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.
Acer Predator XB271HU: Other Features
We’ll start with a downside that many Predator monitors have: there are only two inputs at the rear of the monitor. The Acer Predator XB271HU has one DisplayPort input and one HDMI input. There are also two downstream USB 3.0 ports, one upstream USB 3.0 port, and a headphone jack.
On its left side, you can see two USB 3.0 ports, which is quite handy for peripherals, such as thumb drives.
The lower-right side of the monitor cabinet has its usual buttons, also adding a Game Mode hotkey from where you can choose one of the three gaming profiles that can be customized. Talking about picture settings, you have Standard, ECO, Graphics, Movie, and User, aside from the common Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature settings. There is also a Blue Light setting to reduce eye strain. You’ll also be able to adjust settings for Dark Boost, Adaptive Contrast, Gamma, Color Saturation (brightness), and 6-Axis Color.
In terms of efficiency, the XB271HU consumes 24 watts if you choose ECO mode and 31 watts in Standard mode.
A handy feature that comes with the Acer Predator XB271HU is Nvidia’s G-Sync. Users choosing this monitor should make sure their PC has an NVidia GPU to enjoy the Nvidia G-Sync feature. With G-Sync activated, the motion blur and input lag are noticeably reduced, which is a bonus point for the Predator XB271HU that was already a bit slow in this department.
Acer Predator XB271HU: Speakers
We were expecting to see weak speakers on this monitor since it has slim frames that can’t accommodate larger drivers. Of course, most PC users choose desktop speakers or soundbars for a better sound.
Acer Predator XB271HU: Verdict
So, is the Acer Predator XB271HU worth buying in 2020? At a price in the range of $500, can it offer the features other newer monitors bring to the table? The answer is – not really. While it is a nicely built monitor that has a crisp high-resolution and G-sync, offering good overall performance, when it comes to newer versions and tech, the Acer Predator XB271HU falls behind. After all, it is a 2015 monitor, and Acer has released newer monitors in the past five years that come at nearly the same price and offer a lot more features than the 2015 version.
For instance, take the Acer Predator XN253Q monitor. Released in 2019, the 24.5-inch Acer Predator XN253Q model with 144 Hz refresh rate and Full HD version is in the range of $440. You can also go for the 27.5-inch Acer Predator XB272 monitor with 240Hz, Full HD, fast response, and high framerates, which costs around $550.