Acer’s Six New Gaming Monitors Are All IPS

Acer Predator XB273U NV
(Image credit: Acer)

Acer today announced its next pile of gaming displays aimed at a myriad of uses. With various HDR certifications, sizes, resolutions and refresh rates present, there’s one thing binding the screens together: They all use IPS panels. 

When it comes to image quality, we love a VA panel. They tend to provide higher contrast ratios than what you’ll find with IPS or TN screens. However, IPS panels have earned a great reputation among gamers for beautiful color reproduction that makes games pop, as well as strong viewing angles. Lately, this panel tech has picked up the speed, making for displays that can keep up with TN screens and the best gaming monitors overall when it comes to speedy specs. 

Further, four of Acer’s new monitors (the Predator XB273U NV, Predator X34 GS, Nitro XV272 LV and Nitro XV272U KV) claim Acer’s bespoke “Agile-Splendor” IPS technology, which purportedly helps Acer achieve response times as low as 0.1ms with 90% or greater DCI-P3 color coverage. None of these monitors have a response time that’s that low, but a 0.5ms GTG response time is nothing to sneeze at.

Acer Predator X34 GS

Acer Predator X34 GS (Image credit: Acer)

During its Next@Acer press event today, Acer unveiled a large selection of upcoming products, including consumer laptops, Chromebooks and desktops. Among the unveiling are the six new gaming monitors, starting at $280 for a 27-inch 1080p option and going up to $1,100 for a 34-inch curved ultrawide. Acer will be releasing the monitors over the holiday season. 


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Header Cell - Column 0 Acer  Nitro XV272 LVAcer Nitro XV272U KVAcer  Predator XB253Q GWAcer Predator XB273U NVAcer Predator XB323U GXAcer Predator X34 GS 
Size27 inches 27 inches 24.5 inches27 inches 32 inches 34 inches 
Resolution1920 x 10802560 x 14401920 x 10802550 x 14402560 x 1440 3440 x 1440
Refresh Rate144Hz, 165Hz with overclock144Hz, 170Hz with overclock  240Hz, 290Hz with overclock144Hz, 170Hz with overclock 240Hz, 270Hz with overclock144Hz, 180Hz with overclock 
Response Time (GTG) 2ms (0.5ms with overdrive)1ms with overdrive 1ms (0.5ms with overdrive) 1ms with overdrive1ms with overdrive 1ms (0.5ms with overdrive)
Color90% DCI-P395% DCI-P399% sRGB95% DCI-P399%  Adobe RGB 98% DC-P3I 
Speakers 2x 2w2x 2w2x 2w optional 2x 2w 2x 2w optional2x 7w 
HDRVESA DisplayHDR 400VESA DisplayHDR 400VESA DisplayHDR 400VESA DisplayHDR 400VESA DisplayHDR 600 HDR400 
Availability December December December December January December 
Price$280 $400 $430 $550 $900 $1,100

Acer paid  extra attention to the Predator XB273U NV, which at $550 is a little cheaper than the midway point of this lineup’s price range. Standout features for the 1440p 27-incher include Eyesafe certifications, which, according to Acer, “manages high energy wavelengths in order to selectively filter out blue light while maintaining crisp and vivid color quality.” The new Nitro monitors also have Eyesafe. 

To further ensure your eyes’ happiness, the Predator XB273U NV has a range of technologies that allow the screen to adjust brightness and color temperature to fight eye strain based on the lighting in your room. The pricier KV Nitro model can also adjust lighting based on ambient lighting. However, the Predator XB273U NV also includes the ability to adjust brightness based on on-screen action, a feature that’s supposed to make the dark parts look even darker.

Acer Nitro XV272U KV

Acer Nitro XV272U KV  (Image credit: Acer)

Finally, the feature-filled Predator XB273U NV comes with an RGB rectangle on the back that can sync with audio and on-screen content. It also has a TX transmitter built in, so you can wirelessly sync this lavish feature to work across multiple monitors. The Predator XB253Q, which targets FPS and racing tiles, also has this Acer RGB feature, dubbed Light Sense.

Acer Predator XB323U GX

Acer Predator XB323U GX (Image credit: Acer)

Finally, for HDR fanatics, Acer seems to have a solid option coming up in the Acer Predator XB323U GX. While it won’t be the absolute best HDR monitor on the market, it does have the VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification that we consider the minimum required for gamers to see a noticeable impact over SDR monitors. 

With all the Hz, HDR and even speakers, Acer’s flying into the new year heavily equipped. 

Scharon Harding

Scharon Harding has a special affinity for gaming peripherals (especially monitors), laptops and virtual reality. Previously, she covered business technology, including hardware, software, cyber security, cloud and other IT happenings, at Channelnomics, with bylines at CRN UK.

  • thepersonwithaface45
    Oh my goodness, why can't we get a new line of 4k monitors already?!? I don't understand the "e-sports requires 260+hz" mindset, the difference is so miniscule that top players are rarely even affected by such a small variable.
    Give me more 4k options, it's almost 2021.