Pros: -Smooth 144Hz
-Fantastic Response Times
-Surprisingly Premium Aesthetic
-Zero Gamery ugly red or orange plastic pieces
-The curve is barely noticeable but wonderful somehow
-DisplayPort and not DVI 144hz
-Colors are surprisingly vibrant and the viewing angles are just fine. Unlike all the cheap TN 144hz monitors I’ve seen.
Cons: -Could be a bit brighter
-White Balance isn’t great.
-OSD settings don’t give much control.
Overall Review: Fantastic monitor. When I saw the price and the features I didn’t believe it. I’ve purchased two of them for builds for friends and every time they come in and I play around with one of them I just can’t believe you can buy a curved 144hz 27 inch monitor with a non awful TN panel for around 200 dollars. Truly a great monitor. 100% satisfied with these things.
Pros: - Price. The non-sale price is still decently competitive for a 1080p g-sync compatible monitor. The sale price with coupon for 210 dollars was too good to pass up though (I hope you can find it at that price too!). At the 250-270 range I would still say it is a fair priced monitor for what it comes with. This was a huge factor in my purchase decision but I don't want to diminish the quality of this monitor. It is still solid.
- G-sync compatible. Since I had to RMA one I tried gaming on my old monitor (still 144) with no G-sync and I was surprised at how much of a difference there was. I reviewed the approved list of G-sync compatible monitors as of May 2019 and this is the cheapest at 27 inches on the list.
- Comes with HDMI and DP cables! They are about 5 feet which I guess is standard but my desk is a bit bigger so I bought new 15ft DP cables instead.
- Menu is easy to navigate once in it...
Cons: - The menu is accessed with a thumb button thing on the back of the monitor. It is in an awkward place as it sits about 3 inches away from the bottom of the monitor so it is a reach and bend of the arm that is not comfortable to do when messing with color settings. Minor annoyance.
- Default color plans are garbage which is a pretty normal complaint I see across lots of monitors, not just Acer or this one model. I expect out of the box color to be bad or need tweaking to what someone likes but none of the pre-made plans do much for color changes other than making it dark / no blue light. It is the first monitor I have bought I felt like I had to manually adjust colors and I really am not that picky usually.
- No height adjustment for a 27 inch monitor should be a crime. But I bought these knowing I would probably end up getting an aftermarket mounting system anyway.
- I bought two and had to RMA one for constant screen flickering, even on the desktop. It started to do it on first use. I don't take off eggs for having to RMA stuff, it is electronics and it happens but I wanted to mention it as another reviewing had the same issue and said you could power cycle them to help. That is not the case with this type of issue.
Overall Review: Summary TLDR: Cheapest G-sync compatible monitor at 27 inches and from a brand I was willing to trust at that. I would recommend it.
I'm not sold on 2k and 4k monitors yet and I didn't want to spend 700+ dollars on 2x 2k or 4k monitors anyway. Just personal preference. 1080p on 27 inches or less works great for me. Another review mentioned seeing pixels... I sit at around 3-4 feet away and it is perfectly fine but if you are closer than that they may have a point. I hope you don't sit closer than that though...
If you are here looking at this model it's probably because you are like me. You want g-sync on a budget because you dropped 400+ dollars on a Nvidia card before Freesync came out or something along those lines. This is the cheapest option for that at 27 inches at the time of making this review. I have never owned Acer monitors, only Asus. I'm happy with my purchase and I think you would be as well if your line of thinking is similar.
The power cables come with a cord and the box thing, sorta like a laptop power cord. Not sure what that transfer box is called but it makes for plugging these in weird. If I try to plug them into the surge protector on the floor it has the box (which is a bit heavy) just hang in the air. So I have them plugged into my desk for now which leaves them sitting on the desk... I guess I could figure out a way to mount them just under the desk but it's awkward either way.
Pros: -Big monitor
-Despite what the description/specs say, it is VESA 100x100 mountable.
-Low cost for the class of monitor
Cons: -Low pixel density so images may not look as sharp at 1080p than they would on a smaller monitor. Doesn't matter much for games but for school/work there is a difference between this one and my old 24" 1080p.
Overall Review: Would recommend to gamers, not so much for office work though but I'm a gamer so not knocking any points off for that.
Tested this monitor with G-Sync on (forced on in driver 417.71) with my GTX 1080:
It will mostly work. After a COLD boot, your screen will be split down the middle. Fixed by turning monitor off and on again. After that variable refresh works perfectly. Tear does not appear after a restart, sleep, or hibernate. Only after turning the computer all the way off and on it will tear, but again just power-cycle the monitor..
Pros: 144Hz VN pannel that is G-SYNC compatible.
Cons: Flicker and the power button.
Overall Review: Flicker: I have 3 of these monitors running at 144hz in G-SYNC compatible mode(GTX 1080) with NVIDIA surround for a 5760x1080 resolution. Depending on the game or application, when I load in full screen there is a chance that they will start to flicker. It is very noticeable and will continue even after closing the game or application that started it. This would make me instantly return this product... if I didn't figure out a quick fix for it. Just turn the monitor off by holding down the Power-Button** and then turn it back on 15 seconds or so later. I didn't notice this problem until I updated to the most recent Nvidia drivers, but I have only had the monitors a short time and only played Project CARS 2, DiRT Rally 2.0, and Assetto Corsa before updating the drivers. So it is possible this was caused by the drivers, possible the problem existed before and I just hadn't had it yet, I'm too lazy to roll back drivers to find out.
Power Button/Menu button: It is on the back of the monitor, like a good ways back there too. If you have short fingers you aren't going to reach this. If you wanted to mount a monitor flush against the wall then DO NOT buy this monitor. This button is also the menu button. It is just a single funky-switch that does everything, I'm not a fan of it, or where it it placed.
Bezels: they have about 1/4" of black to the edge of the picture. Running 3 of these with the two side monitors staggered behind the center, these work fine for my racing games(the reason I bought them when they were on sale for $200 each).
4ms/144hz: I have these three monitors and I also have three 1ms/60hz TN panels. In the racing games I have, the image looks better driving at high speeds on these 144hz monitors. In the first person shooters I have played, I can't tell the difference between these and my old TN panels as far as ghosting goes.
Display angle color shift: As I have three of these, depending on the angle you view them at the color looks slightly more faded the sharper the angle, that being said this is normal, and I don't think these are too bad at all.
Backlight bleed: I don't notice it during any of the games I play. When the screen is on a solid black screen for whatever reason(loading etc.) you can certainly see it. The brighter areas are not all in the same spots on all 3 of these monitors, not sure why that is. All in all, this doesn't bother me at all.
Visible Pixels: this is a 27" 1080p monitor... depending on how close you sit to it and what you are looking at, yes you can see the individual pixels. Easy solution for this is to sit farther from the monitor, or buy a 24" or smaller 1080p monitor, or if going 27"+ get a 2k or better monitor.
*This model is G-SYNC compatible.
*The stands they came with work well enough for me.
*One came in broken(UPS fault) and the RFA through Newegg was easy, and from the date I shipped the broken one back to when I got the new one was about a week and a half.
*One that I bought was a refurbish/return, the packaging was better than the stock packaging and it works fine, not sure why someone returned it(probably the flickering).
*These use a power brick, not just a strait cord, so expect to have that siting on your floor or back of your desk. The cable ports are mounted on the bottom side of the monitor pointed down, this is nice if mounting to a wall(but then you cant use the power/menu button), they are also directly between the stand arm and monitor right there in the center so plugging things in is not easy or fun, good thing you usually only do this once.
Closing: I wish I didn't have to turn them on and off all the time to fix the flickering, but it is what it is. Other than the flickering, I knew what I was getting into before buying these and I was okay with it all(the flickering sucks). I bought these to have 144hz 27" non TN panels specifically for my racing games and they do just that. If I had just a little more money I would certainly have gone with 27" 2k 144hz panels instead, but monitors are expensive and these fit the need and budget. If I was just playing MMOs and the such and not using nvidia surround, then I would say I was just fine with my 23.5" 1ms/60hz TN panels with large bezels.
Pros: High refresh rates look amazing on computers that can run them. Shipping was fast, at least for me. Well-priced monitor for anyone looking for an upgrade from 60hz. This is my first curved monitor as well, and the curve is just right. AMD freesync works great. Very customizable settings.
Cons: Some people may not like how it doesn’t have height/rotation adjustments. But I personally don’t care too much for those. May “wobble” depending on your desk setup, but I haven’t noticed any for me.
Overall Review: I upgraded from a 1080p 60hz tiny monitor to this 1080p 144hz curved monitor and I enjoy everything about it.
Pros: Love the size
Love the curve
Works great at 144hz for Overwatch
Cons: Have major flicker problems when not playing a game I can run at 144hz
The pixels per inch is pretty terrible. My desktop and games with text (like WoW) you can clearly see individual pixels on text
Overall Review: I've tried so much stuff to get this monitor working but it's not happening. When playing WoW and other games that don't run at 144hz I get major flickering. Setting the monitor to 60hz and playing WoW I still get the occasional flicker but it's very obvious. This happens with HDMI, DVI or Display Port. Likely will l need to return this.
Pros: - colors look a lot better
- personally, I like the slow transition to/from deep black color. It feels a lot realistic like human eyes, to me
- it is big
Cons: - back panel plastic looks and feels cheap
- flickering issue with G-Sync turned on
Overall Review: I would recommend that this be your first G-Sync monitor, but I won't buy it again because of the flickering issue. Imagine having two monitors with the flickering issue.
Pros: It looks nice and compliments my desktop appearance. Thats about all I know.
Cons: The monitor stand only "snaps" into place which means that it is not fastened securely. When connecting the cables, do not handle the monitor by the monitor stand when leaning it forward in order to access the cable ports. The stand can easily "unsnap" from the monitor.
And your new monitor will fall. And it will break. And it will be ruined. And it will not be covered by any warranty, not even the manufacturer - Acer.
Overall Review: I do not know anything else about this monitor. I have not been able to use it.
The average person is intelligent enough to twist a screw into a hole. The monitor mount on this product can be improved.