Acer RC271U — 2017’s Best Budget Monitor?

With so much attention being driven towards displays aimed at gamers, with fancy refresh rates and other costly features that only interest a niche crowd, it’s easy to forget some people want something more simple. Fancy features are nice, but they’re not as nice when they’re rarely (or never) used, because those features can be expensive. 

So if you’re looking for something “simple”, that’s exactly what you get with the Acer RC271U. This RC1 series includes a more minimalist design than previous iterations, keeping up with the industry drive to modernize the look of monitors, particularly when it comes to the bezel. It features both 2560×1440 resolution and a 27’’ screen size, combined with an IPS-panel.

Technical Discussion

The surface of the screen blends seamlessly into the bezel, for a particularly stylish look when the screen is off.  The on screen display controls are downward-facing analog buttons, on the right hand side of the display. The OSD is extremely standard, and really nothing to write home about.

You’ll also find a standard 60 Hz refresh rate and a slightly above average 350 cd/m2 brightness. Professionals will appreciate the strong color consistency and richness of colors evenly across the screen., A matte screen surface provides an image clear of grain, with true 8-bit color in up to 16.7 million shades. What this means is that you’ll get a visual experience that looks crisp and clear to any standard consumer, but might not be up-to-snuff for media editing professionals.

You can expect standard sRGB coverage and a modest 4ms response time, which are again fairly standard figures. What’s somewhat less standard are the BlueLightShield settings which can help make it easier to spend longer periods of time looking at a screen. 

The stand has a very standard range of tilt, and there are VESA mounting holes in the rear. While there are on-board speakers, they’re only 2 watts, meaning they can only provide basic sound and you shouldn’t expect anything spectacular. For ports, you’re looking at DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, and audio/headphone jacks. An external power brick is also used, which helps to keep the monitor extremely light and slender.

The Takeaway 

If you’re looking for a rock-solid 27’’ display without paying for all the bells and whistles, you’ll want to keep your eyes out for the imminent release of the Acer RC271U. This screen doesn’t have 144 Hz refresh rates, incredibly fast 1 ms response time, or billions of colors displayed with perfect accuracy. It’ll still be a few weeks until this display hits the market, but when it does, it will almost certainly be a staple both for Acer and for anyone in the market for a 27” budget gaming monitor. 

What this screen does have is absolutely everything you need in a professional and efficient monitor, with none of the burdensome (and costly) excess.  But if you’re looking for something on the market right now, be sure to check out these, the best Acer monitors currently available.