Acer Predator XB271HU Review

Acer Predator XB271HU Review

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The Acer Predator line is the best Acer has to offer when it comes to gaming performance. Their XB270HU model proved especially popular: voted Gamer’s Choice two years in a row. The XB270HU packaged the features of the high-end Predators in a moderately priced monitor. We tried the XB271HU, the improved edition of the 270 model, and are pleased with the results. This 1440p monitor includes all the features found in a high-end monitor, while still less than $1000.

Enhanced Visuals

Acer Predator XB271HU

The reason you’re buying a top-tier gaming monitor is for the cutting-edge graphics. The Acer Predator XB271HU delivers. With a 27” display, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and 233mm pixel pitch this monitor was engineered to display a lot of color with dynamic texture. The 27” of screen is big enough to show off all the action, but it won’t take over your desk. The 2560 x 1440 resolution is the highest available on a 27” monitor. This allows over 3 million pixels on the screen. This display allows for crisp, clear visuals no matter what angle you’re looking from. There’s no blindspots on the Acer Predator XB271HU regardless of where you’re looking from.

The display boasts 100% sRGB color gamut, meaning it can display literally any color available to the human eye. It has 6-axis color adjustment, which helps the screen process which colors are on screen and ensures accuracy of the colors even when they’re constantly changing. The IPS (in-plane switching) display allow users to see the same picture from a variety of viewing angles, and ensure the color reproduction of your display is crisp and clear.

Outfitted with the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, this display has smooth, tear-free graphics that eliminates clunky polygons and lazy rendering. Your games will look like movies because the monitor can handle the fast action. The Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology integrated into the monitor was designed for fast action games that have constantly refreshing frames. Moving objects are crisp and real—showing off the precise physics programmed into today’s modern games. Unlike a lower quality monitor, there’s no smearing (objects looking like they’re made of paint) or ghosting (objects going from point A to point B without moving gracefully between them) on the Acer Predator XB271HU.

The Acer Predator XB271HU also uses EyeProtect Flicker-less blue-light filter. This will be easy on your eyes by filtering out the light that causes eye strain. With the EyeProtect, you can game for longer periods of time without noticing fatigue.

With the highest resolution available, a medium-large display, the maximum amount of pixels available to a 27” screen, clear, deep color with the sRGB and 6-axis color adjustment, NVIDIA G-SYNC and ULMB technology, plus the blue-light filter, this monitor wants you to push it to the limit with the best graphics on the market.

Improved Performance

Acer Predator XB271HU

The Acer Predator XB271HU review isn’t just great for graphics though. It can handle all the tech-heavy needs of gamers playing the latest releases.

Just looking at the sleek design of the Acer Predators tells you they’re built for gaming. The bright red feet, the well-designed, cool-looking stand, the full display with the Predator logo underneath. This model looks great and specifically engineered for gamers. If you’re bringing this monitor to a competitive gaming event, you’ll be the envy of everyone else with such a smart looking monitor.

When going through reviews for the new model, users are most happy about the 180Hz refresh rate of the Acer Predator XB271HU. By default, the monitor runs at 144Hz, but you can crank that up to 180Hz and have a higher refresh rate for smoother, fluid visuals. If you’re playing the latest games, and pushing your graphics card to the limit, this is the feature for you.

This monitor was designed to handle fast data transfer and large rates of information. It has high-bandwidth connection ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports) for connecting your mouse, headset, and portable gaming devices. This feature is essential because no matter how good your graphics are, if your mouse or keyboard lags, you’re going to get owned. The Acer Predator XB271HU has the competitive hardware specs required of a high-end gaming monitor.

Acer Predator XB271HU

The monitor has two built in 2W speakers offer dynamic sound, reflecting your game environment. It’s not quite surround sound, and the Acer Predator XB271HU does support adding supplemental speakers, but the built in speakers for this monitor are surprisingly good.

The Acer ErgoStand lets users move the monitor—tilt, pivot, swivel, move up and down—so you can find the best angle for the game you’re playing and the light levels in your room. You can also use the VESA mounting to attach the monitor to your wall and save space, while knowing the your expensive machine won’t fall off the wall and break. The stand was designed for taking the strain off your neck by positioning the display in a better place for your head. No more sore neck after long gaming sessions.

One thing we admire about the Acer brand is that all their monitors are Energy Star and RoHS compliant. They use mercury-free LED backlighting and consume less energy through a variety of power saving modes. This means your energy bills will be lower when you’re using a certified green monitor—and when you decide to upgrade, you can rest easy knowing that your monitor won’t be poisoning the ocean in a landfill somewhere.


Acer Predator XB271HU

The Acer Predator XB271HU has everything you need to play triple A gaming titles like Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Battlefield 1 and The Witcher 3. It also has the specs required for a competitive gaming rig, allowing you to rest assured that your display is working together with the rest of your machine to give you the competitive advantage. This display is one of the best on the market and if you can afford it, you can’t go wrong with the Acer Predator XB271HU.

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