Acer ED273 Review: Affordable 144Hz FreeSync Curved Gaming Monitor

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Introduction

Acer’s brand new ED3 series consists of exceptional yet affordable Full HD monitors, however, only one caught our attention as a fascinating monitor for gaming.

The Acer ED273 Abidpx offers a rapid 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology for a smooth gaming experience while the 1800R curvature and high-contrast VA panel ensure total immersion into the content; all for just 300 USD.

Depending on the region and model appearance, this 144Hz gaming monitor also goes by the name Acer ED273 Awidpx or simply Acer ED273A.

Image Quality

The Acer ED273A 144Hz gaming monitor is based on a VA panel with 178-degree viewing angles, 4ms (GtG) response time speed, and a superior 3,000:1 contrast ratio. Thanks to the wide viewing angles, there’s only minor shift in contrast and no color shift at all when the image is viewed from certain angles.

With the static contrast ratio of 3,000:1, peak brightness of decent 250-nits, and 8-bit color support (via dithering), the Acer ED273 monitor delivers an immersive and vibrant image quality suited for high-quality 1080p gaming.

However, since the Full HD resolution on the 27-inch panel results in a rather low pixel density of roughly 81 PPI (pixels per inch), it’s not as good for work or reading. Although you won’t be bothered by this while gaming – if you read and type a lot, the text and small icons appear a bit smudgy and pixel-y which may repulse certain users.

The Acer ED273 27″ curved monitor has no noticeable backlight bleeding whatsoever nor any dead pixels. Additionally, it’s flicker-free and features a blue light filter allowing you to game for hours without causing eye fatigue.

Performance

At 144Hz refresh rate, the Acer ED273 Abidpx grants you the edge over your opponents in competitive games. In comparison to the standard 60Hz monitors, the image refreshes more than twice as fast which is crucial in FPS games where every millisecond counts.

The high refresh rate is backed up by the rapid 4ms response time which will eliminate most of ghosting and trailing of the fast moving objects. Alas, motion blur is a common issue with VA monitors due to the nature of the panel, so some minor ghosting will be noticeable.

The amount of motion blur is negligible for casual competitive gameplay, the professional players, on the other hand, will have to settle with TN-panel gaming monitors with faster response time, but less vibrant image quality.

AMD FreeSync

If you have or plan to get a FreeSync compatible AMD graphics card, you’ll be able to synchronize the Acer ED273 refresh rate to the GPU’s frame rate.

By doing so, you’ll gain a dynamic refresh rate instead of a static one which will eliminate all screen tearing and stuttering. In addition, it will further reduce the input lag of the Acer ED273A which is ~13.8ms.

The Acer ED273 Abidpx dynamic FreeSync range is 48-144Hz when connected via the DisplayPort and 48-120Hz via HDMI.

Features

The OSD (On-Screen Display) of the monitor is rather plain and user-friendly with only the basic settings available which can be effortlessly adjusted via the joystick at the back of the monitor. One of the more useful features for gaming is the Black Boost feature which increases visibility in darker video games by increasing brightness where and when it is most needed.

Other adjustable parameters include brightness, contrast, DCM (dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1) on/off, color temperature, color adjust (red, green, blue), overdrive, input source selection, blue light filter, and aspect ratio (16:9, 4:3, and auto).

Design and Connectivity

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The Acer ED273 is VESA mount compatible with 100 x 100 holes, but it’s tilt-only by -5°, 15°. The 1800R curvature design nicely wraps you peripheral vision right into the content on-screen and immerses you into the gaming world. The monitor screen is coated with a matte finish which eliminates the sunlight reflection.

Connector ports consist of an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2a, and a DVI port. Additionally, there’s the headphones jack as well as two 3W integrated speakers.

Price & Similar Monitors

At the moment (October 2017), the Acer ED273 price is $300 which rather cheap considering its impressive specs.

The Acer ED3 series consists of several more display with 60Hz including the Acer ED273 wmidx 27″ curved FHD monitor, the Acer ED322Q wmidx 31.5-inch curved 1080p for only $230, and lastly, the Acer ED242QR 23.6-inch curved 1080p display with AMD FreeSync.

All models feature a high-contrast VA panel.

If you’re looking a similar but better display than the Acer ED273A curved 144Hz monitor, you might be interested in the Samsung C27FG70 which is also curved and features 144Hz but with quantum-dot technology and 1ms MPRT speed.

Conclusion

The Acer ED273A FreeSync gaming monitor offers exceptional value for money. If you want a curved gaming monitor with high refresh rates and amazing image quality granted by the superior contrast ratio, the Acer ED273 Abidpx is currently one of the best choices out there.

Keep in mind though, that if you also plan on working on this display, reading and typing won’t be as enjoyable as gaming due to the low pixel density in which case you may want to check out a 24-inch 1080p 144Hz VA-panel curved monitor, the Samsung C24FG70, or invest into a 1440p monitor.

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