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Acer XV272U KV with Eyesafe 170Hz WQHD IPS panel

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For gaming and all-round use a combination of WQHD resolution and high refresh rate can be very appealing. The Acer XV272U KV (XV272UKV or XV272U KVbmiiprzx) is one such model, combining a WQHD IPS-type panel with 170Hz refresh rate. The model is a member of the Nitro XV2 series, with simple homely styling. Matte black plastics are used extensively, with a few red touches for some subtle visual contrast. The stand base and neck are powder-coated metal. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus slender hard plastic outer component. The bottom bezel includes a central sensor unit, used for Acer’s ‘VisionCare 3.0’ functionality. This includes adjustment of the screen to ambient lighting, including brightness (‘LightSense’) and colour temperature (‘ColorSense’). Proximity sensor functionality is also included (‘ProxySense’), allowing the screen to dim or turn off if nobody is using it. 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.

'VisionCare 3.0' functionality

The monitor uses a 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel, the Innolux M270KCJ K7E AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel more specifically. This supports a 170Hz refresh rate (165Hz + mild internal factory overclock) alongside Adaptive-Sync. This includes AMD FreeSync Premium, with a 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC supported. A light matte screen surface is adopted, with a 1000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° viewing angles specified. The monitor supports 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC) and is factory calibrated with a DeltaE <1 specified. A flicker-free WLED backlight with 95% DCI-P3 (130% sRGB) gamut and 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance is specified. The monitor is certified as 'Eyesafe' by TÜV Rheinland, which includes a shift in the blue light peak to less energetic wavelengths to promote superior viewing comfort. An ‘always on’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting of sorts which doesn’t disrupt colour balance.

VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification is included, a basic HDR level which allows the monitor to respond to HDR10 content. Putting the colour gamut and 10-bit colour processing to good use, but fairly limited in terms of maximum luminance and with no local dimming requirement. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, to be taken with the usual pinch of salt. The stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment (120mm or 4.72 inches), attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be easily removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. Most of the ports face downwards, including; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports – plus 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.

'Height-adjustment included

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$430 USD (£400).

Acer XV272U KV