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Acer Predator XB272 covers the basics

The gaming monitor's design rises a bit above average for its navigation joystick and a few more features than usual in the onscreen display.

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I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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Like the XB252, but bigger

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G-Sync takes space

G-Sync monitors tend to be slightly thicker than FreeSync ones. If you care about that sort of thing.

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For side-by-side use

The display rotates, and the top bezel is sufficiently thin if you want to put two side by side and span your games.

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Two USB 3.0 on the side

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Connector close-up

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A lotta venting going on

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Base

The standard Predator base.

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Controls

You navigate the onscreen menus via a joystick, and the three buttons to the right control selection.

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Over Drive

Acer's Over Drive mode boosts the response time, but can introduce unwanted artifacts.

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The Predator at rest

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Main control panel

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Custom settings

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More custom settings

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Built-in speakers

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And yet more custom settings

Keep in mind that many of these can be controlled via the Nvidia control panel.

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Yes, more custom settings

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Hot keys

You can map two of the buttons to bring up a particular menu.

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Quick settings info

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