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Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 09, 2021 at 11:31 am
Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
8.6
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.5
Media Consumption
8.4
Media Creation
6.4
HDR
Size
28"
Resolution
3840x2160
Max Refresh Rate
144Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

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.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • 4k resolution delivers crisp images.
  • 144Hz refresh rate with HDMI 2.1 support.
  • Very quick response times for smooth motion.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
8.6 Office

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.

Pros
  • 4k resolution delivers crisp images.
  • Fights glare in most well-lit rooms.
  • Fantastic ergonomics with 360 degree swivel.
Cons
  • Plastic materials feel a bit cheap.
8.6 Gaming

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.

Pros
  • 144Hz refresh rate with HDMI 2.1 support.
  • FreeSync VRR.
  • Very quick response times for smooth motion.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Noticeable overshoot in all overdrive modes.
7.5 Media Consumption

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.

Pros
  • 4k resolution delivers crisp images.
  • Fights glare in most well-lit rooms.
  • Fantastic ergonomics with 360 degree swivel.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
8.4 Media Creation

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.

Pros
  • 4k resolution delivers crisp images.
  • Fantastic ergonomics with 360 degree swivel.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
6.4 HDR

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.

Pros
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Fantastic gradient handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Terrible local dimming feature.
  • Low HDR brightness.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.6 Office
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.5 Media Consumption
  • 8.4 Media Creation
  • 6.4 HDR
  1. Updated Apr 29, 2022: We tested the monitor with the PS5's new variable refresh rate feature and confirmed that it's working properly.
  2. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Jan 13, 2022: Checked the refresh rate compatibility over HDMI.
  4. Updated Aug 17, 2021: We confirmed that the HDMI 2.1 ports are limited to 24Gbps.
  5. Updated Jun 09, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated Jun 07, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

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.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

9.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-35° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-180° to 180°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

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.

Design
Stand
Base Width
10.7" (27.1 cm)
Base Depth
10.7" (27.1 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Weight (With Display)
15.9 lbs (7.2 kg)

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.

Design
Display
Housing Width
25.1" (63.7 cm)
Housing Height
14.6" (37.2 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.8" (7.2 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.7 cm)
Design
Controls

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.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-C cable
  • USB-B to USB-A cable
  • Power cable and brick
  • User guides

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,086 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
808 : 1

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.

2.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
286 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
318 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
318 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
319 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
319 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
319 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
318 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
318 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
318 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
319 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
319 cd/m²
ABL
0.000
Minimum Brightness
32 cd/m²

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.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400
Real Scene
342 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
438 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
460 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
462 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
465 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
467 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
437 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
460 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
461 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
464 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
466 cd/m²
ABL
0.004

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.

7.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
39°
Color Washout From Right
38°
Color Shift From Left
49°
Color Shift From Right
49°
Brightness Loss From Left
43°
Brightness Loss From Right
43°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
39°
Gamma Shift From Right
32°

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.

7.8
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32°
Color Washout From Above
34°
Color Shift From Below
53°
Color Shift From Above
61°
Brightness Loss From Below
35°
Brightness Loss From Above
37°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
48°
Gamma Shift From Above
58°

Once again, the vertical viewing angles are good. An accurate image is attainable whether you're viewing the screen from above or below.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.044%
50% DSE
0.151%

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.

4.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.123%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
3.759%

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.

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Standard (sRGB)
sRGB Gamut Area xy
102.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.00
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,192 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.11
Color dE (Avg.)
1.85
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Locked
Gamma Setting
Locked
Brightness Setting
30
Measured Brightness
66 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

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.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
User
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.60
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,497 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.35
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
49-47-50
Gamma Setting
2.2 (Default)
Brightness Setting
21
Measured Brightness
102 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

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.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
83.4%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

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.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.7%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

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.

7.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
88.1%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
64.4%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

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.

8.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
83.0%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR400
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
61.9%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR400

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5%
Indirect Reflections
3.3%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

The reflection handling of this monitor is good. This is one area where the Acer XV282K beats the LG 27GN950-B and the LG 27GP950-B because the Acer has a matte finish instead of semi-gloss. It handles a moderate amount of light well but struggles a bit with strong light sources directly on it.

9.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
RGB

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.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is fantastic on the Acer Nitro XV282K. There are virtually no signs of banding between shades of similar color.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
144 Hz

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.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

8.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
AMD FreeSync Premium
Rise / Fall Time
2.8 ms
Total Response Time
7.8 ms
Overshoot Error
6.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
11.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
19.5%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto
VRRChartTablePhoto

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.

8.6
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
AMD FreeSync Premium
Rise / Fall Time
2.8 ms
Total Response Time
9.1 ms
Overshoot Error
7.3%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
13.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
23.9%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto
VRRChartTablePhoto

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'.

7.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
AMD FreeSync Premium
Rise / Fall Time
2.7 ms
Total Response Time
14.8 ms
Overshoot Error
8.7%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
23.3 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
29.5%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto
VRRChartTablePhoto

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.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
214 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
101 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
Limited
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

Refresh RateBFI SettingMotion Blur Photo
144HzNormalPhoto
ExtremePhoto
120 HzNormalPhoto
ExtremePhoto

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.

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

The Acer Nitro XV282K has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.

Inputs
8.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
12.7 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
6.2 ms

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.

9.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
3840 x 2160
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
8.3 MP
Pixel Density
160 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
27.9"
Screen Area
330 in²

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.

10
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

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.

9.2
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

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.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.1)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
24Gbps (FRL 6x4)
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No

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.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
4
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
1
USB-C Upstream
Yes
USB-C Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-C Power Delivery
65W
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
Yes
Thunderbolt
No

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.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

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.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The Acer XV282K KV has a few extra features, including:

  • Acer Display Widget: Program to adjust the picture settings.
  • Crosshair: Adds a virtual crosshair on the screen for FPS games.
  • Frame Rate Counter: Displays the current frame rate of your game.
  • Low Blue Light: Removes blue light, which helps reduce eye strain.
  • Light Sensor: Sensor on the bottom bezel automatically changes the brightness and gamma settings based on lighting conditions; it was disabled for our testing.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Monitors

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.

See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors, the best monitors for PS5, and the best monitors for Xbox Series X.

Gigabyte M28U

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.

Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70

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.

LG 27GP950-B

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.

Gigabyte M32U

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.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ

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.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

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.

LG 27GN950-B

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.

Gigabyte AORUS FI32U

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.

LG 48 C1 OLED

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.

Gigabyte M27Q

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.

Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB

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.

Acer Predator X27 bmiphzx

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.

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