After previously being listed in Europe last month, G-Sync HDR monitor listings are finally showing up in the US, answering by far the biggest outstanding question on the new monitors: pricing. As of today, Newegg has started to take pre-orders on Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display, listing the monitor at $1,999.99. Meanwhile, Acer has introduced a couple of last-minute changes to the specs of the monitor.

Pre-orders on the highly-anticipated G-Sync HDR-supporting Acer Predator X27 were previously expected to start at the end of this month, but it look like Newegg and Acer have moved things forward a bit. Since the announcement of the monitor and its prototype nearly a year and a half ago at CES, we were given a $2000 ballpark figure for the monitor. However there has been some doubt about that given the nature of the technology, production yields, and what kind of profit margins NVIDIA plus its partners were after. All of which were amped up when the monitor was first listed in Europe last month at the equivalent of about $2500. So with retail US prices at merely $2000, it looks like pricing will be right where we expected it to be at; which is to say that it's very much an ultra-high-end monitor for a niche group of gamers with deep pockets, but also one that stands to greatly exceed anything else currently on the market.

At any rate, in case you were rich enough to try buying multiple monitors, it's worth noting that Newegg limits availability of the display to one unit per customer, which may indicate that the number of monitors that Acer allocated to the reseller is limited. Otherwise, for gamers who do throw down two grand on the monitor, they are expected to ship on June 1st, according to Newegg.

For those who wonder what kind of gaming display you can get for $2,000 let us remind you the basic specs of the product. The Acer Predator X27 is based on an AHVA panel with a 3840×2160 resolution, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 4 ms response time, an "up to" 144 Hz refresh rate (native refresh rate is 120 Hz), and 600 nits native luminance with 1000 nits peak. Critically, the monitor uses a a 384-zone FALD backlight to ensure the necessary localized contrast ratios, which is further enhanced with quantum dots to offer a wider-than-sRGB color gamut.

One interesting item however is that when Acer originally introduced its Predator X27 a year ago, it said that the unit could display 96% of the DCI-P3 color range. But right now the company's product page only indicates that the monitor can cover 99% of the AdobeRGB color gamut (which is similarly wide to DCI, but not covering the same gamut). This is likely a product page oversight – this being an industry that regularly lists NTSC gamut ranges for no good reason – but not a appreciable one all the same.

Meanwhile, according to product specifications, it appears that Acer has also removed the Tobii eye-tracking sensors that were present on early prototypes (keeping in mind that far not all games support the tech, it will hardly be missed by many). Meanwhile, not in the prototype but now appearing in the final version are an adjustable stand a light shielding hood (like professional monitors) to prevent glare caused by ambient lighting as well as to ensure accurate colors.

Obviously, playing games in a 4K resolution with HDR and dynamic refresh rates should be quite a good experience. In the meantime, there are a couple of things to keep in mind here. To take full advantage of the Predator X27 monitor, gamers are going to need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series (or better) graphics card with a DisplayPort 1.4 output. NVIDIA & Acer are using every bit of bandwidth offered by DisplayPort 1.4 here, but that is not enough as the X27's bandwidth requirements actually exceed what DisplayPort can provide today. Consequently, to stay within the bandwidth confines of the interface, the monitor (like all monitors based on the NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR prototype) will either be limited to a 98Hz refresh rate with full 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, or use 4:2:2 subsampling to get to 120Hz+. Meanwhile as you might expect, the display's lone HDMI 2.0 port is limited to 60 Hz operation.

Finally, like some other high-end gaming monitors, the Acer Predator X27 has a quad-port USB 3.0 hub for peripherals and two 4 W speakers that gamers typically use for operating system sounds.

Specifications of Acer Predator X27 G-Sync HDR Gaming Monitor
  Predator X27 bmiiphzx
UM.HX0AA.004
Panel 27" IPS (AHVA)
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate Native: 120 Hz
4:4:4 HDR: 98Hz
4:2:2 HDR: 120Hz
Overclocked 4:2:2 HDR: 144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate NVIDIA G-Sync HDR
Response Time 4 ms
Brightness Native: 600 cd/m²
Peak: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Backlighting FALD, 384 zones
Quantum Dot Yes
HDR HDR10 Support
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
PPI 163 pixels per inch
Colors 1.07 billion
Color Saturation sRGB: 100%
Adobe RGB: 99%
 DCI-P3: ?
Rec. 2020: ?
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 2 × 4 W speakers
USB Hub 4-port USB 3.0
Stand Adjustments Tilt: -5 to 25 degree
Swivel: +/- 20 degree
Height Adjustment: 130 mm
Vesa Mount 100 × 100
Power Consumption Idle: 0.45 W
Peak: 68 W

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Source: Newegg

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  • gigahertz20 - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    $2k lol...I just got a 4k hdr 65" Lg oled 65b7a model for $1300, best TV monitor for gaming according to rtings.com and a bunch of other places. Perfect blacks and ultra low input lag for games, they can keep that pricing. Reply
  • MadMurdock - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    What's the refresh rate on that TV, though? The big selling point of this monitor is 144hz @ 4k. Yes, the price is ridiculous, but it doesn't have much competition yet, either. Reply
  • Diji1 - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    For console gaming that has no refresh sync sure. Reply
  • bleomycin - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    $1300? Was that new? Got a link to where you bought it from because that's a smoking price. Only the super sketchy definitely scam websites ahve it listed for that price... Reply
  • gigahertz20 - Saturday, May 19, 2018 - link

    @bleomycin Yeah it was brand new, the LG oled 65b7a can be had for $1300-$1400 if you know how to work the system right. I got all the info from slickdeals.net, just go to that forum and search for 65b7a and you'll see numerous deal threads that talk about it. Basically, you buy the TV for $1900 from a legit place like buydig.com or greentoe.com when they offer it for that price and then you use price protection/price rewind which is a feature on certain credit cards to price match it to one of the scam sites.

    You have to have a supported credit card, I used my costco citi credit card to buy it for $1900 through the buydig ebay page, used tvsuperstores.com which is a scam site (they were selling it for $1099) for the price rewind request. I submitted the info through citipricerewind.com and 8 business days later it was approved and the max rewind credit you can get is $500 so they applied a $500 credit to my statement. When I bought TV from buydig ebay page I also got $100 back im ebay bucks, ebay was running promo so $1900 - $100 ebay bucks - $500 price rewind credit = $1300. Just register on slickdeals.net and set a deal alert for lg oled, read all the old threads on there for lg oleds and you'll pick up all the info. Citi credit cards are the most lax for price rewind requests, people have been abusing the hell out of it which is why Citi is changing the terms and starting either June or July the max you'll be able to get back is $250. That's why I bought the LG oled now, I was nervous my price rewind request would be denied but all the posts on slickdeals.net gave me confidence it would go through and it did.
    I just bought an xbox one x for $500 from best buy and submitted a price rewind for $299, found that price on scam site finesoundmast.com, it will probably get approved as well. Xbox one x for $299...hell yeah. These scam websites are great for price protection lol. There are people on slickdeals.net that have been doing this for a long time which is why Citi is changing it around. I never knew about this until I was reading about it on that deal forum.
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  • flashbacck - Saturday, May 19, 2018 - link

    "which is a feature on certain credit cards to price match it to one of the scam sites"
    Great, so you're just commiting fraud.
    Reply
  • gigahertz20 - Sunday, May 20, 2018 - link

    @flashbacck Not even close to being fraud. If you see an item at a Best Buy store for $100 that is selling on Amazon.com for $70 and have Best Buy price match it is that fraud? What I posted is the same thing except you're doing it directly through your credit card provider and they will price match just about to anything. Is it fraud having them price match an item I bought to a website that I would never actually buy from because I don't trust it? No. I'm not misrepresenting or changing anything, I'm simply showing my credit card company this cheaper price I found online and they can either accept or deny it. If you think this is fraud then thousands of people on slickdeals.net are all fraudsters then. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, May 21, 2018 - link

    You're getting something for less than it actually costs to produce and sell. While it may not technically be fraud (and honestly I'm doubtful about that) you're still willingly deceiving the company by quoting a price for which you know full well the product cannot legitimately be obtained (you even refer to the sites as "scam sites"). Your moral outrage at being called out rings decidedly hollow.

    Here's the skinny: that company has to get the money to subsidise your bogus claim from somewhere, so you're effectively socialising the cost of that TV out to other unwilling individuals; either other customers of the same credit company or its employees/shareholders.

    Incidentally and in case you considered this defence, the fact that they're stupid enough to let you quote a scam site as a source for pricing doesn't in any way absolve you of responsibility for actually doing it.
    Reply
  • gigahertz20 - Monday, May 21, 2018 - link

    Meh, I'm not losing any sleep because my credit card company is willing to price match a less than reputable site. These poor credit card companies, what are they to do? I'm sure Citi and other credit card companies that offer price protection are not hurting too bad or they wouldn't be offering this.

    "You're getting something for less than it actually costs to produce and sell."

    And that is what I call a slick deal! There are people like you that always bring up this same argument on slickdeals.net when someone mentions this. If you feel like you need to be God's little righteous Angel in life, then please go right ahead and have fun paying hundreds of dollars more than me for the same stuff.
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  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - link

    Sigh, not this again. Tv gaming not in same ballpark as a PC monitor. That post is for some console gaming website Reply

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