The Acer XF270HA is the latest addition to the XF line that offers a 240Hz refresh rate and FreeSync which makes it suitable as an E-sports monitor. The screen retains its positive qualities while providing the upcoming standard of competitive performance, which was previously exclusive to smaller models. If you want a blur-free and responsive performance for the battles ahead, the Acer XF270HA might be one of the best options you can get without paying for the extra cost of newer-looking models.
Acer XF270HA Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 240Hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 Watts)
- Stand: Height – Yes (4.5 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+20°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, DVI x 1, USB 3.0 x 5, 3.5mm Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 24.2” x 21.5” x 9.6”
- Weight: 17.8 lbs
Design and Features
The Acer XF270HA inherits its looks from older models like the Acer XF270HU which has stood the test of time despite its bland, but functional looks. This model is now bezel-free like its Predator series siblings, although the black panel borders we’ve come to expect will still appear. The whole product comes in a solid matte black with minimal accents, making more appealing to those who aren’t fans of Acer’s gaudy designs.
From all angles, the Acer XF270HA is quite slim, adding to the subtle finesse this monitor offers. The bulge which holds the innards is also minimal and flat, making it easy to flush mount this model if you so desire. However, opting for VESA mounts isn’t necessary since the included stand has plenty of flexibility.
Like its upmarket siblings, the Acer XF270HA can tilt, rise, swivel, and pivot so you can conveniently find a comfortable angle or easily create a multi-monitor setup. The slim upright and the circular base which doesn’t eat up a lot of space offered superb stability and durability based on experience from older models. If you do prefer VESA mounting, this mechanism is completely removable, and it will reveal a 100 x 100 bolt pattern.
The Acer XF270HA includes an I/O layout which has just about every connector you will need for everyday use. For video input, you have DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and DVI, while peripherals can use five USB 3.0 ports. There is a pair of 2-Watt speakers, although we reckon gamers will use a dedicated set or headphones for a better audio response.
Display and Performance
The Acer XF270HA sports a 27-inch TN panel with a typical 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms response time, and a sizzling 240Hz refresh rate. 1080p at 27-inches has its disadvantages in image quality, but the larger pixels may help in some titles like CS: GO which rely on hit detection. Couple that with the responsiveness and smoothness of a 240Hz gaming monitor and you get a competitive edge for the battles ahead.
The module used is a TN so that we can expect inherent limitations such as poor viewing angles and middling color and contrast performance. Acer specifies that they opted for a 6-bit+FRC interface screen, so colors may not be as vibrant on the true 8-bit units they use on the Predator models. But as long as images do not appear bland or washed, there is no reason to complain since the Acer XF270HA focuses on blur-free and responsive output.
Don’t get us wrong, 100% sRGB is still specified for this model, and we are sure it includes plenty of options for calibration and tweaking. The maximum brightness is particularly impressive since it can go up to 400cd/m2, enabling finer adjustments, so finding comfortable and balanced contrast and outputs are much easier to achieve.
Considering today’s standards of gaming monitors, the Acer XF270HA can be designated as a mid-ranged 240Hz offering. You don’t get extras like RGB lighting or fancy stands with this model, but more importantly, it packages high performance with FreeSync. Now that more powerful Vega GPUs have released building a high-end gaming rig which can maximize the Acer XF270HA’s potential with a high FPS output is now possible.
Finally, the company did not forget to equip the Acer XF270HA with the latest safety standards despite using an aging design. The backlight used is flicker-free, plus exclusive technologies like Acer ComfyView are included in the package. It also helps that this model has multiple green design certifications, ensuring that you are buying an environment-friendly product.
Thoughts on the Acer XF270HA
The Acer XF270HA is dressed for yesterday’s fashion sense in display product design, but it carries significant performance which is all that matters in this day and age. 240Hz is an upcoming universal standard of competitive gaming, so it makes sense to offer a capable product which retains the resolution format in a bigger and more appreciable package.
The steady rise of FreeSync in popularity thanks to its budget-friendly nature and the Vega release makes the Acer XF270HA a viable device for today and tomorrow’s market. It also helps that once it becomes widely available, it will sell for a friendlier price. The Acer XF270HA is scheduled to release this month in the UK and the rest of Europe for €499, with the US and the rest of the globe after a month or so.