As much as we wish for a single monitor that can do it all, that reality remains somewhat elusive. Within the main categories of gaming, professional, and business are many competent screens that execute their assigned tasks with precision and reliability. But there are many users who yearn for a good everyday monitor that can take care of work and still be competitive during after hours frag fests. The Acer BE270U may be one of the most versatile displays we’ve seen yet.
Marketing for this product says more about its business and graphics chops than anything else. Gaming is never mentioned and surprisingly neither is FreeSync. We didn’t even realize the feature was included until AMD Catalyst informed us. The only clue you’ll get is the 75Hz refresh rate, which is something you don’t normally see in the business and professional genres.
In those two areas, the BE270U is more than qualified to take on spreadsheets, word processors, and photo editing applications. You won’t find a wide color gamut here, but with a few adjustments, accuracy is sufficient for color critical work. Since the monitor’s native primaries are slightly over-saturated at around 105% volume, it’s a simple matter to create a custom profile that nails the sRGB gamut perfectly.
Our two complaints concern out-of-box grayscale accuracy and gamma. The first issue is easily overcome, and in fairness, there is no factory-certified calibration here. With a calibration, or by using our recommended settings, you can have a very well dialed-in display. The second issue is a little more significant. Though overall picture quality is solid, we can’t help but think it could be just a tad better if gamma tracked properly. There are multiple presets available but none of them can hit the 2.2 line correctly. Our final solution was to leave the option alone and accept a slightly darker presentation. At least the panel’s native contrast is sufficient to offer good depth and nicely saturated color.
For those looking for a do-it-all monitor, the BE270U is a decent choice. Its gaming prowess won’t leave Asus ROG shaking in its boots, but for a premium business display it plays far better than typical 60Hz screens that lack adaptive-refresh.
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