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Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 144-165 Hz

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The Acer Predator XB271HU is an impressive gaming monitor equipped with a 27" 1440p IPS panel that can be overclocked from its native 144 Hz to 165 Hz. Absolute smoothness of in-game action is ensured by the built-in G-Sync module, and its ultra-thin screen bezels make it as immersive as they are downright pretty to look at.

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Bleeding like a hemophiliac on this one.
 
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What, no deduction for a B in power efficiency? :p

Also, the screen edges aren't that thin, a lot of screens from the past couple of years are the same or even thinner. Although you do get the nice fat black bar as part of the panel now instead of it being a fat ugly bezel...
 
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Gamma 2.2 could be desired in some professional uses. For most people sRGB gamma is a lot more useful (like it might be the case here).
 
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Was it first review of yours Inle? At least it is first monitor review that I remember seeing in tpu. And it's quite good, well written and thorough :toast:

Gamma 2.2 could be desired in some professional uses. For most people sRGB gamma is a lot more useful (like it might be the case here).
Well yeah it would, but this monitor is targeted for gamers.
 
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Very good review as usual on TPU on any piece of hardware. I just wish you guys could get an osiloscope like prad does, so you could measure input lag accurately. Is the only thing missing from your reviews. And is the most important thing to me when I buy a monitor. Other than that, this is a very good monitor for gaming and this review covers it all.
 
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It looks nice and it's great for gaming but I still prefer mine :)
 
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So on the bleeding and uniformity , does the Asus comparable 27" ISP Gsync ( ROG Swift PG279Q) is the same or is it better as they both use same panels?

Also, seems market is dead on ISP 1440 high refresh monitors, there all pushing 4k but I find it hard to believe users will buy these as graphic card needs to be top end ones or even SLI if you want like 120 fps.
 

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Was it first review of yours Inle? At least it is first monitor review that I remember seeing in tpu. And it's quite good, well written and thorough :toast:
Thank you for your kind words! It's not my first review for TPU, I've been doing pretty much all of the headset reviews starting from late April. I've been testing and reviewing monitors for the past 15 years, but this is the first one I've published in English. And what a honor to have it published on TPU, woah :lovetpu:

Like W1zz already said, we will continue to refine the testing methodology in order to make our monitor reviews even better. Your input is much appreciated!
 
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So on the bleeding and uniformity , does the Asus comparable 27" ISP Gsync is the same or is it better as they both use same panels?
My time with the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q was fairly limited and it was about a year ago, but from what I saw, the Acer Predator XB271HU holds up a bit better in both of those aspects. It would be awesome to take it for a proper spin and detailed testing - something we'll definitely try to arrange!
 
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My time with the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q was fairly limited and it was about a year ago, but from what I saw, the Acer Predator XB271HU holds up a bit better in both of those aspects. It would be awesome to take it for a proper spin and detailed testing - something we'll definitely try to arrange!
Thanks, it be good to revisit Asus ROG Swift PG279Q to see if improvements have happened from launch time, as it got good reviews from what I remember.
 
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We have lots of plans for more complex measurements. Keep the feedback/suggestions/ideas coming please.
Great news! Imagine if you guys had an input lag database, using those complex measurements. Would be awesome to make tpu even better.
 
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Personally I use Dell monitors for as long as I can remember, and really have to say I'm not inclined to switch. But, and there always is a but, when I see displays like this, there is an itch. OK, so, I might have to buy a new graphic card every season (you have to pump out 144, or more, FPS, that ain't walk in the park), but I miss the high FPS count of the old CRTs (rest in peace Sony G200, you will be forever missed).


But I digress. Nice work on the review, I'm glad it is picture heavy - saves me the time to go on Amazon and ask all sorts of stupid questions that somebody will answer wrong...

And if you continue with monitor reviews, and you should because that is the only piece of IT equipment I have 100 percent contact time with (you don't even hold your mouse all day...), don't go just on uber high end gaming stuff; it is nice to see some main stream, or big screen size lower refresh rate (*cough* Dell *cough* curved one *cough*) when you have to get some shit done... So keep up the good work.


And yeah, would you have calibration profiles (for the monitors tested) for download every time or was this one just for show?
 
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i have the asus verion i have been using it for quite a while now..

i am gonna have to admit that my eyes and brain are too old to appreciate super high refresh rates.. i genuinely cant detect any "smoothness" difference between lets say 70 fps and 120 fps..

good luck to those that can but i for sure cant.. he he..

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my eyes bled when I was checking out that bleeding test results.... I mean that black (when brigthess was more than 0%) was more white than Michael Jackon skin
 
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I was just recently thinking that monitor reviews were a big missing area on TPU. :clap:

Edit: Since this is the first monitor review on TPU, I wish there had been a discussion about TN vs. IPS, which one is better for a gaming monitor and why.
 
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And yeah, would you have calibration profiles (for the monitors tested) for download every time or was this one just for show?
We'll add them to every review :peace:
 
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The Acer Predator XB271HU is an impressive gaming monitor equipped with a 27" 1440p IPS panel that can be overclocked from its native 144 Hz to 165 Hz. Absolute smoothness of in-game action is ensured by the built-in G-Sync module, and its ultra-thin screen bezels make it as immersive as they are downright pretty to look at.
Its marketed as an IPS panel like several others but its not, Its an AU Optronics AHVA.

One of the links you provided also points it out.

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The Acer Predator XB271HU features an AU Optronics M270DAN02.6 IPS panel.
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Display Mode: AHVA, Normally Black, Transmissive
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Optical Mode: AHVA, Normally Black, Transmissive
Might want to point that out to the readers that they are in fact getting a AHVA instead of an IPS even if its a decent AHVA, great for gaming.
 
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Its marketed as an IPS panel like several others but its not, Its an AU Optronics AHVA.

Might want to point that out to the readers that they are in fact getting a AHVA instead of an IPS even if its a decent AHVA, great for gaming.
I tried to avoid bringing any confusion into the matter, since AHVA is just a name used by AU Optronics for their IPS panels. In other words, AHVA panels use in-plane switching (IPS) to display the picture. It's a horrible name, since we also have VA panels. Because of that, many users confuse AHVA with VA, thinking AHVA is actually VA, and not IPS. And I'd really hate to call it "IPS-like", because that would only bring more confusion.

Even Acer themselves didn't bother calling it AHVA or IPS-like, simply opting for "IPS" instead: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/predator-model/UM.HX1EE.005 :D
 
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I was just recently thinking that monitor reviews were a big missing area on TPU. :clap:

Edit: Since this is the first monitor review on TPU, I wish there had been a discussion about TN vs. IPS, which one is better for a gaming monitor and why.
i has a 144 hrz TN acer panel.. it was fine for gaming but i got rid of it because of its sh-t viewing angles and none of my photo collection looked right on it.. :)

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I tried to avoid bringing any confusion into the matter, since AHVA is just a name used by AU Optronics for their IPS panels. In other words, AHVA panels use in-plane switching (IPS) to display the picture. It's a horrible name, since we also have VA panels. Because of that, many users confuse AHVA with VA, thinking AHVA is actually VA, and not IPS. And I'd really hate to call it "IPS-like", because that would only bring more confusion.

Even Acer themselves didn't bother calling it AHVA or IPS-like, simply opting for "IPS" instead: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/predator-model/UM.HX1EE.005 :D
They cant reach the high contrast VAs can but they carry over the blue tint (Not the glow), That's one of the gripes you see on ASUS and ACER models that carry the "IPS" AHVA panel.

AUO AHVA. Its AUO take on IPS. I haven't seen any docs saying its IPS tho.

Just to be clear call them what you want but other reviewers have been pointing the distinction out since AUO introduced the panels to market.
 
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Bleeding like a hemophiliac on this one.
Lower brightness - lower bleed. I use the P279Q that uses the same panel. 45% brightness. Plus the fact that pictures also severly overblow the effect.
Personally i think it's acceptable compromise to get all features in one panel. Remember - no panel is perfect. If you get no bleed you will have some other major problem or feature missing.
Also, the screen edges aren't that thin, a lot of screens from the past couple of years are the same or even thinner. Although you do get the nice fat black bar as part of the panel now instead of it being a fat ugly bezel...
Only the design/media screens have thinner bezels. When it comes to gaming monotors these are some of the thinnest.
So on the bleeding and uniformity , does the Asus comparable 27" ISP Gsync ( ROG Swift PG279Q) is the same or is it better as they both use same panels?.
They are both the same. Just some ergonomic and design differences. Personally i think ASUS's OSD is much better both in terms of logic and control (joystick) than Acer's. The panel is the same.
Also, seems market is dead on ISP 1440 high refresh monitors, there all pushing 4k but I find it hard to believe users will buy these as graphic card needs to be top end ones or even SLI if you want like 120 fps.
Not dead. Rather these panels are incredibly difficult and expensive to make and only AU Optronics is making them currently (1440p, IPS, 165Hz). Although lately LG has also started producing some 100Hz+ UltraWide variants.
my eyes bled when I was checking out that bleeding test results.... I mean that black (when brigthess was more than 0%) was more white than Michael Jackon skin
Pictures in this case are illustrative only and do not represent what you would see in a dark room with dark content on screen (wich in itself is a limited circumstance).
 

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Is the quality control still atrocious on these panels? I had to return my ViewSonic XG2703-GS because of the dust under the coating, all three replacements had it. It's a shame really, I was actually satisfied with picture quality and glow amount.