CES is set to get started right away, but already some news is starting to trickle out of Las Vegas. Acer has taken the wraps off of two new monitors aimed at gamers. The first features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, for smoother frame delivery. For more info on G-SYNC, please refer to this article. The basics of it is that instead of the monitor refreshing at a fixed rate, it instead waits for a new frame from the GPU before refreshing.

Acer XB270HU

The first monitor is the Acer XB270HU, which, according to the Acer press release, is the world’s first IPS monitor with G-SYNC capability. It is a 27” 2560x1440 resolution IPS panel, with a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. This will give much better viewing angles (up to 178°) and generally a better color accuracy as well, although that will have to be tested. The XB270HU also comes on a height adjustable stand which offers tilt and swivel. The specifics of the panel are not mentioned, so at this time we cannot say whether it is a 6 or 8 bit panel. Availability is March 2015.

Acer XG270HU

The second gaming monitor is the XG270HU which has a 27” edge-to-edge frameless display according to the press release. It is not completely frameless of course, but the bezels are much smaller than normal on the side. The bottom of the monitor still has a large bezel though, so if you are looking for something frameless to use in portrait mode, these are not the monitors for you. The XG model is a TN panel, but features the same 2560x1440 resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate as the XB model, and features HDMI 2.0, DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 connections. Acer is claiming a 1 ms response time for this model. As with the XB model, availability will be in March 2015.

Prices were not announced at this time.

Source: Acer

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  • cosmotic - Saturday, January 3, 2015 - link

    I don't think acer knows what "Frameless" means. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Saturday, January 3, 2015 - link

    They do know, which is why they didn't call it "bezel-less". The way LCD panels are made makes it near impossible to achieve a panel with zero frame or bezel. Reply
  • sor - Saturday, January 3, 2015 - link

    Seems horrible to have a red bezel... You'd want a neutral color so it doesn't potentially clash with what's on screen. Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, January 3, 2015 - link

    I agree. That's why I never understood Apple's white-bezel Cinema Displays (which eventually went to Silver/Aluminum Bezels) Reply
  • mobutu - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - link

    You know, both black and white are neutral. Reply
  • Mr.r9 - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - link

    I know. I've even painted the wall behind my PC/TV mat black. Reply
  • Hung_Low - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - link

    finally, 144hz ips!!!
    it's probably an AUO panel, since AUO announced a year ago that they are R&Ding on an 120hz+ IPS panel.
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  • Mr Perfect - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - link

    This makes me wonder if press reports are calling panel types by the right name. AUO anounced a 2560x1440 144Hz AHVA panel( http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/31.htm#14... ), but a lot of sites reported it as an IPS panel because the tech is similar and everyone knows what IPS is.

    So is this Acer display the AHVA panel being called an IPS for marketing simplicity, or did LG get their IPS panels up to 144Hz?
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  • Kutark - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - link

    AHVA and IPS are basically the same thing, and yes, AHVA panels are marketed as IPS, because they are IPS panels, they do use in-plane switching Reply
  • Mondozai - Sunday, January 4, 2015 - link

    The fact that they do not disclose the input lag on the IPS model is worrying. The main problem of IPS displays have always been input lag from a gaming perspective. Plus the ROG Swift TN panel had very good colors. Still, it's good that they are moving in the right direction.

    Now we just need similar Freesync models so we can get rid of the stupid G-sync tax.
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