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Acer XV272U KF 300Hz WQHD IPS with DisplayHDR 600

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The WQHD resolution and 27″ screen size remains a popular combination for both work and play. And with increased graphical capabilities, there’s a lot of interest in such screens being coupled with high refresh rates. The Acer XV272U KF (XV272UKF) provides this combination, driving things all the way up to 300Hz. As a member of the Nitro XV2 series, the monitor has a simple design. With a slender coated metal stand neck, weighted circular stand base and a few dark red plastic elements to add subtle visual contrast. The top and side bezels have a dual-stage design, with slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen and slim hard plastic outer part. The bottom bezel houses the ‘VisionCare 3.0’ sensor suite of the monitor, allowing it to adjust its brightness (‘LightSense’) and colour temperature (‘ColorSense’) according to ambient lighting. And allowing the screen to dim and ultimately turn off if nobody is using it (‘ProxiSense’). The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

Integrated 'VisionCare 3.0'

The monitor adopts a 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel, more specifically the Innolux M270KMA-EFB. A 300Hz refresh rate is supported, with Adaptive-Sync also offered including AMD FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 300Hz VRR range plus LFC. HDMI 2.1 VRR is also supported via the HDMI 2.1 ports, with this model being the first ‘non-4K’ model to offer this. It could potentially allow a 120Hz ‘4K’ signal to be used via a downsampling mode, potentially useful for systems such as the Xbox Series X and PS5. Other aspects include a (presumably light to very light) matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour support. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 350 cd/m² (600 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance. VESA DisplayHDR 600 support is included, with a degree of local dimming included and the monitor able to put its decent peak luminance, colour gamut and 10-bit colour support to work.

The monitor is ‘Eyesafe’ certified by TÜV Rheinland, with the blue peak shifted to less energetic wavelengths and the amplitude of the peak reduced to potentially enhance viewing comfort. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote a more relaxing viewing experience, whilst a 1ms or ‘0.5ms min’ grey to grey response time is specified. As usual, approach with caution. The included stand attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be easily detached to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including height adjustment and pivot into portrait. Most of the ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data) and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus 2 upstream). An additional 2 USB 3.0 ports are located at the left side of the screen, as viewed from the front. 2 x 2W speakers are also included, offering basic sound output.

The rear view (ignore HDMI 2.0 label)'

Further information can be found in this press release. The monitor was due from November 2021, which slipped to an estimated February 2022 which has too now passed. An ~$1100 USD RRP has been given.

Acer XV272U KF