Acer K272HUL Review: Budget 1440p IPS Monitor

Acer K272HUL

Introduction

Typically, low cost and top quality don’t come hand-in-hand. However, Acer’s K Series has changed that impression. If you are a budget-conscious gamer but is hoping for a gaming monitor with the best display quality, then the Acer K272HUL display could be the one for you. With a 27-inch screen that boasts WQHD 2560×1440 resolutions, the Acer K272HUL PC monitor is one of the Acer’s K Series monitors that delivers top-notch digital content.

The expansive LCD screen is equipped with 2560 x 1440 resolution that along the IPS panel guarantees stunning images at all times. In addition, the quick response time of 6ms prevents lagging and alleviates deviations that often occurs during the transition time. So, if you are fond of playing fast-paced FPS games, you can benefit from the quality and stutter-free moving images. Get to know more about this monitor by reading the rest of this Acer K272HUL monitor review.

Specifications

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 2560×1440 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • 6ms Response Time
  • 60Hz
  • Ports: 2x HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Audio Line-Out
  • Dynamic Contrast: 100,000,000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m2
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.233mm

Performance

Unboxing the monitor, I honestly got excited as I have been looking forward to using a larger screen than my old 24-inch monitor. Now that I have a 27-inch monitor and a slender bezel that makes the screen even larger, I was pumped up to check how well it does on PC games and on video streaming. Once I have turned on the monitor, the first thing I noticed was the brightness. It was too bright and it was imperative to check the color and contrast setting to make an adjustment. After a good 10 minutes of careful calibration, the brightness immensely improved.

The color accuracy of this monitor Acer K272HUL is also impressive, given that it is not as expensive as the other 27-inch monitor of the other brands. By default, the display had an SRGB color gamut of 93.5 %. After re-calibrating it to 99%, the images instantly appeared sharper. Testing the images was deemed necessary in order to improve the depth of the solid reds and blacks and the richness of whites and the greens. Another positive point about the Acer K272HULbmiidp 1440p display is that there was no hint of any light bleeding from the backlight. There was also no stuttering or ghosting when it was tested in a fast-paced game.

In order to make the necessary re-calibration, you need to be accustomed to the menus. There are physical or pressable buttons you will find at the lower right segment of the monitors. The menu lets you alter the brightness and choose your preferred color temperature. You can choose from cool, warm, and the RGB options. While the buttons are easy to find, the advanced controls appeared to be difficult to navigate especially for those who are not keen on calibrating monitors. There are too many icons used which may sometimes prompt users to do a trial-and-error to find their purpose.

With the IPS technology display and a stunning matte-screen, you can clearly say that getting a monitor like this at a reasonable price is truly a steal. The Acer K272HU makes use of a WQHD display that is equipped with AHVA technology. Said technology is designed to support images of prime or high-quality color in every angle possible. This technology likewise ensures that colors are accurate and consistent when viewed at an angle of up to 178 degrees.

The high contrast ratio of DCR 100,000,000:1(1,000:1) makes the blacks and whites appear sharp and rich. Another upside of the display is that details remain visible and clear even when tested on high contrast ratios. This is essential especially if you are fond of playing games that require fast image movements such as those first person shooting platforms. The contrast and the rapid response time can keep all moving images sharp and highly detailed. Overall, the display offers a cinematic view experience that is perfect for any multimedia platforms.

Features

The screen size that lets you maximize an enjoyable viewing experience and without sacrificing the quality is all possible with the Acer K272HUL IPS panel. The Onscreen Display buttons can easily be accessed. This monitor also comes with an ergonomic stand that is easy to assemble. Moreover, it can be tilted for up to 25 degrees.

If you intend to use it for entertainment, you can simply mount it on the wall. Yes, this monitor comes with a VESA mount support, so there is no need to purchase additional backplates or accessories. And yes, another unique feature of this monitor is that it comes with an extra holder for smartphones or other gadgets that you wish to connect to it.

This is probably the highlight of this Acer K272HUL PC display review. The colors are simply stunning, and this is due to the technology called Acer ComfyView display. The LED backlight makes it eco-efficient as well. The 2560 x 1440 WQHD Resolution and the response time makes gaming smooth and stutter-free. Moreover, viewing for a long time does not put a strain on the eyes. Above all these, users can enjoy minimal light reflection which makes it very comfortable to use in any lighting condition.

The Display is made from materials that are completely eco-friendly. Some parts come with PCR ABS plastic adoption and the display is 100% mercury-free. In addition, the glass panel is used is 100% arsenic-free. The packaging used for every unit sold is made from recyclable materials. Moreover, this Acer K272HUL is certified ENERGY STAR 6.0 and EPEAT® Gold.

Design

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Although I especially liked the large screen and the quality of the images, I felt that the plastic case and the stand of the monitor lacked sturdiness and built. As you cannot swivel, adjust, or rotate the stand, it could a bit less comfortable to use, particularly if you have a preferred viewing position. The lack of flexibility in adjusting the position of the monitor could be a disadvantage. However, the Acer K series monitors can be mounted on the wall. The VESA-mount capability is a big plus to those who wish to use it in their entertainment rooms or those who intend to use it for movie streaming.

Connectivity

Connectivity-wise, this model is certain ahead of its pack. It has two HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, and an audio jack that is specifically for the two built-in speakers of the monitor. The downside, however, is that the ports are all facing downward, so it can be a bit tough to connect cables, especially if the monitor is in a cramped space. On the other side, you can simply purchase a cable organizer which can put all these connectors and wires all tied up in one spot.

Price

At the moment (May 2017), the Acer K272HUL is available for $330 which makes it quite an affordable 27-inch 1440p monitor. In addition to its exclusive features, extensive connectivity options, and the sleek design, the monitor is worth every penny.

Conclusion

If you have been aiming for that large screen monitor, yet are not ready to spend a lot on those expensive ones, this monitor can be a good starter. You can enjoy the clarity of pictures, smoothness of moving images, and the sharp colors in one monitor. Moreover, the Acer technologies integrated into the Acer K272HUL screen is an indication that you can get the best gaming monitor without hurting your budget.

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