With the world moving on to 4K resolutions at a snail pace, Acer released a monitor that is almost 4K but not really. Think of it as 2.5K, half way to those ridiculously overpriced TVs we see on the market today. So with half the 4K, and features like 1ms response time, HDMI 2.0, Dual-Link DVI, Freesync, and built-in speakers. Is the Acer XG270HU worth you while, or is it just cheaper to go out and pick up a TV and use that as a PC monitor and all-round gaming screen?

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The Tech Specs

 Pricing R6 900.00
 Screen 27in/16:9 2560×1440 @ 144Hz
 Free Sync Range 30-144HZ
 Response Time  1ms
 Speakers  2x2w
 Brightness 350cd/m2
 Video Support  1x DisplayPort 1.2a, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DVI
 Audio Support  3.5mm Stereo Input, 3.5mm headphone output
 USB N/A
 Dimensions  24.2 x 17.8 x 8.1 inche

Design

The Acer XG270HU is a pretty looking monitor, its scarlet red colour pallet compliments its frame-less design. The screen fits right till the edge of the sides eliminating any borders. It is only 1.6-inches thick, making it a sleek monitor at the same time.

The base of the monitor is not the best I have ever dealt with. After assembling it by snapping it into place, the only adjustment you have is a vertical tilt, which is useful if you are taller and shorter than the view angle of the screen. Talking about viewing angle, there really is no room for movement, viewing the screen for an upper angle distorts picture quality a bit, and the same for the sides. You will need to rearrange your desk to get the best out of the screen’s display.

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The screen’s anti-glare is pretty average, I had no issues with visibility even when the screen was facing a window, and this is a major issue when it comes to screens nowadays. The screen’s buttons are placed on the right hand side under the screen’s display. I really disliked the button placement as it meant that I had to feel my way around underneath the screen for the correct button. It was a minor issue, you do not spend your entire day pressing the buttons, but when you do it is frustrating.

The speaker system is as average as expected from a monitor. Gaming should be experienced through an external source such as headphones, or sound system. Thus the monitor is only used as an adequate sound output in case you are ever travelling with it to a friend for a LAN party or setting it up in another room.

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The device is only 1.6-inches thick and it shows its sleek trim and flat back. It is powered by an external power supply so there is virtually no heat at all, thus the device  has no ventilation. This is great as it makes it pretty dust proof. The monitor also has no mounting capabilities, so you have to keep it on the stand.

Display

The Acer XG270HU boasts some great digital inputs. DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI 2.0 which allows for the QHD resolution at 60Hz. The monitor has the average display management options that you find on screens. With limited gamma presets of 2.2 and 1.8, which proved to be perfect for both PC and console. The colour management presets are also average with BlueLight, and Warm being the most ideal for any picture. You could just turn the display on, choose a gamma setting, and a colour preset and you will be good to go. You will not need to fine tune anything to get the most ideal picture.

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The monitor boasts other settings like Super Sharpness that enhances edges, and some other Hue settings that you would rarely need to tweak. Overall it’s the QHD (aka 2.5K) that is the showstopper on the device. Games, and running Windows 10 in general is beautiful, although some font sizes need to be adjusted for readability.

The monitor support Acer’s new FreeSync which enables the screen to sync in tune with a compatible GPU to provide the best refresh rate possible. I do not have a compatible device, so I was unable to test it out.

Verdict

The Acer XG270HU is a pretty decent device, it comes packed with some great display capabilities, and is a rather pretty looking monitor. The stand is a bit wobbly and could be a bit bigger, and the FreeSync feature, which is probably its biggest selling point, would mean that you would have to fork out extra cash to purchase a compatible card. The QHD is beautiful, and even though 4K is really pricey to get going for PC gaming, this is half way there and as good as it could get for half the price. Running my PS4 on the monitor needed a few tweaks to get the perfect visual output, but once I got it down, I had both my PC and my console in one place on a pretty monitor that I could pick up and carry to another room when I needed to. It only weighs 3.9KGs, making it ideal for gamers who are always carting their PCs around to LANS. I am sure I will see some die-hard gamers with this monitor under their arm come the rAge LAN 2015.

Its asking price of $499.00 (R6900) is a bit steep given that you can grab a 40-inch TV for that price, that will not come with QHD, or be as portable as the XG270HU. This making the Acer XG270HU a more feature-packed screen than any other device on the market.

The Acer XG270HU is a great monitor with some pretty industry defining features. For the same features, other monitors are around R2000 more, making the Acer XG270HU an affordable buy, for its features though. If you are not worried about response time, FreeSync, and QHD, then there are hundreds of other monitors out there for half the price, but nothing close to the beauty and technology packed in the XG270HU.

 

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