Acer’s new Predator monitor does HDR, G-Sync and 4K at 144Hz

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Acer reveals new X27 Predator monitor

While HDR might be becoming a more common feature of televisions, it’s still a rather niche feature in the world of gaming monitors. Gaming on PC is slowly rearing its head towards HDR technology but is still far more concerned with high refresh rates at even high resolutions. Acer’s new Predator X27 is the no-compromise, best of both worlds monitor then, bundling in HDR, Nvidia’s G-Sync and a staggering 144Hz at 4K.

Higher resolution 4K monitors are plentiful, but there aren’t that many out there that can boast a refresh rate this high. The X27 makes use of that and G-Sync to provide a smooth experience for all of your games – even the ones not hitting the peak refresh possible. G-Sync (although still very premium) works like a charm in these situations. It eliminates screen tearing almost completely while making games seem smoother than they are. Couple that with Nvidia’s Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology, and you’ve got an entirely fresh new way to experience your games.

That’s before you’ve even dipped into the X27’s HDR, which takes a few hints from Samsung. The X27 will use Quantum Dot technology to help bring colour to life in a way that normal panels just can’t compete with, while including 384 individually lit LED zones. That’s important for HDR content, which will adjust the brightness of these zones to help produce deeper blacks and brighter whites. There might not be overwhelming support for it yet, but it’s a solid future-proof feature.

In addition to the X27, Acer also revealed a new curved monitor, the Z271UV. It drops the resolution down to 1440p and ditches the HDR technology, but retains Nvidia’s G-Sync and ULMB. It can also be “overclocked” to a refresh rate of 165Hz – in case you really need that extra 21 frames per second. Both monitors will also come stock with Tobii eye-tracking, which seems to be sneaking into more and more products thanks to its great performance.

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Acer hasn’t yet revealed pricing for either monitor, but don’t expect them to fall anywhere close to cheap.

Last Updated: April 28, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • HairyEwok

    4K 144Hz….. We’re barely achieving a solid 4K 60Hz with the cards of today, and with SLI not being a thing that Nvidia is keen on, I hardly see the real benefit of this screen. This screen is basically the best of the best just to show off.

    • Viper_ZA

      Think if you in the market and want to “future proof”, whatever that means these days, it is a killer screen at a “nice” price, no doubt — only for the early adopter / those with money to burn ;p

      • HairyEwok

        Yeah, this screen at the moment is catering for people who’s really enthusiastic about PC tech…. really really enthusiastic about PC tech.

        People who buy this right at release will feel silly about their purchase 1 year later, just like how the Nvidia Titan buyers are feeling.

        • Viper_ZA

          Hehe yeah, the 1080ti is incredible 🙂 Saving up for a good QWHD instead 😀

          • HairyEwok

            Bought myself a Asus PG348 monitor…. Yeah it was a lot but ohhh boy is it nice.

          • Viper_ZA

            Very nice :O, managed to get a “demo unit” at a “steal” of the ROG Swift PG279Q today, can’t wait!!!!

          • HairyEwok

            Rated the best gaming monitor out there right now. Great purchase!

          • Viper_ZA

            Did my homework thoroughly, just didn’t expect to pick up a demo unit at a great price. Almost home time! 🙂

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