The XB271HUA is a premium gaming monitor for those that want the best and are prepared to pay for it. This model isn’t for those looking for bang for buck. But it does tick all the boxes, you get a QHD 1440p resolution capable of running at 165hz. Adaptive syn is looked after by Nvidia’s G-Sync system which delivers smooth tear free images when your GPU frame output dips. This model is built around a TN (twisted nematic) panel known for fast response times.
Note that there is a second version of this screen that uses the more expensive IPS panel technology. IPS screens have slightly higher response times (the difference shouldn’t be a deal breaker) but superior colour reproduction. They tend to look more vibrant with better accuracy when viewed side on.
The Predator is one mean looking monitor. Like many modern gaming monitors it is a tough looking design that looks like it means the business. In some ways this is a little off putting as it perhaps won’t go so well in my home office but then maybe I’m not the target audience! The thin zero frame frame is definitely a tick in the box. Of course, as always, it isn’t literally zero frame as the glass would fall out, but that’s marketing speak for you.
You have the choice of HDMI and DisplayPort, you’ll need to use DP to get it up to 165hz but any new nVidia card will have this included. The HDMI port is then spare should you want to hook up a console or some other media player. To round off the connectivity options, you also get USB 3. And as a bonus, there are also speakers.
It goes without saying that this will give you one of the most outstanding gaming experiences going. I should mention that you’ll need a decent PC with a modern graphics card (or two) to crank up the frame rate to reach maximum performance, especially if you intend to game at 1440p. Your old GTX980 is going to struggle to sustain these frame rates I’m afraid.
But assuming your PC is a big enough beast, you’ll be able to run games at super smooth frame rates with G-Sync covering your back should your GPU fail to keep up. This model is designed for low input lag and the TN panel is as responsive as it gets so you’re going to feel connected to the action like never before. Owners who have come from old monitors describe the improvement as like night and day.
Should I buy the Acer Predator XB271HUA?The Acer Predator is one of the most game orientated models available on the market today. If you want the best then this is where to look. Whether you go for the TN or the IPS model is perhaps down to taste and budget. The TN is cheaper but many prefer the more vibrant feel of IPS screens. If you are having some doubts about this purchase then why not read some real owner reviews and see what other buyers think.
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Hua= TN panel
Hu= IPS panel
It doesn’t help that many sites seem to talk about both versions at the same time, with a note down below saying something like “Specifications vary depending on region and model”. We recommend paying close attention to the specs when buying. As a rule of thumb, this TN model will be cheaper!
Acer Predator XB271HUA Specification
|Adjustability||Swivel · Tilt|
|Connections||Display Port · HDMI|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|Speakers||Built in Speakers|
|Buy Now: £383.99|
Model number: UM.HX1EE.A01
Price Updated: 16 Nov 2018 2:04