Acer Nitro VG271 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 09:21 am
Acer Nitro VG271 Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office
8.0
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.4
Media Creation
6.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel 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

7.5 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.

Pros
  • Excellent low input lag.
  • Outstanding motion handling.
Cons
  • Poor ergonomics.
  • Low native contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.
7.4 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.

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.

7.4 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.

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.

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.

  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 7.4 Media Creation
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 6/12/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
11.2 lbs (5.1 kg)
Weight (with stand)
12.3 lbs (5.6 kg)
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 No swivel
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.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
48 °
Color Shift From Left
57 °
Color Shift From Right
59 °
Brightness Loss From Left
47 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
54 °
Gamma Shift From Right
55 °

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
33 °
Color Washout From Above
34 °
Color Shift From Below
38 °
Color Shift From Above
42 °
Brightness Loss From Below
37 °
Brightness Loss From Above
38 °
Black Level Raise From Below
54 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
33 °
Gamma Shift From Above
35 °

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
Gamma Setting
2.2
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
Gamma Setting
2.2
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
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

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

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
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

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
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

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.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.7 %
Indirect Reflections
2.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.1 %

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
8.5
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Extreme
Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Total Response Time
12.9 ms
Overshoot Error
7.2 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
13.2 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.4 %

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'.

7.8
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
8.3 ms
Total Response Time
14.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.4 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
15.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 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.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
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
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
10.4 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.

7.1
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 No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
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.