There are so many fast, 27-inch 1440p gaming monitors available today, and many bring solid gaming performance, accurate and saturated color and good contrast. A smaller number set themselves apart by rendering good HDR. The Acer Predator XB273U NVbmiiprzx is clearly in that category.
Acer’s XB273U promises a smooth gaming experience with flawless Adaptive-Sync, 170 Hz and a top-notch overdrive feature. It has very saturated color with over 88% coverage of DCI-P3, according to our benchmarks. That’s a little above average for the category, and only a few displays have more color. The screen’s also very accurate. Calibration is not necessary, thanks to a factory adjustment, but with a few tweaks it matches numbers with any professional screen. And it’s one of the few examples to offer an accurate and usable sRGB mode.
The XB273U NVbmiiprzx is priced near the premium level ($550 as of writing), so you’ll have to decide if you want to go for its superb color and solid performance versus a faster screen. It’s possible to find 240 Hz for the same money, but you’ll likely have to accept 1080p resolution and a 25-inch size. There are a few 240 Hz 27-inchers out there, like the Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27, but the price of admission is higher ($800 as of writing).
The 27-inch QHD category represents the price-to-performance sweet spot, and the Acer Predator XB273U NVbmiiprzx is a great example. If you’re in the upper-middle price point for the segment, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better display.