The Acer Predator XB271HU is a good 1440p monitor with a fast refresh rate, wide viewing angles, and outstanding low input lag. The stand has impressive ergonomics, so it's easy to place it in an ideal viewing position or turn the screen to share it with someone else. Although it's a great gaming monitor overall, the response time is a bit slower than most similar monitors. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear gray in a dark room, but this is typical for IPS monitors.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is a good monitor for most uses. It's a very good office monitor thanks to the exceptional ergonomics and good peak brightness, and it has excellent low input lag, making it a great gaming monitor as well. It's a decent monitor for multimedia and media creation, but it has a low native contrast ratio, so it's not a great choice for a dark room.See our Mixed Usage recommendations
Very good monitor for office use. The Acer Predator XB271HU features an excellent stand with complete articulation making it easy to find a comfortable position. It offers a good amount of screen real-estate for productivity, and its wide viewing angle and rotating feature makes it powerful in a more communal working environment.See our Office recommendations
This is a great gaming monitor. The Acer Predator XB271HU's 144Hz refresh rate, G-SYNC support, and excellent low input lag provide a great gaming experience. Unfortunately, it delivers only average picture quality, which is mostly an issue for darker viewing environments due to the low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.See our Gaming recommendations
The Acer Predator XB271HU is a decent monitor for consuming media. It has a great horizontal viewing angle, so multiple people can share the screen without sacrificing picture quality. It has excellent uniformity, but its low contrast and lack of HDR-related features mean its picture quality is only about average in a dark room.See our Multimedia recommendations
The Acer Predator XB271HU is a decent monitor for creating media. It has excellent gray uniformity, and when calibrated, it tracks the sRGB target almost perfectly. Unfortunately, though, it does not cover wide gamuts like Adobe RGB and DCI-P3, making it a bit limited for producing print and HDR content.See our Media Creation recommendations
The Acer Predator XB271HU has a simple design overall, with thin bezels on three sides, a solid stand with excellent ergonomics, and decent build quality.
The stand of the Acer XB271HU is quite small and looks good with some red accents. It supports the monitor well and feels stable, despite the small footprint.
There's quite a good range of ergonomic adjustment options available, which makes it easy to find a comfortable setup. The screen also rotates to portrait orientation on either side, so you can choose which direction you want the inputs to face.
The rear of the monitor is quite basic but looks good. There's a hole in the back of the stand for cable management, and a quick-release button to remove the stand for easy transport.
The borders of the Acer XB271HU are quite thin on three sides, making it a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.
The monitor appears a bit thick when viewed from the side, as the area where the components and inputs are located is quite bulky. It can still sit quite close to a wall but does end up taking more desk space than some other designs such as the Dell S2716DG.
The build quality of the Acer Predator is quite good. The parts are all plastic but do feel well-constructed.
Like most IPS monitors, the Acer Predator XB271HU monitor has a mediocre native contrast ratio. This results in blacks that look gray, but it's mainly only noticeable in a dark room.
The Acer Predator XB271HU doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
The Acer Predator XB271HU has good peak brightness, with no fluctuation in brightness with different content. It's bright enough that glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms.
HDR isn't supported.
Great horizontal viewing angle. This results in no visible deterioration when directly in front, and the screen remains usable to users sharing the screen on either side.
Decent vertical viewing angle. Moving your head up and down causes no visible shift in the image, and the Acer Predator XB271 remains usable when standing above it or while sitting below the screen.
The Acer Predator XB271HU has excellent overall gray uniformity. There's very little dirty screen effect, but the sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better.
The monitor has poor black uniformity. Some clouding and flashlighting is visible near almost every edge of the display, which hurts the black uniformity considerably. This results in blotchy dark scenes, especially when viewed in a dark room.
Out of the box and when set on the most accurate picture mode, the monitor still has poor accuracy. Even non-enthusiasts are likely to notice inaccuracies in shades of gray.
After calibration, the Acer Predator XB271HU is much more precise. The white balance and color accuracy are spot on and most of the issues are corrected, especially the white point, which now is right on 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 XB271HU has no issue covering the standard sRGB colorspace, which is great for most uses. Its coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace, however, is quite limited, making this monitor less useful for professional use.
Good native color volume. The monitor has no issue filling up most of its native sRGB colorspace. It does, however, have some difficulty reproducing very dark tones, mostly due to its limited contrast ratio.
HDR gamuts aren't supported.
HDR color volumes aren't supported.
There are no signs of temporary image retention on the Acer Predator XB271HU.
Great performance for the Acer Predator on our gradient test. Besides the 8-bit banding, there's some little shade imperfection in the grayscale, but most of the rest of the gradient looks good.
Some vertical color bleed is present; however, this won't be noticeable in most situations. It's visible in the vertical photo as different shades of gray above and below each color.
Decent reflection handling, but direct reflections are still bright and distinct, which might be an issue in a bright room.
Decent text clarity. With ClearType enabled (top photo), text is noticeably sharper. This can be especially noticeable with diagonal lines, as seen in the 'N' on the above photos.
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The Acer Predator XB271HU has a decent response time when using the 'Off' overdrive setting. The 'Normal' setting has a much faster response time, but there's more noticeable overshoot. We don't recommend using 'OD Extreme', as it introduces significant and easily visible overshoot artifacts behind moving objects.
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The 60Hz response time is very similar to the max refresh rate response time. The 'Off' overdrive setting has a decent response time, with no overshoot. Like at the max refresh rate, the 'Normal' response time results in much less blur, but there's noticeable overshoot in many scenes.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is completely flicker-free.
The Acer Predator XB271HU has an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature, which can be used to add flicker and help reduce persistence blur. This feature is only available with 120Hz, 100Hz, and 85Hz inputs. This is useful for first-person shooters or other fast-paced games.
The monitor has a high native refresh rate of 144Hz, which can be overclocked up to 165Hz. This results in very smooth motion and a responsive feel. NVIDIA's G-SYNC on this monitor can adjust the screen's refresh rate to match the frame rate of a compatible graphics card, which allows playing graphically-intensive games with significant framerate drops without tearing or stuttering.
Excellent low input lag, mostly due to the fast scan time of 144Hz. The 60Hz input lag is much higher, as is the input lag with ULMB (BFI) enabled at 120Hz, but both are still fairly low. The G-SYNC input lag is only slightly higher than the native input lag, which is great.
The Acer XB271HU has a great 1440p resolution and a large 27" diagonal, giving it lots of screen space while still having good pixel density and detail.
It is possible to add a central crosshair to the Predator through the on-screen menu, with the 'Aim Point' option.
The controls are located on the bezel at the right of the monitor. They're quite easy to use and feel intuitive.
We tested the Acer Predator XB271HU, which is a 1440p IPS gaming monitor. There are many other variants of the Predator lineup which all support G-SYNC but with different sizes, panel types, resolutions, and refresh rates - a selection of which are listed in the table below.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their monitor doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
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Our Acer Predator XB271HU was manufactured in July 2016.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is a high-end monitor with very good overall performance, especially for gaming (see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors). However, it's far from perfect, especially when viewed in a dark room. While it's a good jack-of-all-trades, for specific uses there may be other monitors to consider. See our recommendations for the best monitors.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The ASUS has slightly better motion blur, which is great for gaming and comes with marginally better out-of-the-box color accuracy that is great for office use. Also, if you plan to use it for media creation, the better black uniformity of the ASUS makes it a better choice.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is a monitor that has good viewing angles and performs better in almost all uses than the Dell S2716DG. But if you sit directly in front of the monitor and want the fastest response time for gaming, and an image with minimal blur, get the Dell. The Acer Predator XB271HU has better gray uniformity so that you browse the web without any clouding on your screen. On the other hand, the Dell S2716DG has better reflection handling.
These are two different types of monitors, each with advantages and disadvantages. The Acer Predator XB271HU has wider viewing angles and is a better choice if you'll be looking at the monitor from the side, like when you're collaborating with people. The Acer also has a better ergonomic stand that allows you to place it in a comfortable position with ease. The LG 32GK850G is larger, and so you can work more comfortably, and has a better dark room performance with blacks that are more deep and uniform than on the Acer.
The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is much better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The TUF supports HDR and has a faster refresh rate that improves the appearance of motion. The TUF supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming, while the Predator supports G-SYNC for the same purpose. The TUF has better reflection handling, which is great for a room with a few more lights, and can also display more uniform blacks in a dark room. However, neither of the two monitors can display deep blacks in a dark room due to their IPS panels.
The Gigabyte AD27QD is better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The Gigabyte AD27QD supports HDR content and has a wide color gamut that can display rich and saturated colors. The Gigabyte AD27QD can handle reflections better and supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for tear-free gaming. The Acer, on the other hand, has more uniform blacks and slightly better ergonomics. The Predator supports the G-SYNC variable refresh rate, which is great if you have a compatible NVIDIA graphics card.
The Samsung CHG70 and the Acer Predator XB271HU have similar overall performance. They have different panel types, however, so each one is better than the other in different aspects. The Samsung CHG70 supports HDR and performs decently in that mode, and it also supports local dimming that makes blacks look deep in a dark room. The Samsung CHG70 has better reflection handling and a curve profile that some people like. The Acer Predator XB271HU, on the other hand, has better ergonomics so you can easily position it to your liking. The Acer has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel, and thus it's easier to share your work.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is slightly better than the Acer VG271 for most uses and is much better for gaming. The XB271HU has a much better stand, offering a full range of ergonomic adjustments, and it has better motion handling, with a slightly faster response time. The XB271HU also has a higher resolution screen, so you can see more fine details in your favorite games.
The Acer Predator XB273K is slightly better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The XB273K has a higher resolution to display more details on your screen and supports HDR, great for HDR gaming. The XB271HU has a higher refresh rate, a BFI feature that helps improve the appearance of motion, and better ergonomics to help position it comfortably.
The LG 27GL83A-B is slightly better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The LG has a significantly better color accuracy and gradient performance, and it supports HDR, while the Acer has much better ergonomics and has a black frame insertion feature to reduce motion blur. The Acer also has a better contrast ratio, but it can't get as bright as the LG.
The Acer Predator X27 is better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The X27 has a higher native resolution, so you can see more details, and it supports HDR. It displays a wider color gamut, great for professional users in print and marketing. The XB271HU has lower native input lag, great for gamers, and has an optional black frame insertion feature that can clear up motion.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is better than the Dell S2719DGF. The Acer has better viewing angles, an optional black frame insertion feature, and better black uniformity. For gaming, it depends somewhat on your hardware, as the Acer supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology whereas the Dell supports FreeSync.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is slightly better than the Acer VG271UP. The Predator supports G-SYNC VRR, is much easier to position comfortably, and its black uniformity, albeit not good, is not terrible like the Asus. The Asus, on the other hand, supports HDR, though it doesn't add much, and has a little better reflection handling to minimize distractions.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is better than the BenQ Zowie XL2540. The Predator has a higher native resolution and larger screen, so you can see more fine details in games. The Predator also has wider viewing angles, which is especially important as the edges of the screen won't fade if you're sitting too close. While both support VRR, the Predator uses NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, whereas the Zowie uses AMD's FreeSync technology.
These are two different types of monitors, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The Acer Predator XB271HU is a G-SYNC compatible monitor that has wider viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. The Acer also has better ergonomics so you can position it to your liking with ease. If however, you have a dark room and sit straight in front, the FreeSync compatible AOC AGON AG271QX has more uniform blacks and a faster response time that leaves only a small blur trail behind fast-moving content.