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Acer Predator XB273U NVbmiiprzx Review: Speedster With Accurate Colors

A 170 Hz, 1440p VA panel that pops

Acer Predator XB273U
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There are plenty of speedy 27-inch monitors in our review database to compare the XB273U NVbmiiprzx’s performance. We have Viotek’s GFI27DBXA, Asus’ ROG Strix XG27AQ, the MSI Optix MAG272CQR and MAG274QRF-QD and Acer’s XV272U KVbmiiprzx. All are IPS except the MAG272CQR, which has a VA panel.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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Acer Predator XB273U

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Our tests have found no measurable difference in response time between 27-inch QHD monitors running between 165 and 180 Hz. 6ms is very quick, quick enough to negate nearly all motion blur. To see a better moving image, you’ll need to go for 240 Hz or higher. In the input lag test, the MAG274QRF-QD is the winner even though it runs at 165 Hz. The XB273U is slightly behind its stablemate, the XV272U, but only the most skilled players will be able to detect the 4ms difference. For most gamers, the XB273U is plenty fast. We never observed any hesitation when playing the most intense battle sequences.

Viewing Angles

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The XB273U has some of the best off-axis image quality we’ve seen in an IPS monitor. To the sides, there was no visible color shift and brightness reduced by less than 10%. The vertical view shows a reddish-green hue and a 30% light reduction. Though you’re not that likely to share a 27-inch monitor, the XB273U is a great candidate if you must.

Screen Uniformity

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Our XB273U sample showed slight hotspots in the corners of the screen. They were just visible in a black field pattern but disappeared at higher brightness levels. We could not see a problem when gaming. Dark areas of real-world content showed good shadow detail and smooth tonality. There were no visible issues with color uniformity.

Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
  • keith12
    Jeez. And I thought Intel had a messed up naming convention. This NVbmiiprzx , GSbmiiprzx and GXbmiipruzx as model differentiators!! Wow! Where do they get their marketing teams from!! :ROFLMAO:

    Okay, I get NV/GS/GX, but the rest!
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  • brandonjclark
    If you're looking for a great {near}top-tier monitor check out the Dell 3220DGF!

    It's 165hz, 32" VA Panel with amazing blacks, gsync compatible, and comes with the amazing Dell Display Manager software. I'm loving it!
    Reply
  • Spielwurfel
    keith12 said:
    Jeez. And I thought Intel had a messed up naming convention. This NVbmiiprzx , GSbmiiprzx and GXbmiipruzx as model differentiators!! Wow! Where do they get their marketing teams from!! :ROFLMAO:

    Okay, I get NV/GS/GX, but the rest!

    The joke is real

    funny/comments/j5pezfView: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/j5pezf/computer_monitors/
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  • dugt
    Admin said:
    The Acer Predator XB273U NVbmiiprzx gaming monitor delivers 170 Hz and G-Sync in a 1440p IPS panel. It’s highly accurate and worth considering for any high-performance gaming system.

    Acer Predator XB273U NVbmiiprzx Review: Speedster With Accurate Colors : Read more
    According to the review it seems this monitor should have gotten a score higher than 4 stars. The Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ got 4.5 stars and it is $50 cheaper. Maybe that is why it got 4.5 stars. On the other hand, the XG27AQ has, "...Superb image with one of the best dynamic contrast features we’ve seen. "

    But this Acer has "VisionCare and a TUV Rheinland Eyesafe certification. This takes the form of a low blue light mode and a room light sensor, which can vary brightness and color temperature to better match ambient room light and reduce user eye fatigue. ...The NV is also a 10-bit panel." The Asus is 8-bit. This is a tough decision for me. The Acer doesn't seem to have a manual and the Acer does. That is significant.
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