Acer XB271HUA Review - The third WQHD 165 Hz TN monitor in the tests. Will it surprise?
Not many information about the Acer XB271HUA on the internet and on YouTube. The bigger was my anticipation to test it and maybe to find a good alternative to the Asus PG278QR or the Dell S2716DG. Like its direct competitors, the XB271HUA has a native 144 Hz panel with the opportunity to overclock to 165 Hz within the OSD menu. Moreover, G-Sync has included as well as a WQHD (2560x1440) resolution and an 8-Bit TN panel from AU Optronics. Everything else, as always in this review.
Updatesand new information around the Acer XB271HUA can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).
TN (AU Optronics)
EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and Aaspect ratio
27 Inch/ 16:9
108.8 ppi (pixel per inch)
144 Hz / Overclock 165 Hz
Native Farbtiefe und Farbraum
echte 8-bit / sRGB
Response time (GtG)
1ms (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0
3.5mm Kopfhörer Ausgang
90W max (je nach Nutzung vom USB-Hub)
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand
614.00 x 551mm x 268.00mm
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand
614.00 x 376.00 x 61mm
Height, Swivel, Tilt, Pivot
Alternatives Alternative 144 / 165Hz WQHD (2560x1440) TN monitors to the Acer XB271HUA: (All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)
G-Sync Dell S2716DG Review/Buyon Amazon Dell S2417DG Buyon Amazon Asus PG278Q Buyon Amazon Asus PG278QR Review/Buyon Amazon AOC AG241QG Buyon Amazon
Asus PG27VQ not released yet
Freesync Asus MG278Q Buyon Amazon BenQ XL2730Z Freesync Buyon Amazon AOC AG241QX Buyon Amazon AOC AGON AG271QX Buyon Amazon
YouTube Video Review
Acers response time (1ms) and overdrive settings are very good.
Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:
Presets and Measurements:
Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):
Measurements after calibration:
Maximum brightness incd/m2with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Maximum brightness incd/m2
Black point with optimal settings(120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Pros & Cons
- G-Sync with a range of 30 - 165 Hz - ULMB with acceptable brightness (+120 cd/m2) - USB hub with 4 x USB 3.0 ports - 6-Axis-Color Control - Good foot stand (design, of course, is personal taste) - Macros for different settings
- Loose plastic at the panel frame - Strange OSD menu, but it's okay - Terrible speakers - Not as sharp as the Asus or the Dell - Build quality better at competition
- Bad gamma settings - overall bad image quality out of the box - Viewing Angles (but its TN typical and improved a little bit - compared to Full HD TN panels) - Washed out colors without calibration (proper gamma settings) - Panel coating is very matte as same as on the PG278QR (Glitter effect in bright uniform colors - consider, not everyone sees this as an issue) - Also quality control issues, but I had less clouding than on the Asus or the Dell
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