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Acer Built A 27-Inch 144Hz G-Sync Monitor

A handful of online sources have listed the new 27" Acer G-Sync monitor, which goes by the less-than-elegant product name XB270HAbprz. The original source appears to be Hermitage Akihabara, from Japan.

This is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) monitor, and Acer built it with a TN panel, which provides 170-degree horizontal viewing angles and 160-degree vertical viewing angles. The static contrast ratio is 1000:1, and it has a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of just 1 ms. Given that this is a gaming monitor, we shouldn't be too surprised to see a TN panel rather than an IPS panel.

Nvidia G-Sync is a proprietary Nvidia technology which aims to remove screen tearing, stuttering and display lag. While you will need a G-Sync-compatible Nvidia graphics card and monitor to leverage the technology, it will result in a much smoother gaming experience at frame rates above roughly 30 FPS, depending on your level of sensitivity. Given that this is a 144Hz monitor with G-Sync support, we imagine that the experience will be butter smooth.

Regarding connectivity, this monitor only provides the basics. There is a single DisplayPort input and a USB 3.0 hub, and that's it. Hopefully there is more, but we can't find any reference to additional connectivity.

We also spotted the XB270HAbprz on the Dutch retailer Alternate, where it is listed for preorder for €499. Considering taxes and exchange rates, we would expect this one to cost about $499 in the US. Japanese availability is slated for August 22; we haven't been able to find any US release date information.

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  • Bondfc11
    Please don't release this in the US. A 27" 1920x1080 panel is atrocious to look at - even with Gsync this is a fail. Come on now keep the larger formats for the WQHD panels and leave the 1080 to the 24"/23" crowd. And don't get me started on using TN at this screen size!
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  • Zeroplanetz
    I won't buy a monitor priced above $299. Guess I'll be waiting a while longer.
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  • agentbb007
    Interesting but I still think I will go for the Asus Swift PG278Q for the 2560x1440 resolution. The red led on the base looks really similar to the Asus Swift.
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  • moogleslam
    ROG Swift needs some competition and this isn't it.
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  • Gillerer
    The article doesn't state it, but the quoted prices include VAT. Keep that in mind when comparing prices to your local ones for DDR3 (if they don't include taxes, or the tax rate is different from UK).
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  • deftonian
    Please don't release this in the US. A 27" 1920x1080 panel is atrocious to look at - even with Gsync this is a fail. Come on now keep the larger formats for the WQHD panels and leave the 1080 to the 24"/23" crowd. And don't get me started on using TN at this screen size!

    That's a ridiculous accusation to say that 1920x1080 is "atrocious" @ 27". I believe what you mean to say/generalize is that WQHD looks better @ 27", but 1080p is from from atrocious. I've been using 1080p monitors for years and never did I think it looks terrible.
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  • Bondfc11
    Please don't release this in the US. A 27" 1920x1080 panel is atrocious to look at - even with Gsync this is a fail. Come on now keep the larger formats for the WQHD panels and leave the 1080 to the 24"/23" crowd. And don't get me started on using TN at this screen size!

    That's a ridiculous accusation to say that 1920x1080 is "atrocious" @ 27". I believe what you mean to say/generalize is that WQHD looks better @ 27", but 1080p is from from atrocious. I've been using 1080p monitors for years and never did I think it looks terrible.

    I meant 1080 at 27". Come on now - that size and resolution is more pockmarked than a 16 year olds face!

    You really like the look of a pixelated screen at that size? Wow. Ok I didn't mean to overgeneralize I suppose, but 1080 at anything above 24" starts looking nasty in my opinion. How's that - better? Just my opinion - that's all this is!
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  • somebodyspecial
    Please don't release this in the US. A 27" 1920x1080 panel is atrocious to look at - even with Gsync this is a fail. Come on now keep the larger formats for the WQHD panels and leave the 1080 to the 24"/23" crowd. And don't get me started on using TN at this screen size!

    That's a ridiculous accusation to say that 1920x1080 is "atrocious" @ 27". I believe what you mean to say/generalize is that WQHD looks better @ 27", but 1080p is from from atrocious. I've been using 1080p monitors for years and never did I think it looks terrible.

    I meant 1080 at 27". Come on now - that size and resolution is more pockmarked than a 16 year olds face!

    You really like the look of a pixelated screen at that size? Wow. Ok I didn't mean to overgeneralize I suppose, but 1080 at anything above 24" starts looking nasty in my opinion. How's that - better? Just my opinion - that's all this is!

    My 1920x1200 dell looks GREAT on 24in. No idea what you're talking about. Would I buy higher for 27? Yes, but I would pay more than what they're probably going to price this at ($400-500 US probably). My Dell 24 was near top end at $650 when I bought it. Also if you don't have the cards ('s, as in plural) to push those resolutions what's the point? 1440p can easily bring 780ti to it's knees when maxed out in most games (which is the only way I'll play, MAXED everything), and most don't have the cash for a $500 monitor and a pair of higher end cards.
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  • ShadyHamster
    14001428 said:
    Please don't release this in the US. A 27" 1920x1080 panel is atrocious to look at - even with Gsync this is a fail. Come on now keep the larger formats for the WQHD panels and leave the 1080 to the 24"/23" crowd. And don't get me started on using TN at this screen size!

    That's a ridiculous accusation to say that 1920x1080 is "atrocious" @ 27". I believe what you mean to say/generalize is that WQHD looks better @ 27", but 1080p is from from atrocious. I've been using 1080p monitors for years and never did I think it looks terrible.

    I meant 1080 at 27". Come on now - that size and resolution is more pockmarked than a 16 year olds face!

    You really like the look of a pixelated screen at that size? Wow. Ok I didn't mean to overgeneralize I suppose, but 1080 at anything above 24" starts looking nasty in my opinion. How's that - better? Just my opinion - that's all this is!

    1080p at 27" seems perfectly fine for me, I sit around 80cm (30.5") away from the screen.
    The only time i can start picking the pixelation is around 30-40cm from the screen but i almost never sit that close to the screen anyway.
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  • soldier44
    Meh going with a new LG ultra wide 31 inch 4k display when they hit this Fall. 27 inches and 1080 just don't cut it in my book, what do they think this is 2010...
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