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I came from a Macbook Pro 15 Retina display so I had a good benchmark.
Initial impressions were a lack of "pop" of colours that you get with an IPS, and that colours changes when the vertical viewing angle changed a lot. The horizontal angles were fine though - GF and I watch movies on it perfectly from different horizontal angles.
It is way too bright out of the box and needs a good calibration using some websites to check. I still found it wasn’t as “colour correct” as my old retina, but the size and the smoothness makes up for it – and you have to be really concentrating to notice the difference with anything moving.
With gaming – what this is meant for, it’s great, the resolution is crisp, and the smoothness is great.
I would say the difference between 60hz to 144hz is noticeable only if you’re looking for it. But the FreeSync function does work very well to reduce tearing. I think I’ve only seen 4 instance of a quick judder in about 20 hours of gaming – and that’s probably because I’ve left Vsync off too.
I would also say that (and I know this is all personal preference) that the difference of going from 60hz to 144hz is not as big of a difference as going from a cheap TN panel to a QUALITY IPS panel. I think the colour pop of an good IPS gives a bigger WOW effect than the extra hz. Keep in mind though, that this TN panel is not a cheap TN panel and is very good in its own right, so if you have a good TN panel like this, then the upgrade to IPS may seem not that big. However, if you have a monitor that is old and rubbish, than a good quality IPS panel (and not a cheap one to tick the box of having that tech) will give you more of a wow when you use it.
Note that there is no height adjustment, and that’s really needed if you have a TN panel as the vertical viewing angle makes a significant difference on the colours. I would say for most around 510-6ft you’re in luck as its perfect height if on a normal desk and chair height at elbow height. But anyone else would possibly require some stacking underneath its x shaped base or tilting (it only pivots up or down).
Also the colour isn’t as MAD as the photos make out/paint is nowhere near as vibrant. It’s such a big panel and the edge is so thin that you don’t notice the orange/red, especially when there is an image on the screen.
I run Star Wars Battlefront (most graphically awesome game atm) on auto settings – this put the game at 1440 on ultra and it looks amazing. Really much better than the YouTube videos I’ve seen of the game at 4k – but likely due to compression and fps of the video that YT impose.
Overall I would definitely recommend this monitor but only if getting for under £350 – it is great value. GSYNC equivalents are much more expensive and although this is a TN panel, it is a very good one. I would however say if you’re spending more than £370 on this then get an IPS unless you’re some kind of superhuman pro gamer who 3ms response time will make a difference (not the case for 99% of people playing games which have their own input lag like BF4).
I love this monitor, I almost said next year I'll upgrade from 1080p 60hz, but with this monitors competitive price, I took a shot on it. I am not disappointed. Its, beautiful and clear, 1440p looks like two monitors at 27in. 144hz works, free sync works, games are CHUGGING away.
Would buy again.
I took off one star for three reasons: 1) it's a bit too bright at night in a dark room, even with the brightness turned all the way down; 2) I had to do some calibration to get it looking right; and 3) the back panel is very staticky and attracts a lot of dust and cat hair.
Great Monitor! Super Small Bezzel!
Not sure if it's my monitor or GPU but I get this halo effect sometimes in games. The 144Hz is a nice improvement from my last ones. Cheaper and I would have purchased 2. Watch out for static when you unpack it. No dead pixels. Vibrant colors. Perfect for FPS gaming.
For the tiny amount of bleed on the bottom edge of the screen this thing is still quite the monitor. It ain't the X34 Predator but it's a damn good monitor. I was a little wary of an Acer product being labeled "high end" and being able to live up to that, but the XG27 does admirably.
I wish it had VESA mounting holes though...that'd actually have made it a perfect $300 gaming and work monitor.
Freesync 144hz 1440p. A pretty noticeable difference coming from a standard 1440p 60hz monitor. Most of the f2p type games I play I can easily get 144fps at 1440p.
Got it for $400 (woohoo Microcenter) and I'm very satisfied with it - much more than I was with the VG248 initially. The colors look perfectly reproduced out of the box, which I'm extremely happy with for a low-end TN panel, and the inbuilt speakers are surprisingly high quality - in fact, if you're not insanely discerning on audio quality I'd say they'd even be fine to use as your primary audio device.
A slew of inputs are offered, including HDMI2, DP and DVI-D DL. Cables for all of these are in the box.
There is no VESA pattern. The X-shaped stand is cool looking but less stable than, say, just a normal circle or square. I wouldn't nudge or bump your desk too hard with this monitor.
It's a great display if you get it on sale when it's $360. The viewing angles are not the best, but for a 1440p 144Hz 1ms monitor you really can't beat that sales price. The hideous burnt orange accents might be fine for some people, but I can't stand it. Will be painting it very soon. Probably going to get another one when it goes back on sale just to keep things the same.