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Acer XG270HU 27-inch FreeSync Monitor Review

We’ve had G-Sync monitors for many months now, but AMD fans had to wait for FreeSync screens. Today we’re looking at Acer’s 27-inch QHD XG270HU.

Packaging, Physical Layout, And Accessories

The XG270HU is all about slimness and light weight. Unfortunately that extends to its carton, which in our opinion is too small for the contents. Our sample arrived unscathed but we suggest mail-order buyers check their shipments carefully for damage. Included in the box is a generous complement of video cables, covering HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. You also get a stereo audio cable and an external power brick that's smaller and lighter than most. A CD and quick-start guide round out the accessory bundle.

Product 360

The XG270HU is a bezel-free design, though it's not quite frameless. The image is surrounded by a thin eight-millimeter border that is invisible when the panel is off. Across the bottom is a somewhat wider plastic strip measuring 24mm wide. If you plan to set up two or three of these things side-by-side, expect a small gap in the image. We’ve read some complaints online about the trim’s bright red color. It’s actually more of a medium copper and looks much better in person than in photos.

The base snaps on after you bolt on a small upright. Once assembled, the only adjustment available is tilt. The whole display is a bit wobbly in practice. Still, it seems reasonably well-made. The entire package weighs only eight-and-a-half pounds, so portability is a definite option.

The anti-glare layer is of average clarity. Some grain is visible if you sit very close. From a normal viewing distance, however, we had no trouble making out small text in Windows (and we didn’t have to resort to font scaling).

The controls are small keys that face downward at the bottom-right of the panel. They work with a satisfying click. Small icons pop up to indicate their functions while navigating the OSD. The only label visible from the front is a small power symbol accompanied by a tiny blue LED.

You can’t see them in the photo, but along the bottom are two small speaker grills. With two watts of power and down-firing configuration, they’re good for system sounds at best. Gaming should be enjoyed with an external audio system or a pair of headphones.

Even with the power bulge, Acer's XG270HU is only 1.6 inches thick. The base occupies a small footprint, which is fine given the panel’s light weight. If you’re looking for the USB ports, there aren’t any.

The back is covered by a smooth unbroken cover that does not reflect light. The only visible feature besides rear-facing inputs is the silk-screened Acer logo. There is no apparent ventilation. Fortunately, the panel doesn’t run hot, mostly thanks to its external power supply. There is no VESA mount either, so you’re stuck with the included base assembly.

Video inputs are all-digital and include DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity. The HDMI port is version 2.0-compatible, which means it supports QHD resolution at 60Hz. A refresh of 144Hz is supported on the DVI and DisplayPort inputs. And of course, FreeSync only works over DisplayPort.

  • rdc85
    Look goods,

    hope they can make 144hz IPS "Freesync" monitor...
    24" preferred.. 27" just to big for me..
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  • eklipz330
    "In the case of the XG270HU, its frame rate range is 30-144Hz, which means you can benefit from FreeSync down to 30 FPS."

    my god that is wonderful
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  • ubercake
    "In the case of the XG270HU, its frame rate range is 30-144Hz, which means you can benefit from FreeSync down to 30 FPS."

    my god that is wonderful
    The first freesync monitor with such a range. This is great for competition!!!

    I also like the fact these freesync monitors are not limited to a single DP input.

    Now I feel like I have a choice again. AMD corrected their FCAT issues I had been complaining about for years and now freesync? I may head back to team red with the next gen. This is good stuff. How are the drivers lately?
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  • wtfxxxgp
    Very sexy monitor. That IPS version is also supposed to be QHD... That's going to be pricey for sure, but at least it's the start of good things to come
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  • wtfxxxgp
    Look goods,

    hope they can make 144hz IPS "Freesync" monitor...
    24" preferred.. 27" just to big for me..

    Seriously? 27" 1440p is the SWEET SPOT.
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  • UncleVesper
    "In the case of the XG270HU, its frame rate range is 30-144Hz, which means you can benefit from FreeSync down to 30 FPS."

    my god that is wonderful

    It figures Tom's Hardware does not actually do a full review of their products. The FreeSync range they just took for granted in what they were told. According to GURU3D, they experienced tearing this monitor < 40 FPS, so the minimum range is NOT 30 but 40 HZ.

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_freesync_review_with_the_acer_xb270hu_monitor,12.html
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  • UncleVesper
    Link cut off, this was the conclusion: "We did noticed on the ACER screen that at low sub 35 FPS screen tearing was back, which was disappointing. From what we learned, the ACER dynamic range starts at 40Hz, and thus so will FreeSync. If you cannot achieve such a framerate then you need to tweak image quality in such a manner that it stays above the minimum dynamic range. But FreeSync at 40+ FPS is as good as it is at 60 FPS, that is a fact."
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  • Wisecracker
    16039451 said:
    "In the case of the XG270HU, its frame rate range is 30-144Hz, which means you can benefit from FreeSync down to 30 FPS."

    my god that is wonderful

    Yup.

    The first OEMs to seriously target entry-level and 'mainstream' 30Hz+ at a respectable size and resolution are sitting on gold mines. Hopefully, it will happen sooner rather than later.

    If Intel gets behind it, it's a done deal. Being the big dog with DX12 on the immediate horizon, and with their investment made into integrated graphics, it is a natural extension to bring DP to great, inexpensive motherboards.

    I'd love to see some gaming reviews at the lower-end. Let us see the experience with a $130 APU.



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  • singemagique
    Very sexy monitor. That IPS version is also supposed to be QHD... That's going to be pricey for sure, but at least it's the start of good things to come

    Yep, the XB270HU is 1440p, IPS, 144hz, 4ms, GSync. I picked up two last month from Amazon at $738. They are excellent panels and the best monitors I have used outside of professional monitors.
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  • quilciri
    Why, oh why, oh why doesn't it have a VESA mount? You were so close to the perfect monitor, Acer.
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