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Acer Nitro VG271 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 09:21 am
Acer Nitro VG271 Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
8.0
Gaming
7.5
Multimedia
7.4
Media Creation
6.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Acer VG271 is a good 27" IPS monitor, with a 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. It has excellent low input lag and outstanding motion handling, making it a great choice for gaming. It delivers decent picture quality overall, with great peak brightness, excellent gray uniformity, and wide viewing angles. Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. It also has a very basic stand, with bad ergonomics, so it might be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Acer VG271 is a good monitor for most uses. It has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and great uniformity. It is a very good monitor for gaming, as it has low input lag and a fast response time. Although it supports HDR, it can't get bright enough and can't display a wide color gamut, so it isn't great for HDR gaming.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.5 Office

Decent monitor for office usage. It has wide viewing angles and thin bezels, great for a multi-monitor setup. Although it doesn't look as good in a dark room, this monitor is a great choice for a bright room, as it has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. The Acer Nitro VG271 has a decent amount of screen real-estate, but the 1080p resolution might disappoint some users. Unfortunately, the stand has bad ergonomics, and it can only tilt.

See our Office recommendations
8.0 Gaming

This is a great monitor for gaming. The fast, 144Hz refresh rate and excellent response time delivers outstanding clear motion, and it supports FreeSync, even from recent NVIDIA graphics cards. There is very little input lag, for an extremely responsive gaming experience. The 1080p resolution might be disappointing for some gamers, though.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.5 Multimedia

This is a good monitor for multimedia. It has wide viewing angles and a large display, great for sharing the latest trends with some friends. It isn't as well-suited for watching movies late at night though, as it can't display deep blacks in a dark room, and it has bad black uniformity. The fast response time delivers outstanding motion, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.4 Media Creation

Decent monitor for media creation. The large screen and wide viewing angles make it easier to see your work, but the relatively low native resolution might disappoint some users. The stand has bad ergonomics, and it can't swivel to share the screen with someone standing nearby.

See our Media Creation recommendations
6.8 HDR Gaming

Decent monitor for HDR gaming, mainly due to its very good gaming performance. Unfortunately, the Acer Nitro VG271 can't display a wide color gamut, and can't get bright enough for HDR content to really shine.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 7.5 Multimedia
  • 7.4 Media Creation
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Outstanding motion handling.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Low native contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.

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27" VG271
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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
11.2 lbs (5.1 kg)
Weight (with stand)
12.3 lbs (5.6 kg)

The Acer Nitro VG271 has a decent design. The stand is wide, but not very large, so you can easily place objects in front of the monitor. It supports the monitor well, but wobbles quite a bit when nudged. The bezels are thin on the sides, great for a multi-monitor setup. Finally, although it's mostly made of plastic, it has decent build quality, and there shouldn't be any issues.

Design
Stand
Width
13.1" (33.3 cm)
Depth
9.5" (24.1 cm)

The stand is quite small, leaving lots of room in front of the display for small objects. Unfortunately, it wobbles quite a bit when nudged.

3.3
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -25° to 10°

The stand has a great tilt range, but that's it. It can't swivel, and there is no height adjustment. There is no cable management either.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is quite basic. There are vents along the 'v' shaped protrusion on the back, and a VESA mount can be attached directly to the back, without any spacers or adapters. There is a quick release on the stand, great for mobile professionals that need to move the monitor quickly.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders of the monitor are very thin on three sides, and look great in a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.0" (17.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.6" (6.6 cm)

The monitor itself is fairly thin, but the stand sticks out quite a bit, preventing the monitor from being placed flush with the back wall.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Although the monitor wobbles quite a bit, it has overall decent build quality. It's almost entirely made of plastic, but there is a nice finish on it, and there are no gaps in the bezel.

Picture Quality
6.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1392 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The VG271 has a decent contrast ratio, but like most IPS monitors, it doesn't produce deep blacks in a dark room. It also lacks a local dimming feature, which could improve dark room performance. For better dark room performance, check out the MSI Optix G27C.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor does not have a local dimming feature. The above video is for reference only.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
436 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
434 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
436 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
438 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
439 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
440 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
433 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
435 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
437 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
438 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
440 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

Great peak brightness, very similar to the ASUS VG279Q. This monitor gets bright enough for any room, even if you have a lot of natural light. There is no noticeable variation in brightness with different content, which is great.

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
462 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
478 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
480 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
481 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
482 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
482 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
477 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
479 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
480 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
481 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
482 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

Decent peak brightness in HDR, slightly better than the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD. Small highlights in dark scenes stand out, but in bright scenes they aren't as bright as they should be.

For HDR to work, you have to choose the 'HDR' Picture Mode, and set the HDR setting to either 'Auto', or 'HDR400'. For the purposes of our testing, we chose the 'HDR400' setting.

7.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
40 °
Color Shift from Right
40 °
Brightness from Left
49 °
Brightness from Right
49 °
Black Level from Left
75 °
Black Level from Right
75 °
Curve Radius N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the Acer Nitro VG271 has decent horizontal viewing angles. When viewed at wider angles, the black levels remain the same, but the brightness decreases gradually, causing the contrast ratio to decrease and the image to appear washed out. At wider angles, colors lose accuracy.

7.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
26 °
Color Shift from Above
29 °
Brightness from Below
35 °
Brightness from Above
35 °
Black Level from Below
50 °
Black Level from Above
75 °

Like the majority of IPS displays, the VG271 has very good vertical viewing angles. At moderate angles, colors begin to shift. When looking at the monitor from above, the black levels remain almost constant, but from below, there is a bit more of a noticeable shift in black levels. This is only at very wide angles, though, and shouldn't cause any issues for most people.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.883 %
50% DSE
0.098 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.370 %
5% DSE
0.050 %

Excellent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are slightly darker, and there is some noticeable banding near the center, which may be distracting in some cases.

4.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.330 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, the VG271 has bad black uniformity. There is noticeable backlight bleed from the corners, and there is clouding throughout the display. These results are worse than the ASUS PG279QZ, but not quite as bad as the Aorus AD27QD.

7.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
408 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
80
Contrast Setting
50
RGB controls
Normal
Color Temperature
5980 K
White Balance dE
3.42
Color dE
2.90
Gamma
2.19

With the out-of-the-box settings, the Acer Nitro VG271 has decent accuracy. The color temperature is a bit warm, and gamma is relatively flat at 2.2, but still close to the sRGB target curve. The average color error is acceptable, but some colors have noticeable inaccuracies, as do brighter grays.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
5
Contrast Setting
49
RGB Controls
43-48-51
Color Temperature
6499 K
White Balance dE
0.43
Color dE
0.38
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, this monitor has excellent accuracy. There are no noticeable errors remaining in any color, and gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly. The color temperature is almost perfect.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.2 %
Adobe RGB xy
75.9 %

sRGB Picture Mode: User (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: User

Excellent color gamut, very similar to the VG279Q. Unfortunately, coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space might be too limited for professional photo and video editing.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
96.4 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
81.0 %

sRGB Picture Mode: User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: User

Excellent SDR color volume. Like most IPS monitors, it can't display dark saturated colors very well, and like most displays, blues aren't as bright as other colors.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.7 %
Rec. 2020 xy
57.4 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR→ HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR→HDR400

This monitor can't display a wide color gamut, which is very important for HDR content. This isn't ideal for HDR gaming or watching movies in HDR.

6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
71.6 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
52.5 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR→ HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR→HDR400

Mediocre HDR color volume. It is limited by the lack of wide color gamut, and it can't produce dark saturated colors very well.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the VG271, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

This monitor has outstanding gradient performance, among the best we've ever seen. There is almost no noticeable banding in any shade.

8.5
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.298 %

Unfortunately, there are some signs of pixel errors, which is especially noticeable in the vertical columns, where each color extends above and below the block of solid color into the gray area. Although these are noticeable with our test pattern, they aren't noticeable with most regular content.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

Decent reflection handling, very similar to the LG 27UD58-B. Reflections aren't diffused very much, and can be distracting in a really bright room with a lot of lights.

Motion
8.9
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
4.6 ms
100% Response Time
11.9 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Extreme

Response Time Off
Response Time Normal
Response Time Extreme

The Acer VG271 has an excellent response time, but it is a bit slower than other 144Hz monitors, like the VG279Q or Acer Predator XB271HU. There is very little distracting overshoot, but transitions between dark scenes are a bit slower, which can cause more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects.

There are three options for the response time, but there is very little difference between them. We recommend the 'Extreme' setting, as it delivers the fastest response time with almost no downsides. Unfortunately, this setting isn't available when FreeSync is enabled, resulting in a slightly slower response time. If the Over Drive setting is set to 'Extreme', when FreeSync is enabled it will automatically switch to 'Normal'.

9.0
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

This monitor's backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great. There is an optional Black Frame Insertion feature, which can be enabled by setting the VRB setting to either 'Normal', or 'Extreme'. The above charts were taken with the 'Extreme' setting. The 'Normal' setting, shown here, is a bit brighter, but slightly less effective at reducing persistence blur.

When connected to a source outputting 1080p, the refresh rate must be at least 120Hz for BFI to work.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

This monitor has an excellent 144Hz refresh rate, great for gaming. It also supports FreeSync, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

FreeSync also works with the latest NVIDIA drivers, as long as you have a recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card, but for NVIDIA cards it only works over DisplayPort.

Like most monitors, FreeSync does not work if VRB (Black Frame Insertion) is enabled. When FreeSync is enabled, the 'Extreme' Over Drive setting isn't available, so the response time is a bit slower.

FreeSync is not available when either HDR or VBR (black frame insertion) are enabled.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.2 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.2 ms
10 bit HDR
4.3 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
7.7 ms

The VG271 has excellent low input lag, even when gaming at 60Hz, great for console gamers. HDR doesn't add any noticeable input lag, but the VRB feature (Black Frame Insertion) is a bit higher, but still great. Both BFI modes (Extreme and Normal) have the same input lag. Non-native resolutions aren't scaled by the monitor, but this shouldn't be an issue for most people, as most graphics cards will scale the image before sending it to the display.

7.3
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density 82 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The 27", 1080p display provides a decent amount of screen real-estate, but some people might be disappointed by the relatively low native resolution.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C N/A
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm N/A
Digital Optical Audio Out N/A
Analog Audio Out RCA N/A
Power Supply Internal

This monitor has a decent selection of inputs, so you shouldn't have any issues connecting your devices. There is an audio out port with adjustable volume, suitable for connecting headphones.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 Yes
Multiple input display
PIP + PBP

This is a relatively basic monitor, with few additional features. It supports Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, and can add virtual crosshairs to any game.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are located on the back of the monitor, and consist of a joystick and 4 buttons. The controls are not very intuitive, and the menus can be difficult to navigate. Three of the buttons can be assigned as shortcuts to specific settings.

Features
In The Box

  • User Guide
  • Power Cable
  • HDMI Cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" VG271, version Pbmiipx, model UM.HV1AA.P02, which is the only size available. The VG271 is part of Acer's Nitro VG1 lineup, which has other models available. We do not expect our review to be valid for the other models.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their VG271 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Part Number Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
VG240Y UM.QV0AA.002 24" 1080p 75Hz FreeSync, no HDR
VG271 UM.HV1AA.P02 27" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync, HDR
VG271UP UM.HV1AA.P01 27" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync, HDR

The VG271 we reviewed was manufactured in December 2018.

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: ViewSonic XG2402. Middle: Acer VG271. Right: ASUS VG248QE.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Acer VG271 is a good gaming monitor, but is a bit worse overall than most comparable models. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best 27 inch gaming monitors, and the best budget monitors.

ASUS VG279Q
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The ASUS VG279Q is better than the Acer VG271. The ASUS has a much better stand, with a full range of ergonomic adjustments, and it has slightly better black uniformity, but this varies between units. Unlike the VG271, the VG279Q doesn't support HDR, but this doesn't add much on the Acer anyway.

LG 27GL650F-B
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The LG 27GL650F-B is a bit better than the Acer Nitro VG271. Although they deliver similar performance overall, the LG has much better ergonomics, and it's officially certfied by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, so FreeSync works automatically when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card.

Acer Predator XB271HU
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The Acer Predator XB271HU is slightly better than the Acer VG271 for most uses and is much better for gaming. The XB271HU has a much better stand, offering a full range of ergonomic adjustments, and it has better motion handling, with a slightly faster response time. The XB271HU also has a higher resolution screen, so you can see more fine details in your favorite games.

ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD
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The Acer Nitro VG271 and the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD are very similar overall. The ViewSonic has a higher native resolution, making it a better choice for multitasking or gaming, and the unit we tested has better black uniformity. The Acer VG271, on the other hand, supports HDR, although this doesn't add much, and the stand has a slightly better tilt range.

Dell S2719DGF
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Although they use different panel technologies, the Acer Nitro VG271 is much better than the Dell S2719DGF. The Acer displays more uniform blacks and supports HDR, great for dark room gaming. It also has wider viewing angles so you can share your screen with a friend, and both enjoy an accurate image. The Dell, on the other hand, has a higher resolution and a TN panel, which is great for gaming. The response time of the Dell is extremely fast, and fast-moving content on your games will appear crisp with almost no blur trail.

Acer VG271UP
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The Acer Nitro VG271 and the Acer Nitro VG271UP are extremely similar. The VG271UP has a higher native resolution, but unfortunately, the unit we tested has terrible black uniformity. The VG271 is significantly brighter in SDR, but there are no other significant differences between these two models.

MSI Optix G27C
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Although they use different panel technologies, the Acer VG271 is much better than the MSI Optix G27C. The Acer uses an IPS panel, and has much wider viewing angles, better gradients, and better motion handling. The Acer also supports HDR, and has an optional black frame insertion feature. The MSI, on the other hand, has better reflection handling.

ViewSonic XG2402
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Although they use different panel types, the Acer VG271 is a bit better than the ViewSonic XG2402. The VG271 has an IPS panel, which has much better viewing angles. The Acer also supports HDR, and has better gray uniformity. The ViewSonic, on the other hand, has a much better stand and a faster response time, although, unlike the Acer, the XG2402 doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature.

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