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Acer XZ273U X 240Hz WQHD VA with 1000R curve

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Models like the original Samsung Odyssey G7 and AOC PD27 show how a curve to the screen can be a real ‘feature’ rather than a subtle addition. The Acer XZ273U X (XZ273U Xbmiiphx) of the Nitro XZ3 Series is another steeply curved offering with similar key characteristics. The screen has homely styling with fewer colourful or otherwise bold styling elements than many gaming-oriented screens. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, encompassing a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen. And a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons to the right of centre, at the bottom of the screen facing downwards.

A homely design

The monitor includes a 27″ VA panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution and 1000R (steep) curve. A curve that draws you in and gives an extra sense of depth, but which feels more natural than you might expect from certain images or videos of such a curvature. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 240Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other aspects of note include a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 2500:1 specified static contrast ratio, 8-bit colour support and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. A flicker-free WLED backlight is included, delivering a peak luminance of 400 cd/m² and 95% sRGB colour gamut. This gamut is notably different from competing models with a much wider gamut and will give a more muted and less saturated look to things.

The screen supports VESA DisplayHDR 400, which doesn’t require a particularly high luminance level or local dimming. Furthermore, the colour gamut clearly falls well short of the preferred goal of strong DCI-P3 coverage or beyond. A 1ms or ‘up to 0.5ms’ response time is specified, with a VRB strobe backlight mode that can be used in place of Adaptive-Sync if you wish. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to create a more relaxing viewing experience, too. The screen includes tilt, swivel and height (120mm or 4.72 inches) with the included stand, which attaches via 100 x 100mm VESA. The ports face downwards and include; AC power (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 3W speakers are included.

A plain look to the rear

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$580 USD.

Acer XZ273U X