Acer Preda­tor XB1

Acer Preda­tor XB1 (XB271HU)

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by John Law

Gam­ing be­yond the 1,920 x 1,080 res­o­lu­tion has been a trend for gamers since the in­tro­duc­tion of mon­i­tors with res­o­lu­tions that go all the way up to Ul­tra HD qual­ity. How­ever, de­spite the pres­ence of Ul­tra HD mon­i­tors, many gamers ac­tu­ally turn to the more pop­u­lar 1,440p mon­i­tors, sim­ply be­cause of the sweet spot be­tween price and per­for­mance. For this re­view, we'll be tak­ing a look at Acer's new Preda­tor XB1 mon­i­tor.

Specif­i­cally, the mon­i­tor that we have for test­ing this month is the 27-inch XB271HU. Of the two, the XB271HU rep­re­sents the sweet spot that we men­tioned ear­lier to­day. In­stead of an Ul­tra HD dis­play, the XB271HU is a WQHD dis­play with a max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion of 2,560 x 1,440. As we've men­tioned be­fore, we ac­tu­ally like 1,440p mon­i­tors be­cause at this res­o­lu­tion, you're still able to strike a bal­ance be­tween graph­ics qual­ity and per­for­mance.

At 27-inches, there's no lack of vis­ual and graph­i­cal real es­tate for your eyes with the XB271HU. Mind you, this par­tic­u­lar dis­play isn't curved, but hon­estly, that isn't a real deal-breaker. With its size and color re­pro­duc­tion (more on that later), ev­ery­thing on the screen was re­ally bril­liant to look at, and we don't say this with a lot of other mon­i­tors that have crossed our path in the past.

The ex­pe­ri­ence with the mon­i­tor was eas­ily one of the bet­ter ones that we had for a while. Thanks to the im­proved IPS panel de­sign of the XB27IHU, our eyes never felt tired while star­ing at the screen over long pe­ri­ods of time. But the pri­mary rea­son as to why we never felt the heav­i­ness in our eyes was mainly be­cause of an­other fac­tor: the mon­i­tor's su­per-high de­fault re­fresh rate of 144Hz. At that rate, the screen is re­fresh­ing so fast (and con­stantly), it barely flick­ers even when you put a cam­era in front of it.

Side by side with a stan­dard Full HD mon­i­tor at 60Hz, the dif­fer­ence in re­sponse time be­tween the two mon­i­tors was like night and day. How­ever, if 144Hz isn't good enough for you, there's an over­clock­ing mode for the XB27IHU that boosts its re­fresh rate up to 165Hz, but to be ab­so­lutely frank with you, there's re­ally no point in do­ing so, be­cause your eyes aren't likely to ap­pre­ci­ate the minute dif­fer­ence.

That leaves us with the XB271HU's color re­pro­duc­tion. With over 16.7 mil­lion pix­els of color built into it, play­ing games and watch­ing video con­tent on the mon­i­tor was both a real joy and an ab­so­lute treat for us. Thanks to its built-in NVIDIA G-SYNC dis­play adapter, col­ors, tex­tures, and texts were vivid and popped out boldly in front us, giv­ing games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and MGS V: The Phan­tom Pain a very bright, but nat­u­ral look.

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