Four Type-A USB 3.0 ports and low-power built-in speakers round out the feature set. The biggest disappointment here is the inputs: a single HDMI and a single DisplayPort, both based on last-generation standards. Not a deal breaker, but if you're spending this much on a monitor, you probably want it to last a few years; at least the high refresh rate futureproofs it a bit.
Connections and hardware features
|HDMI||1 x 1.4|
|USB Type-A (out)||4 x USB 3|
|USB 3.0 (in)||1|
|DisplayPort||1 x 1.2|
|Built-in speakers||Yes (2 x 2W)|
In most ways, the XB272 is a typical TN display, It covers about 95 percent of the sRGB color gamut, measures a maximum (static) contrast of about 720:1 and peak brightness of around 445 nits.
The 240Hz maximum refresh rate goes a long way to smoothing out gameplay; even with G-Sync I saw a little more stutter than I expected when frame rate rose above the refresh rate. But at 144Hz and higher it fared well with fast GTX 1080 gameplay. I didn't see any flicker, even when trying to force it, but I think I'm just not sensitive to it. And the audio is fine if you're space constrained, at least driving its low-power speakers.
At 27 inches, the Predator XB272 is a sweet-spot size, and its 240Hz refresh rate elevates it above the crowd if you need to hit the high frame rates sans glitchiness. Plus, G-Sync DSR helps compensate for the display's otherwise low resolution, but that's only an option for gaming.