Acer Predator XB270HU G-SYNC Monitor Review

Author: AkG
Date: September 6, 2015
Product Name: Predator XB270HU
Part Number: XB270HU
Warranty: 3 Years
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A Closer Look at the Acer Predator XB270HU

The XB270HU is first and foremost a gaming-orientated monitor, but Acer has taken a rather conservative approach its overall design. Excluding the red ring thick red stripe encircling the stand’s connection to its base this is an entirely black monitor without any design flourishes.

Hidden underneath this rather unexciting exterior is a lot of extremely cutting edge technology. As with the BenQ XL2420G, the XB270HU uses a 144Hz panel and boasts both ULMB and G-SYNC. Ultra Low Motion Blur allows for a fairly crisp looking image for consumers who do not have G-SYNC capable video cards whereas G-SYNC allows for perfect timing between screen refreshes and your video card’s output. Make sure to read out full G-SYNC overview HERE.

Unlike the BenQ XL2420G, Acer’s XB270HU eschews the usual 1080P TN approach and instead utilizes a 1440P IPS panel. Even though it was launched months ago, this remains one of the few G-SYNC enabled monitors that uses an 8-bit IPS panel.

Instead of bracing the form over function approach so many other vendors seem addicted to, Acer went with a rather thick design. These increased internal dimensions allow for larger internal heatsinks and in conjunction with copious cooling slits should allow this monitor to stay cool even after extended gaming marathons.

To help reinforce the idea of this monitor being targeted towards gamers its base has some wide ranging abilities. It offers an impressive 150mm of height adjustment, 40° of tilt (+5° to -35°), excellent swivel and even portrait mode capabilities. This is actually more than what many competitors offer.

There are really only two issues we take with this design's abilities. First and foremost, users will have to take care when transitioning to and from portrait mode. As with many similar designs, this panel will scrape along its bottom right corner unless you first tilt it all the way back and raise it to full height extension before trying to change orientation. This is very common amongst 27-inch monitors but still less than optimal on such an expensive product.

The second issue however is a bit more serious: the anti-glare coating Acer has used is a touch dated in comparison to what other companies apply. While it does indeed reduce glare, at times the coating was quite noticeable and negatively impacted image clarity and color rendering.

On the positive side the Acer XB270HU makes use of actual physical buttons instead of touch based capacitive sensors. These buttons simply respond better and have a tactile feel that capacitive options cannot match. With the being said their flimsy nature did not instill the same level of confidence in their long term durability.

The input category is also rather limited as Acer only includes a single DisplayPort port due to the limitations of NVIDIA’s G-SYNC module. If your video card only has HDMI or DVI outputs, you will have to invest in aftermarket adapters.

On the positive side, Acer does include four USB 3.0 ports. More importantly two of these ports are located on the side of the monitor where they can easily be reached and used.

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