The first screens equipped with HDR technologies, High Dynamic Range and NVIDIA G-Sync are finally to officially debut on the market. Initially shown in the CES 2017 edition of Las Vegas, just over 16 months ago, these products were characterized by a series of marketing delays that led them to the current situation.
The Acer Predator X27 will be the first to debut, with deliveries in North America starting from June 1 at a price of $1,999 excluding taxes: this is a very high value, in line with the €2,500 that had been indicated in recent weeks as a pre-order price at some European retailers.
The technical specifications of this screen are confirmed: with diagonal of 27 inches with 4K resolution, viewing angles of 178° both vertical and horizontal, the response time of 4ms and maximum refresh rate that can touch 144 Hz, the monitor as indicated comes with support for HDR and G-Sync technologies.
A technical note on the maximum refresh rate: this is limited to 98 Hz, due to the maximum bandwidth available with DisplayPort 1.4 connection, using a 4:4:4 chroma subsampling; going to 4:2:2 it is possible to go beyond the 120 MHz refresh rate.
Compared to the propotypes initially shown, the retail version of Predator X27 has seen the addition of side and top frames to better shield the panel from sources of lateral lighting, and in this way increase the contrast. Tobii tracking technology is also lacking, implemented with support in a small number of titles on the market.
Next to the Acer Predator X27 monitor we will presumably also see ASUS PG27U soon, based on the same screen and equipped with technical characteristics almost similar to those of the Acer proposal. It is conceivable that even for the ASUS proposal the price list will be indicatively equal to 2,000 dollars excluding taxes in North America.
Check the technical specifications of the Acer’s Predator X27 monitor below:
NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR
IPS 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD), 144Hz
Brightness: 600 nits / 1000 nits (Peak)
4ms (GTG) Response time
HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.0 x 4
Predator Shield, Light Sensor
Swivel, Rotate, Height Adjustments, VESA