Acer is readying to launch a brand new pair of 240 Hz gaming monitors as part of its Predator series.
Interestingly, both models use an IPS panel, adding two new options to the pretty scarce lineup of monitors capable of hitting a 240 Hz refresh rate while marrying it to the IPS tech's excellent color quality and gamut as well as better viewing angles.
The two models are the 24.5-inch Predator XB253QGX and 27-inch Predator XB273GX. The models are relatively similar in terms of specifications with the panel size being the only real differentiator. Here's a breakdown of what each one offers.
The Predator XB253QGX features a 24.5-inch IPS panel, a max resolution of 1920x1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, 16.7 million colors, 240 Hz refresh rate, 1ms gray-to-gray/0.5 ms using OverDrive, a color gamut hitting 99 percent sRGB, 400 nits brightness with and without HDR-enabled, and viewing angles of 178 degrees both vertically and horizontally.
The Predator XB273GX features a 27-inch IPS panel, max resolution of 1920x1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, 16.7 million colors, 240 Hz refresh rate, 1ms gray-to-gray/0.5ms using OverDrive, a 99% sRGB color gamut, 350 nits brightness as standard and 400 nits using HDR, and similar vertical and horizontal viewing angles of 178 degrees.
The 1080p limit isn't ideal, but this is cushioned nicely by the 240 Hz refresh rate. We have to be patient before we see resolutions catch up with bringing the high refresh rate to IPS panels.
Both monitors have a 'zero frame design,' which limits the border around the panel for maximum immersion. There's also a GameView function that offers eight distinct viewing modes and Black Boost function with eleven black intensity levels. Acer has thrown in G-Sync compatibility, Flicker-less tech, a blue light shield, and a low dimming function.
The monitors are also versatile with a pivot function and adjustable stand. Each one has two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.2, and four USB 3.0 ports, as well as inbuilt double 2 W stereo speakers and a headphone jack.
Unsurprisingly, a gaming rig with a top-notch GPU is a prerequisite, so tread carefully if Acer's latest offering tempts you.