Acer Predator XB1
Acer Predator XB1 (XB271HU)
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.