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Acer XV272U Review: 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS FreeSync HDR Gaming Monitor

By March 30, 2019 20 Comments
Acer Xv272u Review 2019

Introduction

The Acer XV272U is a 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor with entry-level HDR, AMD FreeSync, 1ms MBR, and professional-grade color calibration out of the box.

What’s more, it has rich connectivity options, an ergonomic design, and it’s reasonably priced! What more do you need?

Image Quality

Sure, a bit stronger HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability with at least DisplayHDR 600 certification, and AMD FreeSync 2 HDR support for that matter, would’ve been better.

However, then you’d also have to pay more for the monitor and you still wouldn’t get that amazing HDR viewing experience that the more expensive monitors with FALD offer.

For the price, the Acer Nitro XV272U provides more than a good enough picture quality regardless of its only entry-level DisplayHDR 400 support.

Based on an IPS panel by Innolux, the Acer XV272U monitor supports 10-bit color via dithering (8-bit + 2-bit FRC) and covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (~130% sRGB). However, for 10-bit color, you will have to limit the refresh rate to 120Hz.

The monitor is factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2, so you get precise colors straight out of the box. So, if you’re a designer, photographer, content creator, etc, it’s the perfect monitor for both gaming and work!

Further, thanks to 1440p resolution, the 27″ Acer XV272U has a pixel density of 108.79 PPI (pixels per inch) which ensures plenty of screen space and detail clarity without any scaling necessary.

Other panel-related specs include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 350-nit peak brightness (400-nit for HDR content), a 4ms (GtG) response time speed, and 178-degree viewing angles.

Performance

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The Acer Nitro XV272U 144Hz gaming monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range. Although it’s not officially G-SYNC compatible, VRR works with compatible NVIDIA cards (GTX 10-series and RTX-20 series) without any issues. However, you cannot use both FreeSync/G-SYNC and HDR at the same time.

Alternatively, you can use the 1ms VRB (Visual Response Boost) technology which via backlight strobing further reduces the motion blur. VRB has only two options: Normal and Extreme, and there is no option to adjust the pulse-width or frequency of the strobing.

Overall, its motion blur reduction is not the monitor’s strongest point; luckily, the 4ms (GtG) response time removes prominent trailing of fast-moving objects in fast-paced games and ensures a smooth and seamless performance.

There are three response time overdrive presets (Off, Normal, and Extreme). You cannot use ‘Extreme’ and VRR (FreeSync) simultaneously.

At 144Hz, the Acer XV272U input lag amounts to only ~4ms when you enable the Ultra-Low Latency option in the OSD (On-Screen Display).

Overall, there were no issues when it comes to the performance; no excessive IPS glow, backlight bleeding, or dead/stuck pixels.

Features

Apart from FreeSync and VRB, available gaming features include Aim Point (custom crosshair overlays) and Black Boost which increases visibility of objects in dark parts in video games.

Other adjustable features are gamma presets, 6-axis hue and saturation, and color space modes (sRGB, Rec. 709, EBU, DVI, SMPTE-C, and Standard).

There are also three Game Modes where you can save/edit your settings as well as the Picture by Picture and Picture in Picture modes available.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer XV272U IPS monitor has an ergonomic stand with up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, 90° pivot, 360° swivel, and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, an audio jack for the 2x2W speakers, and a headphones jack. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP for AMD cards, and over DP for NVIDIA cards.

Even though Acer specifies that the XV272U has DisplayPort 1.4, it’s still limited to the DisplayPort 1.2 bandwidth (hence the 120Hz at 1440p 10-bit limitation) but with the added HDR implementation. So, if you need a DisplayPort cable for G-SYNC, you don’t need a DP8K or ‘DP 1.4 HBR3’ cable. A standard DisplayPort or ‘DP 1.2 HBR2’ VESA-certified cable will suffice.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Acer XV272U price amounts to around $500 which is very reasonable considering the image quality, performance, and features it delivers.

Gigabyte has a monitor based on the same panel with all the same features dubbed as the Aorus AD27QD though it’s ~$100 more expensive due to its premium features such as RGB lighting, microphone jack with active noise-canceling, etc. Plus, it can run FreeSync/G-SYNC and HDR at the same time.

On Amazon, you will also find the Acer Nitro VG271UP (VG271U Pbmiipx) which is the same monitor as the XV272U, but with a tilt-only stand.

If you don’t need HDR nor DCI-P3 color gamut, there are more affordable 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS models such as the Acer Nitro VG270UP (VG270U Pbmiipx) and the Nixeus EDG27S v2.

For an extra $100, you may be interested in the ASUS PG279QZ with G-SYNC, ULMB, and a 165Hz overclockable refresh rate, but no HDR.

Conclusion

All in all, the Acer XV272U is one of the best gaming monitors under $500. You get the perfect screen size/resolution (unless you prefer ultrawide monitors), a high refresh rate, a quick response time speed, and a stunning picture quality while FreeSync ensures a flawless performance.

If, however, you want to use FreeSync and HDR simultaneously, you’ll have to invest another ~$100 for the Aorus AD27QD.

In case you don’t care about HDR, there’s the PG279QZ with a dedicated G-SYNC module and the Nixeus EDG27S v2 with FreeSync and variable overdrive.

Acer XV272U Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
120Hz (10-bit color)
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports4x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Brightness (HDR)400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
95% DCI-P3
VESAYes (100x100mm)
HDRVESA DisplayHDR 400

What We Loved

  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and 1ms MBR
  • Stable G-SYNC performance
  • Wide color gamut
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Only entry-level HDR support
  • Limited adjustability for backlight strobing

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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