Acer's Predator X27: the 4K HDR 144Hz monitor of your dreams?
*Drools*By Rob Thubron 14 comments
Acer showed off some impressive hardware yesterday. In addition to the Lancehead wireless mouse and Triton 700 laptop, the company unveiled what could be the monitor of gamers' dreams: The Predator X27, a 4K HDR display with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync.
The rest of the X27's specs are just as mouth-watering. It features Quantum Dot enhancement film (QDEF) technology, a 4ms response time, 99 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, 178-degree viewing angles, built-in Tobii eye-tracking, and Nvidia's ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) tech, which smooths out fast on-screen movements.
But it's the inclusion of HDR that's likely to get gamers' pulses racing. Those deep blacks and vibrant colors are achieved with the help of 384 separate backlights that allow the monitor to hit a brightness of 1000 nits. Most monitors reach between 250 and 350 nits.
"First used on high-end HDR televisions, QDEF is coated with nano-sized dots that emit light of a very specific color depending on the size of the dot, producing bright, saturated, and vibrant colors through the whole spectrum, from deep greens and reds, to intense blues," Nvidia's writes in its G-Sync HDR post. "This enables a far larger set of colors to be displayed, producing pictures that more accurately reflect the scenes and colors you see in real life."
As well as the Predator X27, Acer also announced the Predator Z271UV. It comes with an 1800R curved panel and a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The display also features a native 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 165Hz.
No word on how much the X27 will cost. But considering it has every high-end monitor feature imaginable, expect it to be pretty wallet-crushing. And you'll probably need a couple of 1080 Ti graphics cards to get the most out of it.