The gaming monitor market is in the race to achieve a higher refresh rate, and Acer is launching a Savvo of new options in this fast-moving competition.
First up is the Acer Predator XB273U NV, a high-end gaming monitor with a mainstream market in its sights. It is a 27-inch display with an IPS panel with a 25-inch x 1440 resolution that refreshes up to 170Hz – a remarkably high number for a 27-inch monitor. It is also VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified and ISOF certified. These specifications placed it at the top level of 27-inch gaming monitors. Acer says it will be in the US for $ 550 in January 2021. It is also coming to Canada for CAD $ 750.
Next up is the Predator XB253Q GW, a 24.5-inch display with 1080p resolution and 280Hz refresh rate. The monitor goes toe-to-toe with Asus’s VG259QM, a 24.5-inch 1080p monitor with a 280Hz refresh rate. Acer’s option is G-Sync compatible and VESA DisplayHDR400 certified. It is coming to Canada in January 2021 for US $ 430, and Cad for $ 900.
Acer’s Predator XB323U GX is a 32-inch monitor with a 25-inch x 1440 resolution. It achieves a more impressive DisplayHDR 600 certification but, at the same time, will receive refresh rates of up to 270Hz. Which is exceptional for a 32-inch display. It is coming to the US in January 2021 for $ 900, and CAD for $ 1,300 in Canada.
Ultraide fans can set their sights on the Acer Predator X34 GS. It is in many cases a typical premium ultraride, providing 3440 x 1440 IPS panels with G-Sync compatibility and VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. Once again, its refresh rate is out. Acer says that it reaches 180Hz, as well as over 144Hz which is common among the best gaming ultrides today. Predator X34 GS is coming in December in the US at $ 1,100 and in Canada at $ 1,500 CAD.
Finally, we have Acer Nitro XV272U KV and Nitro XV272 LV. This pair of 27-inch monitors offer 2560 x 1440 and 1080p resolution. The XV272U KV refreshes up to 170Hz, while the XV272 LV hits 165Hz. Both have IPS panels. The 1440p model retails for $ 400 USD / $ 550 CAD, while the 1080p model is $ 280 USD / 400 CAD. Both are coming in December. Oh, and these monitors are ISOF certified.
Acer’s new lineup of gaming monitors achieves its quoted refresh rates through overclocking, where the panel’s responsiveness is enhanced by pumping in more power. This is common among gaming monitors, but it can lead to problems such as “overshoots”, where a monitor reacts to fast-moving objects, called colors. We will have to wait and see how Acer handles this in its new product line, and some of the digital trends it will see when reviewing these new models.
It is also notable that Acer claims a “0.5 millisecond” gray-to-gray response time, reducing the response time to 1 millisecond, which is also standard among midrange gaming monitors. This is more a marketing strategy than a technical reality, but don’t brush it off as pointless. Modern gaming displays have become very sensitive indeed, and when we bump into store shelves, we would expect excellent results from Acer’s latest and greatest.
While all these monitors are impressive, the Acer Predator XB323U GX and Acer Nitro XV272U KV stand out from the pack.
Predator XB323U GX can make a sweet spot for gamers wanting a bigger screen. The combination of a 32-inch panel with 1440p resolution strikes a good balance between frame rate and eye candy, and a refreshing 270Hz refresh detail for a monitor its size is insane. Furthermore, the DisplayHDR 600 certification of the monitor is a huge step up from the DisplayHDR 400, which, frankly, barely qualifies as HDR. The XB323U GX will also have local dimming. While it costs $ 900 more, it looks like a good value on paper.
The Nitro XV272U KV, meanwhile, seems like a great pick for gamers who demand a serious monitor without emptying their savings account. Its refresh rate of 160Hz is the top tier for a 160p monitor, but it costs $ 400. The XV272U KV also promises 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color, so it should provide excellent image quality. Competitors with similar specifications like the LG 27GN950 and Dell S2721DGF sell for $ 430 to $ 500.