Acer predator xb272 hdr

Acer Predator XB272-HDR Preview: 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor With G-SYNC And HDR

Update: The Acer Predator XB272-HDR and the rest of the 4K 144Hz gaming monitors should be released by the end of April, according to NVIDIA.

Definitely, the most exciting gaming monitors announced at the CES 2017 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, both the Acer XB272-HDR and the ASUS PG27UQ will feature the Nvidia G-SYNC technology which will work with HDR (High Dynamic Range). Both of these 144Hz 4K gaming monitors will be released sometime in the third quarter of 2018. Until then, we’ll share the jaw-dropping specifications we know so far.

The HDR Support

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.

Even the most powerful graphics cards today, such as the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti, 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.

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 definitely going to cover over 90% of the color space.


Nvidia promises to completely eliminate input lag from the HDR gaming with its G-SYNC HDR technology which allows for synchronized refresh rates between the monitor and the graphics card, in turn, eliminating screen tearing and stuttering.

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 & Connectivity

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 240Hz gaming monitor.

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.

As far as the connectivity is concerned, we know that the monitor will feature two DisplayPorts 1.4 for the 4K resolution at 144Hz and there will likely be an extra HDMI port and a USB hub.

Price & Similar Monitors

Currently, the price of the Acer Predator XB272-HDR is unknown. There are some suppositions that the ASUS PG27UQ will amount to around $2000 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 third quarter of 2018 and see. Acer will also offer the same 4K 144Hz G-SYNC HDR model with the integrated Tobii eye-tracking technology, the Acer Predator X27.


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 a 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.

Acer Predator XB272 Preview: 240Hz Gaming Monitor With G-Sync


Acer has announced four monitors from the Predator series at the CES this year. The Acer Predator XB272 is a 27-inch version of the 25-inch XB252Q model. More importantly, the Acer Predator XB272 will also have its HDR version although its release time is still unknown but should happen sometime in the second quarter of 2017. The Acer Predator XB272, as well as all the other Predator series monitors except for the HDR one, should have been released sometime in February 2017, but they weren’t released everywhere. The Predator XB272 is available for purchase on UK for instance, but is not to be found in the United States yet. Here is the information we have so far about this gaming monitor.


  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 1920×1080 Resolution
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • TN Panel
  • 1ms Response Time
  • 240Hz
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2
  • Other Ports: 5x USB3.0, Audio Line-Out
  • Brightness: 400cd/m2
  • Contrast: 1,000:1
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.311mm
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x2W


The Acer Predator XB272 PC monitor will have all the common features of the Predator series gaming monitors. Firstly, the GameView feature allows its users to create three different customizable gaming profiles. These profiles can have manually adjusted settings which can be edited and saved at will. With just one OSD button hotkey, you will be able to quickly swap between these profiles to fit the different genres of games.

Secondly, the black boost feature brightens and sharpens the dark objects in the darkened areas of video games. With this feature, you gain a more visible and clear display without the picture quality being affected. This is especially useful in FPS games and overall dark themed games such as the Diablo 3. The aim-point feature is great for FPS gamers as with it, you can set a custom crosshair overlay which will improve your aim and give you the edge over your opponents.

The Acer EyeProtect feature takes care of your eyesight as the screen is flicker-less and contains the harmful blue light filter. So, you can play for hours without feeling eye fatigue. Moreover, the screen is coated with a matte, anti-glare finish which gets rid of the reflection for good.

The Nvidia G-Sync allows synchronization between your compatible Nvidia graphics card and the refresh rate of the Acer Predator XB272 1080p display. Once you enable the G-Sync feature you will gain a more steady frame rate and a screen without stuttering and tearing. You should always have this feature on unless you encounter motion blur. Then you can enable the Ultra Low Motion Blur instead. These two features cannot be activated at the same time, so you should choose accordingly. While the ULMB feature reduces motion blur and ghosting, it won’t eliminate screen tearing like the G-Sync does – and vice versa.

You should keep in mind that if you wish to use the ULMB feature you can only set your monitor Hz rate to either 85Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz. The native 240Hz rate of the monitor should eliminate motion blurring and ghosting on its own, depending on your computer setup and the game you’re playing, of course. There is no doubt, however, that with all these features, you’ll be able to adjust perfect settings for smooth and fluid gameplay.

The obvious panel choice for a competitive gaming monitor is the TN. It’s the only panel capable of delivering the rapid response time of only 1ms which is mandatory for the high-end competitive gaming sessions. The drawbacks of TN panels, however, include issues with viewing angles and lesser quality colors. Still, the Acer Predator XB272 G-Sync monitor will cover 100% of the sRGB color spaces which amounts to a total of 72% of the NTSC colors space.


The design of the Acer Predator XB272 240Hz display resembles the other Predator series monitors with a modern and gaming-inspired appearance. The versatile stand is capable of adjusting the height of the monitor for 115 millimeters, swiveling it to the left and right by 45 degrees, and it can pivot by 90 degrees into the portrait position. Lastly, the screen can be tilted by 25 degrees.

The base of the monitor is easily detachable so that it can easily be VESA mounted if desired. The ZeroFrame design is ideal for multi-display setups as it would leave only a tiny gap between multiple monitors.


The Acer Predator XB272 monitor includes an HDMI 1.4 and the DisplayPort 1.2 for the Nvidia G-Sync technology. In addition, there will also be four downstream USB3.0 ports at the side of the monitor which can be used for the easy connection of your keyboard, mouse, and controller devices. There will also be an audio line-out port for the headphones or external speakers. The built-in speakers feature two 2W speakers for basic sound production.


The price of the Acer Predator XB272 TN monitor costs 700 GDP and will likely cost 700 USD as well, when it gets released in the United States. Considering that its 25-inch version costs $550 and has all the same features as the XB272 makes us think that there is something Acer is still not telling us about the Acer Predator XB272. It doesn’t seem right to pay extra $130 for just a 2-inch bigger screen, especially when the 1080p resolution looks better on a 25-inch than on a 27-inch due to higher pixel density which means more details.


The Acer Predator XB272 will offer a smooth and fluid gameplay experience with its stunning 240Hz rate, rapid 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync and Ultra Low Motion Blur features. Professional gamers will have all the tools that their need for the high-end competitive gaming sessions. For now, the Acer Predator XB272 display seems to have the same specifications as its 25-inch version which makes the $130 price difference questionable, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.


The Acer Predator XB272 will deliver a stunning 240Hz rate with the rapid 1ms response time which will leave professional gamers with no excuses for losing anymore. Along with the Nvidia G-Sync technology and Predator series gaming features the smooth performance is assured.

Your eyes can’t keep up with Acer’s ridiculously fast Predator XB272 monitor

“Hardcore gamers will love the Acer Predator XB272’s silky-smooth refresh rate.”
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Good contrast ratio
  • Solid color accuracy

Welcome to the future, where high-end gaming monitors are so quick that we can’t actually show you how quick they are. Seriously. During our Acer Predator XB272 review, we were constantly struggling to find ways to put its impossibly fast 240Hz refresh rate into words.

Chances are, the monitor you’re reading this on caps out at 60Hz, which means it refreshes 60 times per second. That’s more than enough for everyday use and most gaming. But the further you climb up the refresh-rate ladder — up to 75Hz, 144Hz, 200Hz, and now with the Predator XB272, 240Hz — the smoother gameplay looks.

High refresh rate gaming poses its own set of challenges, though. To get the most out of a 240Hz monitor like the XB272, which retails for $680 on its own, you need a monster gaming rig.


Acer’s characteristic Predator styling — red accents, sharp angles — is notably absent on the Predator XB272. If not for the chrome “Predator” branding on the bottom edge of the display, the XB272 would be almost indistinguishable from more mundane monitors.

The stand is largely plastic, and while it does a good job of keeping the monitor steady, it’s not very attractive. It’s just a black column with some black plastic feet. That could be a blessing in disguise, though, if you’re looking for a display that will fit in with your home décor.

Looking at similar displays like the BenQ EX3200R, it’s clear that gaming monitors can occasionally benefit from elegant design. The EX3200R, with its wide, sweeping display, sits atop a chrome metallic stand. It’s modern and stylish, like a faucet in a fancy hotel — one of those swoopy ones.

It’s modern and stylish, like a faucet in a fancy hotel — one of those swoopy ones.

Then BenQ looks good, but maybe it’s not for everyone. Design decisions are always a risk, so it’s hard to blame Acer for hedging its bets here, and going with something bland and functional.

While the Acer Predator XB272 isn’t the fairest in the land, it’s certainly sturdy. Every inch of the display feels solid, there’s no creaking or settling when you give it a good squeeze, and once you adjust its positioning, it tends to stay put. The stand provides excellent isolation, too, so the display doesn’t wobble much when the desk it sits on is bumped.

The monitor is VESA compatible, and with its super-slim bezels, it wouldn’t be a bad choice for a wall-mount. The bezels also make this monitor great for multi-monitor setups.


Never in the history of this earth has anyone looked at a device and thought “this has too many ports.” The Acer Predator XB272 embodies this philosophy, in some ways at least, by including four USB Type-A 3.0 ports and one USB Type-B port. That last one is a weird inclusion, but a welcome one.

Moving on to the essentials, the DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 ports are conveniently located just behind the frontal lip of the display. They can be reached from the front just tilting the display back, which is a nice touch.

An extra DisplayPort or HDMI port would have been welcome, but gaming displays have been pretty stingy with those recently, so it’s par for the course. The Acer Predator Z35 also features a single HDMI and DisplayPort.

Buttons within buttons

Monitors usually come in two varieties, those with buttons and those with jog buttons — a little joystick that is also a button. We seldom have a choice in the matter, it’s a binary imposed upon us by monitor manufacturers. But following in the footsteps of Prometheus, who bore fire to mankind, the Acer Predator XB272 offers us the gift of choice.

Welcome to the future, where high-end gaming monitors are so quick, we can’t show you how quick they are.

It’s a monitor with both a jog button and regular buttons.

Okay, that might not be the most exciting thing about this monitor, but it’s helpful because the Predator XB272 is very customizable. Hitting the jog button brings up the main menu, from which you can navigate to several sub-menus to adjust brightness, contrast, color settings, and the built-in “Aim Point” reticle — a crosshair the Predator XB272 can superimpose on your display to make in-game aiming easier.

The “regular” buttons bring up an additional quick menu where you can adjust brightness, tweak the contrast, and cycle between presets for gaming, movies, or graphics work.

Silk-fast and lightning-smooth

In some ways, high refresh rate gaming is on its own parallel path alongside other graphical innovations like 4K gaming. Currently, it’s just not feasible — even for high-end gaming PCs — to offer 4K gaming at 240Hz. That’s why we’ll often see gaming monitors support either 4K or a super-high refresh rate, but we rarely see both together.

That’s also why we see so many high-refresh-rate monitors max out at 1080p. Consistently running games at 240 frames per second is tough, but scaling back the resolution to 1080p makes things much easier. The image won’t be as sharp, but you’ll get to max out your detail settings — depending on the strength of your hardware.

The Acer Predator XB272 is one such monitor, with the resolution dialed down to 1080p and the refresh rate dialed all the way up to 240Hz. If your hardware can handle it, hitting 240 FPS and turning on G-Sync makes every game a visual symphony. On this display, a game like Overwatch becomes hyper-real. Fluid animations, fast-paced gameplay, and killer visuals all cascade across the screen, imbued with an unparalleled sense of movement and momentum.

That rapid-fire refresh rate comes courtesy of the Acer Predator XB272’s twisted nematic or TN display panel. These kinds of displays are typically very quick, but often suffer from poor viewing angles, and the XB272 is no exception. Moving too far left or right will cause the display to appear discolored, but thankfully the stand is very easily adjustable, so this drawback is easily mitigated.

Let’s see how it stacks up to competitors in a few other areas.

While it’s tempting to compare the Acer Predator XB272 to its larger cousin, the 35-inch ultra-wide Acer Predator Z35, it faces strong competition from the BenQ EX3200R.

With a contrast ratio of 2,060:1 the BenQ EX3200R takes the lead, and the Acer Predator Z35 comes in second with a contrast ratio of 1,190:1. Both are superb scores, which illustrates that both monitors are capable of rendering highlights and shadows right beside one another without losing much quality, if any. Images, videos, and games all possess a sense of depth you just don’t see at lower contrast ratios.

The Acer Predator XB272, with its contrast ratio of 740:1, does well for itself, but when compared side-by-side to the BenQ EX3200R, there’s a staggering difference between them. The BenQ is lavish by comparison. Even flat images possess a sense of life and detail you just don’t see on the Predator XB272.

The XB272 looks fine. Images aren’t washed out, and videos don’t display any visible banding due to low contrast — but for almost $700, it’s not a bad thing to expect more than fine.

If your hardware can handle it, hitting 240 FPS makes every game a visual symphony.

Moving on to color gamut, the XB272 hits 75 percent of the AdobeRGB color space, while the Predator Z35 managed to render 79 percent. It’s not a big difference, and none of these monitors are achievers when it comes to color gamut. Even the Z35, with its slightly-higher-than-average-score, would be a poor choice for color-sensitive work in Photoshop.

Color accuracy is a slightly different story. The Acer Predator XB272 and BenQ EX3200R lead the pack in this category, with average color error scores — 1.74 and 1.29, respectively — close enough that neither monitor features any noticeable distortion.

With color error, a lower score is better, and anything below one is hard for the human eye to notice. So these scores are very good, and in league with the low-end of monitors that claim professional-grade performance.

The Acer Predator Z35 and Dell S2417DG were within inches of each other with scores of 2.45 and 2.4, respectively. Those scores are low enough that nothing on either display ever looks severely discolored, but high enough that you might want to refrain from using either one for photo or video editing — especially if you’re doing any color-correction.

No calibration necessary

Calibrating a display doesn’t always unlock hidden potential, but it can sometimes mitigate a monitor’s undesirable traits. The Acer Predator XB272 is just as capable right out of the box as it is after calibrating with a professional-grade colorimeter, which is a mixed blessing.

On the one hand, it means you won’t have to fiddle with the XB272 to get it to perform well. It’ll do that from day one. But on the other hand, it means there’s not much you can do about the XB272’s painfully average color gamut, or contrast ratio.

The color accuracy did improve a small amount, but the XB272 already does well in that regard, so moving from a score of 1.74 to 1.58 isn’t really worth the time it takes to calibrate the display.

Warranty information

The Acer Predator XB272 comes with a three-year limited warranty, covering parts and labor in the event of any manufacturer defects. That’s pretty long for a gaming monitor, as we commonly see one and two-year warranties on monitors in this price range.

The Acer Predator XB272 is a good gaming monitor. It’s held back because it offers only 1080p resolution at $680, but the ultra-high refresh rate puts it well ahead of its nearest competitors when it comes to raw speed. That presents its own problem, though. Do you really need 240Hz to get that liquid-smooth gaming experience? Can your PC even handle it?

Is there a better alternative?

Yes, there is a better alternative: The BenQ EX3200R. It’s a 31.5-inch curved, ultra-wide monitor with killer picture quality and a lightning-fast 144Hz refresh rate. It’s not as quick as the Acer Predator XB272, but put them side by side, and you might not notice the difference. The BenQ is also a 1080p display, but its more reasonable $400 price tag helps excuse that potential downside.

Generally, you’ll experience diminishing returns the further you push past 60Hz. At 75Hz motion takes on that glassy-smooth quality, while at 144Hz games become otherworldly. The Acer Predator XB272 looks great at 240Hz, but the difference between 144Hz and 240Hz is minimal … and almost imperceptible to the naked eye.

A 1440p display with a 120Hz or 144Hz panel is another possible alternative. Acer and Asus offer panels with this combination of resolution and features, such as the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q, and most sell for around the same price. They offer a good compromise between image sharpness and refresh rate. You can always scan our list of the best computer monitors for additional choices.

How long will it last?

The Acer Predator XB272 benefits from a long three-year limited warranty, and it is a well-built little monitor, so it’ll probably last long enough to wear out that warranty. Also, at 240Hz it’s going to be able to keep up with your gaming rig for the foreseeable future, or last long enough for your hardware to catch up to that refresh rate.

Should you buy it?

If you can’t possibly settle a refresh rate less than 240Hz, yes, you should buy the Acer Predator XB272. It offers slightly above average picture quality, even if it is a bit pricey. If you can get by with 144Hz though, you would be better off going with the BenQ EX3200R, or another 144Hz competitor.

Editors' Recommendations

Acer Predator XB272 review: It's worth the money if you need the gaming speed

Acer raises the bar for high frame-rate gamers, extending its 25-inch Predator XB252 up to 27 inches and bringing with it a maximum refresh of 240Hz. At $680 (approximately £620, AU$1,050) It's not the cheapest G-Sync monitor around, but at the moment it's one of the few to refresh that fast. And for a TN panel, it's pretty good.(Don't confuse this with the as-yet-unavailable XB272-HDR, which has a completely different panel.)

The trade-off, though, is resolution, which is also the same as the smaller panel. That means you can drive a truck between the pixels -- OK, not really, but it does mean that for doing things other than playing games it's not very sharp. For games, you can use G-Sync DSR to increase the perceived resolution.

Price (MSRP) Panel type Backlight type Size (diagonal) PWM backlight dimming Resolution Aspect ratio Pixel pitch (mm) Maximum gamut Rotates vertically Bit depth Typical brightness (nits) Selectable/custom picture modes Sync standard Maximum vertical refresh rate (at HD or higher resolution) Gray/gray response time (milliseconds) Black/white response time (milliseconds) Release date
$680, approximately £620, AU$1,050
HD (1,920 x 1,080)
100 percent sRGB
April 2017

The XB272's layout is pretty typical, with onscreen display controls on the back right. The buttons are a little flat and hard to feel, but they're supplemented by a joystick that makes it much easier to navigate the menus than typical up- and down-arrow buttons. You can map two of the buttons directly to menu options, a nice perk.

It has a reasonably broad set of options. Among the various presets there are three gaming-specific ones that change the brightness, refresh rate and white point settings. There's also a selection of three optional target overlays, adaptive contrast, and a decent set of display options for color and brightness.

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Acer Predator XB272 covers the basics

Four Type-A USB 3.0 ports and low-power built-in speakers round out the feature set. The biggest disappointment here is the inputs: a single HDMI and a single DisplayPort, both based on last-generation standards. Not a deal breaker, but if you're spending this much on a monitor, you probably want it to last a few years; at least the high refresh rate futureproofs it a bit.

HDMI USB Type-A (out) USB 3.0 (in) DisplayPort Built-in speakers Headphone jack
1 x 1.4
4 x USB 3
1 x 1.2
Yes (2 x 2W)

In most ways, the XB272 is a typical TN display, It covers about 95 percent of the sRGB color gamut, measures a maximum (static) contrast of about 720:1 and peak brightness of around 445 nits. 

The 240Hz maximum refresh rate goes a long way to smoothing out gameplay; even with G-Sync I saw a little more stutter than I expected when frame rate rose above the refresh rate. But at 144Hz and higher it fared well with fast GTX 1080 gameplay. I didn't see any flicker, even when trying to force it, but I think I'm just not sensitive to it. And the audio is fine if you're space constrained, at least driving its low-power speakers.


At 27 inches, the Predator XB272 is a sweet-spot size, and its 240Hz refresh rate elevates it above the crowd if you need to hit the high frame rates sans glitchiness. Plus, G-Sync DSR helps compensate for the display's otherwise low resolution, but that's only an option for gaming.

Acer Predator XB272 review: Ultra high refresh rate for smooth gameplay

Anyone who games on a PC knows that a higher refresh rate is better for gaming. Our Acer Predator XB272 review takes a look at an NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible 27-inch monitor which can achieve a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz.


The Acer Predator XB272 has the following features and specifications:

  • Screen Size: 27″
  • Screen Mode: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Standard Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
  • Colour Support: 16.7 Million Colours
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,000:1
  • Brightness: 400 cd/m²
  • Tearing Prevention Technology: NVIDIA G-SYNC™
  • Response Time: 1 ms
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Backlight Technology: LED
  • Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic Film (TN Film)
  • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB upstream, 4x USB 3.0
  • Tilt Angle: -5° to 20°
  • Swivel Angle: 45°
  • Speakers: 2
  • Maximum Adjustable Height: 4.53″
  • VESA mount compatible
  • Dimensions: 14.45 x 24.17 x 2.04″ (without stand), 20.63 x 24.17 x 10.55″ (with stand)
  • Weight: 12.41 lbs (without stand), 16.56 lbs (with stand)

What’s in the box

  • Acer Predator XB272 monitor
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power cable
  • Quick Start Guide


We’ve reviewed a few Acer monitors now here at Techaeris, and I’m a fan of their design. While it’s simple, their newer monitors come with very thin frames resulting in narrow bezels for more screen real estate while minimizing the amount of space taken up on your desk. In the case of the Acer Predator XB272 monitor, the top and side on-screen bezels are just over a ¼” thick while the bottom is about an inch thick. Centered on the bottom of the monitor is the Predator logo with a small LED power indicator on the far right.

The Acer Predator XB272 is a nearly bezel-less display.

The stand has the same familiar angled foot design as other Acer gaming monitors — two longer front feet and two shorter back feet in this case, but it comes assembled as one piece unlike some of the other units we’ve reviewed. Gone are the red accents and instead the stand is black with subtle gray accents. The stand allows some motion and extends up to just over 4 ½” in height and tilts down 5°, up 20°, and swivels 45° left and right for optimal viewing. The screen also rotates 90° for use in portrait mode as well should you desire. The stand also has a nice cutout area for easy cable management.

The stand is solid and has a cutout for easy cable management.

The control panel has been moved to the back of the monitor and is nicely located and easy to use once you get used to it. When facing the monitor, the power button is on the far right side with the round function key next to it followed by three more function keys going towards the center of the monitor. The power button is self-explanatory and the LED light turns blue when the monitor is on and is amber when it is in standby/power saving mode. The round function key lets you enter and navigate the main menu page. The second function key allows you to toggle between HDMI and DisplayPort, the third lets you select a preset Game Mode, while the fourth lets you view and adjust basic and color settings to suit your tastes.

The menu control buttons are on the back of the monitor.

The ports are also located on the back of the monitor with your main power switch and power port on the left side (when looking at the back of the monitor), and your DisplayPort, HDMI, headphone jack, USB upstream, and two USB 3.0 connections on the right side of the back. On the right side of the monitor, behind the right edge, are the remaining two USB 3.0 ports.

The main ports on the back of the monitor.


The TN display on the Acer XB272 is a bit of a mixed bag. Having the real estate of a 27″ monitor is nice for sure, however, it is only a 1920×1080 FHD display. Personally, I think anything over 24″ should sport a QHD resolution at a minimum simply due to the screen size. I understand there are most likely limitations to how high you can push the refresh rate in relation to the resolution you are using, but I’d rather take a slightly reduced refresh rate and higher resolution or higher refresh rate and smaller screen size.

Depending on your setup and distance you sit from your monitor, you might be o.k. but on a standard desk and set on a sit-stand desk riser you can definitely see the lack of resolution when browsing the internet, typing, or doing other office-like tasks. While gaming, the 1080p resolution is less noticeable, but at the end of the day I found it hard to use the monitor for any length of time to do word processing or web browsing due to the resolution/screen size ratio.

That being said, the monitor does offer plenty of tweaks and customization to get your colours — including blacks — just how you want them for specific games and even has presets for specific gaming genres. The presets can be saved over as well should you want to tweak them further. It was pretty easy to get the colours, brightness, and black levels adjusted perfectly to my preference for both regular tasks and gaming.

The monitor tilts and swivels to easily adapt to your setup.

Unlike office use, while gaming the screen size definitely lends itself to a more immersive experience while playing as well.


If you’re buying this monitor, you’re pretty much going to be buying it because you have an NVIDIA card with a DisplayPort connection to take advantage of the 240Hz refresh rate while gaming. On that end of things, the Acer Predator XB272 performs very well and when playing games like Forza Horizon 3, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, or Tomb Raider you really notice how smooth the game runs. Even games like Heroes of the Storm and Diablo III benefit a bit from a higher refresh rate, especially if you have a system that can pump out over 100fps on those.


I’ve said it before, and I’m having to say it again, but Acer just needs to stop putting speakers on their monitors. Anyone with a decent gaming system most likely already has external speakers, and even though laptops don’t offer the greatest sound, they’re still better than anything I’ve seen offered on a monitor. The Acer XB272 has a pair of 2W speakers on the back of the monitor, and they are by far the worst speakers I’ve ever heard. Even at maximum volume, over both HDMI and DisplayPort connections, you could barely hear the sound. What you could hear was very tinny and lacked any kind of range as well — definitely not conducive to try and use while gaming to enjoy your game or listen for enemies creeping up on you from behind.

Back view of the Acer Predator XB272 gaming monitor.

If you take the sound out of the review score equation, you’re definitely looking at a better score (around 8.5/10) but as Acer includes speakers, they get included in our review score.


The Acer Predator XB272 is available for $679.99USD on Amazon (it’s not currently available through Acer’s U.S. website). While that price seems decent for a 27″ monitor, the fact that it is only 1080p brings the value down significantly in my opinion. In this case, I think you’re better off getting a 27″ Acer with a higher resolution and lower refresh rate or a 24″ 1080p monitor with a higher refresh rate to get the most out of your money. Then again, if you’re only going to be playing games on it and are sitting a bit further away from it than normal setups, you’ll probably be o.k.


There’s no question that a high 240Hz refresh rate makes for buttery smooth gaming when used with an NVIDIA card over a DisplayPort connection, but the 1080p resolution on a 27″ display just doesn’t cut it for anything besides gaming. As mentioned in the Sound section, our review score takes an average of each component score, and as such the sound really dragged it down. Without that, the monitor would score between an 8 and 8.5/10 which would be a more accurate overall score for the Acer Predator XB272.

*We were sent a review unit of the Acer Predator XB272 for the purposes of this review.

Last Updated on November 19, 2017

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Acer announces Z301CT, XB252Q, & XB272 Predator Gaming Monitors

Acer is ready to lift off the lid on their next generation Predator gaming monitors. The company today announced three new additions to their popular gaming lineup, which include upgrades from refresh rates to eye-tracking. All of these models feature NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to minimize input lag and reduce stutter.

The Z301CT is the world’s first 21:9 curved gaming monitor with Tobii eye-tracking functionality, allowing for more immersion during gaming. Tobii’s eye tracking functionality is main to aid gamers on top of their existing control schemes, not meant to replace it. Acer mentions that it will prove useful when performing in-game actions such as looking for cover, or aiming at a target. Over 45 titles are supported with eye-tracking support, including popular titles such as Elite Dangerous, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and WATCH_DOGS 2.

In terms of technical specifications, there are some notable upgrades within the Z301CT. This monitor supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology in order to reduce input lag and eliminate V-Sync-based stutter. Refresh rate is quite high at 200hz, which will be more than enough for serious gamers, especially when combined with G-SYNC. While 165hz has been common place for the last year, many manufacturers are producing panels with 180hz and even 240hz refresh rates. Response time is pegged at 4ms, which is extremely fast considering that this is not a TN panel, instead featuring a 8-bit VA panel with 100% sRGB coverage. The downside is that it features a 2560 x 1080 resolution, which is a bit on the low side for a 21:9 monitor, however this should reduce strain on your GPU to bump up those crucial frames instead. It has a 178 degree viewing angle and a curvature rating of 1800R, and two 3W DTS speakers are also included.

The Predator Z301CT will be available in North America in February starting at $899.99; and in EMEA in February with prices starting at €899.

Acer’s Predator XB2 series goes back to its ultra-fast TN panel roots, boasting a 1ms response time, 240hz refresh rate, and ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) support, to provide the fastest gaming experience. The only apparent difference between the XB272 and XB252Q are the sizes: the XB272 comes in at 27-inches and the XB252Q comes in at 24.5-inches. Both monitors feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution, as well as a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Based on this information, it’s pretty safe to assume that this monitor will feature low input lag to provide the  most responsive gaming experience.

All of the new Predator monitors come outfitted with GameView technology, which allows a user to tweak image quality and appearance, as well as select multiple viewing profiles. Dark boost allows you to inflate the monitor’s black level in order to see better in dark areas, primarily aimed at competitive gamers. They also feature Acer EyeProtect, which is a fancy moniker for a flicker-free blue light filter. These monitors shouldn’t cause too much eyestrain over long gaming sessions. All monitors also feature HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub.

The Predator XB252Q will be available in North America in February starting at $549.99; and in EMEA in February with prices starting at €599. The Predator XB272 will be available in North America in February starting at $679.99; and in EMEA in February with prices starting at €699.

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