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Acer XF270HU Monitor - 27" 2560x1440 144 Hz IPS - £291.47 delivered from BT Shop
Acer XF270HU Monitor - 27" 2560x1440 144 Hz IPS - £291.47 delivered from BT Shop

Acer XF270HU Monitor - 27" 2560x1440 144 Hz IPS - £291.47 delivered from BT Shop

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Normally closer to £400, probably a mispriced item. Best all-round size / resolution / refresh rate compromise you can get at the moment in my opinion.

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trickcm

This might be a better option … This might be a better option https://www.amazon.co.uk/AOC-U2879VF-Monitor-Display-Adaptive/dp/B01B9JZYZG/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1471699207&sr=1-1&keywords=4k+monitor


thats 4k @ 60hz... its a different product. depends what camp you want to join..
high res vs high refresh rate.

This is a far better choice than a 60hz 4k,unless you have a specific need for 4k res.

I purchased a 60hz 4k around 2 years ago, but use my 1080p 144hz monitor far more when gaming for example. It makes a clear difference
Edited by: "delusion" 20th Aug 2016

cigbunt

thats 4k @ 60hz... its a different product. depends what camp you want to … thats 4k @ 60hz... its a different product. depends what camp you want to join.. high res vs high refresh rate.


True, no use for gaming, great for cramming lots on the screen, perfect for coding.

delusion

This is a far better choice than a 60hz 4k,unless you have a specific … This is a far better choice than a 60hz 4k,unless you have a specific need for 4k res.I purchased a 60hz 4k around 2 years ago, but use my 1080p 144hz monitor far more when gaming for example. It makes a clear difference



​can you explain what gaming is like above the on a 144hz compeared to a 60mhz

RedRain

​can you explain what gaming is like above the on a 144hz compeared to a 6 … ​can you explain what gaming is like above the on a 144hz compeared to a 60mhz



Well you need a graphics card capable of running that many frames per second. It just feels and looks far smoother, and that allows for you to react faster as well so if you play fast paced games it's really noticeable. I find it hard going back to 60hz after using 144.

Nice price

has freesync, good deal

Original Poster

Having both a 4K 60 Hz monitor and a 180 Hz HD monitor...

60 Hz is acceptable for most game types unless you're going to be playing twitch-based shooters. But 85+ Hz will make everything far smoother (even at lower framerates since the latest picture is more likely to be displayed sooner. For example, a 144 hz screen is updated every 1/144th of a second, compared with a 60 Hz monitor's 1/60th of a second). Funnily enough, on my 180 Hz screen I find g-sync doesn't make much of a difference, probably because it's refreshed so frequently without it enabled already.

4K at 60 Hz has its uses. It makes text and websites look super smooth, the grid of pixels is almost invisible and it's great for viewing high resolution pictures and videos. It can make programs designed for HD difficult to use, since everything will look tiny on the screen and the built-in Windows scaling can lead to problems (ie, grabbing 1 pixel-thick items remains at 1 pixel, even if it's represented by 4 at 4K, so you have to be more precise with your mouse movements). Be careful in games, too- very few cards can run recent games at 4K @ 60 Hz. Dropping to 2560x1440 will practically double the framerate whilst still giving you a crisper image than standard full HD. Using programs at 2560x1440 feels similar to being at full HD but with a bit of extra screen space. 4K is like using another program entirely. Unless you absolutely need 4K, 2K is a much more compatible and sensible choice right now.

'But with a 4k screen you can just set it to 2560x1440!' ...which you could, combining the worst of both worlds: 60 Hz and with a non-native, fuzzy lower resolution. With a 4K screen it's 4K or nothing, the pixels might be small but they're not small enough to accurately represent lower resolutions, even if they precisely divide. If you're on an HD screen, try lower ones right now and see this fuzzy phenomenon for yourself. It's like using a TV screen instead of a computer monitor or something. It makes using 2560x1440 on a 4K screen look less clear than HD on an HD screen, even if in theory it's displaying more detail.

In short, in my opinion this monitor is the best all-round size / resolution / refresh rate compromise you can get at the moment.
Edited by: "3kliksphilip" 20th Aug 2016

oos

Damn no longer available thanks anyway.

trickcm

This might be a better option … This might be a better option https://www.amazon.co.uk/AOC-U2879VF-Monitor-Display-Adaptive/dp/B01B9JZYZG/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1471699207&sr=1-1&keywords=4k+monitor



trickcm

True, no use for gaming, great for cramming lots on the screen, perfect … True, no use for gaming, great for cramming lots on the screen, perfect for coding.


if you want 4k you could go for a 40+ inch tv you'll still get 60hz plus loads more screen estate

delusion

This is a far better choice than a 60hz 4k,unless you have a specific … This is a far better choice than a 60hz 4k,unless you have a specific need for 4k res.I purchased a 60hz 4k around 2 years ago, but use my 1080p 144hz monitor far more when gaming for example. It makes a clear difference


It completely depends on the purpose. If you are working on static content like drawings or even text, 4k is very nice. For gaming, the higher refresh rate is better, and many 4k monitors also support 1080p120.

I would be worried about the IPS panel, usually they have excellent colours, but a poor response speed. Any experience?

Definitely an incorrect price, I've been looking for a monitor for a month or two now and this one is on my shortlist, if you got it at this price it's a bargain.

Banned

good price.

fishmaster

Definitely an incorrect price, I've been looking for a monitor for a … Definitely an incorrect price, I've been looking for a monitor for a month or two now and this one is on my shortlist, if you got it at this price it's a bargain.



have you looked at this one...

amazon.com/PX2…F68

cigbunt

have you looked at this one... … have you looked at this one... https://www.amazon.com/PX277-27-inch-2560x1440-FreeSync-Technology/dp/B01HPDAF68



No as it's a USA model, would have to import etc. Thanks though.

Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Aug 2016

Dam, this was a amazing price. Would have bought instantly.

Will they honour the price?

hitman007

Will they honour the price?



​i hope so. got one on order

they were trying to match scans price but puy a 2 instead of a 3 at the start making it £100 cheaper than anywhere else.

dispatched! Great price! Thanks OP.

great price. Get the camera mummy (Ps you gonna be posting Deus ex stuff on your channel?)
Edited by: "TheElderRat" 22nd Aug 2016

Mine dispatched too! Amazing post, thanks!
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