Three eye-tracking monitors join Acer’s Predator gaming squad

Acer's announced a whole pile of products at its IFA keynote this morning, and we're still sifting through them. The company seems to have a newfound fondness for Tobii's eye-tracking technology. Like that fancy laptop we reported on this morning, the three new Predator gaming monitors Acer announced—the Z271T, XB251HQT, and XB271HUT—support the new interface as a built-in feature.

The Z271T is part of the Predator Z1 series that Acer announced back in April. Those monitors have yet to hit the shops, but the Z271T appears to be essentially be the 27-inch version of the Z1 with eye-tracking added on. That means it's a 27-inch 1920×1080 monitor with an 1800R curvature and a 144Hz refresh rate. The other monitors in the Predator Z1 family use VA panels with 100% sRGB coverage, and it's likely this one will have similar specs.

The other two monitors are part of the top-end Predator XB series. The XB271HU is a favorite display of gamers with dosh to spend, featuring a 27" 2560×1440 IPS panel that officially supports overclocking to 165Hz. It's an analog of Asus' PG279Q, and we've recommended it as an alternative to that display in the past. Most likely, the new XB271HUT is simply a Tobii-enabled version of that display, as it lists most of the same specifications.

Meanwhile, the XB251HQT is new to us. This marks the first monitor we've seen from Acer's Predator line with a 25-inch diagonal, and Acer's press release says it's a 1920×1080 G-Sync display that supports refresh rates up to 240Hz. Given its membership in the exclusive Predator XB lineup, it should feature an IPS panel, and like its siblings, it will support G-Sync. This display could be one to watch out for.

Acer says the Predator Z271T and its VA panel will be available in Europe in October starting at €799, while the top-end XB271HUT should come in at €899 in December. Unfortunately, while the new Predators look nice, Acer hasn't provided any pricing or availability information for these monitors in North America.

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    • Andrew Lauritzen
    • 3 years ago

    If they’re going to put something in the bezel I’d vastly prefer a Windows Hello compatible camera to be honest… that’s actually pretty useful at least.

    • DoomGuy64
    • 3 years ago

    the only reason why I would ever want something like this is if it implemented parallax effects instead of acting like a mouse. 3d without glasses, basically.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 3 years ago

    So faced with choosing between RealSense camera integration or Tobii, they went with the useless tech that’ll have less impact than PhysX.

    Yeah, that’s great.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    IPS with 165Hz and 240Hz? What witchcraft is this?

      • puppetworx
      • 3 years ago

      Seems unlikely given pixel response rates.

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 3 years ago

      The electronics probably refresh that fast internally, but I’m sure the panel can’t keep pace, particularly for gray to gray. I bet refresh rates are the new “dynamic contrast ratio” of monitors–specs that may be [i<]technically[/i<] correct, but realistically people will never use/notice.

    • Shinare
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Three eye-tracking monitors join Acer's Predator gaming squad[/quote<] What if I only have 2 eyes?

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      The appearance of the monitor in the photo suggests that it can zap all the spiders in the range of 20 meters with lasers. Spiders have more than two eyes.

    • cynan
    • 3 years ago

    What?! You mean these don’t offer the capability to control cursor movement with the mystic powers of your chakra? Sigh… (I guess you’re just bound for that kind of stark disappointment when you read article titles too fast).

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Not [i<]Third[/i<]-eye tracking, cynan. 🙂

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    This is just a placeholder for the Song of Ice and Fire references.

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