Acer Predator X27 4K Gaming Monitor Review: Our New Addiction

Acer Predator X27 4K Gaming Monitor
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After several days of gameplay and experimentation with dozens of apps, we’re addicted to the Acer Predator X27. Choosing this hardware for gaming is a no-brainer. You will not find a better image from any monitor currently available. You can equal it by purchasing an Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, which costs the same $2,000. And until OLED screens are actually available for the desktop, full-array backlit LCDs with Ultra HD resolution and HDR are the reference.

The X27 packs a tremendous amount of bleeding edge technology into its stylish chassis. It’s only the second monitor we’ve reviewed that can achieve a reliable 144Hz at 3840 x 2160 resolution. G-Sync ensures the complete absence of frame tears all the way down to 24Hz. HDR10 and extended color support mean you’ll see every shade, hue and nuance intended by the creators of the latest game content. And high speed means low input lag and snappy screen response. Even though there’s no ULMB, blur is a non-issue at speeds above 80fps.

However, you will need a serious video card to drive the X27. Our system sports a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, which runs resource-hungry games like Call of Duty: WWII at over 100fps without issue. If you have the budget for this monitor, factor in another $800 or so for the appropriate graphics hardware. As impressed as we are with the X27’s attributes, value is not one of its strong suits.

Comparisons between the Predator X27 and the Asus ROG Swift PG27U are inevitable. As they use the same AU Optronics panel, their performance is nearly identical. Out of the box, the Acer has a slight edge in color accuracy, but once calibrated (see our recommendations on page 1), they deliver the same quality. HDR performance is also identical with the same contrast and black levels from both screens. Gaming performance is indistinguishable with response and lag scores that are within a hair's breadth of one another. And given their prices ($1,800 for the Acer, $1,830 for the Asus), we imagine any decisions will come down to which one is more heavily discounted at the time of purchase. 

That being said, we can’t ignore the Acer Predator X27's stellar, reference-level performance. There are gaming screens available at many price points and many levels of performance, but this monitor sits at the top.

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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.

  • cknobman
    As nice as this is I just cannot justify the cost.

    I'll be part of crowd waiting for prices to become reasonable on this type of stuff.
  • Daniel_225
    It's too small for 4K. Sacrifice down to 60hz and you can step back up to the 32" size we're all more comfortable looking at 4K without font scaling. This monitor's real advantage is HDR + 4K + 144hz but it costs as much as having a better gaming monitor next to a better proofing monitor.
  • dominionz
    You say in the article it's a 27" but in Spec's it's listed as 37". Which is it?
  • rantoc
    Its 27" and an quite insane price for its size no matter how much goodies it contains, 4k, hdr and 144 is all nice but at this size the 4k is far less useful than on a much larger screen.
  • beoza
    The 2nd slide under Product 360 kind of reminds me of the animated desk lamp you see in movies that Pixar has done.

    The monitor is expensive I'll agree with that. The size is good if you don't have the space on your desk for larger monitors. It's a bit much for me though, I only recently made the jump to 1440p, 4k is still too expensive for me to make the switch, not to mention my aging GTX 970 would choke at 4k resolutions. I'll give Acer some credit though they have made some pretty decent gaming monitors recently.
  • milkod2001
    Read real reviews from actual users on Newegg. This monitor has built in small fan which can get very loud. That very weird. Don't know what is that doing there. Absolutely not acceptable at over 2 grand monitor. This is just gaming monitor not professional designer monitor. Price is just ridiculous. I'd like to get something more down to earth with specs and price: 4k, 32'', 100Hz factory calibrated monitor $1200 max.
  • adamlreed93
    DO NOT BUY ACER MONITORS at least the one with GSync capable, I bought a xb321hk for $1000.00 and got the famous artifacting and screen blanking issue.
    Below link for Acer's community forum regarding this issue

    My Actual issue video:

    I have reached the END of Acers customer service line, They only offered me $400 refund LOL. After 5 returns, 3 different xb321hk monitors, I have worked with Corporate Customer service and "Elite" technical support and wasted 3-4 months for $400.00 refund.... Unbelievable. I will continue to post my personal experience on websites and I'll update my Youtube video warning people NOT to buy ACER.
  • hendrickhere
    This best thing about this monitor is that it is essentially "future proof." The high quality HDR with a 144hz refresh rate that no existing graphics card(s) in SLI can hit with a modern AAA title at max setting makes the price somewhat justifiable. It'd be more apply priced at sub $1,200 in my opinion and it would, in the longer term, be a great investment for an enthusiast.
  • barryv88
    $2k.... why on Earth? 2560X1440 144Hz GS/FS 27" to 32" screens all available for $500 or thereabouts. That's 75% less. Sure, you're gaming at a lower res, but it really isn't that significant. Spend $1500 instead on upgrading or enhancing your gaming needs in other areas of the PC.
  • Ninjawithagun
    Toms failed to mention the high complaint rate regarding the very loud fan that is inside this monitor. The fan is required to actively cool components inside the housing. For me, this is a huge fail. No way would I buy a monitor that has a moving part that will wear out eventually. I'll wait for the 2nd gen of these monitors that use a passive cooling solution ;-)