NVIDIA’s initial list of FreeSync monitors that are certified G-Sync compatible was somewhat unimpressive (for me at least). Only one monitor among the 12 certified G-Sync compatible monitors stood out for me and got me really excited – it’s the Acer Nitro XV273K and it’s finally available! The Acer Nitro XV273K is a 27″ 4K Ultra-HD FreeSync monitor with a 1ms response time (VRB) and a high refresh rate of up to 144Hz (120Hz native). That’s not all, it’s also using an IPS panel (instead of VA) and it’s VESA certified DisplayHDR 400 capable, with Quantum Dot technology. Yes, it’s only HDR 400 but it is still a significant step up from SDR baseline. The good news is, this monitor won’t cost as much compared to a similarly featured G-Sync monitor. At the time this article was published, the Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx comes with a retail price of $899.99 USD and it’s now available at Amazon.com or Amazon UK here. Check our more of its features and specifications below.
Acer Nitro XV273K – One of the Best 4K UHD Monitor?
There are literally a lot of 4K UHD monitors that are available in the market today. But the Acer Nitro XV273K offers some of the best features like IPS (AHVA) panel, 1ms VRB response time, 144Hz fast refresh rate, FreeSync technology that is also certified by NVIDIA to be G-Sync compatible, features DisplayHDR 400 and many more. The best part is that it won’t cost you more than a thousand bucks. This basically makes the Nitro XV273K one of the best 4K UHD monitors out there, especially for gaming.
Aside from the Nitro XV273K, Acer also released a G-Sync counterpart called the Acer Predator XB273K. It’s more expensive compared to the XV273K and there are some slight difference on some of its features. But let’s save those for another article. Meanwhile, both the Nitro XV273K and Predator XB273K are somewhat the “little brothers” of the Acer Predator X27; the company’s flagship 4K UHD monitor, built with better set of features and color accuracy.
Like I mentioned earlier, it does feature DisplayHDR 400 and has a color gamut of 90% DCI-P3; roughly ~125% sRGB. Its color depth is 8-bit + FRC with a 350 cd/m² native brightness and 400 cd/m² peak brightness (HDR Mode). Its native contrast ratio is 1,000:1 and supports 1.07 billion colors. True that it is not 10-bit native, but you can enable 10-bit with this monitor and it’s also very hard to notice the difference between the XV273K’s 8-bit + FRC and a native 10-bit monitor.
The Acer Nitro XV273K has height adjustment, as well as swivel and tilt. It is also VESA compatible, meaning you can mount it on an aftermarket stand and perhaps do some pivoting. The buttons and joystick control are located on the back side of the monitor (right hand). In terms of connectivity options, the Nitro XV273K offers two DisplayPort 1.4 ports capable of displaying 4K HDR at 120Hz each port. There are also two HDMI 2.0 ports that are capable of 4K HDR at 60Hz. You will need to plug two DP 1.4 to enable 10-bit at 144Hz.
The Nitro XV273K also has two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and two built-in 4W speaker. Other features of this monitor includes an Ambient Light Sensor, HDCP support, factory calibration and Blur Reduction Mode.
Overall, the Acer Nitro XV273K sounds like a really good 4K 144Hz HDR gaming monitor that is both FreeSync and G-sync compatible. But you’ll also need a powerful graphics card, like the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, to be able to push those frame rates. If you don’t have an RTX 2080 Ti, you’ll have to lower the resolution in order to achieve playable frame rates.
Acer Nitro XV273K Price and Where to Buy
The Acer Nitro XV273K (Pbmiipphzx) is now available in the US and UK. At the time this article was published, the retail price was $899.99 USD and £899.00 EUR respectively. You can check out the links below for the latest pricing and availability.
Acer Nitro XV273K Specifications
|Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Refresh Rate||120Hz (native), 144Hz (via 2x DP)|
|Variable Refresh Rate||AMD FreeSync 2|
|Pixel Density||163 pixels per inch|
|Color Saturation||sRGB: 100%, DCI-P3: 90%, Rec.2020: 70.0%|
|Inputs||2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack|
|USB Hub||4x USB 3.0|
|Stand Adjustments||Tilt, swivel, height (100mm)|
|Vesa Mount||100 × 100|
|Power Consumption||55.0 W (80%), 0.5 W (Standby)