Want to know more about the best 27 inches widescreen monitor? The Acer Predator XB3 is the best 27 inches widescreen 144Hz 1ms VRB 350 Nit Monitor. This monitor is discussed in detail in our Acer Predator XB3 Review, which will give you a complete idea about this monitor.
We have with us the recently released Acer Predator XB3, one of the brand’s incredible novelties in terms of high-end gaming monitors and 4K and 27-inch resolution. An amazing product with DisplayHDR 400, Nvidia G-Sync technology, and 144Hz on an IPS panel to leave us speechless in its image quality. We will tell you first-hand about the experience with this monitor and its complete analysis, so don’t go because we started!
We are grateful to Acer for providing this monitor to our team to carry out this analysis.
Acer Predator XB3 technical characteristics
Acer Predator XB3-27″ Widescreen Monitor 3840×2160 144Hz 16:9 1ms VRB 350 Nit
Among its main features, We find
- Display Type: LED
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Resolution: 4K UHD 2160p
- Refresh Rate: 144 hertz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Weight: 9.80 lbs
- Dimensions: 3.4 x 24.76 x 14.75 inches
- Contrast : 1000:1
Unboxing and design
This Acer Predator XB3 is a large monitor. Therefore the package will be exemplary. The product and all its accessories, which are not few, come perfectly arranged in a thick cardboard box with a presentation worthy of the quality and price of the product. It is printed in shades of gray and blue with a full-color photo of this monitor with its accessories attached and the Predator symbol.
Inside we can see a perfect placement with two huge expanded polyethylene corks with numerous holes to store cables and papers. In turn, in the upper area, we have a box that occupies the complete plane where we will have the “ears” of this monitor that we will see in more detail later. In total, we will have all these elements inside:
- Monitor Acer Predator XB3 with installed support
- Cable and power supply
- USB 3.0 Type-B cable
- VESA mount for wall mounting
- Monitor User Guide, Warranty, and Calibration Report
- Side and top sun visors
We only have to mount the parasols since the monitor and stand are already pre-installed and ready to use.
The general appearance of the Acer Predator XB3 is sensational, its screen is not matte, but it has some glossing (brightness). The external frame is constructed of PVC of considerable thickness judging by the touch and of a width of 15 mm with smooth bezels on both sides.
We can appreciate in its upper sticker the main characteristics of this monitor, with its 27 inches, Nvidia G-Sync as synchronization technology, among other features that we will see in detail later. We also have the energy label, which shows that it is not low consumption, ranking in category D with a maximum power consumption of 65 W.
For its part, the stand is made entirely of metal, as well as its large and firm legs. The support column is finished with PVC plastic in its outer area and has a hydraulic system to move the monitor up and down. The clamping is quite strong so that the monitor does not shake when the table moves.
Its support on the ground consists of three metal legs that generate a depth extension of 307 mm, so the support base is large. The measurements of the complete set are 629 mm wide, 541 mm maximum height, and that 307.20 mm deep. Of course, these measurements may vary depending on the final position in which we place this Acer Predator XB3.
In the upper area of the support frame, we have a small extendable accessory to hang our headphones or place the odd cable that we have to spare. We can also appreciate the thickness of this column and its PVC finish, and the symbol that identifies it.
Excellent finishes in general for a monitor that undoubtedly deserves it, both for its range and for its cost and performance, a good job from Acer.
The ergonomics of this Acer Predator XB3 is also very good since it has height adjustment through its hydraulic arm, which gives us a range of 100 mm between the lowest position and the highest position.
We must emphasize that in this case, we do not have the possibility of rotating the screen to place it in reading mode, mainly because on a monitor of these measurements, it does not make sense, and it would also need an arm of much longer length.
In addition to its height adjustment, we can also rotate it on its Z axis to customize it. The turn that we can complete will be 20 degrees to the left or 20 to the right, which is not too much, but it is enough to offer good versatility.
The turning movement will be made of both the monitor and the support arm using a joint at the support legs level.
To complete its ergonomics, we have the possibility of turning it on the Y-axis (front tilt). The range it supports is 5 degrees down and 25 degrees up, being much higher than what we are used to in other monitors.
We now go on to see in more detail the rear area of this Acer Predator XB3. If we consider the screen size, we must say that it is a relatively thick piece of equipment; we are talking about 86.3 mm, although very well disguised by its curved lines and taper.
Its PVC finish shows us an important upper grid that will facilitate the cooling of this equipment. The system that Acer has used is an active type, with internal fans heard from the moment we turn on the monitor. It is a soft sound but noticeable.
We should also highlight that it is compatible with the VESA 100 × 100 mm mounting bracket, of which we have a wall mount as an accessory.
Before going on to see connectivity, we cannot forget the parasols that this product incorporates. In total, there are three elements; the two sides will be installed using two screws in the frame of the screen and will fit the upper one over the previous two.
Their construction is based on fairly rigid PVC plastic, with a black velvet finish on the inside for greater absorption of reflections and residual glare.
The result is a monitor with great isolation from the outside and ambient light to work fully concentrated or have a greater immersion in our games. Of course, we must bear in mind that the monitor’s width will increase by about 14 cm more.
In the connectivity section, this monitor also has a lot to say; we can divide it into three areas; we will start with the lower area, where the power and video source connectors are.
Removing a protective plastic cover, we will find an HDMI port, another DisplayPort, and a 3.5 mm Jack for audio output, in addition to the power connector. We must emphasize that, in this case, the power supply is external.
In the rear area, we have a USB 3.0 type-B port to provide a data transfer path from the monitor and the PC to support its 5 USB 3.0.
We must not forget that this Acer Predator XB3 has LED lighting in the interior area, configured from the OSD menu itself in both colors and animations. It will provide us with a perfect backlight effect to help our eyesight in dark rooms and at night.
Here’s what the Acer Predator XB3 Review Screen and features have to say:
This Acer Predator XB3 has a first-rate technical section and a lot of technology behind it. We face a 27-inch screen with a native resolution of UHD 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels). This results in a density of no less than 161 pixels per inch, at a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz, although this will depend on the port and capacity of our graphics card.
The technology of its screen type Commutation in-Plane, also called IPS with a depth of 10 bits(1.07 billion colors) and an LED backlight.
Because it is an IPS panel, we have a response time of 4 milliseconds GTG, a contrast of 1,000: 1, and brightness of no less than 350 nits (cd / m 2 ) native and 400 nits in HDR mode, and it is that’s why it supports DisplayHDR 400, a feature that takes the graphics quality and color depth of this display to another level with a 90% DCI-P3 color gamut.
But this does not stop there since it also implements N Nvidia G-Sync HDR technology from hardware for adaptive vertical synchronization and FreeSync’s eternal rival. By default, this feature is active, although we should check the Nvidia panel to verify. Acer has taken the opportunity to introduce even more technology with its Predator Gameview function to enhance image quality in games through predefined profiles and custom crosshairs.
In the case of an IPS panel, we will not have problems with the viewing angles since we will see accurate colors and without variation at an angle of 178 or both vertically and horizontally.
This Acer Predator XB3 also has two built-in 4W stereo speakers; these sound quite good and at a good volume level.
The experience with the parasols in place has been more than satisfactory. The truth is that their presence and absence are noticeable, especially when the reflections of the day enter through the window or we have lighting near the monitor. They isolate this light very well and prevent reflections from entering the screen or color dispersion.
The level of immersion in the games also improves, which, together with the HDR activated is simply a joy to behold. The backlighting is also noticeable, with good light output, especially in white, so we recommend activating it.
OSD panel and USE experience
This section of the Acer Predator XB3 Review states that to access the monitor’s OSD panel, we will only have to get hold of the rear controls located on the right side of the monitor. The most interesting of all is that this Acer Predator XB3 has a joystick with which we can handle all the menus speedily and easily.
With the first button on the back, we can get a quick menu where you can quickly choose one of the display profiles of this monitor. We have quite a few of them for gaming, movies, graphics, and an ECO mode. I complete this menu.
With other buttons, we can obtain a menu to quickly choose the brightness level of the monitor and the menu or the video input port.
The menu is undoubtedly very complete, with six sections in which to modify every one of the systems and options of this monitor. Practically all the options are quite intuitive, and thanks to the joystick control, it is very easy to navigate and select.
From the first section, we can modify important properties such as image output, brightness, response contrast, etc. With the third in the list, we can activate one of the crosshairs available to play shutter games; we also have an OverDrive function.
Finally, we can modify hardware parameters such as the backlight, the aspect ratio, or the input signal from the last section.
Now we will quickly tell the user experience with this Acer Predator XB3, which has undoubtedly been extraordinary. The HDR mode in games and the image quality for design with programs like Photoshop are the best.
The gaming experience of this gaming monitor has been a license plate; we already say that the HDR 400 is undoubtedly one of the utilities that stand out the most in this regard. The fluidity that is achieved with the high frame rate in this 4K resolution is incredible. The response time of 1 millisecond is enough to not have a LAG, except that our card can give if it is not a high-end range, so for most players, it is a more than acceptable response time; we must bear in mind that It is not a TN panel, but IPS.
In the reproduction of multimedia content, the fidelity of colors stands out, with having saturated colors and a very realistic naturalness. In this sense, HDR is less important, and so does the refresh rate since all movies are recorded at 24 or 60 FPS.
The immersion obtained with the parasols is very interesting, so we recommend its use in most cases, as long as we have enough space. The only limitation we have to enjoy 4K content is the enormous weight of the videos.
Being an IPS panel, what stands out the most is the representation of colors. A 10-bit color depth allows us to do our work in the best possible way. So, if this monitor stands out in something, it is precisely in the clear image quality. The factory calibration is excellent, and in the absence of a colorimeter to technically test these colors, we must limit ourselves to saying that the balance is sublime. For professionals who have worked so far with Full HD resolutions, getting one of these monitors will not want anything else.
Final words and conclusion about Acer Predator XB3
If we can positively highlight something from this 27-inch Acer Predator XB3, it offers us very high performance. The inclusion of N Nvidia G-Sync HDR, DisplayHDR 400, and this sensational IPS panel with a resolution of 4K and 144 Hz are without a doubt an experience for the eyes that we will not want otherwise.
The external design is also worth commenting on; we have a fairly strong hydraulic support made of steel, with triple support on the ground, also totally metallic. The frames are made of plastic, although of good quality and sufficient thickness, without defect. The presence of the parasols, as we have commented, is noticeable and quiet for better immersion in our work/play. The backlighting also helps this experience.
The experience in all areas has been the best; it is a highly recommended monitor for video and photo editing professionals due to its IPS panel and 90% DCI-P3 color space fidelity. And of course, also for gamers, due resolution, brightness, and refresh rate, in addition to the interesting, specific options for this use, after all, that is why it is also a gaming monitor.
The connectivity is also excellent, with no less than 5 USB 3.0 to connect our external drives. The only downside we could get from this Acer Predator XB3 is the constant little background noise we have due to active cooling. It does not reach the level of a PC chassis, but it will be around 20 dB.
In short, it is one of the great launches in this first half of the year that is at the highest positions in the 4K monitor for programming and gaming scale, along with Asus, LG, MSI, and Samsung. The OSD menu is also very complete and easy to operate with your joystick. Its price is reasonable, so not everyone can afford this product.
- 10-Bit IPS Panel.
- Image quality with 90% DCI-P3.
- NVIDIA G-Sync and DisplayHDR 400
- Useful umbrellas and backlight.
- 5 USB 3.0
- Top performance in games and design.
- Slight background noise due to its cooling.
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