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Pros: Nice 27" , 1440p, 144Hz GSync monitor. Other than being Tn, sale prices bring it to an affordable range compared to others in it's class.
Cons: Sadly there are multiple revisions, A00, A01, A02, and A03. From all the research I can gather A01 has an issue where it is not HDCP compatible. There have been reports of monitors getting stuck in Deep Sleep mode, perhaps A01 related as well. A02 and A03 have lighter coatings so gamma and colors are more accurate as well as the HDCP works properly.
From all the research and reading I have come across the A01 October 2015 is the worst and sadly this is the one Newegg seems to always have on sale. I've scoured several forums and posts and this is the one thing I see in common.
In additions there are many reports of higher brightness triggering a coil whine sound from the back. I havent seen these users comment on their revision version but I think safe to assume the A01 batch is just problematic in general.
So far I've also had a few occasions where the screen just blinks off and comes back on. This has occurred only during regular internet browsing and nothing abnormal yet during gaming.
Also the power button is absurdly stiff. I have to stab my fingernail into it to toggle it on/off.
Other Thoughts: Assuming you can get the A02 or newer, most definitely.
If not, then you may be fine with it. I'm tired of returning other monitors and having Newegg credit leaves me to the lottery of which version. If it continues I may need to just RMA through Dell and get a refurb as it seems they are giving out A02's now.
Update: I tried the RMA process and email chain with Newegg stated they did not have any A03s, and most of my research seems to confirm they have only A01. I also noticed in the middle, a little to the left and down a darker area. I'm unsure if lighting failed or something like a fingerprint but behind the screen? Definitely visible across all the colors in the monitor testing.
I opted to go through Dell and had some improvement there. 4 days later I had received an April 16 A03 model. HDCP compliant and side by side comparison I could see the lighter coating. Whites on the screen where steady and consistent where as on the darker A01 it had a shimmery effect to it. Sadly now I can notice things like pixel inversion when scrolling black text on white background but minor issue. I didnt see any of this during gameplay. Sadly however it came with a dead pixel out of the box. Dell told me I would need 5 or so to try another warranty replacement. Its in the lower left hand corner and not blatant but it is across all colors and a flat black, so doesnt seem like a stuck pixel.
After applying some ICC color profiles it looks great. My wife says it looks beautiful and if I try and replace it again she will cause bodily harm to me.
Pros: 27" is great, 1440p makes the desktop look beautiful and gaming at 120Hz is smooth
Cons: Where to begin?
Initially purchased on reviews of how greated the Acer XB270HU is. Apparently all those reviews were written for the IPS model when there was no TN panel. The Abprz = TN. Seeing it originally priced at $800 in IPS areas, makes me wonder why this is so much more when other.
ULMB says unavailable. From what I've read its not compatible with GSync mode, however I am currently on an AMD card so that isnt even a factor.
144Hz is not an option. I have yet to find a reason why.
3 dead pixels, dead backlight in lower left hand area. When screen has solid colors it draws your eye like a moth to a flame. i cant unsee it.
1st morning when using my PC monitor reported "No Signal" until I disconnected/reconnected the displayport cable.
Only a single input, displayport. I cannot hook up another PC to test or a console.
Acer support is lackluster. I've posted on their forums and thus far the only response I have received is a notice of a post being deleted for being too similar to another post I made as a reply to another user. Quick to clean up a forum, but no technical assistance yet.
Other Thoughts: Some aspects like single input is understandable and known when going in.
Some like no ULMB working or 144Hz unselectable, might just be a configuration issue and might be me missing something.
The deadpixels and dead backlight zone is inexcusable.
I have been putting PCs together and buying my own parts for over 20 years. This is by far the most I've spent on any one single component. I went out on a limb to treat myself instead of always buying the budget monitor.
At this price I expect it to be a premium product and get perfection. I'm not concerned with TN vs IPS, colors, etc. I'm a peasant in that regard and don't know any better. But still, this is too much for subpar.
I was debating to just exchange for another but in light of everything in this posting, I have opted to just purchase a standard return and begin looking at others option.
This review is from: Monoprice 3.5mm Stereo Plug to 2.5mm Stereo Jack Adaptor - Gold Plated
Pros: None sadly
Cons: This was bundled with an Xbox 360 headset. I understand TRRS and the rings and know it could only handle 2 channels. Regardless, I plugged in a smaller 2.5mm jack and it just falls out. No grip. I've wired some of these myself so I can see the contacts inside but none of them are pressed out enough to form any connection.
Other Thoughts: I logged in simply to try to exchange it. That isn't even an option so it's a straight up waste of life.READ FULL REVIEW