Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR monitor shows up at Newegg for $2000

Remember that Acer Predator X27 monitor that PC World's executive editor was salivating over just a bit ago? Well, it's available for pre-order at Newegg. Yes, folks, the first G-Sync HDR display is finally up for sale. It's cheaper than we expected, too. Newegg says it'll dole out the displays on June 1 for the low, low price of just $2000.

There's no denying that two grand is a hefty sum to pay for any computer monitor, much less a 27″ IPS LCD. Even so, paying that princely sum gets you the privilege of owning arguably the best gaming display ever created. In case you've missed our previous coverage of the Predator X27, its IPS LCD panel has a display resolution of 3840×2160, refreshes at up to 144 Hz, shines at up to 1000 cd/m², and supports G-Sync HDR.

The X27 runs at 120 Hz out of the box, so getting the display to run at 144 Hz will require getting your hands dirty with a bit of overclocking. We reckon most gerbils are up to the task, though. Getting even 120 Hz at 3840×2160 requires the use of a DisplayPort connection, since the monitor is limited to 60 Hz over HDMI 2.0 at its native resolution. Acer says the Predator X27 can reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

Based on early European pricing, we'd expected this monitor to go for much more than even its high actual price. Asus' very similar ROG Swift PG27UQ was listed for around €2500, while Danish retailer Komplett had the Predator X27 marked down for 18,495 DKK (about $3000). By comparison, the price of $1999.99 that went up on Newegg today seems downright reasonable. We expect quantities are limited—the listing says “limit 1 per customer”—so if you plan to pick up one of these monitors, you'd probably best get to it. Thanks to TR tipster SH SOTN for the heads-up.

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    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    21:9 or no deal

    • elonia
    • 1 year ago
    • Blytz
    • 1 year ago

    I assume the esports gerbils will love it since that’s probably the only range of titles that get close to 144 @ 4k with current hardware.

    I hope the person who downvoted me can show me a few games that aren’t e-sports that run at 144fps @ 4k with 2 cards or less

      • jts888
      • 1 year ago

      I wish 2D (or so-called 2.5D) gaming with frame-locked 120 fps on strobed 120 Hz displays would become a thing. Plenty of retro titles like Super Meat Boy, Shovel Knight, etc. have very compelling enough gameplay for their low graphical fidelity to be overlooked or embraced, and they can run on ridiculously low-spec GPUs in even UHD.

      The fact that 25 year old consoles on CRTs have perceptibly smoother and more responsive gameplay than anything made since is more than a little depressing to me.

    • Ryu Connor
    • 1 year ago

    [url<]http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-ultrasharp-27-4k-hdr-monitor-up2718q/apd/210-amvp/monitors-monitor-accessories[/url<] Another point of comparison.

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      That monitor operates at less than half of the refresh rate of the 144Hz options. It’s apples to peanuts.

        • Ryu Connor
        • 1 year ago

        Because monitors sole feature is their refresh rate. No other applicable specs exist. Gotcha.

          • Kretschmer
          • 1 year ago

          I mean, what are you comparing, then? They’re different panels with different features for different purposes.

          This news post is about the first of the gaming 4K displays.

        • uni-mitation
        • 1 year ago

        I believe both are monitors, so in a sense, any two monitors may be compared with a set of objective metrics. Just like I could compare this Halo product to the first 2000 CRT monitor that I had. Now, that you think there is no point in comparing your 2018 Phantom to my pedestrian 2003 Ford Escord for example or the CRT monitor to this predator, is just your subjective opinion with no objective reason of why we should not compare them.

        If so, you could simply said so. Otherwise, please explain to me why it is not an objective comparison. I am curious to know.

        uni-mitation

    • floodo1
    • 1 year ago

    All things considered … sounds about right

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Is it [i<]really[/i<] eight times better than a Korean 27" 4K IPS 60Hz monitor? It would be appreciated if hat 99th percentile disposable income group would let the rest of us know, at some point soon.

      • floodo1
      • 1 year ago

      Yes, it has 384 zone backlight

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        A similarly-priced OLED display has an [i<]8.3 million zone[/i<] backlight. If these 4K/120Hz controllers are starting to hit the market, there's no reason we won't see them in OLEDs soon. It seems mad (to me) to pay OLED money for cheap VA. I [i<]do[/i<] get that this is a very nice VA panel, but anyone pretending that VA or IPS compares to OLED is kidding themselves.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Don’t be naive and show your lack of experience, Chris P. You know your argument is fallacious and I’m not sure why you made it. Or unless you truly are naive and inexperienced, and in that case it’s not your fault.

      Is any premium or Halo product priced on a linear curve with low-end products or entry-level products?

      Is any high end product worth n times a low end product? It depends who you ask..I wear $450 shoes to work and I feel they are worth it over $100 shoes.

      I’m honestly not sure why I made this post. Prior to this, I thought you were a reasonably intelligent person.

      May as well include this for my boi @umi-mitation

      Goodnight,

      Srsly_Bro

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        It’s more that this thing will be swarmed with equivalent big-brand competition at significantly less than half the price before the meagre 1-year warranty runs out.

        And that’s the big-brand stuff with much higher prices than the Korean stuff which has a decent track record and in my personal experience can outperform the big-brand stuff.

          • Kretschmer
          • 1 year ago

          I doubt that desktop size/density OLED monitors with adaptive sync will be out within a year. I also doubt that “big-brand” IPS competition will be available at a significantly lower price this year with the FALD backlight and adaptive sync. Those panels are pricey. Sure, there’s an early adopter premium, but we didn’t see a similar undercutting of Asus and Acer with prior monitor tech.

          Also, these flagship units typically have a 3 year warranty, but why let facts get in the way of your crusade…

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            I didn’t say that OLED VRR monitors would be out in a year.
            Acer Predator monitors come with a 1 year warranty. I had to invoke the EU 2-year rule when my Predator Z1 failed.

            Your crusade appears to be to misquote and set up tangential accusations, but whatever floats your boat.

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-UltraWide-Widescreen-X34/dp/B016GNX4SE[/url<] X34: 3 years [url<]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/817ffK6HSsS.pdf[/url<] XB271HU: 3 years [url<]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/817ffK6HSsS.pdf[/url<] Z35P: 3 years [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009989[/url<] Z271: 3 years In fact, if put the effort in to go to the newegg link IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE you would note that the warranty FOR THIS MONITOR is 3 years: [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824011229&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=11877032&PID=1800524&SID=[/url<] Also, I addressed the likeliness of both cheaper OLED and IPS substitutes being released within a year. (Hint: It's not likely for comparable SKUs.)

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            Thanks for being an American; Those are US warranties. I am not in the US nor was I talking about the US.

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            Then caveat you comment with being from an outlier country, warranty-wise. A quick check confirms that Acer provides 3 year warranties in the UK and Germany, and I’d imagine that population-wise, most of the EU enjoys similar support.

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            As derailed as you’ve managed to make this thread (something you seem to be a pedantic master of), a quick check confirms that the warranty for Acer Gaming/Predator monitors in the UK is, without any doubt, [url=https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/standard-warranty<]1 year.[/url<]. In case you completely missed it, my comment that triggered your tangential crusade was 1) Explaining my painful, first-hand experience with the 1 year Acer warranty 2) In the EU. Could I have been any more clear? What is your problem?

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            Scroll down. That link lists “2 Years Carry-in” for consumer monitors. [url<]https://i.imgur.com/RYwSZLw.jpg[/url<] That's what's bothering me. This is cool new tech, and in every thread you're downplaying the engineering challenges and spreading misinformation. -No, these monitors aren't so expensive because of their GSync modules. It's the fancy new backlighting. -No, these monitors won't be obsolete within a year. We know the panel roadmaps, and there is at least several months between panel release and product release. -No, it doesn't make sense to compare these monitors to random 60Hz Korean displays off eBay (and yet you care a lot about warranties?). -No, it doesn't make sense to compare these displays to anything with a DP 1.4 interface, as they have additional features. -No, the listed UK warranty for Acer gaming monitors is 2 years, not 1 year. -Yes, other people decide to spend their disposable income on other toys than you. No, that doesn't make them better or worse than you. Your own lifestyle and toys are beyond the imaginations of 99% of humanity outside of western countries. I think that these displays are an idiot tax, but I don't begrudge their existence or eventual sales success. You have a great grasp of tech but are oddly zealous against gaming monitors.

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            I’m happy now. You called these displays an idiot tax and that’s really all I’ve been arguing about all along.

            I am optimistic that these will rapidly come down in price. You are welcome to be a pessimist or agree with me – there are no prizes for guessing right, either way.

            • anotherengineer
            • 1 year ago

            Well idiot tax = ‘gaming’ rip off tax is probably closer to correct. I wouldn’t be too optimistic about prices dropping.

            For example in October/November 2009 I bought for $330 cnd (w/o tax) one of the first 120Hz LCD monitors available in mass to regular consumers.
            [url<]http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/samsung_2233rz.htm[/url<] Almost 9 years later, a decent name brand, non-open box, non-refurb, high refresh rate screen is about [url<]https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009642[/url<] [url<]https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236313[/url<] ya about the same price as it was when the technology was new almost 9 years ago. Just slap the gaming moniker on it and the price with barely drop at all.

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            I mean, I think that they’re a good value for what they offer to people at the bleeding edge – certainly a better gaming value proposition than Titan cards or i9 CPUs. But 4K 120Hz gaming is so far away from today’s GPUs that it makes no sense to buy a $2,000 monitor at the bleeding edge to run it at 57 FPS. You’re paying more for a worse experience.

        • Freon
        • 1 year ago

        I bet you have a lot of friends.

      • uni-mitation
      • 1 year ago

      This would be an apt comparison if we were to have efficient scalability in all points of demand (a bloke producing one car has the same per unit cost than a giant factory with specialization of labor) & assume that the allocation of resources (supply) would meet market demand at every point of the scale (that we have an infinite amount of resources, we don’t). We unfortunately find that reality is far much cruel.

      1- [url=https://www.investopedia.com/university/economics/economics3.asp<] Supply & demand [/url<] is the natural way in which the market decides the efficient allocation of scarce resources. Those that have the most purchasing power get first dibs at scarce resources. [quote<] In economics, a market is efficient if the maximum amount of goods and services are being produced with a given level of resources, and if no additional output is possible without increasing the amount of inputs. Efficient markets ensure optimal resource utilization by allowing for price to motivate independent actors in the economy. If buyers and sellers are free to choose how to allocate resources, prices will direct resources towards those who value them most and can utilize them most effectively. [/quote<] [url=https://www.investopedia.com/exam-guide/cfa-level-1/microeconomics/market-efficiency.asp<] Furthermore [/url<], [quote<] In the real world today we have seen higher oil prices stimulate more drilling for oil and more investment in oil substitutes. The wage rates of mainframe programmers in the United States has decreased over the last several years in comparison to the year 2000, as there less of a need for their services. The lower wage rates have induced more mainframe programmers to retrain themselves with other computer skills, or to leave the field. [/quote<] 2- If we then apply the above principles, then the relatively higher prices of this very nice monitor will entice other market producers to allocate their resources to produce this new monitor because the buyers are willing to pay a higher price! 3- Yet, there is a limitation to the above. The producers of monitors must strive to produce this new product in which they turn a profit. If supply overtakes demand then they run the risk of selling these at a lower price(and most likely at a loss). So, they need to find that curve where they produce X amount of monitors but does not exceed demand. So, demand has to be high enough for an efficient outlay of capital in the beginning of production that lower the per unit cost of each unit and therefore increases the margins of profit. This is referred to as [url=https://www.investopedia.com/insights/what-are-economies-of-scale/<] economies of scales. [/url<]. 4- If these previous propositions hold then we come to an unsavory conclusion: [b<] It is thanks to these wealthy individuals that are able to drive demand and therefore efficiency (because of scarse resources, supply). [/b<] It is thanks to the wealthy individuals that have a taste in better things in life that we, peasants, enjoy: -lower fares in taking a flight because those in business class are paying for a much profitable product and therefore subsidizing those peasants flying in coach which carries a lower profit margin (the amount of people that you can cram in a plane is the limited supply, therefore who in their right will not cater to business people?] -lower and better computing power in our disposal by having big enterprises with bigger resources to spend on enterprise level products (which carry a bigger profit margin) and after a while it is passed on to the consumer segment (first enthusiast, then mainstream then budget). -lower and better car with technologically advanced features by having people show off their new Bentleys, Phantoms, Mercedez-Benzs, etc which carry bigger profit margin and increase the adoption of new fangled technolgies. -etc, etc, etc. 5- Therefore, I respectfully submit to you that a comparison of a mainstream product to a halo product like this one comparing it to scalability is erroneous if you fail to account for the previously discussed principles of: -Supply and demand (efficient allocation of scace resources) -Economies of scales (that mainstream product has a much better economies of scales because there is a higher demand, and therefore, a bigger initial capital outlay for a new factory will product these products at a lower cost-per-unit) uni-mitation P.S- The sources are not the ones I would typically want to cite but the economics book that I have are in boxes and unaccessible to me at this moment.

      • End User
      • 1 year ago

      Stop complaining.

    • Tristan
    • 1 year ago

    lol, price drop suggest that no oen preordered this item so far
    maybe these folks realized that Fortune 500 members do not play games, nor they are childs

      • Voldenuit
      • 1 year ago

      But how can you do speed trading at a [i<]measly 60fps[/i<]???

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    I find these prices… Predatory.

    Ba-DUMSH.

    EDIT: Ninja’ed.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    My monitor overclocks via OSD setting. Not sure that qualifies as “getting hands dirty.”

    • guardianl
    • 1 year ago

    On the one hand, the price is patently absurd. On the other hand, we live in a world where Nvidia launches $3000 consumer video cards that become second-rate within 12 months. At least with this monitor it might be best-in-class for 3+ years. Which is important because we don’t even have a GPU that can run new release games at 4k @ 144 hz consistently…

      • brucethemoose
      • 1 year ago

      Definitely not. 4K TVs with 120hz input are a year or 2 away, and sub-$2k OLEDs are right behind them.

      If you absolutely cannot fit a TV on your desk, then it probably will be best-in-class… But if you’re dropping $2k on a monitor, you should have a decent desk anyway.

    • albundy
    • 1 year ago

    2 G’s for an acer? [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QxIIz1yEsA&feature=youtu.be&t=4m14s[/url<]

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Wake me up when this tech is implemented at 1440P. I don’t feel like buying a 144Hz display and running my games at 60 FPS.

    (1440P FALD HDR panels at 144Hz+ are coming, so we’ll have to see how well they’re implemented.)

      • Meadows
      • 1 year ago

      Even if your GPU can only run your games at 40 fps in 4K, you’d still get the potential benefits of Gsync on top of the incredibly sharp resolution. Which raises the question: does this thing support Freesync as well?

        • Kretschmer
        • 1 year ago

        Running your games at 40 FPS would be fairly unplayable after being used to 100FPS, and no sane person would chose that over buttery-smooth 1440P. Today’s monitors either have GSync or FreeSync .

    • Bauxite
    • 1 year ago

    Nope.jpg

    • Neutronbeam
    • 1 year ago

    Well, the pricing is certainly Predatory.

      • morphine
      • 1 year ago

      That was certainly an apex-level comment.

    • leor
    • 1 year ago

    2 Gs for 27 inches? NO THANK YOU!

      • jihadjoe
      • 1 year ago

      Sounds too good to be true? Heck it’s unbelievable even for .27 inches.

    • sweatshopking
    • 1 year ago

    Need a few high end gpus to power this monster

      • jihadjoe
      • 1 year ago

      Great news! According to some rumor sites Nvidia’s 11xx series cards are coming out soon.

      • anotherengineer
      • 1 year ago

      Nah just game at 1080 and hope the scaler is decent 🙂
      and
      2D AutoCAD it up at 4k at 120Hz mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

      lol

      • End User
      • 1 year ago

      Dude, you don’t care. We should be donating all our income to 3rd world countries. Oh, and GOD!

      WON’T SOMEBODY THINK IF THE F’N CHILDREN!

    • K-L-Waster
    • 1 year ago

    Scary that $2000 qualifies as “cheaper than we expected.”

      • PTRMAN
      • 1 year ago

      So what does this $2000 price imply about the X35 predator?

        • Kretschmer
        • 1 year ago

        Shh…don’t hurt me with reality.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 1 year ago

        “We’re going to… Ludicrous [s<]Speed[/s<] Price!!"

      • End User
      • 1 year ago

      Welcome to reality.

      • WhatMeWorry
      • 1 year ago

      “..getting your hands dirty with a bit of overclocking…”

      For 2K I would expect a complete manicure and pedicure.

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