Acer XB270H: 144Hz 27-inch G-Sync TN Gaming Monitor

The Acer XB270H is a part of the Acer XB gaming monitor series that’s focused on high refresh rates. The monitor itself has a 144Hz refresh rate and comes at the size of 27 inches with the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio, allowing the display to have a pixel density of 82 pixels per inch. The XB270H has a TN panel, which has low response time of 1ms making it good for competitive gaming, but suffers from poor viewing angles and inaccurate color reproduction, something that is better on more expensive IPS or VA panels. The monitor uses LED backlight technology, supports 16.7 million colors, has a brightness of 300 cd/m² and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1.

The tearing prevention technology used in this monitor is NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology, which makes the monitor have a variable refresh rate that is determined by the graphics card. With the refresh rate of the screen and graphics card being synchronized, any screen tearing is removed and it also minimizes input lag and display stutter. In order to use the G-Sync technology, you need to have a compatible NVIDIA graphics card and the support of DisplayPort 1.2 from the graphics card. The XB270H is also ready for 3D gaming with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 and NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology. If you want to experience the 3D world you just need to buy NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 glasses and you are ready to play any 3D games and view movies. Some of the included features that ensure comfortable viewing experience and reduce eye strain are Flicker-less technology, low-dimming and ComfyView.

For the video inputs, the XB270H only has a DisplayPort option, which is necessary if you want to use the G-Sync technology. Other inputs featured on the monitor are a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the left side and three on the bottom, one of which is USB Type B. Acer also states that one the USB ports is equipped with “Battery Charge” for quick charging. The cables that come with the monitor are a DisplayPort cable, a USB 3.0 cable, and a power cord. The XB270H also has two 2 watt integrated speakers but do not carry the great audio quality that external speakers or headset can provide.

On the bottom right of the monitor, you have six push buttons, one to power on the monitor and other five to operate the on-screen display. The preset modes that you have in the menus is a Standard mode that uses default settings, an Eco mode for lower power consumption, a Movie mode for crisper images in low light environments, and a Graphics mode that enhances the colors. In the on-screen display, you can also toggle Ultra Low Motion Blur, but you can’t use it at the same time as G-Sync.

The design of the Acer XB270H is the same as with the Acer Predator XB270HU and Acer XB240H with a glossy black bezel and the base having an orange ring around the stand. The included ErgoStand lets you tilt, rotate, swivel and adjust the height of the monitor. The stand also has a hole for easy cable management. With the rotation adjustment feature, you can use the monitor in portrait mode, but it means that it will have low viewing angle when looking from the side because of the TN panel. If you would like to use it in a multi-monitor setup or with third party arm you have that option due to the support of VESA mount compatibility.

Acer XB270H Specifications
Panel TypeTN
Screen Size27 inches
Resolution1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio16:9
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms
Adaptive SyncG-Sync
Connection Option(s)DisplayPort 1.2
Built-in SpeakersYes
VESA Mount CompatibilityYes
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Dan Alder
Dan Alder
Dan's logged far too many hours in CS 1.6 and reminisces about LAN parties back in the good ol' days. He's also an engineer that's interested in anything to do with tech.

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