The very concept of a “gaming monitor” has firmly settled in the minds of buyers only in the last five years, but now in conversations about games, questions about display speed are heard more and more often, and models with a higher refresh rate are often given priority in choosing. Moreover, this choice is made not only by those who play all night long: few people are ready to give up the amazing smoothness of what is happening on the screen, which is very, very far from any 60-Hz models. After all, the difference is felt when performing almost any action, and games are not at all necessary for this.
Profitable options in the segment of Full HD-solutions, until recently, could only be found among TN + Film- and *VA-monitors. The former appeared on sale a very long time ago and still set speed records, but cannot offer anything more, while the latter try to win the hearts of consumers by indicating no less impressive numbers in TX, a better picture and not much more price. However, both options are too «painful for the eyes» of fans and owners of IPS displays. But gaming IPS displays appeared not so long ago, moreover, until very recently, the resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels remained the minimum mark, and only by the middle of 2019 new Full HD IPS models with an increased refresh rate began to enter the Russian market in large quantities . The Acer Nitro VG271Pb monitor was not only one of the first high-speed IPS displays with Full HD resolution, but also quickly became one of the leaders due to its price.
⇡ # Reference information
The Nitro series of gaming monitors was launched relatively recently, but thanks to Acer’s right approach to positioning, TX set and pricing, almost every new monitor is becoming popular. The hero of today’s review was introduced in May 2019, but went on sale a little over two months ago. During this time, the number of similar solutions on the market has grown to four pieces, and two of them belong to the Nitro line: today’s VG271Pb and XV272Pb, with a more advanced stand and USB hub.
The main competitor of Acer is the new LG, and there is also the very first and most expensive ASUS VG279Q in the class. Prices for all four models have already dropped — and this is only to the advantage of buyers, since in this case it would simply make no sense to consider TN + Film and * VA models for many.
|Acer Nitro VG271Pbmiipx|
|Standard resolution, pix.||1920 x 1080|
|Matrix type||Borderless AHVA (IPS Type)|
|Backlight type||W LED|
|Max. brightness, cd/m 2||400|
|Contrast static||1000 : 1|
|Number of displayed colors||16.7 million|
|Vertical refresh rate, Hz||48-144 (Adaptive-Sync|AMD FreeSync)|
|GtG response time, ms||four|
|MPRT response time, ms||1 (VRB)|
|Maximum viewing angles
|Video inputs||2 x HDMI 2.0;
1 x DisplayPort 1.4;
|Additional ports||3.5mm audio output;|
|Built-in speakers: number x power, W||2×2|
|Screen Position Adjustment||Tilt angle from -2 to +20 degrees|
|VESA mount: dimensions (mm)||Yes (100 x 100 mm)|
|Mount for Kensington lock||Yes|
|Max. power consumption,
working / standby (W)
(with stand), L x H x D, mm
|614 x 475 x 240|
(without stand), L x H x D, mm
|Net weight (with stand), kg||5.56|
|Net weight (without stand), kg||5.1|
|Estimated price||21 000-220$|
Our copy of the Acer Nitro VG271Pb is based on the AHVA matrix M270HAN02.2 manufactured by AU Optronics (note that the matrix may be different). It belongs to the IPS-type and with a diagonal of 27 inches has a resolution of the Full HD standard (1920 x 1080 pixels), which leads to a final density of 82 ppi. The pixels, of course, are rather big, and the area of the working area is also not very impressive, but if you are still working with Full HD monitors and everything suits you, then most likely there will be no questions for the VG271Pb.
The matrix installed in the monitor has a standard W-LED-backlight without flicker (Flicker-Free), providing a color gamut at the level of sRGB space. The number of reproduced colors is at the level of 16.7 million colors, the maximum brightness is declared at 400 nits, and the contrast ratio is 1000:1, which is the norm for an IPS display.
Despite the simple edge lighting system, the manufacturer indicated support for HDR10 and VESA Display HDR400, which in reality only means the ability to receive and work with HDR metadata. Thanks to this, the picture should seriously change. This is how it happens, but to the best of the monitor’s ability to oversaturate colors and damage visibility in highlights and shadows.
For the model, the operating range is 48-144 Hz and the MPRT time (the time the picture appears on the screen in VRB mode with the insertion of a “black frame”) is 1 ms. This figure has nothing to do with the GtG response time, so it’s definitely not worth comparing these indicators. According to unofficial data, the GtG of the hero of the review is the usual 4 ms, which is not at all surprising.
The monitor supports the Adaptive-Sync standard and the corresponding AMD Free-Sync technology, but official support for NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible has not been announced. The loss, frankly, is not great, because the display works fine with «green technology» and without official confirmation from NVIDIA — verified!
The manufacturer installed two HDMI 2.0 ports and one modern DP 1.4 port in the Nitro VG271Pb to natively support HDR metadata transmission. The maximum frequency of 144 Hz can be obtained using any of them, but the performance of the officially not supported G-Sync Compatible is ensured only with a DP connection. In addition, the novelty can find a 3.5 mm audio output and a built-in pair of speakers with a total power of 4 watts.
Among other features of the solution under study, we can highlight the BlueLight Filter mode with a reduced blue component of the backlight spectrum, Low-Dimming Tech for a small minimum brightness, sRGB emulation modes and some other color standards, black and white mode, as well as 6-axis hue correction and saturation.
The monitor is made in a «frameless» design, equipped with a simple stand, VESA-compatible mount and a convenient 5-way joystick control paired with four physical buttons. No external lighting systems are presented, which is explained by the price of the device.
⇡ # Equipment and appearance
Monitor Acer Nitro VG271Pb comes in a simple cardboard box, without any external frills. On both sides of the package, the same schematic images of the model are placed and it is indicated that this is a gaming monitor from the Nitro VG1 series. There is a plastic handle on the top edge for easy transportation, and special cutouts are made on both sides for the same purpose.
Eight pictograms are applied to the packaging from different sides, telling consumers about the main advantages of the model.
From the sticker on the box, you can find out the technical characteristics of the monitor, its serial number and lot number, date (July 2019) and place of production (China).
The delivery set, located in separate niches at the bottom of the box, fully corresponds to the price segment — it contains the following:
- power cables of two standards;
- HDMI cable;
- user’s manual;
- booklet with warranty conditions;
- prospectus with phone numbers of service centers.
In terms of appearance, the Acer Nitro VG271Pb repeats all other gaming novelties from the manufacturer from the VG1 series. The difference between them lies in the color of the decorative elements, as well as the size of the matrix and, accordingly, the case.
The style used can be defined as «minimalism with attempts to stand out.» The designers drew a kind of universal version, originally made for the more expensive representatives of the Acer monitor line, but eventually reaching the mass market segment. Moreover, the approach to the choice of materials and the quality of performance remained unchanged.
The Nitro VG271Pb model received a tripod-shaped stand that was not the most successful in terms of stability, on which a small central stand is installed at an angle — it, in turn, is attached to the bottom of the monitor without the use of an additional tool. It is also easy to detach — just press the latch and pull the plastic element towards you.
The case of the model under study is provided with support for a VESA-compatible mount of the 100 × 100 mm standard, but the VG271Pb does not have any cable management system as a class.
A single hinge integrated into the center column allows the monitor to tilt from -5 to +20 degrees.
The monitor has no other options for adjusting the position in space, while the case is quite high on the stand, so this can seriously upset someone. This is what happened to the author of this article.
The base of the stand is made of metal, and contacts the surface with five rubber feet. The upper part of the stand is made of ordinary matte plastic, without metal imitation, but with red matte and glossy black overlays — for the sake of beauty.
The Acer Nitro VG271Pb monitor features an IPS panel with a semi-matte finish to reduce glare and eliminate the annoying and persistent crystal effect.
The two stickers on the back of the case basically repeat the information from the sticker on the box. From the new one, it becomes known that the monitor was manufactured by Acer itself, without the participation of third-party contractors, whose services are used by many other manufacturers.
All video interfaces are concentrated in the back of the case and are oriented downwards. Due to ergonomic limitations, connecting cables to the VG271Pb is not very convenient, but we hope you will have to do this infrequently.
The built-in speaker system is represented by two speakers of 2 W each, located behind the ventilation slots on the bottom of the case. The sound quality, as well as the maximum volume, are quite typical for built-in acoustics — suitable for voice acting of the system, and for games or movies, in any case, you can not do without an external speaker system or a normal headset.
The case does not lend itself to twisting, does not creak and does not crunch with adequate physical impact. The processing of the edges of the plastic elements does not raise any questions, they are connected precisely, with minimal gaps along the entire length of the joints. The elements of the body are well painted, some of them are made as if they were polished metal, but it is precisely such parts that are prone to the rapid appearance of scratches and clearly visible fingerprints, as can be seen in the photographs below.
The slope of the case is very firmly fixed — to change it, you have to act with both hands at once, sometimes additionally holding the stand. However, for this price segment of gaming monitors, these are all nitpicks. If such moments are fundamental for you, then you can pay $4-00 extra and consider the XV272Pb version with an ergonomic and generally better stand.
⇡ # Menu and control
The monitor is controlled using four physical keys and a 5-way joystick located at the rear of the case, on the right side. Nearby, on the bottom edge, there is a dual-mode power indicator glowing orange or blue. It is impossible to turn it off or adjust the brightness of the glow.
If you press the joystick or move it to any position, a rectangular block appears on the screen with the following options: activation of VRB modes, brightness adjustment, signal source selection and transition to the main menu.
The shortcut functions for the top two keys can be reassigned via a special subsection in the menu. When entering the main OSD screen, the function settings of the three keys automatically change — with their help, the user can at any time view the working information on the monitor, select the preset e-Color mode, or remove the menu from the screen.
The appearance of the menu and its content in the Nitro VG271Pb correspond to what we can find in most gaming models of the brand: everything is concise and strict, despite the presence of red elements. The control logic is simple and clear, and thanks to the 5-way joystick, menu navigation is simplified as much as possible.
In the first section, you can change the brightness and contrast, activate dynamic contrast, increase the visibility of shadows (Black Boost) and make adjustments to the color temperature using the BlueLight parameter. Here you can also activate the HDR mode and Super Sharpness technology (but it’s better not to do this, and in sRGB mode it should be turned off).
The second section, Color, offers to select gamma and color temperature modes, change the saturation and go to the 6-axis color settings. There is also a black and white mode and additional presets for emulating some color standards.
Volume control of the built-in speaker system is presented in the third section.
Adjust the overclocking level of the matrix, activate the VRB mode, Free-Sync technology and Ultra-Low Latency (reducing the input lag), as well as enable and configure the on-screen sight are offered in the Gaming section.
This is followed by OSD, where you can change the localization language, transparency and time until the disappearance of the menu, and there is also the opportunity to block it. There is Russian localization with a fairly adequate translation and a good font.
To change the DP version and activate the quick enable feature, you need to go to the last section. Here you can also access the selection of the signal source, its automatic detection and change of functions for shortcut keys, as well as reconfigure the mode of operation of the built-in image scaler.
All changes made can be forcibly saved in three game modes. This function is highlighted and is located below the last, sixth section.
⇡ # Testing methodology
The Acer Nitro VG271Pb was tested using the X-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter in combination with the X-Rite i1 Pro reference spectrophotometer, Argyll CMS with dispcalGUI and HCFR Colormeter. All operations were carried out in Windows 10, during testing the screen refresh rate was 144 Hz.
In accordance with the methodology, we will measure the following monitor parameters:
- white brightness, black brightness, contrast ratio at backlight power from 0 to 100% in 10% increments;
- color gamut;
- color temperature;
- gamma curves of the three primary colors RGB;
- gray gamma curve;
- color deviation DeltaE (according to the CIEDE1994 standard);
- backlight uniformity, color temperature uniformity (in Kelvin and DeltaE units) at 100 cd/m2 brightness at center point2.
All measurements described above were carried out before and after calibration. During tests, we measure the main monitor profiles: default, sRGB (if available) and Adobe RGB (if available). Calibration is carried out in the default profile, except for special cases, which will be discussed later. For monitors with wide color gamuts, we select the sRGB hardware emulation mode, if available. Before starting all tests, the monitor warms up for 3-4 hours, and all its settings are reset to factory settings.
We’ll also continue our old practice of posting calibration profiles for the monitors we’ve tested at the end of the article. At the same time, the 3DNews test lab warns that such a profile will not be able to 100% correct the shortcomings of your particular monitor. The fact is that all monitors (even within the same model) will necessarily differ from each other in small color errors. It is physically impossible to make two identical matrices, so a colorimeter or spectrophotometer is required for any serious monitor calibration. But even a “universal” profile created for a specific instance can generally improve the situation for other devices of the same model, especially in the case of cheap displays with pronounced color rendition defects.
In the Acer Nitro VG271Pb monitor, the manufacturer uses five main e-Color modes, an additional black and white mode, and five more presets for emulating various color spaces, including sRGB, which is important for all of us. When testing the monitor, we used the Display Port 1.4 interface as it reveals all the advantages of the model to the maximum, does not require additional dynamic range settings (unlike HDMI) and is most suitable when using NVIDIA video cards.
By default, the settings of the main parameters looked like this:
- mode — standard;
- brightness — 65;
- contrast — 50;
- gamma — 2.2;
- black gain — 5;
- color temperature — «warm»;
- Overdrive — normal;
- VRB off
During manual tuning (100 cd/m2 and 6500 kelvin) they took the form:
- mode — user;
- brightness — 16;
- contrast — 50;
- gamma — 2.2;
- black gain — 5;
- color temperature — «user» (47|47|45);
- Overdrive — off | normal;
- VRB off..
The monitor is notable for a fairly accurate factory setting, so no major changes were required. We adjusted the brightness level and brought the color temperature closer to the level of 6500 K. Other minimal changes were made using the edits made to the LUT of the video card.
⇡ # Brightness of white, black brightness, contrast ratio
The initial check was carried out at the factory settings of the monitor.
|Brightness in menu (%)||White brightness (cd/m2)||Black brightness (cd/m2)||Static contrast (x:1)|
The maximum brightness turned out to be higher than stated in the TX and amounted to 419 cd / m2, and the lower value did not disappoint — only 53 nits. Add to this a stable contrast ratio close to 1100:1, and we get a chic result that makes it possible to comfortably work behind the monitor at any level of ambient light.
|Brightness in menu (%)||White brightness (cd/m2)||Black brightness (cd/m2)||Static contrast (x:1)|
When switching to VRB mode (in the Extreme version), the brightness range was 8-63 nits at factory contrast values. Let’s be honest — you can only play this way in the absence of external lighting (yes, rejoice real gamers), and switching to the Normal submode (11-82 nits) will not greatly improve the situation.
⇡#Results with standard settings and when VRB is activated
Acer VG271Pb makes do with a matrix with conventional W-LED backlighting and offers a color gamut at the sRGB space level. All consumers who are not interested in color accuracy can work with the monitor without additional settings (but the brightness should still be reduced). Those for whom accuracy is important will have to calibrate the display and create an individual profile.
At default settings and after activating the black frame insertion mode, the monitor shows the most similar results, bypassing the sRGB space in many areas of the CIE diagram.
The color temperature of the white point is adjusted close to the reference, at the level of 6700-6800 K, without ghosting and with the highest stability of grayscale CT in the Standard mode. VRB has a worse situation, but the result is still good.
If you look at the obtained gamma curves, you can conclude that the image contrast is slightly increased and the shadows are slightly “killed”, but in VRB there is a greater imbalance between the RGB channels, which resulted, as we have already noticed, in less CG stability.
Due to the nature of the monitor’s color gamut, we were not at all surprised by the initial results of the Argyll CMS test. The main problematic points are hidden precisely on colored targets, and the reason for the average results is the lack of a device profile with an accurate description of its capabilities. By default, the system uses the standard sRGB profile, but the VG271Pb monitor differs from it.
⇡ # Results after calibration
In order to make the work with the new product more comfortable and accurate in terms of color reproduction, we set about setting it up and calibrating it. For starters, we lowered the brightness and adjusted the color temperature. After that, we took measurements and created a corrective profile with edits in the LUT of the video card.
The color gamut of the model has increased slightly — and this is a nice addition. However, to see such changes without special devices will be extremely problematic.
Immediately after the calibration, the white point returned to normal, and the stability of the CG grayscale, albeit suffered, but within acceptable limits, while maintaining a fairly high level.
Thanks to edits in the LUT of the video card, the gamma curves have taken the necessary position, the image contrast has decreased to the desired level, and deep shadows have become clearly distinguishable.
The adjustments made and the use of the created color profile provided good results. The average deviation of DeltaE94 was only 0.28 units, and the maximum did not exceed 1.28. In this form, the Acer Nitro VG271Pb not only remains a gaming weapon, but can also serve as a first-class color tool.
⇡#Results in sRGB mode
For those who do not plan to fine-tune and calibrate the monitor, there is an sRGB preset in the list of available modes that emulates the corresponding color standard.
When activated, the changes are really striking. The color gamut of the monitor begins to accurately describe the sRGB space on the CIE diagram, the brightness decreases to 158 nits (you can lower it even more, because the Brightness control remains unlocked), the contrast ratio remains at the initially high level, but at the same time, increased sharpness is turned on for some reason, which should be deactivated immediately.
The white point in sRGB mode is adjusted a little more precisely than with standard settings, and the stability of the CG grayscale is nowhere higher: in this parameter, the Acer VG271Pb can easily compete with professional color solutions.
However, the situation with the gamma curves remains exactly the same as with the factory settings. No additional lifting of the curves in deep shadows (in the range of 0-10%) or a less contrasting picture in the rest of the range.
Nevertheless, all the changes in the sum provided the Acer monitor with good results in the Argyll CMS test, which confirms that the VG271Pb in sRGB mode can be used to work with color without any additional adjustments and creating an individual profile. Yes, the results are not perfect, but for a simple layman, such accuracy will be more than enough.
⇡ # Backlight Uniformity
The uniformity of the display backlight was tested after reducing the brightness at the center point of the monitor to a level of 100 cd/m2 and at a color temperature of ~6500 kelvin. The backlight uneven compensation system is not used in the model under study.
The picture above shows a photograph of a white field with a certain exposure compensation during shooting (in the dark) and further software processing for a more visual representation of the backlight uniformity. From it, you can immediately understand that our copy has some problems with the uniformity of illumination in a bright field: a darkened lower part of the screen and a slightly prominent right edge of the matrix. However, we definitely can’t talk about some kind of irritation from what we saw.
On the gray fields, the backlight unevenness, as always, is seen much better, but we didn’t see any special horrors. It is worth noting that over the past couple of months I managed to work with a dozen VG271Pb — and they all turned out to be similar.
In the case of the instance tested in the 3DNews lab, the average deviation from the center point was 10.3%, and the maximum was 21%. The result is slightly below average, but you should not expect much more from an affordable gaming IPS monitor.
The results of color temperature uniformity on a white field were significantly higher. The average deviation was 1.6%, the maximum deviation was 4.3%, and the difference between the minimum and maximum after adjustment did not exceed 387 Kelvin. For a monitor of this class, this is just great, because many conventional displays (both lower and several times higher) show much more spread.
Now let’s look at the uniformity of the backlight and the different color effects in the case of a black box. We will do this using two photographs taken at different distances from the screen (~70 and ~150 cm).
Many people know that the visibility of the Glow effect, along with its inherent spurious shades and loss of contrast, depends on the position of the person in front of the monitor. The closer you are to the screen, the stronger the Glow effect, and it always starts to appear at the corners of the panel.
In about 90% of cases, “exposed” areas on IPS-type and TN + Film matrices under normal operating conditions are exclusively the fault of the Glow effect, but the vast majority of consumers, when they see them, speak of poor backlight uniformity. This is not true! You can test this theory in practice by deviating from the normal of the screen in different directions and changing the position in front of the monitor, or simply by changing the angle of its inclination and the height of the case on the stand.
In the case of the Nitro VG271Pb, the situation is exactly the same. At a short distance from the screen, four corners are illuminated (everything is classic of the genre), with pronounced spurious shades. As soon as you move further away, the photo of the backlight uniformity changes, and we see an almost perfect black field with single spotlights of 1-2 cm — this is the real uniformity of the monitor’s backlight. Additional comments here will be superfluous. Just look and compare with what modern *VA models of similar parameters demonstrate. You will be very surprised!
⇡ # Visual evaluation of the image and features of the model
⇡#Gradients quality and response speed
The Acer Nitro VG271Pb uses an 8-bit matrix (most likely using the FRC method), which provides good quality gradients at default settings. Minor edits in the LUT of the video card after applying the profile created during the calibration slightly disturb the smoothness of tonal transitions: about 3-4 sharper transitions appear in the 10-30% region with weak spurious shades. The result for a monitor of this class is very worthy.
In the issue of «banding» (difficulties with reproducing tone transitions in shadows, and sometimes not only), the monitor under study also showed itself well done, outperforming most of the competitive solutions on matrices of a different type in quality.
Now let’s move on to the speed characteristics of the model. For the VG271Pb, the maximum vertical frequency is 144Hz without the need for overclocking. The manufacturer indicated a response time of 1 ms without hesitation — according to the Motion Picture Response Time method in VRB mode with the insertion of a “black frame”. In other words, this is not exactly the response time, but the time the finished frame is displayed on the screen in the interval between black (empty) frames with the backlight turned off.
This is such a marketing trick that all manufacturers without exception began to use in an attempt to bring the speed indicators of *VA- and IPS-solutions closer to fast TN+Film-solutions, where the indicated 1-2 ms, as a rule, are always obtained and indicated according to the standard GtG method .
But methods and numbers are one thing, and reality is another. And in it, the new Acer turns out to be really very fast — many have been waiting for such Full HD solutions based on IPS for a long time. Even though the model does not bypass TN+Film, it is close to many of them and easily bypasses all *VA variants without exception.
With the standard settings for overclocking the Overdrive matrix, the tails are small, and the artifacts on the test scenes are barely visible. They are much more visible when scrolling text against the background of light fields, and to get rid of this drawback, overclocking will have to be turned off. We don’t recommend the Extreme mode at all — for the reason that the artifacts in it will always be with you, you don’t even need to look closely.
By activating VRB, the user can continue to adjust the Overdrive to their liking. Moving objects in any case become much clearer, the text is easy to read, but at the same time, trails become clearer (although their length does not increase). The load on the eyes in this case grows, but the feeling of playing behind the monitor becomes completely different. It is worth seeing, playing and understanding for yourself once: do you need a mode with the insertion of a “black frame” — or not? Opinions in any case will be different, and there is no one right among them.
The monitor supports the Adaptive-Sync system, and with it the first version of AMD Free-Sync in the range from 48 to 144 Hz. With lower FPS, users of AMD video cards use the LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) system, and NVIDIA owners, who can seamlessly activate G-Sync Compatible (albeit not officially confirmed by the “greens”), it is better to keep the system performance at a higher level .
The absence of frame drops at 144 Hz was confirmed by a special test from the UFOTest package. With this, the monitor, like a real gaming model, has no problems.
⇡ # Viewing angles and Glow—Effect
The viewing angles of the Acer Nitro VG271Pb monitor do not stand out from those of most other 27-inch IPS-type solutions with conventional W-LED backlighting and any variation in the vertical frequency. We have not discovered anything new for ourselves and for you.
With slight changes in the viewing angle in the horizontal plane, the picture on the screen does not change at all. If you increase the angle to 30-45 degrees, then the image becomes a little less contrast, the saturation of some colors decreases slightly, the shadows are slightly brightened, a slight stray shade appears in one or another part of the screen — nothing unusual. With changes in the vertical plane, the picture on the screen deteriorates faster and stronger.
Actually, we have already told everything about the Glow effect above, and here are a few more photos showing how the stray shade and the degree of its manifestation change depending on the position of the user in front of the screen with a black fill. Nothing particularly interesting — in front of you is a regular IPS-type display.
On color images, Glow is much weaker, but still noticeable. The image at the corners is covered with a kind of haze, the contrast drops, but there is no posterization at complex color transitions — and this is a plus, at least compared to what *VA- and many TN+Film-solutions demonstrate.
⇡#Crystal effect, cross hatching, PWM
The Acer Nitro VG271Pb monitor uses a high-quality semi-matte matrix surface.
The picture is far from the level of a glossy magazine, but the display has good anti-glare properties. The crystalline effect is barely noticeable (many won’t see it at all) and practically does not change when the viewing angle and viewing conditions change. The effect of Cross Hatching of the studied monitor model is not peculiar.
Unlike many gaming *VA-solutions, the Acer Nitro VG271Pb has no problems with small elements and fonts of any size. Additional sharpness adjustment is not required, and activated Super Sharpness in some preset modes only spoils the picture.
According to the manufacturer, the display has Flicker-Free backlighting, which was confirmed during our tests. At any level of brightness, SHI modulation is not used, or its frequency is several kilohertz or even tens of kilohertz. For their eyes, potential buyers can be calm, but only if you follow other simple rules: you need to monitor the brightness of the screen, choose the right distance to the monitor, and so on.
Activating VRB switches the backlight to a different mode of operation — the smoothness of the picture increases noticeably. The frequency of SHI modulation in this case is 100-120 Hz (depending on the set vertical frequency), which significantly affects eye fatigue. What is better to use and for what situations — everyone decides for himself.
The Acer Nitro VG271Pb uses a built-in power supply. There are no parasitic sounds from it and the control electronics of the monitor.
Fast IPS-solutions of the Full HD standard have been expected by many like manna from heaven for the past 2 years. At the same time, during this couple of years, an infinite number of game *VA models appeared on the market, and almost all manufacturers tried to promote them with all their might. In a certain sense, the task was completed — many began to forget about fast TN + Film displays, starting to focus solely on marketing statements and insane numbers in technical specifications that do not much correspond to the real positioning. But now we have the Acer Nitro VG271Pb and its direct competitors, so we can relax.
The hero of the review is an intermediate link, since closer to 2020 240-Hz IPS solutions will come to the market, including the already announced models of Acer itself. Well, the Nitro VG271Pb will remain an entry-level solution, the capabilities of which will be able to cover most of the needs of end users, and with the money saved they can upgrade the video card, processor, or something more important. Here you need to understand that such a sweep frequency and panel speed are more than enough, and future solutions are created exclusively for professional players and lovers of numbers in technical specifications.
Acer Nitro VG271Pb is fully consistent with its status on the market, fulfills every thousand invested in it, has a number of important advantages, one obvious drawback and one more drawback (and for some it will become just a feature), which surprised us. It also has a share of competent marketing and “technology for the sake of technology”, but against the background of all those Full HD gaming solutions for the average layman who does not require insane speeds, the Acer Nitro VG271Pb looks really honest. Good luck making the right choice!
From file server 3DNews.en can be downloaded color profile for this monitor, which we received after the hardware calibration procedure.
- good quality of materials and assembly (at the level of all other solutions of the Nitro series);
- the presence of a VESA-compatible mount;
- convenient control system;
- built-in speaker system (albeit simple, but most gaming monitors do not have any);
- support for HDR (standards HDR10 and VESA Display HDR400, but all this is pseudo-HDR);
- high-speed 144Hz IPS panel with VRB black frame insertion mode available;
- support for AMD Free-Sync and G-Sync Compatible adaptive sync technologies (the latter is not official, but we checked it and everything works as it should);
- decent factory settings and high-quality emulation of the sRGB space;
- high stability of grayscale CT in all studied modes — many professional monitors will envy;
- a very wide range of brightness changes with a consistently high contrast ratio;
- good illumination uniformity on a bright field in terms of color temperature;
- excellent uniformity of illumination on a black field (excluding the Glow effect);
- W-LED backlight without flicker (Flicker-Free) in the entire range of brightness changes;
- excellent viewing angles;
- no problems with text and small details (unlike *VA-competitors);
- surprisingly weak «banding»;
- no noticeable crystal effect, cross-hatching, skipping frames and spurious sounds during operation;
- one of the most affordable monitors in the class.
- limited ergonomics of the stand and insufficient rigidity of its attachment to the body;
- the presence of noticeable artifacts on a small number of color transitions with Overdrive enabled — you have to turn it off and lose a little in speed.
Might not suit:
- not very practical materials of individual body elements;
- simple delivery set;
- no USB switch;
- high installation height of the case on the stand;
- the average result of backlight uniformity in terms of brightness level on a bright field — but you should not expect much better in this class;
- the ability to activate VRB only at a frequency of 100 and 120 Hz;
- insufficiently high maximum brightness in VRB modes;
- strong Glow-effect on a black field — exactly the same as most IPS-representatives.