Acer Predator XB252Q
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.