Until recently, gamers had to choose between high resolution and high refresh rates. That’s until the Acer Predator X27 and Asus PG27UQ launched. Both monitors are fantastic, with 4K resolution, HDR, G-Sync, and a high refresh rate. They’re also pricey at around £2,200 apiece.
Marrying an IPS panel to a refresh rate of up to 144Hz when overclocked, the X27 is a sight for sore (or sensitive) eyes. Its integration of VisionCare technology, Acer says, will help prevent eye strain and tiredness during long sessions. G-Sync allows the monitor to refresh at a variable rate instead of being locked to its max (in this case, 144Hz). It syncs the monitor’s refresh rate to your framerate in-game, eliminating microstutter or screen tearing when your framerate doesn’t match up perfectly to that 144Hz demand.
Despite the high asking price, both the X27 and the PG27UQ are worth considering, but I’m giving the nod here to the Acer X27. The two monitors are nearly identical, but I like the stand on the X27 more. That said, if either monitor is on sale, go for the one with the lower price tag.