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Acer XB270HU 27-inch 144Hz IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review (Page 4)

By Anthony Garreffa from Jun 18, 2015 @ 9:10 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Acer

What's Hot

No Compromises: Acer has spared next to nothing with the XB270HU, providing some of the best specs you can find in a gaming monitor. Not only that, but the company has done all of this and still been capable of using an IPS panel. It's amazing.

G-Sync Continues to Impress: Once you've used a G-Sync monitor, it's hard to go back. Once you've used the Acer XB270HU, you'll never want to go back to whatever previous monitor you were using.

Acer is Now the New King of Gaming Monitors: ASUS held this title with the ROG Swift, but Acer has snapped it away from them. The XB270HU is the best gaming monitor you can buy. At $799 it's not cheap, but it's also not priced out of the question.

Best of Both Worlds: What makes the Acer XB270HU even better, is that it's no longer a "work OR play" monitor. The XB270HU is a "work AND play" monitor thanks to its IPS-based panel. I sit in front of a monitor every single day and the difference between a TN and IPS panel is noticeable. But when I have a single display that can go from work to game in a flash, that's something worth talking about.

What's Not

Steep Hardware Requirements: We said the same about our ASUS ROG Swift; in order to run the Acer XB270HU at its intended resolution and framerate, you're going to need some serious hardware. We would recommend NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI, or if you can spare it, Titan X in SLI. You won't regret it, though.

Final Thoughts

Acer has crafted the best gaming monitor that money can buy with the XB270HU. It replaces the ASUS ROG Swift as the gaming monitor that I have recommended many friends to buy, thanks to it featuring an IPS panel. This means that you can use the Acer XB270HU as both a work, and play monitor - something that I've found myself doing.


Sitting to the left of the Acer XB270HU I'm currently typing in front of is the 34-inch LG curved ultrawide monitor with a resolution of 3440x1440. As good as that is for writing content on each day, I can't see myself shifting away from 144Hz. Once you get used to 144Hz and G-Sync, it's just so hard to go back - even when it's for productivity, not just games.

Where to from here? The next logical step is 3440x1440 at 144Hz with G-Sync, or 4K at 144Hz with G-Sync. This will happen sometime next year, which has me excited to see what Acer can do next. But until then... hail to the new king, baby.

TweakTown award
Performance (display quality/resolution)100%
Quality (build/matte or gloss finish)95%
General Features (outputs, ports)95%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: It's this easy folks: Acer has the best gaming monitor in the world right now with its NVIDIA G-Sync powered XB270HU. Simply amazing.

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