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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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To read about our monitor tests in-depth, please check out Display Testing Explained: How We Test PC Monitors. We cover brightness and contrast testing on page two.

Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

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Acer’s two 27-inch screens here limit brightness in SDR mode. The XB273U tops out at 206 nits, which is enough light for most indoor environments, but if you have a very sunny window, it might be a little underpowered. The advantage is that you have very fine control of brightness with less than 2 nits per click of the slider. You can set brightness to 6 for 50 nits, and it’ll bottom out at 44 nits.

The XB273U’s black levels are mid-pack, as is contrast, which measures 972.3:1, a tad under our preferred value of 1,000:1.

After Calibration to 200 nits

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Our calibration settings from page 1 result in a slight bump to the XB273U’s contrast ratio. It’s now up to 1,004.5:1. The difference is small, but we made a visible improvement in picture depth by changing the gamma preset from 2.2. to 2.4.

ANSI contrast is a bit lower, due to some slight screen uniformity issues in our sample, which were more apparent in test patterns than actual content. The XB273 still competes well with the other screens here, but obviously, the VA-based MSI has a distinct advantage.

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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