Update: Acer has just informed me that this monitor will be able to reach a whopping 165Hz with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology enabled.
Acer has very recently released a press release regarding four new monitors, which are all a part of the Acer Predator series and the last three are more precisely part of the new Acer Predator XB1 series.
Acer Predator Z35
Acer Predator XB281HK
Acer Predator XB271HK
Acer Predator XB271HU
The Predator XB1 series gaming monitors are all basically newer models of gaming monitors that are already out there and have been released for many months now. The Acer Predator XB271HU is a newer model of the Acer Predator XB270HU, which is on our gaming monitor buying guide, and spec-wise, they are almost the same. Once the release is nearing, we’ll try to test this particular monitor and compare it with the Predator XB270HU.
It will also be interesting to see how well this monitor compares with the very similar ASUS PG279Q, which was released in November 2015. Both displays are capable of reaching 165Hz with NVIDIA G-SYNC as well.
The XB271HU is a 27-inch gaming monitor with a 2560×1440 resolution, also called WQHD. The panel is an IPS-type, which offers superior colors and the best viewing angles. As for refresh rate, this monitor has a maximum static refresh rate of 144Hz, but with the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology enabled, it can reach 165. The minimum refresh rate with G-SYNC is 30Hz, making the G-SYNC range 30Hz-165Hz. Notice the ultra-thin bezel (zero-frame), which is a significant difference from the older XB270HU model.
Response time on the XB271HU is 4ms (GtG), brightness is 350 Nit (cd/m2) and the contrast ratio is 1000:1. It can produce up to 16.7 colors (8-bit, most likely 6-bit+FRC to emulate 8-bit) and features two 2W in-built speakers. It also covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, just like the two other XB1 series gaming monitors.
It will be interesting to see how well this new Acer Predator gaming monitor compares with its older model. The release date for the Acer XB271HU is in November and pricing will be revealed closer to launch date along with detailed specs.
We have now tested this monitor and find it to be the best gaming monitor for the money right now.