The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is an excellent 1440p gaming monitor. It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it has excellent ergonomics, meaning you can place the screen in a comfortable viewing position. It has a 170Hz refresh rate and exceptional response times to deliver a smooth gaming experience. Its input lag is incredibly low, and it has both native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It can display a wide color gamut for HDR with excellent tone mapping, and it gets decently bright enough to make some highlights pop. It also has great peak brightness with the latest firmware update and decent reflection handling. Sadly, it's also not the best for dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is great for most uses. It delivers an excellent gaming experience because it has a low input lag, a high refresh rate, and exceptional response times. Its large screen and high resolution make it great for productivity and media consumption, giving you plenty of real estate for multitasking. It has great peak brightness in SDR with the latest firmware update, it's bright in HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut with excellent tone mapping.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is great for office use. It has a large high-resolution screen, so you get plenty of space for multitasking, as well as sharp images and text. The stand allows for all manner of adjustments, including a 360-degree swivel range. Like most IPS panel monitors, it has wide viewing angles that make it easier to share your screen with others. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is excellent for gaming. It has incredibly low input lag, a high refresh rate, and exceptional response times, so gaming feels smooth and responsive. It supports FreeSync and is compatible with G-SYNC. Its ergonomics are excellent, which makes it easy to place the screen at a comfortable viewing position. It's not very well-suited for a dark room because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is great for media consumption. It has a high resolution to deliver sharp images, and its large screen feels immersive. It has excellent ergonomics and wide viewing angles so that you can share content with others easily. It's bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms, and it has decent reflection handling. Sadly, it's not the best choice for dark room viewing because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is great for content creation. It has a large high-resolution screen that lets you see the fine details of your work, and you can easily share it with coworkers and clients thanks to its wide viewing angles and excellent ergonomics. It has full sRGB and excellent Adobe RGB coverage, and it also supports a wide color gamut with superb tone mapping. It also has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is good for gaming in HDR. It has a low input lag, a high refresh rate, and exceptional response times to deliver smooth gameplay. It can display a wide color gamut and gets decently bright enough to make some highlights stand out. However, it has a low contrast ratio and lacks local dimming, so blacks look grayish when viewed in the dark. Also, the refresh rate is limited to 120Hz in 10-bit HDR.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has a simple design similar to the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx. It has a flat screen with thin borders on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. The back isn't too gamer-oriented, so it shouldn't look out of place in an office environment.
The stand doesn't take up much space. The column is metal, and the base has a metal plate underneath the plastic shell. Unfortunately, it's not very sturdy, so the screen wobbles a lot.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has excellent ergonomics. It allows for all manner of adjustments, making it easier to place the screen in an ideal viewing position. The stand has a metal plate underneath the plastic that allows it to swivel a full 360 degrees, which is great for sharing your screen with others.
The back is plastic with a fine horizontal texture. There's a small clip at the base of the stand for cable management.
The Acer Nitro XV272U's build quality is mediocre. It's made of generic plastic, except for the stand's metal column and base plate. It wobbles a lot because the stand isn't very sturdy. Also, the front bezel is loose and flexes easily.
The Acer XV272U has a mediocre contrast ratio that's typical of an IPS panel. This makes blacks that look gray, especially when viewed in the dark. It's slightly above the advertised 1000:1 contrast; however, this can vary between units.
There's no local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
Update 10/08/2021: Acer released a firmware update for this monitor, version 4B0E, that adds a new Max Brightness setting. With this setting enabled, the monitor is much brighter than before, and is very close to the advertised peak brightness.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has great SDR peak brightness with the latest firmware. Prior to firmware 4B0E, the peak brightness was significantly lower than the advertised 400 cd/m² and not bright enough to combat glare. It's extremely consistent across different content.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'User' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max, Max Brightness 'enabled', and Color Space set to 'General'.
The HDR peak brightness is decent. It's a bit brighter than in SDR, and it meets the brightness requirement for its DisplayHDR 400 certification. Just like in SDR, it's very consistent except for the small dip in the 2% windows, which shouldn't be noticeable. It's bright enough to bring out some highlights, but only if you're in a relatively dark environment. It's nowhere near enough for a true cinematic HDR experience.
We measured the HDR peak brightness with HDR enabled, Color Space set to 'HDR-400', and Brightness set to max.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has great horizontal viewing angles. The image remains accurate when viewing from the side, ideal for sharing content or co-op gaming.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has decent vertical viewing angles. The image looks dimmer and washed out when viewed from above or below.
Gray uniformity is excellent, although this varies between individual units. On ours, the top corners and edges are a little darker, but dirty screen effect is minimal in the center. Uniformity is much better in dark scenes.
Black uniformity on our unit is okay. There's some clouding throughout, as well as some backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges. Note that black uniformity varies between units.
Accuracy is outstanding out of the box. Most color and white balance inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable. The color temperature is close to our 6500K target but slightly on the warmer side, which results in a very slight red tint. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve all that well; most scenes are too bright. Note that accuracy varies between units.
Accuracy is superb after calibration. The color and white balance dE are slightly better, though they were already outstanding out of the box. The color temperature is almost spot on with our 6500K target. Gamma improved significantly, but some dark scenes are still a little too bright.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has an exceptional SDR color gamut. It covers the entire sRGB color space used in most content, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in print photography.
Update 10/08/2021: Acer released a firmware update for this monitor, version 4B0E, that adds a new Max Brightness setting. With this setting enabled, the monitor is much brighter than before, which caused a slight reduction in color volume, as our results are normalized to the display's peak brightness.
Remarkable SDR color volume. It only has trouble with dark colors due to its low contrast ratio.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has a great HDR color gamut. Its DCI P3 coverage is outstanding, the color space used in most HDR content, but its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is just okay. It's worth noting that the DCI P3 tone mapping is excellent.
Good HDR color volume. Like in SDR, it doesn't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio. It also has trouble with bright blues, which is typical for LCDs.
There's no image retention on the Acer Nitro XV272U. However, this may vary between individual units.
The Acer Nitro XV272U's gradient handling is superb. You shouldn't see any banding in most content.
There's a little bit of vertical color bleed. It shouldn't be noticeable in most content, but it isn't ideal for content creators.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has decent reflection handling. It should be fine for most settings, as it's bright enough to overcome glare in most viewing conditions.
Good text clarity. Enabling Windows ClearType makes it slightly better, especially with diagonal lines like on the R and N.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The Acer Nitro XV272U has an exceptional response time at max refresh rate, resulting in clear motion with almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Normal' because 'Off' is slower and 'Extreme' has too much overshoot.
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The Acer Nitro XV272U's response time at 60Hz is outstanding, one of the best we've seen. The image is blurrier than at max refresh rate, but there's still almost no blur trail behind moving objects. The best Overdrive setting is 'Off' because the other options have slower total response times and more overshoot.
The backlight is flicker-free at all brightness levels. This helps eliminate motion duplication and reduce eye strain.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help improve motion clarity, also known as backlight strobing. It's called VRB in the OSD menu. It only works above 120Hz and isn't usable simultaneously with VRR. It also causes a decrease in screen brightness and some image duplication. Note that the BFI score is based on the frequency at which it operates, not its performance.
Update 10/12/2021: We retested FreeSync after updating the monitor to firmware 4B0E, and FreeSync is working properly over HDMI now. The FreeSync range over HDMI is <20Hz to 144Hz.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has a high refresh rate to provide smooth and responsive gameplay. It supports FreeSync natively and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing. However, G-SYNC compatibility only works over a DisplayPort connection. Although the advertised VRR range is 48-170Hz, there's no tearing when the frame rate drops below 48fps.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has an exceptionally low input lag, resulting in an incredibly responsive gaming experience. We don't have the input lag with 10-bit HDR measurement because the maximum refresh rate at 10-bit over DisplayPort is 120Hz, and we lack the tools to measure the input lag with HDR over DP. The maximum refresh rate at 10-bit over HDMI is 60Hz.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has a large screen that delivers an immersive gaming experience and provides plenty of space for multitasking. It also produces sharp images and text due to its high pixel density.
The Acer Nitro XV272U has a few additional features, including:
The controls are on the right backside of the screen. There are four buttons and a joystick to power the monitor On/Off and navigate the OSD menu.
We tested the 27 inch Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx, and it's the only size available. There are other models with various configurations in the Nitro XV2 lineup, some of which you can see in the table below.
|XV272 Lvbmiiprx||27"||1920 x 1080||144Hz|
|XV272U Vbmiiprzx||27"||2560 x 1440||140Hz|
|XV272U KVbmiiprzx||27"||2560 x 1440||170Hz|
|XV272U Xbmiipruzx||27"||2560 x 1440||240Hz|
If you come across a different type of panel, or your Acer Nitro XV272U doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
Our unit was manufactured in November 2020; you can see the label here.
The Acer Nitro XV272U is an excellent gaming monitor. It's very similar to the Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx but with a bigger screen and higher resolution.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the Gigabyte M27Q are very similar. They're both IPS monitors with a 1440p resolution and a 170Hz refresh rate. Gaming-wise, the Acer has better response times, at max refresh rate and 60Hz. It also has significantly better ergonomics because it allows for swivel adjustment and rotation to portrait mode. The Gigabyte has more features, like a USB-C input with DisplayPort Alt Mode and a Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture mode.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ are nearly identical in gaming performance. They both have a 170Hz refresh rate, exceptional response times, and low input lag. The Acer has better ergonomics, and it's better for HDR, as it's brighter and can display a wider color gamut.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the ASUS TUF VG27AQ are very similar overall. The Acer performs better for gaming because it has faster response times at max refresh, and especially at 60Hz. The Acer also supports a wide color gamut, which the ASUS doesn't, and it gets brighter in HDR.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the Gigabyte G27Q are both 27 inch, 1440p gaming monitors. For the most part, the Acer performs better. It has a higher refresh rate of 170Hz versus the Gigabyte's 144Hz, and its response times are much faster, at max refresh rate and especially at 60Hz. It also has better ergonomics so that you can place the screen in a comfortable viewing position.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the LG 27GL850-B are very similar 27 inch, 1440p IPS monitors. The Acer performs better gaming-wise because it has a higher refresh rate of 170Hz and better response times. The Acer's stand allows for more ergonomic adjustments than the LG's, so it might be easier to find an ideal viewing position.
The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx and the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx perform quite similarly overall. That said, the Predator has a higher refresh rate. Response times and input lag are similar, but the Predator also has a wider color gamut, especially with Adobe RGB coverage.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the Dell S2721DGF are both 27 inch IPS monitors with a 1440p resolution. The Acer has a slightly higher refresh rate of 170Hz next to the Dell's 165Hz, but the difference is small and shouldn't be noticeable to most people. The Acer has better response times, especially at 60Hz. Other than that, the only other big difference between them is the screen brightness.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx and the LG 27GN800-B have similar gaming performances. The Acer has a higher refresh rate of 170Hz than the LG's 144Hz, but it's a small difference that most casual gamers might not notice. The Acer has more features, such as USB ports, built-in speakers, and its stand offers much better ergonomics.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is better than the LG 27GL83A-B for most uses. They both use an IPS panel with a 1440p resolution, but the Acer has a higher refresh rate of 170Hz versus the LG's 144Hz. The Acer also has better response times at max refresh rate and 60Hz. It offers more ergonomic adjustments and has four USB 3.0 ports, while the LG has none.
The Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx is a bit better than the LG 27GP83B-B for most people, with one major exception that may be a deal-breaker for some users. The Acer has better ergonomics, an optional black frame insertion feature, better text clarity, and better connectivity, with a built-in USB hub.