The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is an excellent gaming monitor. It has a 4k resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, and it's one of the first monitors to include HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you can reach its full refresh rate over an HDMI connection. It has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, very quick response times, and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. The large 28 inch screen and 4k resolution help deliver crisp images and clear text. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, meaning it has a low contrast ratio. There's an edge-lit local dimming feature only enabled with HDR content, but it performs terribly and worsens the picture quality. Lastly, the monitor has fantastic ergonomics as you can swivel it a full 360 degrees on its round stand.
The Acer XV282K KV is an impressive all-around monitor. It's excellent for gaming because it has quick response times, a high refresh rate, and FreeSync support. It's great to use in the office or for content creators as it has a large 28 inch screen and high 4k resolution that each help deliver crisp images. It has fantastic ergonomics that make it easy to place in an ideal viewing position. Sadly, it's not the best for watching HDR content because of its low contrast ratio and terrible edge-lit local dimming feature.
The Acer XV282K KV is impressive for office use. The large, 28 inch screen gives you plenty of screen real estate space, and the 4k resolution helps deliver clear text. It has fantastic ergonomics, so you shouldn't have issues placing it in an ideal viewing position, and it has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with a coworker.
The Acer XV282K KV is excellent for gaming. It has a high 144Hz refresh rate which you can achieve over HDMI thanks to its HDMI 2.1 inputs, but you need an HDMI 2.1 compatible graphics card. It supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing. The response times are very quick, so motion looks smooth, and the input lag is very low. Sadly, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray when viewed in the dark.
The Acer XV282K KV is great for watching multimedia. You can watch the latest 4k videos online thanks to its high resolution, and the 28 inch screen provides an immersive viewing experience. It has fantastic ergonomics and wide viewing angles that make it easy to share your screen with someone else. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark.
The Acer XV282K KV is great for content creators. The 4k, 28 inch screen helps deliver crisp images, and you have enough space to view your video timeline without scrolling. It's ideal for sharing your screen with others because it has wide viewing angles and fantastic ergonomics. Sadly, it has a low contrast ratio, and its local dimming feature is terrible, so blacks look gray.
The Acer XV282K KV is decent for HDR gaming. It has excellent gaming performance thanks to its quick response times, low input lag, and VRR support. It displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't deliver a true HDR experience because it has a low contrast ratio and low peak brightness. It has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and doesn't improve the picture quality in dark scenes.
The Acer XV282K looks like other Acer Nitro monitors, like the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx. Although it's for gaming, it has a pretty simple design that won't stand out in an office environment. It's mainly black and made with a mix of matte and glossy plastic.
The Acer XV282K KV features the same round-based stand as some other Acer monitors. The column is metal and supports the monitor fairly well.
The Acer XV282K KV has fantastic ergonomics. You can rotate it a full 360 degrees on its round stand, and you can even switch it into portrait mode in either direction.
The back of the Acer XV282K KV has a mix of matte and glossy plastic on top. There isn't much for cable management, but you can pass wires through the red clip on the base of the stand.
The Acer XV282K KV's build quality is decent. It's all plastic except for the metal column on the stand. The screen feels stable on the stand, even during ergonomic adjustments. However, the plastic on the back feels cheap and flexes easily. Also, the bottom bezel is thick and feels flimsy too. Overall, it's well-built, and there aren't too many glaring issues, but there's nothing premium about it either.
The contrast ratio of the Acer XV282K KV is mediocre, which we expect from an IPS panel. Blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. It has a local dimming feature that automatically turns on in HDR, and there's no setting for it. It worsens the contrast with our checkerboard pattern because all the zones turn on, but when we measured squares on opposite sides of the screen, we got a contrast of 1846:1, which still isn't that good. Keep in mind that the contrast can vary a bit between units.
Even though the Acer XV282K KV has no local dimming setting and it isn't advertised, it automatically turns on when displaying an HDR image, and there's no way to turn it off. As expected from an edge-lit IPS panel, it performs terribly. There are about ten zones, which results in noticeable uniformity issues and blooming when a zone is turned on. Zone transitions are visible and distracting, and any time the zones are turned on, the black level raises, causing blacks to look more gray than black. Overall, the local dimming feature looks distracting and worsens the picture quality.
The Acer XV282K KV has good SDR peak brightness. It maintains its brightness consistent across different content and gets bright enough to fight glare in most environments. It's advertised to hit 400 nits of peak brightness, but that's just in HDR.
We tested the SDR brightness after calibration with the Backlight set to '100' and Max Brightness enabled.
The HDR brightness is okay. It meets the brightness requirement of its VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, but it's still not enough to truly bring out highlights. Local dimming is automatically enabled with HDR on, and there's no way to turn it off. This causes some variation in brightness, but it's not too noticeable.
We tested HDR brightness in the 'HDR' Picture Mode with the HDR Setting on 'HDR 400' and Color Space set to 'HDR'. You can't adjust the brightness settings in HDR.
The Acer XV282K KV has good horizontal viewing angles, which we expect from an IPS panel. It's good for sharing your screen with others, and even though there's some color washout at wide angles, it's not too noticeable.
Once again, the vertical viewing angles are good. You should see an accurate image whether you're viewing the screen from above or below.
The Acer XV282K KV has excellent gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are only a bit darker, and there's almost no dirty screen effect in the center. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but there's more backlight bleed noticeable along the left and right edges. Keep in mind that uniformity can vary between units.
The black uniformity is bad, but this can vary between units. There's significant backlight bleed and clouding throughout, and the screen looks closer to gray due to the low contrast. Even with local dimming enabled, our test pattern doesn't trigger any dimming zones, so it looks the same. The bottom picture (with local dimming) looks a bit brighter because it's in HDR, and you can't adjust the brightness settings in HDR.
The Acer XV282K KV has good out-of-the-box accuracy, but this can vary between units. Colors are only slightly off, but it should be hard to tell for most people. The white balance is a bit more off, which affects the shades of gray, and the gamma doesn't follow the target curve at all, so all scenes are brighter than they should be. The color temperature is on the warm side, giving the image a slightly red tint.
After calibration, the accuracy is remarkable. Any remaining inaccuracies to the white balance and colors are nearly impossible to spot by the human eye and the color temperature is extremely close to our 6500K target.
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 even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
The Acer XV282K KV's SDR color gamut is fantastic. It has perfect coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space, and for photo editors, it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
The Acer XV282K KV's SDR color volume is fantastic. Helped by its wide SDR color gamut and high peak brightness, it displays colors at a wide range of luminance levels. However, it struggles with darker colors due to its low contrast ratio.
The Acer XV282K KV has a good HDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content. However, it has more limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.
The HDR color volume is decent. It performs similarly to the SDR color gamut because it displays brighter colors well but struggles with darker ones.
Our unit of the Acer XV282K KV shows no signs of temporary image retention, but this can vary between units.
The gradient handling is fantastic on the Acer XV282K KV. There are virtually no signs of banding between shades of similar color.
There aren't any signs of color bleed on the Acer XV282K KV.
Thanks to the 4k resolution, the text clarity of the Acer XV282K KV is fantastic. Text looks extremely sharp, and enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes text look bolder, but it's not necessary.
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The Acer XV282K KV has a fantastic response time at its max refresh rate of 144Hz. Motion looks smooth with almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. There's a bit of overshoot in dark transitions which could lead to some artifacts in dark scenes. We recommend using the 'Normal' Over Drive setting because it's quicker and has less overshoot than 'Extreme'. 'Normal' and 'Off' perform about the same but since the Over Drive setting is locked to 'Normal' with VRR enabled we suggest this setting instead.
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The Acer XV282K KV has great response times at 60Hz. There's more overshoot than at its max refresh rate so you might notice a bit more ghosting with fast-moving objects if you game at 60Hz. Once again, the 'Off' and 'Normal' Over Drive settings are so similar and they're better than 'Extreme', so we still suggest using 'Normal'. If you're looking for a similar monitor with a better response time at 60Hz, check out the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U.
The Acer XV282K KV has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.
The Acer XV282K KV has a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce persistence blur, but it only works within a narrow flicker range. You can't use it at the same time as VRR, but most monitors are like that anyways. The photo above is taken with the 'Extreme' BFI setting, and you can see what it looks like with 'Normal' here. Keep in mind that the BFI scored is based on the range it can flicker at and not its actual performance.
The Acer XV282K KV is an HDMI 2.1 monitor, allowing you to reach its max refresh rate over an HDMI connection. It has native FreeSync support, and even though it's not certified by NVIDIA, we confirmed it's G-SYNC compatible. However, the VRR performed differently depending on which PC it was connected to:
Also, the monitor's HDMI 2.1 inputs are advertised to work with the Xbox Series X and PS5. Although we don't normally test for console compatibility like TVs, we checked to see if it properly supports each console up to 4k @ 120Hz. It didn't have many issues except that on the PS5, it only reached chroma 4:2:0 when the PS5 supports 4:2:2. We expect this is the same issue as the RX 6800 graphics cards, but we don't know for sure. Also, some games like Call of Duty or Astro's Playroom only did 4k @ 60Hz from the PS5. You can see the photos of the menus on each console here: PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The input lag of the Acer XV282K KV is very low. It's a bit worse than the LG 27GP950-B when gaming at 60Hz, but it shouldn't be noticeable. We measured the BFI input lag with the setting on 'Extreme', and by setting it to 'Normal' we got a lower measurement of 4.4ms. We didn't measure HDR input lag because our tool is limited to HDMI 2.0, so we wouldn't be able to measure the input lag at its max refresh rate. However, we don't expect the input lag to increase in HDR.
The Acer XV282K KV has a large 28 inch screen with a 4k resolution. These help deliver an immersive viewing experience with clear and crisp images. If you're looking for something with a larger screen, check out the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U instead.
Update 08/17/2021: We were able to confirm that although the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx supports HDMI 2.1, it's limited to 24Gbps, and relies on Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a for anything that requires higher bandwidth. This introduces some limits on the supported resolutions, depending on the source device. You can read more about the supported resolutions here. That page is for the Gigabyte M28U, but the supported resolutions are the same for this monitor, as both displays have the same limitations.Like the Gigabyte M28U, this monitor has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, which is great as you can connect your PC and next-gen console at once. The USB-C input supports 65W of power delivery and DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to charge a compatible device and display an image from it at the same time.
The Acer XV282K KV has a few extra features, including:
There are three buttons and a joystick on the back of the Acer XV282K KV to control the on-screen display. The top button is to power the monitor On/Off.
We tested the Acer XV282K KVbmiipruzx, which is only available in a 28 inch size. If you have one and notice it's different from ours, let us and know, and we'll update our review.
Keep in mind that some tests, such as gray uniformity, may vary between individual units. Our unit was manufactured in March 2021, and you can see the label here.
The Acer XV282K KV is an excellent gaming monitor and one of the few monitors with HDMI 2.1 currently available. It's a bit better than the Gigabyte M28U, which is another HDMI 2.1 monitor. This is great if you have a PS5 or Xbox Series X and want to reach a 120Hz refresh rate. The monitor is excellent for gaming, thanks to its quick response times and VRR support. It's on the costly side, so if you don't need the high refresh rate there are cheaper 4k monitors.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is a bit better than the Gigabyte M28U. The Acer has much better ergonomics, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. The Acer also has slightly lower input lag. There's also a difference in extra features, as the Gigabyte has a built-in KVM switch, supports Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture, and has a better black frame insertion feature.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx and the Gigabyte M27Q are excellent gaming monitors, but they have a few differences. The Acer is a 4k monitor with a 144Hz max refresh rate, while the Gigabyte is 1440p and has a higher 170Hz refresh rate. The Acer has significantly better ergonomics as you can swivel it and use it in portrait mode. On the other hand, the Gigabyte gets brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms, and its response time at 60Hz is quicker, so motion looks smoother.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx and the LG 27GN950-B are both great 4k monitors with mainly similar features. However, the Acer has HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you can reach 144Hz with a 4k resolution over HDMI, and the LG has HDMI 2.0 inputs, so you can only hit 60Hz. The Acer has much better ergonomics because it offers a full 360-degree swivel range. The LG gets brighter, but the Acer has better reflection handling, so they perform about the same in well-lit rooms.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is a bit better than the LG 27GP950-B. The Acer has much better ergonomics, an optional backlight strobing feature, and much better reflection handling. On the other hand, the LG has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling with 60Hz sources. The LG's HDMI 2.1 ports support the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, so it's also a slightly better choice for PS5 gamers.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is slightly better than the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U for most users. The Acer has lower input lag for a more responsive gaming experience, and it has better ergonomics. On the other hand, the Gigabyte has a faster response time at 60Hz, better black uniformity, and a more versatile black frame insertion feature.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ and the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx are both excellent 4k gaming monitors. Even though they each have a 144Hz refresh rate, you can only reach that refresh rate over HDMI with the Acer because it has HDMI 2.1 inputs while the ASUS has HDMI 2.0. The Acer has native FreeSync support, which the ASUS doesn't, but their VRRs work with NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards. The ASUS gets much brighter in SDR, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx and the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T are both excellent gaming monitors, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses. The Acer has a higher 4k resolution compared to 1440p on the Samsung, but the Samsung has a higher 240Hz refresh rate versus 144Hz for the Acer. Also, they use different panels; the Acer has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel with better contrast. The Samsung is better to use in well-lit rooms because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. On the other hand, the Acer features more inputs, including a USB-C input, which the Samsung doesn't have.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx and the LG 48 C1 OLED are different types of displays. While the LG is a TV that we tested as a monitor, the Acer is a typical monitor that comes with an ergonomic stand. The LG is larger, but that means the Acer has higher pixel density for clearer text. The LG has an OLED panel with a much higher contrast because it can turn on individual pixels, but the LED panel on the Acer doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in. They each have HDMI 2.1 inputs, but the Acer has a higher 144Hz refresh rate, and it has a DisplayPort connection, which the LG doesn't.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx and the Acer Predator X27 bmiphzx are both great 4k monitors. They each have a 144Hz refresh rate, but the main difference is that the XV282K has HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing it to reach its full refresh rate over HDMI, while the X27 is limited to 60Hz over HDMI. The XV282K has native FreeSync support and is G-SYNC compatible, while the X27 only has native G-SYNC support. The X27 is better for HDR because it gets significantly brighter and has a full-array local dimming feature, while the XV282K has an edge-lit one, but blacks still look gray on the X27 because of the low contrast.
The Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB and the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx are different types of 4k monitors. The Acer is designed for gaming and has a higher 144Hz refresh rate for smoother motion. It also has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, and the ergonomics are significantly better because the stand has swivel and height adjustments. However, the larger Philips is for watching multimedia content and has a 43 inch screen. It's a better choice for watching HDR content because it gets much brighter and has a better contrast ratio, thanks to its VA panel.