Acer Predator XB271HU Monitor Review

Acer Predator XB271HU Review

Is the Acer Predator XB271HU Monitor worth buying in 2020?

The Acer Predator XB271HU is a great monitor that falls in the high-end category for the gaming market. When released in November 2015, this beast of a monitor was making headlines thanks to its thin bezels and 165 Hz refresh rate, among other neat features like NVidia G-Sync. All of that was priced at $799, and five years later it is now sold at $499. For $200 less than its release price tag, is the Acer Predator XB271HU still worth buying in 2020?

Let’s take a look at what it offers and if it’s still a relevant product, five years later.

Acer Predator XB271HU: Pros and Cons

+ Pros: Great overall image quality, G-Sync, 165Hz IPS panel, good build quality and design,

– Cons: Weak speakers, two inputs, low contrast ratio

Acer Predator XB271HU Design

In terms of design, it’s obvious that the Acer Predator XB271HU is a monitor for gamers. It has an angular stand design, red metal feet and a matte-black plastic body that is beautiful to watch. The build quality is great too, it looks and feels sturdy. Adjusting it is also easy and goes smoothly.

There’s a rotating joint between the base and the stand, letting you rotate without seeing any wobbles. You can adjust the monitor at 120mm, it has a -5 to 35 degrees tilt, you can pivot it up to 90 degrees and use it in portrait mode, and rotate the base at 60 degrees.

On the back of the monitor, you also get a 100 x 100mm VESA mount to use a monitor mount if you want to use another stand or a wall mount.

What we love about this design is the slim bezels that are only 2mm wide. Now let’s head over to the most important aspect of a monitor – its display.

Acer Predator XB271HU Display & Performance

The Acer Predator XB271HU monitor has a 27-inch IPS display that comes with a 1440p resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate. The high-definition images are crisp on this monitor, and the quick refresh rate is definitely the best feature the Acer Predator XB271HU has.

However, we don’t like the IPS panel, which comes with a relatively higher response time compared to a TN monitor. Nonetheless, users will notice a small motion blur. If you’re used to a TN panel, you may notice the motion blur.

The IPS panel does have good color accuracy and great performance when it comes to gradient test results. However, the monitor needs some calibrating since the default settings are not really on point.

The Acer Predator XB271HU monitor doesn’t shine when it comes to viewing in a dark room. Contrast and viewing angles are not so good, but then again, it is what an IPS panel offers. One of the issues the Acer Predator XB271HU has is the lack of HDR support and poor black uniformity.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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