The Acer Predator XB270HU is a 27-inch 144Hz gaming monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. This offers a sweet spot in terms of pixel density as it has 109 pixels per inch. It is equipped with an IPS panel with a response time of 4ms which is a bit more than a typical TN panel with 1ms response time, but to compensate it has better viewing angles, which is necessary for a multi monitor setup. Other specifications are standard for this type of panel with a 8-bit 16.78 million color depth, a brightness of 350cd/m², and a 1000:1 static contrast ratio.
The monitor also features NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology which synchronizes the refresh rate of the monitor to the frame rate of the graphics card and completely removes screen tearing and stuttering. Also included is a ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) mode, but its use comes as at a price since you can’t use it at the same time as G-Sync and it can only be enabled at 85Hz, 100Hz or, 120 Hz. It will also dim the monitor a little, but this can be easily corrected by increasing the brightness. Another useful setting is an overdrive mode that should improve panel response time. The monitor also features some technologies that should help reduce eye strain. Among these is Acer’s Flicker-less Technology which reduces screen flickering that can cause eye strain when viewing a monitor for long periods of time.
On the back of the Acer Predator XB270HU you have a total five OF USB 3.0 ports with three on the bottom (one of which is a USB Type B) and two on the side (one of which is optimized for quick charging). For video input the sole option is to connect via DisplayPort so you’ll need to beware if your graphics card has a DisplayPort connector. The included cables with the monitor are a power cable, a 1.4 meter DisplayPort cable, and a USB 3.0 Type B cable.
On the bottom right of the monitor you have six push buttons, one to power on the monitor and five others to operate the OSD. Preconfigured are some picture modes that you can quickly switch between on the screen menu and include the Eco, Standard, Gaming and Movie modes, but you always have the option to set your own preferred settings. One noticeably missing feature common in many monitors are built-in speakers. Given that most gamers stick to headphones this likely will be a nonissue for most people and in any event with so many USB ports on the monitor you’ll have no problem plugging separate ones in.
The Acer Predator XB270HU offers a nice amount of adjustability and lets you change the height, swivel, and tilt. The monitor also supports VESA mount compatibility if you want to use a third part arm or use the monitor for a multi monitor setup. The included stand has a small hole for better cable management.
|Acer Predator XB270HU Specifications|
|Screen Size||27 inches|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|VESA Mount Compatibility||Yes|
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