Acer has announced a more budget-friendly 4K 144Hz gaming monitor dubbed as the Acer Predator XB273K.
The full-array local dimming of the X27 4K 144Hz monitor consists of 384 individual zones which help control the backlight for the best image quality. Moreover, it has a peak luminance of over 1,000-nits, a superior static contrast of 20,000:1, and a wide color gamut for HDR content. All of that accumulated to its exceptional high price.
The Acer XB273K, on the other hand, will feature only a few dimming zones and a peak brightness of 400-nits. So, the image quality won’t be nearly as vibrant and impressive, but you will still have 4K 144Hz, a limited HDR support, NVIDIA G-SYNC, and a wide color gamut of 100% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3.
Just like the X27, the Acer Predator XB273K will require at least a GTX 10xx series GPU with a DisplayPort 1.4 connector for native 4K at 120Hz.
For 4K and 144Hz, the display will have to use 4:2:2 chroma subsampling and for 4K HDR (4:4:4), the refresh rate is limited to 98Hz.
The Predator series monitors include nifty gaming features such as customizable crosshairs, pre-calibrated gaming picture presets, and the ‘Dark Boost’ feature for better visibility in dark parts of games.
Furthermore, the Acer Predator XB273K 4K 144Hz gaming monitor supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology which allows you to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with a compatible graphics card’s frame rates.
As a result, screen tearing and stuttering is completely eliminated within the dynamic refresh rate range (30Hz-144Hz) without introducing additional input lag.
Design & Connectivity
The Acer Predator XB273K boasts the Acer ErgoStand with full ergonomic support including tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustments as well as VESA mount compatibility.
Connectivity includes a DisplayPort 1.4, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, and most likely an HDMI port. The monitor also includes a shielding hood for minimal distractions while gaming.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Acer Predator XB273K price is $1,299 MSRP which is significantly lower than the $1,999 Acer Predator X27.
Keep in mind that a similar 4K 144Hz DisplayHDR 400 monitor will be available with FreeSync instead of G-SYNC which is the Acer Nitro XV273K priced at $899 MSRP.
Finally, the Acer XB273K release date is set for Q4 2018.
|Acer XB273K Specifications|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Refresh Rate||120Hz at 4K 4:4:4
144Hz at 4K 4:2:2
98Hz at 4K HDR
|Response Time||4ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||G-SYNC (30z-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI (?)|
|Other Ports||4x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|High Dynamic Range||VESA DisplayHDR 400|