Acer Predator XB271HU 165Hz Gaming Monitor Review

By November 15, 2016 One Comment

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The incredible 165Hz Acer Predator XB271HU high-end gaming monitor will have you glued to our chair for hours, wandering off in the realm of amazing screen quality where games come to life. The crystal clear screen offers everything you want from a good gaming monitor – and more; it satisfies both elite gamers and professional designers with its 100% sRGB color and 6 axis color adjusting features.

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • WQHD: 2560:1440 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate (can be overclocked to 165Hz)
  • 4ms Response Time
  • Ports: DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4
  • 2 Built-in Speakers (2w each)
  • 4 USB 3.0 Ports
  • Nvidia G-Sync

Acer Predator XB271HU‘s power consumption is reduced by 68% due to its mercury-free build. The monitor’s magnificent thin design will captivate you with its beautiful crimson color and elegant design. Its power button’s LED light is capable of being dimmed down or completely turned off in the settings.

The built-in speakers and USB ports make for extra fast connecting of your devices allowing you to step into the gaming world within minutes, fully equipped and ready for adventure.

The IPS Panel offers high-end color accuracy and depth, which makes the objects, and terrain in PC games sharp and crisp without any blurring or tearing. In contrast to TN panels, there are no issues with colors contrasting when viewed from different angles, meaning you can fully immerse into gaming as well as watching movies from any place in your room.

Although some TN panel gaming monitors offer up to 1ms response time, when connected with Nvidia G-Sync the Acer Predator XB271HU has no noticeable input lag either. Additionally, it eradicates any possible screen tearing and gives beautiful image with vivid details. Therefore, if you are using an Nvidia graphics card, you will get the most out of this amazing gaming monitor.

What do users like about this product?

  • ErgoStand Ergonomics
  • Ultra Low Motion Blur
  • EyeProtect’s Flicker-less Technology

If you want an enormous gaming monitor but are short on space, Acer Predator XB271HU is VESA mount compatible so you can easily fit it wherever you want.

Moreover, the ergonomics are extraordinary as you’re able to tilt, pivot, swivel and move them up and down as you much as you like. Once you’ve found your perfect setting it will stay that way for good, barely ever moving or bouncing.

The built-in EyeProtect’s Flicker-less Technology guarantees your eyes’ safety and comfort. With it, you will be able to play for hours without running the risk of eye straining.

Most of the users praised the flawless picture quality and color accuracy while using Nvidia G-Sync. There hasn’t been a single remark concerning ghosting, smearing or screen tearing whatsoever. Acer Predator XB271HU‘s Ultra Low Motion Blur makes the latest fast-paced FPS games look much more alive as objects appear instantly, giving you a neat advantage in gaming versus other players.

Even more demanding games such as The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Rider run smoothly with maxed out settings at 1440p if your gaming monitor is powered with a strong Nvidia graphics card.

What do users not like about this product?

  • IPS Glow
  • Backlight Bleed
  • Power Button Getting Stuck

Although IPS glow is expected to some extent as it’s a known downside to IPS monitors, it is a much lesser nuisance than TN panel’s issue of colors distorting when viewed from different angles. So, if you’re playing in a dark room and your game takes you to some gloomy areas you could encounter some minor, barely noticeable silvery glow in corners of your screen, which is expected.

A somewhat minor issue with this gaming monitor is the power button which some of the users complained about, saying it sometimes needs to be pressed up to 3 times in order to work. Certainly annoying especially given the price of this 144Hz gaming monitor.

Quite a few reviewers complained about Backlight Bleed which they described as yellowish hue coming from the bottom of the Acer Predator XB271HU. Some claim that the problem normalized over time, while other requested a replacement using the Amazon return policy. The issue was marked as a manufacturing defect. Additionally, dead pixels were noticeable but both Amazon and Acer were understanding and replaced the monitors in these several cases.

All issues concerning colors, Backlight Bleed and brightness can be solved using the calibration tool in the monitor’s RGB settings menu. While in the settings, you can also adjust additional presets, which you can easily switch afterward depending on whether you’re watching a movie, gaming or reading.

Who is this product for?

From elite gamers who seek smooth gameplay with maxed out graphics to detail-sensitive photographers and designers, the Acer Predator XB271HU will satisfy all your needs and passions. This 144Hz gaming monitor will have you settled for years, with no need of going out looking or shopping for any other monitor in a long time. In fact, one of the reviewers said that the beauty of colors and response is already visible as you move your cursor around on your desktop wallpaper!


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  • Klerk

    Does the version (AG271QG) sold by the panel manufacturer (AOC) have the best quality panel? I’ve read that these IPS panels are actually budget variety and that really good panels run over $2k.