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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level
The XV282K is rated for 320 nits in SDR mode, but our sample couldn’t quite get there. It measured a tad shy of 280 nits, which is less bright than other monitors in the class but is bright enough for most environments. If you work outside or right near a very sunny, large window though, you may find yourself wishing for more. Black levels are about average, as is contrast, which just cracks the 1,000:1 level. Some of the latest IPS screens are measuring over 1,200:1, as the Viotek does here. And of course, a VA panel like the FV43U will deliver the most native contrast.
After Calibration to 200 nits
Calibration (see our recommended settings on page 1) bought us a few more contrast points, but the images looked identical. 1,070.7:1 is a respectable value for any IPS monitor. The XV282K delivers a sharp and saturated image with decent black levels and good dimension.
ANSI contrast drops to 894.2:1 but the XV282K retains its third-place position. Quality control is appropriate for the Acer’s price point, and we’re satisfied that it performs on par with its cost and design expectations.
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