When you look at the Acer Predator XB3 (XB273UGS) you will probably notice that it’s a product that wants to impress gamers. Yep, the design is gamer-ish but not too excessive and intrusive. The hinge of this monitor isn’t something that you can see every day – it’s really big and there is a a reason for that – the adjustability is very good (height adjustment, tilt (from -5 to 20 degrees), swivel (20-degrees for every side), and pivot).
Ok, enough talking about the exterior part of the Acer Predator XB3, let’s get straight to its display specs and quality. First of all, if you think that the 1080p resolution is outdated in 2020, well, this one is a QHD unit and its native resolution is 2560×1440.
By the way, the 1440p resolution is the right one for a 27″ monitor, Full HD is a bit too low for that kind of screen size. Further down the road, this product supports a 165 refresh rate (via overclocking and you need a DP cable for that, otherwise you’re “stuck” with just 144Hz) and G-Sync as well. Such a high refresh rate isn’t a joke especially when it’s combined with a higher resolution so keep in mind that you need really powerful hardware that can achieve as high as possible FPS results.
We are pretty happy with the display quality of the Acer Predator XB3, and we are going to explain why.
The maximum measured brightness in the “Standard” mode is more than fine – 446 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 395 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 18%. The contrast ratio is good – 1040:1. We can advise you to use the “Standard” mode because with this setup settings the monitor is able to spread its abilities beyond the sRGB gamut and it reaches the DCI-P3 color gamut. This is an excellent result for a gaming monitor.
Check out our Acer Predator XB3 (XB273UGS) in-depth review.
Another good thing is its color accuracy. As you can see, the out of the box setting isn’t something to write home about. With a result of just 4.1, the monitor looked like a typical mediocre unit. However, after we applied our “Design and Gaming” it unlocked its full potential and the Acer display became very color accurate. It can be used for color-sensitive jobs as well (keep in mind that our unit had a problem with its uniformity but maybe that’s an isolated case). No matter what you’re going to do in front of the panel, you’re probably going to enjoy the punchy and vibrant colors that it’s able to produce.
The viewing angles of this IPS unit are excellent. The color shift is almost unnoticeable and hard to spot.
Hey, that’s a gaming monitor, so it has to be fast, right? As you may know from our previous articles, sometimes there are panels that have a high refresh rate but their response time is slow and the end result is disappointing. This is not the case with the Acer Predator XB3. It has two Overdrive settings – Normal and Extreme. With the latter, the monitor is fast as hell but we observe too much overshooting in this mode – yeah, fast but unusable. The Normal mode seems to be the sweet spot – it offers a 5ms response and we didn’t see any artifacts when it was enabled.
It’s time for a quick verdict – the Acer Predator XB3 (XB273UGS) looks like a complete package for a gaming monitor, and it really is. It has the perfect size for a 1440p resolution, its hinge allows to adjust it in many ways, the color coverage is great as well as the color accuracy (after applying our profile). In addition, the monitor can be overclocked to 165Hz, the viewing angles are superb, and on top of that, the response time is good too. Oh, we almost forgot to mention the G-Sync support, while he OSD menu is rich in options so you can tune this monitor by your own likings.
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