Acer Predator XB271HK 27″ 4K Monitor Review


Non-Colorimeter Tweaking and Results

In a perfect world either every monitor would come factory calibrated to perfection or every single consumer would own a decent colorimeter. We don’t live in such a world and as such most consumers simply use the old Mark 1 Mod 0 eyeball to fix any imperfections with the stock colors of their new monitor.
In order to gauge how easy this is to do for a given monitor we have included a new set of tests. These tests will be carried out before any of our standard tests and will consist of us using a combination of the free online LCD Monitor Test Images (found here LCD monitor test images) and then if necessary the free Hex2Bit Monitor Calibration Wizard (found here Hex2Bit – Software by Mike Walters). The goal of these tests is to not only gauge how easy it is to accurately calibrate a given monitor using only the onboard monitor tools, but to see how closely we can come to what a Spyder3 Elite can do.

To obtain these results we did the following
– Used “User” mode
– Adjusted the brightness to 43% (which resulted in a 120.3 cd/m2)
– All other settings left to default levels

Put simply the combination of an excellent – if somewhat limited – On Screen Display with decent – if not outstanding – physical buttons is a winning one. All we really needed to do was turn down the brightness a bit since we used the monitor in a darker environment.

Once this is simple task is accomplished it will all come down to personal tastes and how persnickety a consumer is. For most the default color profile will be more than good enough, if somewhat warm. Though with that said, we do recommend investing in an inexpensive colorimeter as this will ensure that you do notovercompensate and end up with even worse color profile than the default values allow.

The same holds true of the default gamma setting, as the default of 2.23 is decent but some will feel that blacks are a touch washed out. Here however consumers will have to opt for off-screen correction as the built in gamma correction is best described as poor at best. Luckily, even the most inexpensive colorimeters will also correct gamma levels while correcting the color profile – making such an investment even easier to justify. Now with that being said having to invest an addition hundred dollars after spending $900 for a monitor may rub some people the wrong way. As such we recommend looking at a XB271HK in action before pulling the trigger on one.

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