Details of a new screen from Acer have appeared this week on Chinese retailer Taobao’s website. The Acer Predator X27 S is a new model in their popular gaming line-up, taking the previous X27 and X27 P models and tweaking the specs and features to offer something a little different. Those older X27 model versions were part of the original range of 27″ 4K 144Hz displays released to market a couple of years ago, and featured a Native G-sync hardware module combined with a FALD backlight for HDR. This new X27 S model that has appeared seems to be shifting away from the G-sync module, allowing the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 but still keeping, and improving, the FALD backlight.
Predator X27 S Specs
The Predator X27 S is a 27″ sized screen like its predecessors, offering a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution IPS technology panel. In other specs the contrast ratio has been improved a little to a quoted 1200:1, along with a 1ms G2G response time (0.5ms G2G quoted as the best response time). The screen has a wide colour gamut with 99% Adobe RGB coverage listed, and comes factory calibrated with a dE <1 apparently. There is also a 10-bit colour depth support.
160Hz Refresh Rate and VRR support
The refresh rate has been bumped up a bit from the native 144Hz of the older models, to 160Hz through an overclocking feature. This is supported through adaptive-sync for VRR from both NVIDIA and AMD systems. The Taobao product page suggests it will include the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ certification too. The HDMI 2.1 ports will also support VRR from latest generation games consoles like the PS5 (when Sony add it) and Xbox Series X.
The inclusion of DSC on the DisplayPort 1.4 interface allows for 4K @ 160Hz with 10-bit colour, without needing to drop the chroma like you did on the original X27 model in 2019.
HDR 1000 and 512-zone FALD backlight
For HDR the screen has a 512-zone Mini LED FALD backlight, improving on the 384 zones a bit of the older models for improved local dimming and HDR performance. It can deliver peak brightness of 1200 nits. Combined with the wide colour gamut backlight and 10-bit colour depth, it achieves the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification as a result.
HDMI 2.1 Included
For connectivity there are 2x HDMI 2.1 and 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (with DSC) provided. The move away from the Native G-sync module allows the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 which is currently not supported by that NVIDIA chip. There is also a USB type-C listed (inc 65W power delivery) although it’s not clear if this includes DP Alt mode or not. There is also an audio output and USB 3.0 ports.
The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions. There are also 2x 4W integrated speakers included.
The Taobao product page currently lists a March 2022 expected date but this is probably not firm yet. More information on release and pricing in regions like the USA and Europe when we get it.
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