Acer unveils 4K monitor with G-Sync

Monitors with support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology have been a long time coming. Now, at last, one seems to have arrived—and it's a doozy.

Dubbed the XB280HK, this new Acer specimen has a 28" LED-backlit panel with a 3840x2160 resolution. Its 170/170° viewing angles fall about eight degrees short of what IPS screens usually deliver, but they beat the 170/160° you typically get with TN panels.

Also, the display's adjustable stand should ensure users never view the image too far off-center. The stand allows the display to be tilted from -5° to 35°, rotated by 120°, raised by 150 mm, and pivoted from landscape to portrait mode.

Other perks include a built-in USB 3.0 hub with four ports placed along the display's side and bottom. Acer says you can use these to connect your mouse and keyboard, but USB 3.0 is speedy enough for external storage and other bandwidth-hungry devices, too.

Of course, there's G-Sync. When paired with a GeForce GTX graphics card, the XB280HK should be able to eliminate screen tearing by syncing up its refresh rate to the in-game frame rate—without the performance and latency downsides of vsync. We've tested G-Sync first-hand, and we've found it to be quite effective.

Acer hasn't announced pricing for the XB280HK, but it intends to start worldwide shipments of the monitor this quarter. With only five weeks left in Q2, we'll probably see this thing hit e-tail stocks fairly soon.

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