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Acer XV253Q X and XV273 X 240Hz Full HD IPS models

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High refresh rate monitors are very popular in the PC gaming community. They now come in various sizes and panel types with a range of attractive additional features. The Acer XV253Q X and XV273 X are 24.5″ and 27″ additions to the Nitro series of gaming monitors, marrying a 240Hz refresh rate with IPS technology. As with other models in the series, matte black plastic is used extensively, with a few subtle dark red hints. The stand base has a ‘penguin foot’ grey powder-coated metal design. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. Plus a slim hard outer component. The OSD is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, at the right side as viewed from the front.

Slanted front view

A view in the dark, IFA 2019

24.5″ (XV25) and 27″ (XV27) IPS type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panels are used, most likely AUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) parts. These offer a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, 1000:1 static contrast, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles and include a medium matte anti-glare screen surface for good glare-handling. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported, with Adaptive-Sync also offered. This includes Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync, with a variable refresh rate range of 48 – 240Hz plus LFC. 8-bit colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free backlight is employed offering 99% sRGB colour gamut coverage and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The monitors are VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, but will offer quite a restrictive HDR experience due to a lack of local dimming and relatively narrow colour gamut. ‘BlueLightShield’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to enhance viewing comfort. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified for the 24.5″ model and an even bolder 0.1 – 1ms for the 27″ model. Acer gives this the name “Agile-Splendor”. This is all just marketing, though, for select transitions with extreme pixel overdrive levels. We had some hands-on with the monitors at IFA 2019. Below is a pursuit photograph taken on the 24.5″ model, at 240Hz. Adaptive-Sync was active and the ‘Overdrive’ setting greyed out, but seemingly locked at its optimal “Normal” setting.

Pursuit photograph, 240Hz on XV25

The pursuit photograph is a screenshot from a quick pursuit video we took at IFA. It is by no means a perfect pursuit photograph, but it does give a fair representation of how motion on the monitor appeared. There was certainly some trailing from slower than optimal pixel responses, which fast 240Hz TN models don’t exhibit. But no extreme or ‘smeary’ trailing or weaknesses of that nature. Further information and some comparisons to make can be found in our article on responsiveness. An alternative VRB (Visual Response Boost) strobe backlight setting is also present. The included stands offer tilt and swivel adjustment and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution. Ports include; 2 HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a, 4 USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 x 2W speakers. The XV27 is available now with a $450 MSRP (£399), whilst the XV25 is due Q1 2020 for $389 (£349).

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