Acer has announced its new professional display designed for graphics and video professionals. The ProDesigner BM270 monitor boasts with a 4K resolution, an up to 1000-nits luminance in HDR mode, full array LED (FALD) backlighting, and a Delta E<1 color accuracy. The price means it's not going to be a wallet-friendly display, but its combination of features makes this display a very rare and compelling product in general.

The Acer ProDesigner BM270 display is based on a 10-bit 27-inch IPS panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, a 400 - 1000-nits brightness (typical and peak in HDR mode), a 60 Hz refresh rate, 178°/178° viewing angles, and a high contrast ratio. Meanwhile perhaps the most important feature of the monitor is its full array LED (FALD) backlighting technology featuring 384 LED zones for dynamic local dimming. Being common in TVs, FALD is rare in PC monitors. In fact, the BM270 is the second announced professional monitor to feature FALD after the ASUS ProArt PA32UC LCD launched earlier this year. NVIDIA’s reference G-Sync HDR monitors from Acer and ASUS feature FALD too, but they are gaming displays and belong to a different category of products.

A reason why this backlighting is important is because it enables the ProDesigner BM270 to support 100% of the sRGB, 100% of the AdobeRGB, and 97.8% of the DCI-P3 color range. To make the display even more appealing to professionals, Acer pre-calibrates it to Delta E<1 color accuracy for all color ranges (at least this is what it seems from the press release).

When it comes to connectivity, the monitor has two HDMI 2.0 inputs, one DisplayPort 1.2 header, a mini DisplayPort 1.2 connector, and a USB Type-C port to drive the integrated 4 port USB-C hub. In addition, the display has two 4 W speakers.

Specifications of the Acer ProDesigner BM270
Panel 27" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 4 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness Normal: 400 cd/m²
HDR mode: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast 100,000,000:1
(Dynamic)
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 100% sRGB/REC 709
100% Adobe RGB
97.8% DCI-P3
Display Colors 1.07 billion
3D-LUT ? bits
Pixel Pitch 0.1845 mm²
Pixel Density 137 PPI
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Inputs 1 × DP 1.2
1 × mDP 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0b
USB Hub 4 × USB Type-C (Downstream)
1 × USB Type-C (Upstream)
Audio 2 × 4 W speakers
3.5-mm mini jack
Mechanical Design Chassis Colors: Gray
Tilt: -5°~+20°
Height Adjustment: 4.5 inch
Power Consumption Idle 310 mW (standby)
Active 209 W (ENERGY STAR rating)

The Acer ProDesigner BM270 will be available in the coming days in the U.S. for $1,700. The monitor is covered with a three-year warranty.

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  • wrkingclass_hero - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    IPS is not the right technology for HDR. They're going to have terrible blooming and glowing halos around highlights, and those 384 LED zones are going to be very obvious. The typical contrast ratio is 5x less than VA. I know VA is not popular in monitors because of its narrow viewing range, but really it's the only panel type that should have FALD... and these monitors have privacy screens built in anyway, so wide viewing angles don't seem to be a necessary feature here. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    209w?

    Even a 25" inch Trinitron consumed less...
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  • mczak - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    Clearly a typo (on acer's side). The quick start manual lists a power draw of 48.5W typical at 200 nits (although the monitor is rated for 400 nits max so it can draw quite a bit of power indeed - it's class D efficiency according to the same document which isn't all that great but I think is fairly typical for this class of monitor). Reply
  • mczak - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    edit: for 1000 nits the 200W would actually be "reasonable" I suppose. But this is a peak value which I believe can't be maintained over the full screen (the spec sheet says 400 nits native, 1000 nits hdr peak). Reply
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    Why the hell so much when the Proart is <60w. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    The 1000not FALD backlight's the main offender. Reply
  • frozen_water - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    How is this not in the same category with the Gsync reference monitors, x27 & the Asus one...

    Same specs, but without Gsync. Even the cabinet looks like the x27.

    I get in the past gaming monitors were no where close to color calibrated “pro” monitors. But I argue the x27 changes the dynamic.
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  • Diji1 - Friday, July 6, 2018 - link

    Well to start with these are 60Hz whereas the new monitors are 144 if memory serves me right. Reply

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