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Acer K272HUL review

Michael Passingham
22 Jun 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
389
inc VAT

A fantastic screen for less money than you’d expect

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The Acer K272HUL is one of the cheaper 27in 2,560x1,440 IPS panel displays we've reviewed. With the monitor's relatively low price comes a fairly short feature list. There's no height adjustment, no swivel and the monitor isn't particularly attractive to look at; a shiny black bezel and a textured stand are about as far as design flair goes. Build quality is reasonable, although there is a significant amount of back and forward wobble from the screen, even when you only prod it gently. This makes this cheaper model stand out from more expensive monitors with their heavier and larger stands and bases.

Acer K272HUL display

There's a good array of ports on the back of the monitor; two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort and a DVI connector should be more than enough for most users. The display also has picture-in-picture mode which allows you to view two inputs simultaneously, either with a smaller image inset into the display or two images side-by-side. The K272HUL lacks a USB hub, which is a useful feature often seen on monitors at this price including its chief rival, the AOC Q2770Pqu. The display does have a pair of 2W speakers but, as ever, these shouldn't influence your buying decision as they produce tinny and unimpressive sound.

Acer K272HUL back

There are numerous options in the K272HUL's menus, including a variety of preset colour modes. There are also hue and saturation controls which allow you to adjust individual red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow settings, to help you get just the image you want.

The K272HUL is capable of impressive colour accuracy. Out of the box it was able to display 93.5% of the sRGB colour gamut, and after some careful calibration we were able to improve this to an almost-perfect 99.8 per cent. The colours in our test images were bright and vivid, while solid reds and blues looked sumptuous. Greens weren't quite as saturated as we would have liked, but not to the extent that it was worth worrying about. Whites were pure with no hint of grey, and there was no trace of light bleeding through from the backlight when the screen was totally black.

Acer K272HUL side

Black levels were about what we would expect from an IPS screen, with the black areas of our test images appearing deep and inky. The high 838:1 contrast ratio allowed us to see a high level of detail in our high-contrast test images, with darker details remaining visible and bright areas not looking washed out. The screen also has wide viewing angles, which is important as the display doesn’t have any height adjustment.

If the AOC Q2770Pqu didn't exist, we'd be bringing out the Best Buy award for the Acer K272HUL. The Acer display's screen alone is fantastic, with bright and accurate colours along with excellent contrast levels. However, AOC's screen is slightly cheaper and has slightly better image quality, along with a bundle of extras including a height-adjustable stand and a USB hub. It remains our pick of the 27-inch high-resolution monitors.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****

Physical

Viewable size27 in
Native resolution2,560x1,440
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Brightness350cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time6ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth23mm
Base (WxD)242x240mm
Screen elevation89mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableyes
Internal speakersyes (2W stereo)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputno
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsHDMI, DisplayPort

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on44W

Buying Information

Price£389
Supplierhttp://www.debenhamsplus.com
Detailswww.acer.co.uk
Warrantytwo years RTB