If you’re looking to improve your gameplay experience from the 1080p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate standard, getting a 1440p or 144Hz gaming monitor is the first upgrade you should invest in; given that you have the required PC rig to power it all.
The Acer XG270HU offers both the extra crispiness of the WQHD resolution and the extra gameplay smoothness via the 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time speed. And it is not all that more expensive than a regular 144Hz or 1440p monitor. In fact, it’s the cheapest display of such caliber.
However, its design lacks ergonomic abilities and certain common gaming features are missing. That aside, the Acer XG270HU is the best bang for the buck monitor if you’re into competitive FPS gaming. It also offers AMD FreeSync technology, making it ideal for AMD GPU users.
The Acer XG270HU 1440p 144Hz FreeSync monitor is based on an 8-bit TN panel developed by AU Optronics. This means that you can expect the common drawbacks related to the TN panel monitors including the narrow viewing angles (160° vertically and 170° horizontally). The image will shift in color and contrast when it’s viewed from peculiar angles, but when gaming, the picture will remain perfectly fine.
Colors aren’t as vibrant as they are on the IPS panel displays nor is the contrast high as it’s with the VA panel monitors, but the Acer XG270HU TN panel offers something other panels can’t achieve – the 1ms response time speed. The quick pixel response eliminates motion blur completely allowing the FPS players to enjoy the flawless gameplay.
With 16.7 million colors, radiant 350-nit brightness, and rich pixel density of 109 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), the picture is crystal-clear with vivid details and plenty of screen real estate. The Acer XG270HU 27-inch monitor with WQHD resolution makes for the sweet spot between screen size and resolution.
Out of the box, the picture is decent with a fair amount of sRGB color gamut covered, however, a little tweaking here and there goes a long way. Should you not be satisfied with the initial picture quality, you can try applying the following settings.
Acer XG270HU Calibration
In order to correct the slightly skewed colors and gamma performance straight out of the box, apply the following settings in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu:
Select the User picture preset, set brightness to 16 (increase as needed) and contrast to 50. Set Color Temperature to ‘User’ with Red: 97, Green: 90, Blue: 98 values.
The Acer XG270HU specs are on par with the latest gaming monitors, however, when it comes to the special game-enhancing features, it certainly lacks its share. There are no exclusive and pre-calibrated gaming picture presets, no on-screen timers, FPS counters, and crosshairs like with the Predator series, nor any brightness increasing features for dark-themed games.
Moreover, the OSD interface menu is notably outdated though it offers decent adjustments including 6-axis color settings. The truth is, most gamers don’t care for all the extra features as long as the performance is intact, which is exactly what the Acer XG270HU offers; so, the lack of certain gaming features is negligible and even welcome if it means a lower price tag.
The Acer XG270HU does have a several picture presets (User, ECO, Standard, Graphic, Movie) and more importantly, it has a low blue light filter which eliminates the harmful blue lights and allows for comfortable viewing experience at night without causing eye strain. The monitor doesn’t use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so it’s flicker-free and easy on the eyes.
The five OSD buttons placed beneath the bottom bezel at the right function as shortcuts for the OSD menu, quickly adjusting the brightness and volume, toggling between the picture presets, and lastly, adjusting the Acer OD (Overdrive) setting between ‘off’, ‘normal’, and ‘extreme’.
The Acer XG270HU shines the most where it’s most needed, the performance. The 144Hz refresh rate gives you the edge over your opponents with the inferior 60Hz screens as your image refresh more than twice as fast. Furthermore, with the quick 1ms response time, you’ll encounter zero motion blur or ghosting of the fast-moving objects.
For the best results, keep the overdrive settings at ‘Normal’. If disabled, the response time is slower and you’ll be able to notice pixel trailing in the fast-paced games while at ‘Extreme’ settings, overshoot or inverse ghosting becomes evident.
AMD graphics card users will be able to synchronize the frame rate of their GPU to the refresh rate of the Acer XG270HU. As a result, the dynamic refresh rate replaces the regular, static one and by doing so eliminates screen stuttering and tearing. The Acer XG270HU FreeSync range amounts to 40Hz-144Hz meaning that as long as your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate remains within this range, the gameplay performance will be stable and smooth.
Should your FPS drop for any reason, the Acer XG270HU also supports LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) which will kick in to help out with the performance. Nvidia GPU users won’t be able to benefit from any of this, but the monitor will work perfectly fine with their graphics cards – just without the adaptive-sync perks.
The Acer XG270HU input lag performance is flawless with only 5ms at 144Hz and ~14ms at 60Hz allowing you to enjoy responsive gameplay with instant display reaction to your commands fit for professional gameplay.
Back when the monitor was released, there was an issue with the overdrive not working properly when FreeSync was used. Acer fixed this with a firmware update. The current Acer XG270HU firmware is factory-updated, so you don’t have to worry about this issue anymore as FreeSync works perfectly fine with the provided DisplayPort cable and any Overdrive setting.
Design and Connectivity
The Acer XG270HU features a slim design with only 2mm thin bezels at the top and at the sides. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker at 8.5mm which is still rather thin but the orange/bronze color won’t appeal to everybody. Bezels are a mix of matte and glossy plastic while the screen is coated with a matte anti-glare finish which effectively eliminates the sunlight reflection.
Connector ports include a DVI, an HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort, and audio line-out and line-in for the 2×2 integrated speakers. There are no extra USB ports nor is there VESA mount compliance, and the monitor is tilt-only by -5, 15 degrees. The design is definitely the monitor’s weakest point.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Acer XG270HU price amounts to $380 at the moment (Novemeber 2017) which is a great deal for a 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync support.
The same Acer 1440p 144Hz model is available with an IPS panel instead of the TN, the Acer XF270HU for an extra $140. Though if you’d rather have more vibrant colors but slower pixel transition time, you may want to consider an ultrawide gaming monitor for that amount of money.
For those with high-end Nvidia GPUs, the same monitor is available with G-SYNC and ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) technology, the Acer XB271HU bmiprz with an IPS panel and the Acer XB271HU Abmiprz with a TN panel. These 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitors are overclockable to 165Hz and come with the exclusive Predator gaming features, full ergonomic support, and extra USB 3.0 ports.
If you’re looking for the most affordable yet reliable 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor for competitive and professional gameplay, the Acer XG270HU is the best one for the money. Since it also supports AMD FreeSync, it’s the perfect pair with the new AMD RX Vega cards.
If you have a Nvidia GPU, then you can either settle for gaming without the adaptive-sync or invest another $180 for one of the premium Predator series monitors.
The Acer XG270HU monitor may lack certain game-enhancing features, ergonomic support, extra USB ports, a fancy OSD menu, and its design will certainly not be liked by everybody, but it makes up for all of it with its flawless performance and an alluring price tag.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (40Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (Static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (True 8-bit)|