Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed May 05, 2021 at 09:54 am
Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.2
Office
8.7
Gaming
8.0
Multimedia
8.2
Media Creation
7.5
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
170 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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 so that 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. However, its SDR brightness is significantly lower, which means it might not be able to combat glare in a well-lit environment. It's also not the best for dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

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. Unfortunately, its low SDR peak brightness isn't ideal for bright settings and might be a dealbreaker for some. On the upside, it gets a lot brighter in HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut with excellent tone mapping.

Pros
  • Large high-resolution screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Good text clarity.
Cons
  • Sub-par SDR brightness.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
8.2 Office

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. Unfortunately, it isn't ideal for well-lit rooms because it doesn't get very bright.

Pros
  • Large high-resolution screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Good text clarity.
Cons
  • Sub-par SDR brightness.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
8.7 Gaming

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 best suited for a moderately lit room because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark, and it doesn't get very bright to combat glare.

Pros
  • Large high-resolution screen.
  • 170Hz refresh rate and exceptional response times.
  • Very low input lag.
  • VRR support.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
8.0 Multimedia

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. Sadly, it's not the best choice for dark room viewing because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray. It also doesn't get very bright, which means you might have some problems with glare in well-lit rooms.

Pros
  • Large high-resolution screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
Cons
  • Sub-par SDR brightness.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
8.2 Media Creation

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. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright in SDR, meaning that visibility might be an issue in well-lit rooms.

Pros
  • Large high-resolution screen.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Full sRGB and excellent Adobe RGB coverage.
  • Excellent HDR tone mapping.
Cons
  • Sub-par SDR brightness.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • Some color bleed.
7.5 HDR Gaming

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.

Pros
  • Large high-resolution screen.
  • Exceptional response times.
  • Decent HDR brightness.
  • VRR support.
  • Excellent HDR tone mapping.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming.
  • Refresh rate limited to 120Hz in 10-bit HDR.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Office
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 8.0 Multimedia
  • 8.2 Media Creation
  • 7.5 HDR Gaming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
14.8 lbs (6.7 kg)

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.

Design
Stand
Width
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Depth
9.3" (23.5 cm)

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.

8.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (12.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -180° to 180°
Tilt Range -25° to 5°

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.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back is plastic with a fine horizontal texture. There's a small clip at the base of the stand for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.7" (16.9 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.0" (7.5 cm)
6.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1029 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

5.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
183 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
174 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
182 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
182 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
183 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
183 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
174 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
182 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
182 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
183 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
183 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.004

The Acer Nitro XV272U has sub-par SDR peak brightness. It's significantly lower than the advertised 400 cd/m² and not bright enough to combat glare. It's pretty consistent across different content; the slight dip in the 2% windows isn't noticeable. We tried many different settings, including all the HDR color presets as well as maxing out contrast and gamma, but it didn't make it any better. It does get a lot brighter if you enable all the HDR settings on the monitor and Windows' HDR, but it's at the cost of image accuracy.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'User' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max, and Color Space set to 'General'.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
441 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
425 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
444 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
445 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
445 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
444 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
424 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
443 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
444 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
444 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
443 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.003

The HDR peak brightness is decent. It's much 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.

8.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
43 °
Color Shift From Left
58 °
Color Shift From Right
57 °
Brightness Loss From Left
46 °
Brightness Loss From Right
43 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
54 °
Gamma Shift From Right
49 °

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.

7.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32 °
Color Washout From Above
32 °
Color Shift From Below
51 °
Color Shift From Above
47 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
36 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
33 °
Gamma Shift From Above
32 °

The Acer Nitro XV272U has decent vertical viewing angles. The image looks dimmer and washed out when viewed from above or below.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.990 %
50% DSE
0.122 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.350 %
5% DSE
0.035 %

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.

6.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.608 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

9.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard (sRGB)
Luminance
79 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
50
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6347 K
White Balance dE
1.21
Color dE
1.48
Gamma
2.11

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.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
45
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
53-47-50
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Color Temperature
6507 K
White Balance dE
0.50
Color dE
0.47
Gamma
2.18

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
88.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

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.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.3 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
94.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

Remarkable SDR color volume. It only has trouble with dark colors due to its low contrast ratio.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
91.7 %
Rec. 2020 xy
67.8 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
85.5 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
64.2 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

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.

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's no image retention on the Acer Nitro XV272U. However, this may vary between individual units.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Acer Nitro XV272U's gradient handling is superb. You shouldn't see any banding in most content.

8.9
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.224 %

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.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.7 %
Indirect Reflections
3.0 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.7 %

The Acer Nitro XV272U has decent reflection handling. It should be fine for most settings, but it might not be able to handle a large amount of light, and the screen can't get bright enough to compensate.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Good text clarity. Enabling Windows ClearType makes it slightly better, especially with diagonal lines like on the R and N.

Motion
9.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
3.1 ms
Total Response Time
6.0 ms
Overshoot Error
1.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
5.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

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.

9.5
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
4.0 ms
Total Response Time
8.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

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.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is flicker-free at all brightness levels. This helps eliminate motion duplication and reduce eye strain.

6.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
170 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

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.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
170 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
170 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
170 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

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, both FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility seem to only work over a DisplayPort connection. FreeSync normally works over HDMI, but when we connected the monitor to a PC equipped with a Radeon graphics card, it showed FreeSync as incompatible. We tried rebooting the computer and changing the HDMI cable, but it didn't fix the issue. This is likely a bug that should be fixed in a firmware update. Although the advertised VRR range is 48-170Hz, there's no tearing when the frame rate drops below 48fps.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate