Acer XB271HUA Review
by Lim, April 7, 2017 8:00 pm
 

Acer XB271HUA Review - The third WQHD 165 Hz TN monitor in the tests. Will it surprise?

 

 

Introduction

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). 

 

 

Specifications

Panel Type TN (AU Optronics)
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and Aaspect ratio 27 Inch/ 16:9
Max. resolution 2560x1440 (WQHD)
Pixel density 108.8 ppi (pixel per inch)
Refresh rate 144 Hz / Overclock 165 Hz
Native Farbtiefe und Farbraum echte 8-bit / sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1ms (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
Brightness 350cd/m2
Integrated speakers Yes
Video inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0
Audio 3.5mm Kopfhörer Ausgang
USB Hub Yes
Power consumption 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
Frame width 7mm
Weight 7.0 Kg
Warranty 3 Years
Ergonomics Height, Swivel, Tilt, Pivot
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-165Hz
Kontrast (Native) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved No

 

 

 

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)

 

Find the Acer XB271HUA here: Buy on Amazon

 

G-Sync
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


Freesync
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

 
 
 
 

Measurement data

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:

 

Backlight Strobing:

 

Ufo-Test images

 


Comparison Charts

Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG258Q
275
Samsung CFG70
212
Dell S2716DG
153
Acer XB271HUA
148
Asus PG278QR
147
Asus PG279Q
129

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
488
Dell S2716DG
424
Acer XB271HUA
419
Asus PG278QR
399
Asus PG279Q
369
Samsung CFG70
361

Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
2654
Asus PG279Q
1181
Asus PG258Q
995
Asus PG278QR
964
Acer XB271HUA
784
Dell S2716DG
686

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Samsung CFG70
0,05
Asus PG279Q
0,12
Asus PG278QR
0,13
Asus PG258Q
0,13
Acer XB271HUA
0,16
Dell S2716DG
0,17


 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

- 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

 

Neutral:

- 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

 

Contra:

- 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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