The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q and the Acer Predator XB271HU are both excellent gaming monitors, but which one is better? While both of these gaming monitors give you the same smooth gameplay experience with the same image quality due to the basically identical specifications, the choice between the two is often made on the basis of their design and premium features.
ASUS PG279Q vs Acer XB271HU – Same Specifications
27 Inches Screen
144Hz (Overclockable to 165Hz)
4ms Response Time
Ports: 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Built-in Speakers: 2x2W
No matter what gaming monitor you choose from these two, you are bound to have a fluid and smooth gameplay experience thanks to the Nvidia G-Sync technology and high Hz rate. Both monitors feature IPS panels that cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut which results in vibrant colors and crisp 1440p resolution. However, the ASUS PG279Q gives the better results straight out of the box while the Acer XB271HU may need some calibration first. Once properly calibrated, they both give the same image quality with rich colors.
The 1440p resolution is perfect for a 27-inch monitor as it results in a high pixel density which means more details and crisp picture quality. Both monitors provide you with the same response time, input lag, Hz rate, and the Nvidia G-Sync technology. The G-Sync allows you to synchronize the refresh rate between your compatible Nvidia graphics card and the monitor in order to maintain a more stable frame rate as well as to eliminate screen tearing, stuttering, and reduce input lag. Additionally, you can use the Ultra Low Motion Blur feature which reduces the motion blur which is ideal if you have a less powerful graphics card.
Since all the key features are identical as well as the price of these monitors, many choose to make their decision by researching about which monitor has lesser IPS glow or backlight bleed. However, this is not a proper way to compare these gaming monitors as the IPS glow and backlight bleed affects each panel individually and not an entire series of monitors due to the nature of the panel. Besides, these issues are easily neglected and don’t affect the picture quality while gaming.
Acer XB271HU vs ASUS PG279Q – Features
Both monitors can be easily overclocked to 165Hz in the OSD settings menu, without any software necessary. However, the ASUS PG279Q has a much more user-friendly OSD menu in comparison to the Acer XB271HU. Moreover, the navigation through the menu is also much easier and quicker with the PG279Q as it features a joystick and four OSD buttons at the right side of the monitor. Whereas the Acer XB271HU has a rather messy OSD menu which is controlled by six OSD buttons at the bottom right bezel. A point for the ASUS due to its user-friendly menu.
In the OSD menu of both monitors, you will be able to set a custom crosshair overlay for FPS games and place the FPS (Frames Per Second) counter on the screen. Moreover, both monitors have a several picture presets for movies, video games, scenery, etc… but these presets only change the common settings such as the brightness and contrast, for instance. If you have properly calibrated your monitor in the standard mode, you won’t be needing these presets anyway. Both ASUS EyeCare and Acer EyeProtect features ensure flicker-less screen which will allow you to play video games for hours to an end without straining your eyes.
If the OSD menu doesn’t matter much to you, then you will probably make your choice according to the design. Once people know that two monitors have the same specifications, they will most likely choose the monitor which looks prettier to them. In the end, that’s what this comparison comes down to – a personal preference.
Both monitors feature a rather thin bezel, however, the Acer XB271HU has a bit thinner top, left, and right bezels but its bottom bezel is thicker than the bottom bezel of the ASUS PG279Q. This is because Acer XB271HU has OSD buttons placed on the bottom bezel, whereas the PG279Q’s OSD buttons and the joystick are at the right side of the monitor.
Overall, the ASUS PG279Q looks a bit better, at least to me, as its bezel is more proportional, so to speak. Additionally, it doesn’t have a big logo in the middle of the bezel. Instead, the ASUS logo is placed on the base of the monitor and it can glow in a red color, but you can also disable that feature in the OSD menu. This makes it less gamer-inspired and more suited for the average gamers who don’t like colorful designs and big gaming logos.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the ASUS PG279Q can pivot by 90 degrees, swivel to the left and right by 60 degrees, tilt by -5, 20 degrees, and it can be height adjusted by 120mm. The Acer XB271HU features the same ergonomics, but it can be height adjusted for an additional 30mm and tilted by -5, 35 degrees.
Both monitors have one DisplayPort and one HDMI port, however, the Acer XB271H has four USB3.0 ports whereas the ASUS PG279Q has only two USB3.0 ports. Some users are satisfied with two ports while to some even four is not enough, right? Additionally, both monitors have a jack for headphones and feature the built-in speakers of 2W.
At the moment, the Acer XB271HU is available for $810 and the ASUS PG279Q for $800. As the price difference is minimal, this doesn’t really help in making up your mind and you will thus have to make your choice solely on the design and premium features. The ViewSonic XG2703-GS is a good alternative to these gaming monitors as well, you can check out the review about it here.
The Acer XB271HU vs ASUS PG279Q may be a popular subject but in the end, it all comes down to the personal preference. Both monitors will undoubtedly impress you with smooth and fluid gameplay and flawless graphics and picture quality thanks to the high Hz rate, Nvidia G-Sync technology, and the stunning IPS panel color vibrancy. If you don’t care much for the overall appearance of the monitor, pick the Acer XB271HU if you need the extra USB ports and more extensive ergonomics. However, if you want a more user-friendly OSD menu and a well-calibrated monitor straight out of the box, go for the ASUS PG279Q. Either way, you won’t make a bad choice.