only option available to the user is a tilt feature.
The Acer XG270HU is manufactured with quality parts, but there does seem to be a small amount of wobbliness that detracts from stability in the assembled product. Fully assembled, the monitor weighs 8 and ½ pounds so it can be moved easily.
Users will have no problem reading small text or viewing small images from normal viewing distances. There will be some minor graining when setting close to the display.
On the bottom, right-hand side of the panel, users will find the control keys for this monitor. The controls produce an audible click when used to allow users to locate and use these buttons. Each button will activate a different OSD setting that will be displayed on the screen for users to cycle through.
The only thing visible on the front of the monitor is the power symbol that is next to a small and blue LED light.
There are two speaker screens across the bottom of the monitor. These cover two speakers that are two watts each. The speakers are not very powerful but get the job done for minor system sounds but are not optimal for gaming or movie watching. Users should invest in a good pair of external speakers or a high-quality headset to get the best audio experience.
The back of the monitor features a solid plastic housing with an Acer logo. Thankfully the monitor does not run hot as there does not seem to be any sort of ventilation on the back of the monitor. This is achieved by utilizing an external power source instead of a built-in option that adds bulk and heat to monitors with built-in power supplies.
Users who prefer VESA mounting displays to a wall will be disappointed to find that this model does not include any VESA mounting holes. The only way they will be able to use this monitor is with the base assembly that is included with the monitor.
The XG270HU contains video inputs that are all digital. These inputs include HDMI, DVI, and Display Port connectivity. The HDMI port supports QHD resolution at 60hz because is version 2.0 compatible. The DVI and Display Port inputs are capable of 144Hz refresh rates, and as previously mentioned, Free Sync is only available over the Display Port.
What’s in the Box?
Just like the Acer XG270HU, the packaging that the monitor comes in is slim and light weight. There are some protective foam inserts, but the size and sturdiness of the box are enough to raise an eyebrow to wonder if this is enough protection. Any user should investigate components for damage during shipment.
When users unpack the box, they will find a nice assortment of complimentary video cables for HDMI, DVI, and Display Port. There is also an included stereo audio cable and a slim lined power supply that is smaller than most others on the market. There is also a product CD and a quick start customer guide.
- Refresh Rate: 144 Hz monitor
- Response Time: 1ms
- Input Lag Time: 5ms
- Size: 27’’
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Static Contrast Ratio: 1000 to 1
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 12,000,000 to 1
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 WQHD
- In-Built Modules: AMD Free Sync
- Brightness: 350cd/cm²
- Blue Light Reduction: Yes
- Anti-Glare: Yes
- Anti-Reflection: No
- Backlight: W-LED
- Speakers: Yes, two 2w speakers
- Color: Black and Copper
- Ports: 1x Display Port, 1x DVI-DL, 1x HDMI, 1x Audio line in, 1x headphone jack
- Viewing Angle: 170/160 degrees
- Adjustability: Tilt 5/15
- Brand Specific Features: Acer Eco Display, Comfy View, Zero Frame, Flicker-less Technology, Low Dimming Technology, Blue Light Filter
- Additional Features: No VESA mounting holes included
The addition of Free Sync technology puts this function rich monitor at the top of many gamers lists of best gaming monitors. There are a few areas that could be better, such as no VESA mounting holes, restrictive viewing angles, no blur reduction mode, and a lack of adjustability in a stand that only tilts.
However, the good far outweighs the bad. This is a very good looking monitor that performs as good as it looks. The flicker-free backlight is a welcome addition as well as the high refresh rate and lightning fast response time.
The Acer XG270HU is moderately priced at around $450 but other monitors with similar setups and features cost hundreds more, so in reality, this monitor is a deal at this price. Gamers will fall in love with the immersive gameplay that this high-quality offering from Acer will provide for many hours of gaming!