Acer ConceptD CM3271K 4K Monitor Review: Colorful and Bright 27-Incher

Color gamut options that'll make pros smile

Acer ConceptD CM3271K
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To switch the CM3271K into HDR mode, we applied an appropriate signal and toggled the manual control in the OSD. It won’t change over automatically despite an HDR option labeled “Auto”. Once Auto is engaged, all image controls are locked out.

HDR Brightness and Contrast

The CM3271K has plenty of brightness available for HDR content with a peak of over 464 nits. There is no dynamic contrast in play here, so the black level is about the same as it is for SDR. Contrast is therefore just 1,009.4:1 in HDR mode. Though the EOTF luminance curve is accurately rendered, this monitor doesn’t provide any more impact with HDR content. It’s displayed correctly, but there is no visual benefit to running HDR mode.

Grayscale, EOTF & Color

Despite the lack of extra contrast in HDR mode, the CM3271K does display HDR content accurately. Grayscale errors are minor with a slight purple tint visible from 40% and higher. The luminance curve is close to spec with a soft transition to tone-mapping at 65%.

There is plenty of color available for the CM3271K to cover both DCI-P3 and a large portion of Rec.2020. When measured against the DCI standard, only red and green come up slightly short. Inner targets are a bit over-saturated which is fine since it makes the image look more vivid. Rec.2020 is the same story with inner targets nearly spot-on and only a little less saturation at the triangle’s perimeter. This is some of the best HDR color performance we’ve seen to date.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.

  • ingodwestream
    Is this a better pick for video/photo/office vs BenQ PD2700U? 4K and color accurate is top priority.
  • kkruecke
    Thanks for the CM3271K review and for the suggested User mode settings mentioned in the review.
  • Pro.swe
    Thanks a lot for this great review. I have one of this and a colorimeter. Which are the differencies is using "Acer Calibrator" software for calibration or the colorimeter software with icc profile? Does this monitor support hardware calibration? I cannot find clear information about this