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Acer VG271 Review: 27″ 1080p 144Hz IPS FreeSync HDR Gaming Monitor

By March 14, 2019 4 Comments
Acer Vg271 Review 2019

Introduction

The Acer VG271 Pbmiipx is the second 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor available with an IPS panel, the ASUS VG279Q being the first one.

There is a slight difference in price between these two models as well as in some features even though they are based on the same panel.

Image Quality

Based on the IPS panel by AU Optronics, the Acer Nitro VG271 features a 3ms (GtG) response time speed, 8-bit color depth (6-bit + FRC) 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.

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 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 alternative 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. As far as the VA alternatives are concerned, like the MSI MPG27CQ, the contrast ratio of the Acer VG271 may be lower, but its response time is considerably faster which is a big plus in fast-paced video games.

Performance

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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 eliminate ghosting and motion blur of fast-moving objects. There’s no prominent trailing and smearing like it’s the case with most VA panels.

Further, the input lag performance is excellent with just below 8ms of lag which is imperceptible in practical terms.

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.

Features

The Acer VG271 also boasts the VRB (Visual Response Boost) motion blur reduction technology which via backlight strobing further improves motion clarity at the cost of display’s brightness. It only has two modes, Normal and Extreme. At the Extreme setting, the picture becomes quite dark, but fast-moving objects also become a lot clearer which will certainly come in handy to all the FPS gamers out there.

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 40-144Hz (therefore supporting LFC) dynamic refresh rate range over both HDMI and DisplayPort. 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.

Acer Nitro Vg271 Pbmiipx Review

Excerpt from the user manual

There are three overdrive options (Off, Normal, and Extreme). When FreeSync is enabled, the Extreme overdrive option isn’t available which is common for FreeSync gaming monitor. Fortunately, there is no particularly noticeable ghosting with the Normal overdrive option.

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

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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.

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 is around $300 while the ASUS VG279Q usually goes for around $330. If you want an ergonomic stand, go for the VG279Q, otherwise, the VG271 offers better value for the money.

For $100 more, you can get a 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS FreeSync gaming monitor – the Nixeus EDG27S v2 which is worth checking out.

For $200 more, there are the Acer VG271U and Acer XV272U 1440p 144Hz HDR models based on a 10-bit IPS panel by Innolux.

Conclusion

Overall, the Acer VG271 is a great budget-friendly alternative if you can’t afford a 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor but want to get all the advantages of the IPS technology such as vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and quick response time. Plus, it offers a bunch of useful gaming features and it’s G-SYNC compatible.

Acer VG271 Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time3ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (40Hz-144Hz)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features including AMD FreeSync and 1ms MPRT
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Good value for the price

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density
  • HDR is entry-level only and cannot function at the same time as FreeSync
  • Tilt-only design

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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