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