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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