Acer Preda­tor XB252Q

PCPOWERPLAY - - TECH REVIEW -

PRICE $ 500 www.acer.com

As the most ex­pen­sive mon­i­tor in this test, big things are ex­pected of the XB252Q, and in many ways it de­liv­ers. It’s up there with the rest of the dis­plays here. It doesn’t out­per­form them, but nei­ther does it fall be­hind.

It also in­cludes Nvidia’s G-Sync and ULMB tech­nolo­gies, which are what push the price up. Turn­ing on the for­mer at 240Hz makes for a won­der­fully smooth gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, mean­while ULMB helps re­duce mo­tion blur, though this only works at up to 144Hz and with G-Sync turned off.

Other plus points in­clude a par­tic­u­larly nar­row bezel round the top and sides of the dis­play. This im­me­di­ately gives the dis­play a sleek, pre­mium feel. The menu sys­tem is also in­tu­itive, and the con­trols are easy to use. The stand of­fers a range of ad­just­ments, and con­nec­tiv­ity is de­cent, too. You’re lim­ited to one Dis­play­Port and one HDMI as with all G-Sync dis­plays, but there are four USB 3.0 ports, with two lo­cated on the side, and the power sup­ply is in­ter­nal so there’s no power brick.

How­ever, when it comes to im­age qual­ity, this dis­play fal­ters. It reg­is­tered the low­est con­trast of the dis­plays on test, and its gamma score isn’t great, either. For the prici­est op­tion, it’s a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult.

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