Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: Acer K272HUL 27" 1440p Monitor

I just received my Acer K272HUL from They were having a sale plus coupon code so the price ended up being $329.99! Awesome price for a 27" 1440p monitor and I just couldn't pass it up. I am by no means a professional reviewer,graphics artist, or gamer that requires the lowest response rate or highest refresh rate. I just wanted a monitor big enough for some school work and general gaming (mostly Battlefield 4). With two-day shipping, I ordered on a Thursday and received it on Monday.

 Box didn't look damaged and the UPS guy had me sign. Inside the box was a DisplayPort Cable, DVI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, power cable, some manuals, and of course the monitor. Some people have had issues using DisplayPort, but everything worked right out of the box. Currently using the DisplayPort cable that came with the monitor hooked up to a 660 Ti.

Installing the base was pretty straight forward. Twist the screw clockwise to tighten then place the monitor on the stand. The stand only tilts forward and backwards. It would have been nice if it raised or lowered. But it does have a VESA mount which really helps out.

Here is an image with the brightness all the way up and a black background to test for light bleed. The photo makes it seem worse, but some adjustment of the brightness and I can't even notice it anymore. Other people may use this as grounds for return but it doesn't bother me as much.

I currently only have a 660 Ti so I have to turn the settings to Medium to get above 60 fps. Again, I am not a super serious gamer so this is perfectly fine for me. My second monitor (Acer G235H) is still being used for Battlelog. Not sure what else I'll be able to use it for quite yet.

And the rest of the battlestation. Behind the monitors is the office computer and NAS. Laptop is a Sager NP9130 for when I travel. Nexus 7 with dock hanging out telling me the weather and time.

For $330, I personally think this is worth it over the Korean branded monitors. Granted, this doesn't overclock but for office work and moderate gaming, this is a great monitor. Also, I hope you don't actually plan on using the built-in speakers. They sound absolutely horrible, like a set of airline headphones set to loud.