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Acer XF270HU 27" 1440p 144Hz IPS FreeSync Monitor $300 @Microcenter $299.99

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I'm in the market to upgrade from 1080p to 1440p. Is this monitor any good?

I'm concerned about using an IPS display in a room that I'm in usually at night with low lighting. The light bleed and blacks looking grey are a concern. It makes me think I should look at VA or even stick with a TN panel. Thoughts?
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I just bought this less than a month ago, I am by no means a monitor expert but any back light bleed is not noticeable once you have something displaying on the monitor. It is a great monitor and the best value for a 1440p ips 144hz.
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This or Pixio PX7 Prime 27 inch 165Hz IP @ newegg https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E1682...B71A2J7756
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I'm genuinely surprised this is not getting more attention. It's definitely the lowest price for this monitor that I can find, based on a basic 3xCamel check.

Yes, it's a monitor that came out a few years ago, but it's a fast IPS with good colors and a good freesync range (40-144hz), people have had success using it with recent Nvidia GPUs, and it has relatively slim bezel (it's the HUA) and what looks like a good adjustable stand.

I'm probably going to pick on up in the coming days. Might get the salesperson to plug it in before I leave so I can check for dead pixels.
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I bought this last week because on paper this thing is about $100 cheaper than the other monitors with similar specs.

However, my eyes could not adjust to this panel & would hurt after only a few minutes of use. I messed around with settings for several days & event went back to MC to look at their display version & same thing. Slightly blurry text but something was just off.

Could just be me & if your eyes can handle it then it's a good deal. I'm going to try my luck with the ASUS VG27AQ for $80 more.
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I bought this last week because on paper this thing is about $100 cheaper than the other monitors with similar specs.

However, my eyes could not adjust to this panel & would hurt after only a few minutes of use. I messed around with settings for several days & event went back to MC to look at their display version & same thing. Slightly blurry text but something was just off.

Could just be me & if your eyes can handle it then it's a good deal. I'm going to try my luck with the ASUS VG27AQ for $80 more.
Interesting and a bit worrisome. Would you be able to articulate a bit more what exactly was bugging you? It was blurry regardless of resolution and scaling settings in Win 10 (and across both modern and classic Win apps)?

I've seen IPS panels that have a slightly grainy look before, which can get quite annoying. But that typically doesn't apply to something like this.

I'll have to make sure I have 30 min or so at MC to really play around with it before I pull the trigger.
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Interesting and a bit worrisome. Would you be able to articulate a bit more what exactly was bugging you? It was blurry regardless of resolution and scaling settings in Win 10 (and across both modern and classic Win apps)?

I've seen IPS panels that have a slightly grainy look before, which can get quite annoying. But that typically doesn't apply to something like this.

I'll have to make sure I have 30 min or so at MC to really play around with it before I pull the trigger.
I wish I knew more about panels to pin point what it was exactly. Went down a rabbit hole of types of panels, flickering, refresh rates, resolutions...

I come from 1080 TN panel at 60hz so originally I assumed my eyes just needed time to adjust after learning higher refresh rates & IPS is a good thing. Did not want to throw in the towel given the price but what's the point of having a great monitor on paper if my eyes feel irritated & cause headaches?

The most noticeable thing to me was the text from icons on my desktop, it was slightly fuzzy but it had this weird effect. Did not want to go super into detail because I don't know how to even describe it. The best way I could describe it as is when you close your eyes really tight and see weird bright colors. That's how my eyes perceived the text. But I know the irritation was caused not only from text because watching video on YT or playing games had the same effect. I get a similar effect when Skyping on my wife's MacBook Pro—can't look at it more than 5 minutes before my eyes get irritated.

Posting this so people can take a better look while testing them out in store. Could just be me.
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I wish I knew more about panels to pin point what it was exactly. Went down a rabbit hole of types of panels, flickering, refresh rates, resolutions...

I come from 1080 TN panel at 60hz so originally I assumed my eyes just needed time to adjust after learning higher refresh rates & IPS is a good thing. Did not want to throw in the towel given the price but what's the point of having a great monitor on paper if my eyes feel irritated & cause headaches?

The most noticeable thing to me was the text from icons on my desktop, it was slightly fuzzy but it had this weird effect. Did not want to go super into detail because I don't know how to even describe it. The best way I could describe it as is when you close your eyes really tight and see weird bright colors. That's how my eyes perceived the text. But I know the irritation was caused not only from text because watching video on YT or playing games had the same effect. I get a similar effect when Skyping on my wife's MacBook Pro—can't look at it more than 5 minutes before my eyes get irritated.

Posting this so people can take a better look while testing them out in store. Could just be me.
Are you using it at its native resolution or you scale down?
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Are you using it at its native resolution or you scale down?
Native resolution. Played with that too & no luck. Also made icons larger & same thing, no luck.
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I wish I knew more about panels to pin point what it was exactly. Went down a rabbit hole of types of panels, flickering, refresh rates, resolutions...

I come from 1080 TN panel at 60hz so originally I assumed my eyes just needed time to adjust after learning higher refresh rates & IPS is a good thing. Did not want to throw in the towel given the price but what's the point of having a great monitor on paper if my eyes feel irritated & cause headaches?

The most noticeable thing to me was the text from icons on my desktop, it was slightly fuzzy but it had this weird effect. Did not want to go super into detail because I don't know how to even describe it. The best way I could describe it as is when you close your eyes really tight and see weird bright colors. That's how my eyes perceived the text. But I know the irritation was caused not only from text because watching video on YT or playing games had the same effect. I get a similar effect when Skyping on my wife's MacBook Pro—can't look at it more than 5 minutes before my eyes get irritated.

Posting this so people can take a better look while testing them out in store. Could just be me.
Thanks for the clarifications.
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Thanks for the clarifications.
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I wish I knew more about panels to pin point what it was exactly. Went down a rabbit hole of types of panels, flickering, refresh rates, resolutions...

I come from 1080 TN panel at 60hz so originally I assumed my eyes just needed time to adjust after learning higher refresh rates & IPS is a good thing. Did not want to throw in the towel given the price but what's the point of having a great monitor on paper if my eyes feel irritated & cause headaches?

The most noticeable thing to me was the text from icons on my desktop, it was slightly fuzzy but it had this weird effect. Did not want to go super into detail because I don't know how to even describe it. The best way I could describe it as is when you close your eyes really tight and see weird bright colors. That's how my eyes perceived the text. But I know the irritation was caused not only from text because watching video on YT or playing games had the same effect. I get a similar effect when Skyping on my wife's MacBook Pro—can't look at it more than 5 minutes before my eyes get irritated.

Posting this so people can take a better look while testing them out in store. Could just be me.
Is it possible the Windows sub-pixel rendering was off (Cleartype)? Or was it more then just text that looked blurry to you?

I decided to swing by my local microcenter to check out monitors in person, didn't go there with any agenda or to look at this one specifically. I deferred help at first but hung around long enough someone started asking what I was looking for. I told him frankly a 1440p "gaming" monitor, but still good enough image quality that I can calibrate it and use it for Adobe Lightroom. He pushed this model pretty hard and I'll admit I didn't exactly run it through the paces or anything crazy but I thought it looked good! The (store) lighting was quite dim and I felt the blacks looked black and not grey, backlight bleed looked well under control. The image appeared sharp, colors looked true.

The one weakness is the stand, it adjust up and down, can turn vertical, but it felt/looked a little cheap, a little wobbly. Not a factor for myself as I use monitor arms to get that monitor floating over my desk feel and to free up desk space, but could be a factor for others.

I'm kind of surprised I didn't just buy it right there as $300 starts to fall into that price of just "pull the trigger". Honestly I'll probably go back in the next day or two and just say "what the heck". Online reviews seem to be very positive.

Like someone else said earlier, I'm surprised this isn't getting more love.
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So I took the plunge and while I have only had this monitor for 24 hours (I did game on it last night for a few hours, tried some movie clips today, a couple hours surfing the web, etc) I am very happy with this purchase. I haven't even calibrated it (have a Spyder pro laying around somewhere) and am very happy with the colors, white balance, etc. out of the box.

I have this next to dual Dell P2417H monitors (very nice office monitors in their own right) that I use for when I dock the ol' work laptop when telecommuting and this looks head and shoulders better.

Random note: My first 1440p 27" screen so the DPI increase was a bit more then I expected, especially next to 1080p 24", however I find is completely usable for office work, development work. Love the extra real estate in Adobe Lightroom!

At $300 I've decide this is a no brainer!
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Is it possible the Windows sub-pixel rendering was off (Cleartype)? Or was it more then just text that looked blurry to you?

I decided to swing by my local microcenter to check out monitors in person, didn't go there with any agenda or to look at this one specifically. I deferred help at first but hung around long enough someone started asking what I was looking for. I told him frankly a 1440p "gaming" monitor, but still good enough image quality that I can calibrate it and use it for Adobe Lightroom. He pushed this model pretty hard and I'll admit I didn't exactly run it through the paces or anything crazy but I thought it looked good! The (store) lighting was quite dim and I felt the blacks looked black and not grey, backlight bleed looked well under control. The image appeared sharp, colors looked true.

The one weakness is the stand, it adjust up and down, can turn vertical, but it felt/looked a little cheap, a little wobbly. Not a factor for myself as I use monitor arms to get that monitor floating over my desk feel and to free up desk space, but could be a factor for others.

I'm kind of surprised I didn't just buy it right there as $300 starts to fall into that price of just "pull the trigger". Honestly I'll probably go back in the next day or two and just say "what the heck". Online reviews seem to be very positive.

Like someone else said earlier, I'm surprised this isn't getting more love.
Mostly text & yeah I vaguely remember seeing the clear type option. Checking some box for making text sharper helped but text still seemed off to me somehow & of course the eye irritation to headaches didn't do it favors. Could've just been me, it checked all the boxes & I wanted it to work due to price.
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