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 Nitro XV282K 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 Nitro XV282K 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 there won't be 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 Nitro 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 Nitro XV282K 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 Nitro XV282K 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.
Unfortunately, the Acer Nitro XV282K delivers a mediocre HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, so blacks look gray and patchy in a dark room. Although it has a local dimming feature, it's ineffective at improving contrast and causes terrible blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. It also has just okay peak brightness in HDR, so small highlights don't stand out. On the other hand, it has a good HDR color gamut, with excellent coverage of the most common DCI-P3 color space, and it has fantastic gradient handling.
The Acer Nitro 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 Nitro XV282K'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 Acer Nitro XV282K 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 Nitro XV282K 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 Nitro XV282K features the same round-based stand as some other Acer monitors. The column is metal and supports the monitor fairly well.
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.
The contrast ratio of the Acer Nitro XV282K 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 Nitro XV282K 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 Nitro XV282K has good SDR peak brightness. There's very little variation in peak brightness with different scenes, which is great. The minimum brightness is very low, which is great if you're planning on using it in a dark room and are sensitive to light.
These measurements are after calibration, in the 'User' Picture Mode, 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. The brightness of the display tracks the EOTF well, but dark scenes are a bit too bright, and there's a very sharp cut-off at the display's peak brightness, causing a loss of fine details in bright scenes.
These measurements are 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 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. An accurate image is attainable whether you're viewing the screen from above or below.
The Acer Nitro XV282K KV has good gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are a bit darker than the center. There's some dirty screen effect in the center, which is noticeable when browsing the web or doing anything that has large areas of uniform color.
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 has excellent accuracy out-of-the-box. Colors are only slightly off, with no noticeable issues. The white balance is a bit more off, which affects shades of gray, and gamma is a bit below the sRGB target curve, so all scenes are slightly brighter than they should be. The color temperature is on the warm side, giving the image a slightly red tint. The most accurate sRGB mode does a great job locking the color gamut to the sRGB limits, ensuring that colors don't look oversaturated. Unfortunately, like most monitors, this mode also locks down almost all settings.
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.
The Acer Nitro XV282K'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 Nitro 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 Nitro XV282K 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.
Thanks to the 4k resolution, the text clarity of the Acer Nitro XV282K KV is fantastic. Text looks extremely sharp, and enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes text look bolder, but it's not necessary.
The gradient handling is fantastic on the Acer Nitro XV282K. There are virtually no signs of banding between shades of similar color.
The Acer Nitro XV282K is an HDMI 2.1 monitor, allowing you to reach its max refresh rate over both HDMI and DisplayPort connections. 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.
The Acer Nitro XV282K natively supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. Although not officially certified, it also works properly with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode, over both HDMI and DisplayPort from 30-Series graphics cards.
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The Acer XV282K KV has an excellent 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. It's recommended to leave VRR enabled, as it performs the same as the 'Normal' Over Drive setting. This setting delivers the best overall experience, as 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 for a more consistent experience if you decide to disable VRR.
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The Acer Nitro XV282K has an excellent response time at 120Hz. There's slightly more overshoot when gaming at 120Hz, but there's almost no noticeable difference between this and the max refresh rate. Again, we recommend leaving FreeSync enabled, as it performs the same as the 'Normal' Over Drive, which delivers the best overall experience. There's terrible overshoot with the 'Extreme' setting, and 'Off' is nearly identical to 'Normal'.
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The Acer XV282K 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.
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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 Acer Nitro XV282K has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.
The input lag of the Acer Nitro XV282K is very low. It's a bit worse than the LG 27GP950-B when gaming at 60Hz, but it isn't 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.
The Acer Nitro XV282K 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.
The Acer Nitro XV282K supports most currently supported resolutions and features from the PS5. Since its HDMI ports require DSC to achieve the maximum bandwidth possible, which the PS5 doesn't fully support, the image is limited to chroma 4:2:0. This isn't really noticeable in most games.
The Acer Nitro XV282K supports most of the formats supported by the Xbox Series S and X. HDR and VRR both work properly, even at the maximum supported refresh rate and resolution, thanks to the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on this monitor.
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. 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.
There are no issues using the Acer Nitro XV282K with a recent Mac. Older Intel Macs don't support DSC, though, so you're limited to 4k @ 60Hz.
The Acer XV282K KV has a few extra features, including:
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 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 Nitro XV282K 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 Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 are both excellent 4k gaming monitors. They each have HDMI 2.1 inputs, but the Samsung supports a higher bandwidth, so it doesn't require compression for 4k @ 120 fps games like on the Acer. Picture quality looks similar between both, and even though the Samsung has a slightly bigger screen, text looks sharp on each. On the other hand, the Acer has much better ergonomics because you can swivel the screen 360 degrees.
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 and the Gigabyte M32U are extremely similar overall. The Gigabyte has a larger screen, so text is slightly less sharp due to the lower pixel density. The Acer has better ergonomics, so it's more versatile and easier to place in an ideal viewing position. The Gigabyte has a few extra features that make it a better choice for office users, including a built-in KVM.
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 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 slightly better than the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U for most users. The Acer has lower input lag at 60Hz, for a more responsive gaming experience from older devices, 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 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 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 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.
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.