The Acer Predator X25 joins the 360Hz club, while the XB3 series features RGB lighting that adapts to on-screen content
As far as we are concerned, the Acer Predator X25 Monitor is the headliner here. The 24.5-inch 1080p monitor refreshes at a whopping 360 Hz, placing it among the leaders in the race to ever-higher refresh rates. The Predator X25 joins the Asus ROG Swift 360 and Alienware 25 (AW2521H) in the 360 Hz club. The latter two both use the same 24.5-inch panel from AU Optronics, and we suspect Acer has also opted for this panel — although this isn't confirmed.
In addition to G-SYNC, the Predator X25 has Acer LightSense, Acer AdaptiveLight, and Acer ProxiSense. The first two utilise an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness and colour temperature of the monitor to match the room and reduce eye strain caused by things such as a bright backlight in a dim room. The latter detects if a user has been in front of the monitor for an extended period and then encourage them to take a short break. The X25 has tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment.
The four new XB3 monitors represent the mainstay of Acer's Predator gaming monitors. They are:
- Predator XB253Q GZ (24.5-inch)
- Predator XB273U GS (27-inch)
- Predator XB273U GX (27-inch)
- Predator XB323QK NV (31.5-inch)
All four are G-SYNC compatible, and configuration options include 240 Hz and 4K choices. The advertised 0.5 ms grey-to-grey is pleasing for an IPS display, but this is only achievable in overdrive which can cause other sorts of anomalies.
The XB3 monitors have the same ApativeLight tech as the X25, but LightSense is the 'RGB version' which can adjust the RGB lighting based on what is happening on screen. These monitors all support DisplayHDR400, although 400 cd/m2 is well short of the 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness considered as the starting point for proper HDR. The stand allows tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment.
The Predator XB3 series enters retail during July in China (RMB3000/US$425), August in Europe / Middle East / Africa (€440/US$450), and September in North America (US$430)
The Predator X25 will be available in the 4th quarter of 2020 at an MSRP of €1140 including tax (US$1275)
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