Acer is a household name in the PC space and the company has always impressed us with its gaming monitors. Today the company announced two new gaming monitors – the Predator XB273K LV and the Nitro XV272U – which have the potential to land on our list of best gaming monitors. In addition, Acer also announced the expansion of its SpatialLabs line of glasses-free portable stereoscopic 3D displays.
Starting with gaming monitors, we have the Predator XB273K LV, which squeezes UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution into a 27-inch display. Most 4K displays hit 144Hz refresh rate until recently. Acer bumps slightly to 160Hz with the Predator XB273K LV while boasting AMD FreeSync Premium support. The HDMI 2.1 monitor response time is 0.5ms and is DisplayHDR 600 certified.
Moving on to the Nitro XV272U, this is another 27-inch screen, as the name suggests. Acer drops the resolution to WQHD (2560 x 1440) while supporting a maximum overclocked refresh rate of 170Hz and FreeSync Premium. Acer claims the Nitro XV272U is DisplayHDR 400 certified and covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space.
Next, we move on to stereoscopic 3D displays for two distinct markets. The SpatialLabs View is intended for the consumer market for entertainment purposes, while the SpatialLabs View Pro is intended for the commercial audience. We should mention that both monitors come in a 15.6-inch 4K form factor and weigh just 3.3 pounds. Likewise, Acer says they cover 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut while being specified at 400 nits brightness.
What sets the two apart is their respective software packages. The SpatialLabs view leverages the TrueGame app, which transforms existing games into a stereoscopic 3D format with the need for separate 3D glasses. “This is possible because games are primarily created with three dimensions in mind: developers include depth information in every scene and object they build,” writes Acer. “SpatialLabs leverages this already existing information to present games in stereoscopic 3D.”
According to the company, each game will need a preconfigured 3D profile to provide a “seamless” experience. At launch, more than 50 “modern and classic” games will support TrueGame. Users will simply open the TrueGame app and then select the game they wish to play in stereoscopic 3D.
Considering the target market of the SpatialLabs View Pro, Acer is pairing this monitor with the SpatialLabs Model Viewer. It supports Datasmith (plugin support for Cinema 4D, Revit, Solidworks) and Sketchfab. Acer says it designed the entire experience, from hardware to software, to cater specifically to creators. “[A] the creation can be extracted from the 3D software and launched in SpatialLabs Model Viewer with a single click,” adds Acer. “Plus, Maya and Blender users can connect and edit on a 2D display while watching their edits rendered in stereoscopic 3D on Acer SpatialLabs View Pro – all simultaneously and in real time.”
Acer says the Predator XB273K LV and Nitro XV272U will launch in North America in Q3, priced at $999 and $449, respectively. The SpatialLabs View is coming to the North American market this summer, but pricing has yet to be announced. SpatialLabs View Pro pricing and availability is not yet available.