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Acer Predator XB270HU G-Sync Display Review


XB270 boxshot

The external packaging of our review sample arrived in a slightly tatty state, but the outside of the box makes clear what are the main features of the Acer Predator XB270HU. It advertises Nvidia G-Sync, a 144Hz refresh rate, flicker-free panel and the screen’s WQHD resolution.

XB270 accessories

Likewise, the accessories in our review sample were fairly slim, with just a warranty form and quick-start guide included, along with UK and EU power cables. Expect a DisplayPort cable in the retail box.

XB270 panel 1

The chassis uses a bezel made from glossy black plastic with a chunky overall feel to it at the front. The overall design is not particularly pleasing to the eye, with a look that doesn’t befit a high-end display, in our opinion.

XB270 DisplayPort

As a first-generation G-Sync display, the XB270HU only has a single DisplayPort 1.2 connector. This means only one active input is possible. A new generation of G-Sync screens features a secondary HDMI connector as well.

XB270 power

The Acer Predator XB270HU uses an internal power supply, so only an IEC ‘kettle’ lead is required to connect power to the unit. There’s a hard power switch.

XB270 USB 1XB270 USB 2

There are four USB 3.0 ports, with two at the side of the Acer Predator XB270HU, and two more underneath, positioned with the uplink port.

XB270 base 1

The base of the display has the red trim associated with other Acer displays that use the Predator branding. The main section uses the same glossy black plastic as on the front of the display.

XB270 base 2

Underneath is the same key locking mechanism favoured across most of the industry.

XB270 stand 1XB270 stand 2

XB270 stand 4

The stand is covered in a dark charcoal-grey material, locking into the VESA connector at the rear of the panel.

XB270 stand 3

It has a large gap for cabling.

XB270 uprightXB270 lowered

The stand allow the screen to be raised and lowered.

XB270 pivot

It can be swiveled around 90 degrees to be used in portrait mode.

XB270 tilt 1XB270 tilt 2

It can tilt between -5 degrees and 20 degrees.

XB270 rotate

And it can rotate 45 degrees to each side.

XB270 buttons 1

There are five physical buttons at the bottom right edge of the display, along with a solitary LED that glows blue when the display is powered on, and yellow in standby.

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