Acer RC271U slender WQHD model
With a lot of news coverage recently being about models aimed at gamers, with high refresh rate or fancy backlight and suchlike, it’s easy to forget some users want something a bit simpler. The Acer RC271U of the RC1 series provides a slender and minimalistic addition to the manufacturer’s line-up. It features the popular combination of WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, 27” screen size and IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel. The monitor features the now popular dual-stage bezel design, with a very slim hard outer component as well as a slender panel border. The panel border blends into the display seamlessly when it’s switched off due to it looking similar to the rest of the screen surface. This is something Acer refer to as ‘Zero Frame’. The bottom bezel is somewhat thicker, with matte black plastic used there. The OSD (On Screen Display) controls are downwards facing pressable buttons located towards the right side of the bottom bezel.
The monitor uses a 27” WQHD (2560 x 1440) panel with 60Hz refresh rate and 350 cd/m² typical maximum brightness. This is an IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) model, sporting the usual 178°/178° viewing angles and 1000:1 static contrast. Strong colour consistency (i.e. a shade appearing similar regardless of its position on the screen) is a known strength of such panels, aiding both colour accuracy and apparent richness of colours across the screen. A light matte screen surface is employed, providing a relatively smooth (ungrainy) image and true 8-bit colour is supported (up to 16.7 million shades). The backlight is flicker-free WLED offering comprehensive sRGB coverage and a little extension beyond that. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as we always say you shouldn’t pay too much attention to these figures. Some additional features of interest include Acer’s ‘BlueLightShield’ Low Blue Light settings, to aid relaxing viewing, and 6-axis colour adjustment (RGB plus YCM). The rear of the monitor continues the minimalistic look, with matte black plastic used throughout. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, although 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included at the rear for alternative mounting. The ports of the monitor are backwards-facing and slightly recessed; DVI, DP, HDMI, 3.5mm audio input and 3.5mm headphone jack. A DC power input is also present, with an external power brick used to help keep the monitor itself as slender as possible. 2W stereo speakers also feature for basic sound output.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability is still forthcoming. Although we have no plans to review this model, we will as always consider reviewing it if there is sufficient demand from users.