Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx Monitor Review: Your Money’s Worth

A 1440p value that can compete

Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx
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The XV272U-KV accepts HDR10 signals through HDMI and DisplayPort. You’ll have to switch modes in the OSD and there, you can choose between Auto and HDR400. The latter is slightly brighter and offers greater contrast.

Our HDR benchmarking uses Portrait Displays’ Calman software. To learn about our HDR testing, see our breakdown of how we test PC monitors.

HDR Brightness and Contrast

The XV272U exceeds 400 nits in HDR400 mode only. Auto is slightly dimmer at around 388 nits peak. More importantly, HDR400 makes more aggressive use of dynamic contrast to achieve low black levels and nearly 4,100:1 contrast. That’s one of the best IPS scores we’ve seen and is only bested by the Dell in our comparison group. The XV272U even manages to outpace the AOC’s VA panel. This is one of the better HDR monitors we’ve seen at this price point.

Grayscale, EOTF and Color

When comparing HDR Auto versus HDR400 modes, the color, grayscale and EOTF tracking were almost exactly the same. Only dynamic range seems to differ. Grayscale shows no visible errors. EOTF is nearly perfect but is a little dark at the bottom with a slight bump in brightness at the midpoint. There’s a smooth transition to tone-mapping at 65% brightness as it should be.

HDR color tracking is exemplary with accuracy like what we saw in the SDR tests. Aside from an over-saturated 80% red target, it’s almost perfect. This is excellent performance that beats many of the HDR monitors we’ve tested.

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. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • darkguy2
    Ah yes the classic method of naming a new monitor by smashing a bunch of keys on the keyboard.
  • pixelpusher220
    In the specs table:

    Weight: Weight
  • blahgod
    The pictures posted in this review arent of the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx. If you took those pictures while doing the review you need to double-check the model number.