Acer has introduced a new gaming monitor Acer Predator Z271 with support G-Sync, the maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz and a curved panel. Available core functions ergonomic adjustment note and aggressive design Predator. In this article, we are testing a new 27-inch monitor, and compare it with the large-format gaming models from other manufacturers.
Over the past year we have tested a lot of large-game models. Acer Predator Z271 has the largest diagonal of 27 inches and a resolution of Full-HD, which is more typical of the 24-inch models. But the graphics in Full-HD is not so much loaded, both with 34-inch monitors, which typically have a resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels. Of course, the picture they look impressive, but the load on the graphics card is significantly higher. Full-HD seems to be quite a reasonable alternative, since a resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels and a high level of detail handle any graphics card for the mass market.
Leaving aside the question of the diagonal, with the Acer Z271 presented a monitor aimed at gamers as a very powerful hardware stuffing. It should be noted that the support of G-Sync, that works with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. Acer also added to the menu screen various game features. Finally, we note and curved VA panel with a radius of curvature of 1.800 mm.
But cheap monitor Acer Predator Z271 will not name. For it will have to pay almost 600 euros in Europe. A large sum for a model with Full-HD resolution. The same Samsung C27F396 with a 27″ diagonal and curved panel can be purchased 220 euros, much cheaper, but it is devoid of advanced gaming functions.
Many gaming monitors tand out bright design. Of course, the same LG 34UC79-G looks relatively modest, but ASUS and Acer in the design usually do not skimp. In appearance, the ASUS PG348Q the ROG , the Acer the Predator X34 or Predator Z35 immediately evident that monitors focused on the game and not to work in the office.
Acer Predator Z271 is no exception, the design resembles the previously tested the Predator Z35 . Appearance can be called aggressive. Acer has chosen the traditional black finish, with the three sides of the frame are quite narrow, which is very useful in multi-monitor configurations. Is that the bottom frame slightly wider, it is decorated with the logo of Predator.
Stand attracts attention red metal elements, it is an important part of game design 27-inch monitor. However, the look – a matter of taste. In any case, the monitor stand provides adequate stability for a table, it is problematic to shatter.
Backdrop Acer Predator Z271 also has a game design. We get the original angular shape with a few diagonal lines, it was not without a large Acer logo. Even the back is clearly seen massive base. So Predator Z271 can not lean against the wall, the monitor will look good in the center of the room.
Gad top is not only a design feature, but also bears a practical load: Acer has used it as a holder for headphones. If headband headphones are not too wide, they hold well. Although the need to take care of the cabling, it is better to stretch around the monitor than endure overhanging cables from above.
On the interface panel Acer we get all the necessary connectors. They are deployed to 90 ° down and hidden door, which can be easily removed. So unsightly cables will not be visible, even if the monitor will be on the center of the room. Available inputs HDMI and DisplayPort. For gamers more relevant interface DisplayPort, as the G-Sync is only supported him. Besides addition, Acer has added USB-hub with four ports USB 3.0 ports Type A. They are located on the rear panel, so blind to connect the same USB-stick will be problematic. Therefore, we recommend connecting to the ports of the stationary periphery. And in the back, to be honest, the ports would be wiser to move on the panel interface to make it easier to lay cables.
Acer screen control menu also issued ago. In the lower right corner (viewed from the front), a mini-joystick and a few buttons. In front they are not signed, so work with buttons is not so easy. But we will return to this issue below.
It game features include backlit Acer – LEDs to illuminate the surface of the frame under the monitor. It looks pretty lights, but someone can be annoying. Fortunately, you can disable it.
The quality of workmanship and materials serious deficiencies we found. Of course, considering the price, the plastic could be of better quality, but here we are finding fault.
As you would expect from a price category Predator Z271, the monitor is available opportunities ergonomic adjustment. Here, Acer did not disappoint. The monitor panel can be adjusted in height in the range of 12 cm. It is enough to find the most comfortable position for gaming and work. adjustment mechanisms work convenient and easy.
Of course, the Z271 can be adjusted and the slope of the panel. But the twist in the portrait mode is missing, however, is hardly relevant for gamers.
As we noted above, the control buttons and the analog stick Acer made on the rear panel. Of course, they do not violate appearance, but control buttons are not so user-friendly. Acer has refused any markings in front, so find the right button, you can only by trial and error. Acer displays on the display screen digital signatures when you press any button, but they do not coincide with the physical buttons, which also does not improve the situation with the management.
However, the concept of management by means of the buttons and the joystick is very convenient in practice. In the case of LG menu control is generally performed only one joystick. However, in the case of Predator Z271 to disadvantages are spongy and joystick – you can not always say with confidence, depression or no work.
The rest have Predator Z271 we get quite easy and intuitive on-screen menu. Acer not only offers a wide range of game functions, such as the withdrawal of sight, but also some professional settings, such as color adjustment in six axes. Settings can be stored in different profiles, Acer also offers a number of pre-defined profiles.
Power Predator Z271 is quite typical for a 27-inch monitor with a VA panel. When the brightness of 150 cd / m², we have received 20.9 watts, that is 0.0286 W / dyuym². So even if you are constantly on the monitor do not spend so much on electricity.
At the beginning of the article we have already mentioned several characteristics which may cause heated debate. How high must have permission of the modern gaming monitor? For Acer Predator Z271 chose familiar combination: 27-inch panel with a resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels, that is, the good old Full-HD. In recent years, it entered the market a lot of monitors with the same combination. Some models offer a resolution of 2.560 x 1.440 with the same diagonal, which increases the working space of the screen. Also increased pixel density and location, but the price is also higher.
Due to the resolution of Full-HD load on the graphics card is not so much what might be called an advantage in demanding games. As a result, the graphics card upgrade can wait. And the resolution of Full-HD offers higher refresh rate under conditions of limited bandwidth. For example, the popular 34-inch display with a resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels abut the restriction DisplayPort 100 Hz, but the Z271 supports up to 144 Hz. However, this rate is possible and in the resolution 2.560 x 1.440, which clearly showed the Eizo monitor Foris FS2735 .
Selection of VA panels for Acer Predator Z271 can not be called bad. Subjectively, the picture quality is quite convincing, good color rendition. In fact, the picture is somewhat warm, but if you do not compare directly with a perfectly calibrated monitor, you will notice this is unlikely. In any case, the color reproduction can be configured as Acer offers a 6-axis adjustment.
For a deeper immersion in games and movies Acer used a curved panel. The radius of curvature of 1,800 mm considerably smaller than most other monitors on the market, although the 27-inch Samsung C27F396 we got the same radius. However, because of the classic 16: 9 format dive not as strong as one would expect from such a large panel curvature. Immersion will increase, if you set the configuration of several Predator Z271. With regard to business applications, the curved panel to have to get used to at first. This is especially true of spreadsheets, as the lines are not straight, but curved. However, after a short time to get used to it.
In our game VA panel tests showed itself well, but we recommend to activate the setting Overdrive. Acer Predator Z271 support for three settings Overdrive: off, normal, extreme. The best result in the 144 Hz, we got a normal setting, as to strike a balance between response time and artifacts Overdrive. In extreme mode, pixel response time reduced, but the result is too many artifacts, so the advantage of quickly lost. In contrast to the recently tested the LG 34UC79G , the Predator Z271 does not support ULMB backlighting, which reduces the afterglow of pixels. By delaying the input of any shortcomings, we have not found, it is not felt. Again, you can activate the G-Sync with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, which ensures a smooth gameplay.
In general, Acer Predator Z271 performing well in games.
The maximum brightness (average for the panel) was 328.4 cd / m², which can be called a good result. So that even in well-lit places no problems. However, in a typical office / home indoor brightness LED-backlight is better to reduce, there is a normal level of 120-150 cd / m². Some complaints have arisen on the uniformity of illumination, loss was observed in the lower left corner, Acer Predator Z271 was the result of 85%. Level could be higher. Contrast 2.751: 1 splendid.
In color reproduction Acer Predator Z271 proved to be a good thing. We got the color temperature of the white point 6.618 K, which is pretty close to the ideal, so you can work with pictures without problems on the monitor. But the quality of color reproduction 27dyuymovy monitor showed only average results. For all shades DeltaE value was 1.72, maximum – 9.5.
Acer Predator Z271 – a very interesting game display, in which a lot of right decisions implemented.
The appearance is consistent with the aggressive style Acer Predator line, he will certainly appeal to many gamers. Acer also adds a stylish lower backlight, which creates an interesting effect in the dark. If the lights do not like it, you can disable it. The quality of workmanship and materials raises no objections. Set a new monitor Acers Predator interface is also quite decent, the buyer will receive HDMI, and DisplayPort inputs as well as a hub USB 3.0. It is a pity that the USB Type C port is not present.
ergonomic adjustment functions are implemented well, especially for a wide range of panel height adjustment, as a result of Acer Predator Z271, you can make a comfortable position to work for a long time without accumulating fatigue. The OSD menu offers a wide range of settings. Moreover, not only setting oriented gamers, but also for professional users, there may be mentioned the same color adjustment in six axes. Control buttons we liked less. They brought to the back panel, and the signatures are displayed in digital form on the screen. Unfortunately, the signature offset relative buttons, which complicates the configuration of the monitor. Buttons complements the joystick, but feels it is too “spongy”. Consumption was quite reasonable.
VA panel has a strong curvature radius, which improves the dive, but it is limited to Acer diagonal display. Not everyone will like and resolution 1.920 x 1.080 pixels, which is diagonal to 27 inches can not be called high – have come to terms with the limited space on the desktop. But the card is not excessively loaded in the games that can be attributed to the benefits. The maximum brightness is quite high, contrast, great, except that the illumination uniformity of less than pleased.
Acer Predator Z271 proved to be a great Games. The combination of the maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz and G-Sync delivers smooth gameplay, which also enhances the immersion in the game. For best results, we recommend installing the Overdrive setting in the middle level, otherwise you will get too noticeable artifacts. Irritating to delay entering we found
In general, Acer Predator Z271 – a highly successful gaming monitor, but the panel could also have a higher resolution, especially considering the price. In any case, a combination of gamers certainly appreciate curved panels, G-Sync and the maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz.