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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The borders on the Nitro XV273X are very thin, which is great for multi-monitor setups.
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.
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.
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.
This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video shown is for reference only.
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.
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.
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.
Like most IPS monitors, the vertical viewing angle is very good and the image should remain accurate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
sRGB Picture Mode: UserAdobe 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.
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.
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.
The Nitro XV273X doesn't exhibit any signs of image retention.
The gradient performance is outstanding, with virtually no noticeable banding.
There is some very minor vertical color bleed, but it's virtually imperceptible in regular content.
The Nitro XV273X has good reflection handling and shouldn't cause any issues in brightly-lit rooms.
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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.
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.
The XV273X has an exceptional refresh rate. It supports FreeSync and is G-SYNC compatible, and it has a wide VRR range.
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.
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.
Aside from the built-in speakers and support for HDR10, the Nitro XV273X has a few extra features, such as:
The controls are located on the right back side of the monitor. It has a joystick to make navigating the menu easier.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.