How does BenQ’s entry-level 144Hz monitor stand up against the competition? Let’s take a look.Design
The XL2411 has a slightly asymmetric design, with a chunkier bezel on the bottom right corner which houses the downward-facing buttons for the on-screen display. Apart from this, the bezels are of moderate thickness on all four sides, making this monitor less than ideal for multi-monitor setups. The lips around the screen are apparently specially designed to minimise distractions caused by reflections, although we couldn’t notice any specific difference in a blind trial.
The monitor is constructed from black matte plastic, with none of the red accents [...]
On paper, the Acer XB270HU is gold. It’s an IPS display running at 1440p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, and even comes with G-Sync support. If you’re looking for a gaming monitor and 4K seems like overkill, then the XB270HU has the spec sheet you really want. IPS for colour accuracy and viewing angles; 1440p for good visuals without the performance requirements of 4K, and 144Hz for silky-smooth, responsive gaming. In this review, we’ll put it to the test.
The Predator XB270H is one of Acer’s first gaming monitors to support G-Sync, a new Nvidia initiative that eliminates screen tearing without locking a monitor to 60Hz (or a multiple thereof). The monitor runs at 144Hz too, ensuring that if you’ve got enough grunt in your PC, you’ll get a very smooth experience – ideal for fast-paced games like shooters. The 27-inch frame is the standard ‘large’ size nowadays, and the 1080p resolution ensures that your PC doesn’t need to be too expensive to hit that 144 fps target. The XB270H looks like a promising gaming monitor, so let’s take a closer look at how it performs.