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Acer Nitro XV273X Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jan 13, 2020 at 08:35 am
Acer Nitro XV273X Picture
Test Methodology v1.1
8.0
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.8
Multimedia
7.9
Media Creation
7.2
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Acer Nitro XV273X is a versatile 1080p monitor with impressive performance. It's the first IPS monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and is compatible with G-SYNC, providing a smooth and nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has a good build quality, as well as an exceptional color accuracy out of the box. Like most IPS panels, it offers good viewing angles, but at the cost of a mediocre contrast ratio, which is less ideal for dark room viewing. This monitor is part of the XV3 series of gaming monitors that includes 4 other variants in various sizes, resolutions, and refresh rates.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

The Acer Nitro XV273X is a great monitor for mixed usage. It has a host of features to satisfy even the most demanding gamers, and its understated design should easily fit into most office settings. Unfortunately, HDR performance is limited by its HDR peak brightness and lack of wide color gamut. On the upside, this monitor has fantastic out of the box color accuracy.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.9 Office

The Nitro XV273X is a very good office monitor. The IPS panel provides good viewing angles, and it has good ergonomics, making it easier to position the monitor to suit your needs. Although it's a decent size, the 1080p resolution makes it less ideal for multitasking. Also, it has good reflection handling and decent peak brightness to overcome glare in brightly-lit offices.

See our Office recommendations
8.6 Gaming

The Nitro XV273X is an excellent monitor for gaming. It has a high refresh rate, low response time, low input lag, and supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC. Though the 1080p resolution may disappoint those who like to see every detail in their game, it does help to achieve higher frame rates for a smooth gaming experience.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.8 Multimedia

The Nitro XV273X is a very good monitor for multimedia consumption. It has a decent resolution and size, and it feels very responsive due to its low input lag. The wide viewing angles is great for sharing content with others and it's easy to adjust the monitor's positioning, as it has good ergonomics.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.9 Media Creation

The Nitro XV273X is a very good monitor for media creation. While it has a good size, the 1080p resolution may be disappointing for some. However, it does have good viewing angles and input lag, as well as an outstanding color accuracy out of the box. Its exceptional motion handling also helps to keep the picture crisp, with minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects.

See our Media Creation recommendations
7.2 HDR Gaming

The Nitro XV273X is decent for HDR gaming. Although it has great gaming features with its low input lag and outstanding motion handling, HDR performance is limited by the monitor's peak brightness and lack of wide color gamut support.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.8 Multimedia
  • 7.9 Media Creation
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • High refresh rate.
  • Excellent color accuracy out of the box.
  • Outstanding motion handling.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Lack wide color gamut support.
  • 1080p resolution.
  1. Update 2/26/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

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27" Nitro XV273
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Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)
Design
Stand
Width
18.1" (46.0 cm)
Depth
9.3" (23.6 cm)

Although the stand's tripod design has a larger footprint, the legs are thin, leaving you more desk space to work with. There is very little wobble and it supports the monitor well.

7.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -20° to 20°
Tilt Range -22.5° to 5°

The XV273X has good ergonomics. It has good height adjustment, as well as excellent tilt and swivel range. The monitor can also switch between landscape and portrait mode in either direction.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is made out of plastic. There are control buttons on the left and the stand has a small cutout that serves as cable management. The monitor can be VESA mounted and the stand has a quick release feature, making it easy to remove.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders on the Nitro XV273X are very thin, which is great for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.3" (18.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.8" (7.1 cm)

When used with the stand, the monitor is quite thick. However, the stand tilts slightly backwards, so the thickness depends on the height at which the monitor is set. When VESA mounted, the monitor shouldn't protrude much from the wall.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The overall build quality of the Nitro XV273X is good. Though it's made entirely out of plastic, it feels sturdy and the stand doesn't wobble.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1155 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the XV273X has a mediocre contrast ratio. This results in blacks looking more like gray, especially in a dark room setting.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video shown is for reference only.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
383 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
432 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
432 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
433 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
433 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
431 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
432 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
432 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
432 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
433 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Nitro XV273X has great SDR peak brightness. Even with different content, you shouldn't notice any variation, and it's bright enough to overcome glare when used in a bright room.

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
443 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
492 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
493 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
493 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
494 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
494 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
491 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
493 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
493 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
493 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
494 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

The HDR peak brightness is decent, though it won't be able to bring out highlights in HDR content. There are two HDR modes on this monitor: an 'Auto' mode and an HDR400 mode. The 'Auto' mode tends to clip colors and doesn't really offer any benefit in terms of brightness. We recommend leaving the setting in HDR400 mode. All of our tests were done in HDR400, at maximum brightness.

8.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
47 °
Color Shift From Left
57 °
Color Shift From Right
59 °
Brightness Loss From Left
46 °
Brightness Loss From Right
48 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
45 °
Gamma Shift From Right
47 °

The XV273X has decent horizontal viewing angles for an IPS panel. When viewed from the side, the first noticeable change is color shifting, followed by a decrease in brightness. On the upside, black levels stay relatively stable. This is good for co-op gaming or for sharing content with others.

7.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31 °
Color Washout From Above
35 °
Color Shift From Below
38 °
Color Shift From Above
44 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
40 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
31 °
Gamma Shift From Above
35 °

Like most IPS monitors, the vertical viewing angle is very good and the image should remain accurate.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.884 %
50% DSE
0.104 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.347 %
5% DSE
0.028 %

This monitor has remarkable gray uniformity. There is some vignetting in the top corners, but the center of the screen is fairly uniform, so you shouldn't notice any dirty screen effect in bright or dark scenes.

6.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.362 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Nitro XV273X has acceptable black uniformity. There's a little bit of backlight bleeding at the bottom of the screen and some blooming, but it's only noticeable when using the monitor in a dark room setting and when viewing dark scenes.

9.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
204 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
30
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Color Temperature
6562 K
White Balance dE
0.77
Color dE
1.30
Gamma
2.15

Out of the box, this monitor has remarkable color accuracy. It follows the gamma very well and most scenes are displayed at the correct brightness, but there are some inaccuracies with the color blue.

Our tests were done with the sRGB mode enabled, as this is the most accurate setting and the recommended one for most users. However, all settings are locked when using this preset, as any change will disable it. Furthermore, when sRGB mode is disabled, the monitor's color accuracy declines significantly, even in 'User' mode with our pre-calibration settings.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
5
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
41-38-50
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6474 K
White Balance dE
0.53
Color dE
0.39
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the Nitro XV273X has superb color accuracy. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable.

Our calibration was done in 'User' mode, as any change in settings whlie in sRGB mode will disable it.

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
98.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
76.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

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

Impressive SDR color gamut. It covers nearly the entire sRGB color space, which is used in most content, and has good coverage of Adobe RGB color space, used for professional photo editing.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.1 %
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. This monitor can display its color gamut well, but due to its mediocre contrast ratio, it can't display dark colors very well.

6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
65.7 %
Rec. 2020 xy
57.8 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'

The Nitro XV273X's color gamut in HDR content is not bad. Its DCI P3 coverage, which is used in most HDR content, is passable, but the wider Rec. 2020 coverage is disappointing.

5.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
64.2 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
52.2 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'

This monitor has a disappointing HDR color volume. Due to the limited color gamut in HDR mode and the low contrast ratio, it won't be able to produce saturated colors.

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 %

The Nitro XV273X doesn't exhibit any signs of image retention.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient performance is outstanding, with virtually no noticeable banding.

9.1
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.183 %

There is some very minor vertical color bleed, but it's virtually imperceptible in regular content.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.6 %
Indirect Reflections
2.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6 %

The Nitro XV273X has good reflection handling and shouldn't cause any issues in brightly-lit rooms.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
9.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0.2 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Dark Total Response Time
9.4 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Photo
Normal Chart Photo
Extreme Chart Photo

The Nitro XV273X has an outstanding response time. This results in a clear picture, with minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects.

On most monitors, the overdrive level can be adjusted. We recommend the 'Normal' setting, as it provides the best performance. The 'Extreme' setting has significant overshoot and can result in artifacts.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
5.1 ms
Total Response Time
11.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.5 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

This monitor has a flicker-free backlight and there's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help further reduce motion blur. The BFI feature has a brightness compensation and was noticeable when the monitor's brightness was set around or below 100nits.

6.3
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
240 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
9.6
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The XV273X has an exceptional refresh rate. It supports FreeSync and is G-SYNC compatible, and it has a wide VRR range.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
2.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
11.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
3.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
12.5 ms
10 Bit HDR
12.2 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
4.6 ms

The Nitro XV273X has exceptional input lag, which is great for a responsive gaming experience. However, we were only able to test 10-bit HDR at 60Hz, as it was the highest refresh rate we could achieve with HDR enabled. When HDR is forced at a higher refresh rate, the image exhibited a green tint.

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 1080p resolution is okay for gaming, as it helps to achieve higher frame rate for a smooth gaming experience, but it's less ideal for multitasking.

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 4 (USB 3.0)
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
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
No

Aside from the built-in speakers and support for HDR10, the Nitro XV273X has a few extra features, such as:

  • Blue light suppression to reduce eye strain.
  • Crosshair for FPS games.
  • Frame rate counter.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are located on the right back side of the monitor. It has a joystick to make navigating the menu easier.

Features
In The Box

  • Calibration report and user guide
  • Power cable
  • USB-B cable
  • HDMI cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Acer Nitro XV273 Xbmiiprzx, however, there are four other variants of this monitor in various sizes, resolutions, and refresh rates, which you can see in the table below.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Nitro XV273X doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

 

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
Nitro XV273 Xbmiiprzx 27" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC compatible
Nitro XV273U S 27" 1440p 165Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC compatible
Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx 27" 4k 144Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC compatible
Nitro XV253Q X 24.5" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC compatible
Nitro XV253Q P 24.5" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC compatible

Our unit of the Acer Nitro XV273X was manufactured in August 2019 and you can see the label here.

Compared to other monitors

The Acer Nitro XV273X is a great monitor for mixed usage, especially for gaming; however, its 1080p resolution may be disappointing for some. You can also check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best 144Hz monitors.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
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The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is slightly better than the Acer Nitro XV273X in mixed usage. Though the Asus has a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, it has a higher resolution, providing better picture quality, and is a better choice for multitasking. It has a higher contrast ratio, but doesn't quite match the color accuracy of the Acer and can't get as bright.

LG 27GL850-B
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B&H

The Acer Nitro XV273X is slightly better than the LG 27GL850-B. The Acer has a significantly better contrast ratio and a higher refresh rate, as well as better black uniformity and peak brightness. However, the LG has a higher resolution of 1440p and supports wide color gamut. Additionally, the Acer has a better build quality and reflection handling than the LG.

Dell Alienware AW2720HF
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B&H

The Acer Nitro XV273X is a significantly better monitor than the Dell Alienware AW2720HF in most uses. While they both have an IPS with a 240Hz refresh rate, the Acer has better contrast ratio and black uniformity, as well as better viewing angles and color accuracy. The Acer also supports HDR; however, the Dell has a much better build quality and ergonomics.

Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD
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The Acer Nitro XV273X is marginally better than the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD. It has a higher refresh rate and better black uniformity, but the Gigabyte has a higher resolution and some nifty extra features such as active noise cancelling, picture-in-picture, and picture-by-picture. The Acer has a higher peak brightness and better reflection handling, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms.

ViewSonic Elite XG270
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B&H

The Acer Nitro XV273X is a bit better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270. Both monitors offer nearly identical features and also perform similarly, but the Acer has a better black uniformity, color accuracy, and it can get brighter. Furthermore, the Acer has better reflection handling and text clarity.

Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q
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The Acer Nitro XV273X has very similar performance to the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q in mixed usage, but there are some notable differences. The Nitro XV273X has a 1080p resolution, while the FI27Q is 1440p. The Acer has a 240Hz refresh, a significantly better black uniformity, and a higher peak brightness, however, the FI27Q has much more extra features and a much better build quality.

Acer Predator XB273K
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B&H

The Acer Nitro XV273X is better than the Acer Predator XB273K. Though they both have an IPS panel, the Nitro XV273X has a better contrast ratio and significantly better black uniformity, as well as better viewing angles. However, the XB273K has a 4k resolution, which is great for multitasking. The XB273K supports a wide color gamut, but it can't get as bright as the Nitro XV273X.

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