The Acer XV273K puts on paper what all gamers crave: a gaming monitor that delivers a high-resolution 4K image, true-color, bright and super-fast 144 Hz with a 1 ms response time. Such an IPS panel is an absolute novelty on the market. The whole thing doesn’t cost 2000 €, but is available with FreeSync for a comparatively cheap 770 € (currently: € 779.99). So where is the catch? Or in other words: Isn’t this too good to be true?
|screen size||27″ (68.6 cm)|
|resolution||3840 x 2160 (4K)|
|reaction time||7.5 ms GTG (1 ms VRB)|
|Synchronization||AMD FreeSync with 120 Hz
without max. 144 Hz
|contrast||1,000 : 1|
|brightness||350 cd/m² (400 in HDR)|
|angle of vision||178° / 178°|
|weight||6.6 kg (with stand)|
height: 10 cm
|color depth||10 bits|
|Energy efficiency||Class C|
|Loudspeaker||2 x 4 W|
… the monitor’s pretty fast. It can be taken out of the box and put on the table immediately. It comes in one piece, except for the “shading cover” (as Acer calls it). Put the display port cable in, remove the plastic and you’re ready to go.
An amazingly light 27 incher is enthroned on the table, which still looks relatively narrow for its panel size with its 15 mm edges. Pushed from all sides, it shows that the frame is well made and stable. But on the table, the protruding feet also take up a corresponding amount of space.
The design is kept in dark black and rounded off in a modern way. The discreet RGB lighting underneath the monitor also contributes to the Acer XV273K making a very good visual impression. The monitor doesn’t immediately catch your eye. Acer wants to serve different segments with the design and features. You don’t go into big experiments, which I personally like quite well.
In terms of tiltability, the essential functions are covered. With the stand, you can adjust the monitor by 10 cm in height, tilt it by 30° and swivel it by 40°. But the display cannot be tilted. You could expect that from a monitor in this price range.
There are no surprises when it comes to the connection options: 2 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort, 5 x USB 3.0. DVI and VGA connections have been outdated for quite some time. The additional USB ports are “nice to have” with 3.0 transfer performance and are easily accessible from the edge. The remaining ports disappear behind a cover, whose snap-in mechanism looks a bit cheap, but visually completes the nice back and serves its purpose.