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.
Updates and 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).
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)
Find the Acer XB271HUA here: Buy on Amazon
Dell S2716DG Review / Buy on Amazon
Dell S2417DG Buy on Amazon
Asus PG278Q Buy on Amazon
Asus PG278QR Review / Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QG Buy on Amazon
Asus PG27VQ not released yet
Asus MG278Q Buy on Amazon
BenQ XL2730Z Freesync Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QX Buy on Amazon
AOC AGON AG271QX Buy on 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:
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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