Acer has announced two new G-Sync monitors, each with a unique feature intended to grab the attention of hardcore PC gamers.
G-Sync is Nvidia's monitor technology that better syncs your monitor's refresh rate with the output of your video card. The resulting affect is a more stable image with less instances of screen tearing when playing games. You'll need a PC equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost GPU or higher, however, to take advantage of the tech.
Most monitors using G-Sync so far have housed twisted nematic (TN) panels, which are known for their fast refresh rates and narrow viewing angles. The XB270HU is the first In-Plane Switching (IPS) monitor to use G-Sync. IPS panels are known for their wide viewing angles so this should give gamers the best of both worlds: clear sharp images with minimal input lag.
The XB270HU has a resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels, a 144MHz refresh rate, and a 178-degree viewing angle. Ergonomic options include tilt, swivel and height adjustment.
Acer's other new monitor, the XG270HU, eschews the fancy IPS panel for an even fancier edge-to-edge frameless display. It has a quick 1 millisecond response time and includes HDMI 2.0, DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 connections. Like the XB, the XG features a 2,560x1,440-pixel screen resolution.
The Acer XB270HU and XG270HU will begin shipping globally in March 2015. Pricing has yet to be announced.