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AMD FreeSync reviewed

by on08 June 2015


Acer XG270HU monitor

The Acer XG270HU is the first FreeSync monitor from Acer. It has an attractive 27-inch panel with 2560x1440 resolution (WQHD up to 144Hz) and costs €499. The XG270HU has stylish look with very thin bezels. It comes in black, with orange-bronze accents at the bottom. Acer used a matte (back side) and glossy (front side and frame) finish.

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G-Sync monitors are equipped with DisplayPort connectors only, while FreeSync monitors provide a broader choice of connectors. Our test monitor comes with three video inputs - DipslayPort, HDMI and DVI-D.
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However, to use adaptive refresh rate we have to use a DP connection between graphics card and monitor. There are audio in/out connectors, but audio over HDMI or DisplayPort connection is also supported. Integrated speakers are loud enough for Youtube and Skype chat, but gamers may need a bit more power. G-Sync doesn’t support audio over DisplayPort and Nvidia argues that gamers won’t use integrated monitor speakers anyway.  

The X-shaped stand could be a space waste for some, but we think it looks nice.

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What we missed a little was the ability to adjust the height of the monitor display. It is only possible to adjust the vertical angle. For vertical angle adjustments we advise you to hold the stand with one hand while tilting the monitor with the second hand holding the top bezel in the middle. It could have been better.

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All the general OSD controls are available. The navigation buttons are hidden on the bottom side so you have to look at the OSD screen and follow directional arrows to press the right button.

Image quality is pretty good for the TN panel. It does not offer the same level of image quality as IPS panels, but unless you are moving from an IPS panel to a TN panel, chances are you won’t complain. A nice thing built in the XG270HU is the Acer EyeProtect technology which reduces eye strain by eliminating screen flicker, reflection and reducing exposure to blue light.
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As far as heat goes, the monitor remained cool the whole time.


  • 27” (68,6 cm) 16:9
  • 2.560x1.440 WQHD resolution
  • 1 ms G2G response time
  • 144Hz max refresh rate
  • 40Hz to 144Hz dynamic refresh rate window
  • Panel: TN
  • 1x DVI, 2x DP 1.2a, 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 350 cd/m2 brightness
  • 170/160 viewing angles
  • 16.7m colour depth (6-bit+FRC)
  • sRGB gamut
  • W-LED backlight
  • Speakers built-in 2x2W
  • Edge to Egde design
  • Power Consumption 42 Watt

Last modified on 08 June 2015
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