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The Acer Predator X27 rolls 4K, HDR, and 144Hz G-Sync into one badass gaming monitor

By Koh Wanzi - on 2 May 2017, 10:16am

The Acer Predator X27 rolls 4K, HDR, and 144Hz G-Sync into one badass gaming monitor

Acer Predator X27

At its launch event in New York City last week, Acer announced the Predator X27 gaming monitor, a 27-inch display that comes with just about everything you could want in a gaming screen (assuming you don’t want a widescreen curved display).

This means a 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution, support for HDR, and a butter-smooth 144Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA-G-Sync.

The monitor owes its HDR-ready status to an AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel with quantum dot technology, similar to what Samsung uses in its premium 4K TVs. Quantum dot displays offer a wider color gamut and deeper blacks, and the Predator X27 supports up to 96 per cent of the DCI-P3 color space and HDR10.

That’s not all however, and it also features full-array local backlight dimming in the form of 384 individually controlled LED zones and a brightness of up to 1,000 nits. In comparison, most monitors peak at just 250 to 350 nits.

Local dimming offers significant advantages over cheaper edge-lit methods, and are vital for displaying HDR content as they can simultaneously keep bright parts of a scene bright and dark areas dark, thus improving contrast ratios.

This isn’t the first 4K HDR monitor to be announced though, and ASUS actually unveiled the ROG Swift PG27UQ at CES 2017, another beastly gaming display with a very similar set of features, down to the 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync.

Unsurprisingly, both monitors require a ton of bandwidth to use all of their features, and you’ll need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series card with a DisplayPort 1.4 connector (the Predator X27 has two of these) at the very least.

To cap things off, Acer built in Tobii eye-tracking hardware as well, as it has done on some of its newer Predator monitors such as the Predator Z271T.

In addition, the company announced the Predator Z271UV, a 1800R curved G-Sync display with a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel quantum dot panel. This doesn’t even come close to stealing the thunder from the X27, but it does still come with a native 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 165Hz, a speedy 3ms response time, dual 7-watt speakers, and Tobii eye-tracking technology.

Acer Predator Z271UV

Unfortunately, there’s no news yet on the most pertinent detail of all – price. That said, we’ll be sure to update when we have further information, and we’re sure they won’t be cheap.

Source: Acer

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