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Acer Predator XB272-HDR Review: 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor With G-Sync And HDR

By September 18, 2017 36 Comments

Acer Predator XB272-HDR

Introduction

Definitely, the most exciting gaming monitors announced at the CES this year were the Acer Predator XB272-HDR and the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. Nvidia teamed up with AU Optronics in order to create the very first 144Hz monitors with 4K resolution. Furthermore, the Acer Predator XB272-HDR will feature the Nvidia G-Sync technology which supports the HDR (High Dynamic Range). Both of these 144Hz 4K gaming monitors will be released sometime in the second quarter of 2017. Until then, we’ll share the jaw-dropping specifications we know so far.

Update: The Predator XB272-HDR has been delayed for Q1 2018.

Specifications

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 3840×2160 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 144Hz
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • HDR10
  • Quantum-Dot Technology
  • Brightness: Up to 1000cd/m2 Peak

Features

The Acer Predator XB272-HDR will feature the 4K resolution on a 27-inch screen which will along the HDR10 compatibility make video games overflow with rich details resulting in a flawless picture quality. The most powerful graphics cards today, such as the Nvidia GTX 1080 and Titan X, are only strong enough to push the 4K resolution just a bit over 60Hz, so in order to actually see this monitor in 144Hz action, we’ll have to wait for new graphics cards to be released.

Moreover, we’ll also have to wait for more HDR ready video games to be released as well. One of such games is the Mass Effect: Andromeda which will support the HDR10 and should be released sometime before the Acer Predator XB272-HDR. There are some console games that already support the HDR, however, the HDR on this monitor will most likely only function with the G-Sync technology. Thus, console gamers should wait for a version of the monitor with the FreeSync 2 technology which will support HDR through the HDMI port.

The quantum-dot technology of the Acer Predator XB272-HDR will provide its users with the wider color gamut and enhanced color palette. The actual information regarding the DCI-P3 color gamut is unknown, although it is most likely going to cover over 90% of the color space. The HDR 10 will ensure more intense and vibrant colors and superior contrast and brightness that is powered by 384 individual zone backlighting.

Nvidia promises to completely eliminate input lag from the HDR gaming with its G-Sync technology. The Nvidia G-Sync feature allows for synchronized refresh rates between the monitor and the graphics card’s GPU which eliminates screen tearing and lag. The 144Hz rate will be plenty to drastically reduce motion blurring of fast-moving objects even at the 4K resolution. The response time speed is still unknown, although we supposed it won’t be faster than 4ms gray to gray due to the limitations of the IPS panel.

AU Optronics’ AHVA IPS panel of the Acer Predator XB272-HDR delivers the impeccable viewing angles of 178 degrees at all directions, allowing you to enjoy precise, consistent, and vibrant colors no matter at what angle or distance you’re looking at the screen.

We suppose that the Acer Predator XB272-HDR will also feature the standard gaming features as the other Predator series monitors. Such as the aim-point which allows FPS players to add a custom crosshair overlay on their screen, the GameView customizable gaming profiles, and the black boost feature which improves the visibility in dark areas of video games.

Design

Acer Predator XB272-HDR amazon

The Acer Predator XB272-HDR will feature the classical Predator style design with ZeroFrame thin bezels and versatile ergonomic functionalities. In fact, it features the same design as its non-HDR version monitor – the XB272. This means that you will be able to height adjust the monitor up to 115 millimeters, tilt it by 25 degrees, swivel it to the left and right by 45 degrees, and pivot it by 90 degrees into the portrait position. The monitor is also going to be VESA mount compatible.

Connectivity

The actual ports of the Acer Predator XB272-HDR are still unknown. However, it will most certainly feature a DisplayPort 1.4 in order to support the 144Hz HDR G-Sync technology. Whether it will have two DisplayPorts like the Asus PG27UQ is unknown as well, but it will likely have a USB3.0 hub, an audio line-out, and an HDMI port, of course.

It’s important to note that even though there are already console games that support the HDR, this gaming monitor won’t be able to deliver full HDR video since the HDR depends on the G-Sync technology and the DisplayPort. As previously mentioned, once AMD releases the FreeSync 2 technology and HDMI2.1 is out, console gamers will be able to enjoy HDR content on compatible gaming monitors.

Price

Currently, the price of the Acer Predator XB272-HDR is unknown. There are some suppositions that the Asus PG27UQ will amount to around $1200 which lets us hope that the Acer Predator XB272-HDR may perhaps cost a little bit less. However, none of this information is official, so we can only wait until the second quarter of the 2017 and see.

Conclusion

The Acer Predator XB272-HDR will certainly change the way video games will be played. As one of the first monitors to feature a 4K resolution with 144Hz, games will not only look amazing but run buttery smooth as well. With the introduction of the G-Sync HDR, we’ll be able to experience the HDR content in video games with intense colors and contrast like never before while the G-Sync takes care of the performance. In time, there will most likely be version of the monitor with the FreeSync 2 technology for the AMD graphics card users; so that everyone can take their gaming to the next level.

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  • AndroidVageta

    Thank you so much for your review. Thinking of buying this!

  • Charlie Kelly

    I think they meant Preview?

  • Joe Ottoson

    What a moronic design. Can’t do HDR except via G Sync?!? WHAT? No HDMI 2.0? Forward looking design there boneheads.

  • Adam Saleh

    Oh sure, 144Hz at 4K… that’s really going to happen today. Not even with SLI GTX 1080 Ti. This is turning into the mobile phone market, just add more pixels to a phone screen, and call it latest (useless) technology. How about you focus on making what currently works… better. You know like IPS level of quality, with TN level of speed and erm… no QC issues maybe?

  • emtee

    And who’s to say that competitive gamers don’t like to run on 4K 144hz? They often reduce all of the ‘fancy’ effects except for the resolution, easy to play 100 ~ 300 fps games depending on the game.

  • Sandeep Shaji

    i wish this came in 34inch ultrawide

  • Ian Smith

    It’s a tossup between this and the pg27uq. SLI 1080ti’s will do these bad boys justice for sure.

  • King_Bob

    I need a Ultrawide 1440p 144hz 3D vision 2 Monitor :/

  • King_Bob

    29/30inch Ultrawide would have a better pixelcount though.. and better for smaller desks

  • Joshua Sciascia

    HDMI 2.0 cannot do 4K @ 120 Hz much less 144 Hz. 2.1 says it can do 120 Hz, possibly not 144? Either way HDMI is behind Display Port. As for G-Sync, there isnt any sense in playing at the kiddie table anymore. AMD’s top card cannot even pass a 1070 in raw power meaning AMD has yet to put out a card that is CAPABLE of 4K at elevated frequency. Therefore, why would the market tailor a monitor this powerful to crap technology that cannot even fulfill the scope of technology? You don’t spend $3000 for a television to watch VHS, and it would be moronic to hope they came out with a $1000 version so you can play in the kiddie pool.

  • Joe Ottoson

    That’s presuming that there is no use for 4k at 60hz which hdmi 2.0 does support. If you don’t care about hooking anything but your pc to this thing, fine. You’re still paying 1k for pointlessly gimped tech. What a treat!

  • Lorda

    It’s a gaming monitor that has DP port you plug in to a display port on a GPU.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but 100% of the high performance GPUs have DP port. So what’s the issue here? Why would you need HDMI 2.0?
    Now if you buy a GPU and it doesn’t have HDMI 2.0+ that’s not nice.
    They need a standard that supports 144hz 4k, they don’t have much choice 🙂

    It seems to me you just like complaining about stuff 🙂

  • Joe Ottoson

    If you wanted to hook up a gaming console as well, this thing is worthless for that purpose. It only does one thing well for no good reason.

  • Joe Ottoson

    Because it comes in handy for streaming and capture purposes.

  • chazito chazitos

    i would like to ask a question with this Ips ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor its good enough to run some games ultra with my Gtx 1080ti asus rog or i need one Tn to be better???

  • Zwijn

    IPS level of quality? IPS is pure shit. These days not that much better then TN, it has come a long way.
    Bought my current IPS monitor because well, every nerd on the internet said it was superior. It’s only superior because my previous monitor was a very old TN panel.
    IPS glow, black levels suck even worse then old TN panel, back light bleeding.
    And I have a pretty decent panel in this monitor, still very annoying.

    VA and the variants on VA, that’s what you should be looking at. Proper black levels and contrast. So dark scene’s in games and movies don’t get washed in one vague blur of dark tones. Decent viewing angle’s, good enough for 1 person sitting in front of his pc that is.
    VA should lead the bandwagon, not IPS.

  • Zwijn

    Why would you spend all that money on a UHD 4k 144hz HDR monitor, and then turn down all graphic options. That’s.. simply put.. full on retarded.

    People like you don’t think, they just drool on commercials and PR talk. I bet you have several Apple products laying around, don’t you?

  • Adam Saleh

    Well first of all, there are pros and cons to all the display technologies, but in general – IPS is King. It has caught up with TN panels in terms of speed, I’ve been gaming on IPS competitively for 3 years (FPS). It’s fast enough. It provides much better color accuracy than TN, that is just fact.

    Yeah IPS glow sucks, but looking at TN monitors from the side also sucks, you know when you want to watch a movies from like your bed or something, or even with friends.

    VA isn’t suited to FPS, fast-twitch games, sure looks pretty though.

    OLED will be the future anways, it will solve most problems.

  • Zwijn

    VA offers the same colors (depends on panel anyway), much better contrast and lower latency.

    What made you think VA isn’t suited? Can you show me, or is this just something you have read somewhere?

    Oh and quantum dot monitors are nice, not quite OLED but comes pretty damn close with a much lower pricetag.

  • Adam Saleh

    I don’t know how much you know about monitors and latency, but with regards to signal processing and display lag (input lag + pixel response times) VA panels are not as fast as IPS, and on top of that there are hardly any VA panels that provide high refresh rates. There might be one, maybe two. But there are many IPS panels now providing 120 Hz and above, which makes things smoother, and lowers latency.

    With regards to colours you might be right, like I said IPS in general is the best overall, in each department it can deliver.

    Yeah Quantum dot technology is pretty cool, but OLED is a new chapter entirely. I’ve been advocating OLED technology since it first hit the shelves in 2009 with portable OLED devices coming out of Korea.

    It’s just on another level of design, only issue is price. So for now? As an FPS gamer… as a gamer that play any fast motion game… IPS is the way to go. You are not just going to be using the monitor to game, you’ll browse and watch view rich content. Best if both worlds.

  • Zwijn

    Not that many yet indeed. VA is becoming more popular though, makes sense with the HDR hype boiling atm. The higher contrast will help in this department.
    Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is the direct competitor of the XB272, will feature a VA-esque (A-HVA) panel. All the other VA gamer-ish monitors come at 1080p 21:9 apparently.
    The ROG swift I just mentioned will also come at 2160p, 144hz, 10bit and HDR g-sync.

    The reason IPS has a lot more on offer, is because it’s been popular for much longer now. I think because apple at some point started implementing them in their AIO’s. People liked it (obviously), especially because a lot of graphic designers use apple products and they need the accurate colors for work.
    VA panels never got that much attention, until OLED and HDR started to become a thing. So I guess they figured, we want this high contrast ratio so let’s make VA work. Now it slowly starts to build momentum, until OLED becomes mainstream. So it’s not here to stay, but atm simply offers better blacks then IPS.
    Color reproduction has been shown to be simply development and research. Not much difference there, between any type of panels these days. As long as your willing to do some research and spend the money. Even some TN panels with good colors these days.

    As for OLED, can’t wait till it becomes mainstream indeed. It solves all the problems we have right now.
    Even to this day, when you fork over €1000 for a monitor you have to be lucky you actually get a decent panel. Seen so many horror stories online, and felt the disappointment with my own monitor. Even though apparently I got somewhat lucky, it’s pretty mild in the glow/bleed and ghosting department.
    But this shouldn’t be an issue with the amounts of money being spend. No other form of electronics share these weird problems.
    OLED should have been here already, but desktop market is slow unfortunately.

  • Adam Saleh

    Much of what you say is right. Yeah I agree VA panels probably haven’t had that much investment, hence are behind IPS as you say. HDR is cool, but still it’s just a poor mans OLED really, good enough to keep us entertained till consumer grade OLED hits shelves at reasonable prices with all the monitor features we expect.

    I have gone ahead and bought a high-end IPS 144 Hz display and I couldn’t agree more about the quality control issues. You pay a lot of money and it should just work great out of the box, you pay large money for peace of mind as well.

    So I suffer some mild back-light bleed, not happy, but it’s mostly psychological pain knowing it’s there. Panel lottery is BS, should not exist high price ranges. But the technology is still cool, and I’m only just giving myself something nice to use before making OLED my next upgrade, in two years maybe? who knows.

  • Harvey Danger

    I can’t tell if you are serious or not. lol No one buys this monitor to hook up a console to.

  • Chris Stobing

    Lol dude why would you spend your money on a 144hz monitor when consoles can barely handle 30FPS as it is…

  • Joe Ottoson

    Because some games on consoles have better player bases and not all games I want to play are on pc. I have a perfectly capable pc, but I don’t cut off my nose to spite my face. And response time still helps in fighting games etc.

  • Justice For Baby Sara

    PS4Pro/Project Scorpio are going to work with AMD FreeSync ( I guess because no DisplayPort would be required) so I think a G-Sync display would be wasted on them.

  • TristanSDX

    soon review 8K 200Hz with G-Sync 5

  • Leo Ryan

    so, you will be ready once the technology is available in like 3 years . keep in mind anything else they come out with 4k 165 hertz ultra etc you will not be able to perceive 8k and above the only thing left is 4k ultrawide 144 hertz oc to 165 and even then higher hert rate past 144 hertz does not provide a noticeable game play improvement

  • alex

    having the option to go to 144 hz at 4k is the biggest selling point for me and most other people who want this monitor. games where 144 hz benefits the gameplay is easily reachable at 4k. like csgo, overwatch etc. if you dont see the benefits of such a monitor you, my friend, are “full on retarded.”

  • Zwijn

    Buys 144hz 4k monitor, plays CSGO and Overwatch. MONEY WELL SPEND SIR

  • Zwijn

    That’s the thing, you won’t be ready, you don’t know whats coming up in the next years. By the time you got the hardware, way cheaper and better monitors will be available.

    We can all agree there is no such thing as ‘future proofing’ anymore.

  • Leo Ryan

    I built my computer in 2012 its 5 years old still plays most triple a games the other thing you got to keep in mind there will always be something newer and newer and newer my friend I dont wanna wait forever

  • Jon Langevin

    Excellent review!

  • Zwijn

  • Zwijn

    Obviously you don’t want to wait forever. That’s not my point. I’m arguing there is no such thing as future proof.

  • ryanlarcombe

    exactly… higher pixel + same 144hz refresh rate… i didnt upgrade to a 1440p monitor from my old ass benq 144hz tn panel.. so its about time for an upgrade and if i get one of these 144hz 4k panels when they come out i could be fine for another 5 years before i need another monitor