Acer XF270HUA 27″ IPS review

Acer XF270HUA 27″ IPS review

Introduction

The Acer XF270HUA is something as unique as a 144hz gaming display that does not look like a 14 year old designed it. I’m of course referring to Acer’s Predator and the ASUS ROG series, which are the main competitors of this display. It’s relatively cheap, but comes with all the specs you would expect from a piece of premium gaming hardware.

Specifications

  • 2560×1440 resolution, 16:9 ratio
  • IPS panel with LED backlight
  • 100 000 000:1 dynamic contrast
  • 350cd/m²
  • 144hz with 4ms GTG response time
  • DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DVI, USB 3.0 hub, 3,5mm headphone jack
  • AMD Freesync 40-144hz
  • Built in speakers
  • Fully adjustable VESA stand (tilt, height, pivot)

Hardware

The XF270 gives a solid impression right out of the box. The stand comes with full adjustability; tilt, height and pivot can be adjusted to ones specific needs. The material is all-around is plastic, but it feels and looks good enough anyway. The border around the screen is slimmed down from earlier models, and is around 5mm now which looks really good.

When it comes to connectors, the XF270’s got you covered. One Display Port 1.2, two HDMI 1.4, one DVI and four USB 3.0, should fit most people’s needs, although I’d personally rather have an extra DP than a DVI. It also has an audio input for the built in speakers (terrible, as one would expect), and a headphone out jack.

Picture

The display produces nice, natural colors. The contrast on the other hand is about average, which is to be expected as it is a common trade-off compared to other LCD technologies like TN or VA. Sitting really close to the display will also reveal some IPS glow towards the corners, but at a normal distance it’s nothing that bothers me.

The screen has a non-glossy anti-reflex coating which works really well. The picture looks clear (as oppossed to grainy or dull) and I’ve never caught myself being distracted by any reflections of any kind. Both thumbs up!

What really makes this a gaming screen is of course the 144hz refresh rate. This is still somewhat uncommon for IPS-displays, as the technology is less responsive, but it works well enough and I can’t really complain. It might not feel quite as sharp during motion as my previous 120hz TN panel, but the experience is still butter-smooth. Once you go above 60hz, you never go back.

Verdict

All-in-all I really recommend the Acer XF270HUA. It’s a quality screen that offers a lot for the money. If you’re not too concerned with deep blacks, it will leave you well satisfied.

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