The Acer VG271 is a great 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor for the price thanks to its IPS panel which ensures a great image quality as well as a smooth performance. There’s plenty of useful gaming features available as well. Although the design is tilt-only, it helps save you some cash, especially if you already have a third-party monitor stand. The HDR support is underwhelming, as is expected at this price range.
The Acer VG271 Pbmiipx was one of the first 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors to be available with an IPS panel. It delivers vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and quick response time, but its low pixel density and some other issues may repulse some people.
Based on the IPS panel by AU Optronics, the Acer Nitro VG271 features a 3ms (GtG) response time speed, true 8-bit color depth with 99% sRGB gamut, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 400-nit peak brightness.
The same specs can be found on the ASUS VG279Q as well. Although the VG279Q uses dithering to achieve 8-bit depth, there’s no noticeable difference in color quality.
Now, unlike the VG279Q, the Acer VG271 monitor also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range).
However, note that it only has entry-level HDR support with VESA’s vague DisplayHDR 400 certification. So, you don’t get a wide color gamut nor a higher contrast ratio while the peak luminance is limited to 400-nits.
In other words, the monitor can accept the HDR10 signal but lacks proper display capabilities for a noteworthy HDR viewing experience.
Some HDR content will look slightly better, some will look worse, but in most cases, you will just get over-saturated or washed out colors.
Another thing to keep in mind is the low pixel density i.e. pixel-per-inch ratio.
At 27″, 1080p offers a pixel density of 81 pixels per inch which is okay for watching movies and playing video games, but if you intend on using the monitor for work as well you may find the lack of screen space and detail clarity unappealing.
A 27″ 1440p monitor provides significantly more screen real estate and details, but it’s also more expensive and demanding to drive at higher frame rates which is why the Acer VG271 1080p IPS monitor is a practical substitute for those with lower budgets and weaker PC builds.
All in all, the Acer VG271 has a decent picture quality. The colors and viewing angles are remarkably better than that of the TN-panel 1080p 144Hz counterparts such as the ASUS VG278Q.
The Acer VG271 144Hz gaming monitor has a response time speed of 3ms which isn’t quite as fast as the 1ms speed of TN panels, but it’s more than enough to remove ghosting and motion blur of fast-moving objects.
There’s no prominent trailing and smearing like it’s the case with most VA panels and even some more expensive IPS models.
To get close to the advertised 3ms response time, you will need to use the Extreme overdrive options. There are three overdrive options (Off, Normal, and Extreme).
The problem here is that you cannot use FreeSync and ‘Extreme’ overdrive at the same time. With FreeSync enabled, you’re locked to the Normal option which isn’t as fast.
So, you will have to choose between fast response time for no ghosting or AMD FreeSync for no screen tearing.
Further, the input lag performance is excellent with just below 4ms of lag which is imperceptible in real use.
We didn’t detect any excessive IPS glow or backlight bleeding nor dead/stuck pixels on our unit of the Acer VG271.
Moreover, the display doesn’t use PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so it’s flicker-free which along with its built-in low-blue light filter prevents eye strain/fatigue.
The Acer VG271 also boasts the VRB (Visual Response Boost) motion blur reduction technology which via backlight strobing further enhances motion clarity at the cost of display’s brightness.
It only has two modes, Normal and Extreme. At the Extreme setting, the picture becomes really dark, but fast-moving objects also become a lot clearer which will certainly come in handy to all the FPS gamers out there.
FreeSync allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering with minimal input lag penalty if you have a compatible graphics card.
Although the Acer VG271 is not officially G-SYNC compatible, FreeSync works without issues with compatible NVIDIA cards. Note that you cannot simultaneously run FreeSync, HDR, and VRB – only one at the time.
Other features include the Aim Point customizable crosshairs, Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture, Black Boost for better visibility in darker games, and three customizable picture presets.
There are also advanced picture adjustments available including gamma and 6-axis hue/saturation.
The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is navigated via the joystick placed at the back of the monitor. There are three additional hotkeys (plus a power button) which you can assign to certain OSD functions.
Design & Connectivity
The Acer VG271 has a tilt-only stand, but it is VESA mount compatible. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 2W integrated speakers. HDR works only over HDMI.
In contrast, the ASUS VG279Q has HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and a Dual-Link DVI-D port as well as a headphones jack and built-in speakers. It also has a fully ergonomic design.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Acer VG271 price ranges from $250 to $300.
Be sure to check out the ASUS VG279Q with an ergonomic design which is usually around $330, but can be found for $280. It also has a better overdrive implementation, so you will have much less ghosting with FreeSync enabled.
LG also has a monitor based on the same panel called the LG 27GL650F which has both an ergonomic stand and HDR support. Its price ranges from $250 to $300.
So, if you want a 27″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor, make sure to check all three displays.
For just below $200, you can get a 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor such as the AOC 24G2 or the Acer VG240YP. Since these models have smaller screens, you will get a higher pixel density and therefore a sharper and clearer image.
However, they don’t have as rapid response time, but if you’re a casual FPS gamer or don’t play many competitive games, this won’t be an issue.
Note that the Acer VG271 (VG271 P) and the Acer VG270 (VG270 P) are identical monitors, they’re just sold in different regions.
Overall, the Acer VG271 is a great 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor with fast response time (with Extreme overdrive) and gorgeous colors if you don’t mind its low pixel density.
However, we recommend going with the cheaper 24″ alternatives or one of the other 27″ 1080p 144Hz IPS models with better overdrive implementation.
Acer VG271 Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time (GtG)||3ms (GtG)|
|Response Time (Motion Blur Reduction)||1ms (MPRT)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
- Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
- Plenty of features including AMD FreeSync and 1ms MPRT
- Low input lag and quick response time (but only with Extreme overdrive)
- Low pixel density
- HDR is entry-level only and cannot function at the same time as FreeSync
- Tilt-only design
- Bad overdrive implementation