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Acer XB280HK PC Monitor

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28" 100000000:1 LED Nov 2014
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Twelve Industry Awards

LCD screen experts really like this flatpanel monitor and have given it twelve awards.

The editors of Hothardware.com, Digitaltrends.com and Tomshw.it all said that this PC display was outstanding and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This LCD screen received a "Gold" from both Pcper.com and Insidehardware.it, both of which concluded that this medium monitor was excellent.

This PC screen received a "Recommended" from both Thg.ru and Vido.com.ua, both of which said that this LCD screen was good.

This medium monitor received a "Value for Money" award from Hardware.info who decided that this LCD screen provided a good bang for your buck.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com and kitguru.net this LCD screen has an overall expert rating of 81%.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this LCD screen rated this PC monitor 80% on average.

Easy to Use

A number of people who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Nathan said on Amazon two years ago “You do need a pretty beefy computer to drive games at the native 3840x2160 resolution with settings up to High/Ultra.” in his Acer XB280HK review and gave the Acer XB280HK an excellent review score. Anandtech.com wrote in October last year “The menu system is very good and easy to navigate” in their review.

A number of people who bought it agreed that it had a good experience. Nathan gave it an excellent review score and he wrote on Amazon “The addition of G-Sync means that you get a silky smooth experience even if framerates drop below 60fps”. Expert website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “The Acer XB280HK is the first gaming monitor we've ever reviewed that truly improved our playing experience” in their review of this PC monitor.

Several Acer XB280HK reviewers wrote that the Acer XB280HK was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Kamil Skalny wrote in their Acer XB280HK review “Scale itself, looks grate, text is large enough to comfortable browse web etc”. Kamil Skalny also mentioned “Somehow smooth enough to play really comfortable with AA off”.

One customer who purchased it considered that it was easy to setup. Saitama rated it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “It is very easy to set up and you can use VESA mounts.”.

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Nice Design

A few Acer XB280HK reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was smooth. Addyb said on Amazon “It is going to look really nice and smooth” in their review of the Acer XB280HK. Kamil Skalny said on Amazon “As long as meter shows something between 40-60 FPS graphic was super smooth” in their review of this PC monitor. Kamil Skalny also said “It wasn't super smooth like 60 FPS”.

A number of Acer XB280HK owners who reviewed it wrote that it was good looking. Nathan mentioned in his review of this PC monitor “I cannot begin to describe how good games look in 4k - Battlefield 4 (with Ultra graphics settings) is unbelievably beautiful”.

One Acer XB280HK reviewer who bought the product reckoned that it was ergonomic. Expert review site Anandtech.com wrote in their Acer XB280HK review “On a subjective ergonomic perspective”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Acer XB280HK reviewers considered that it was good quality. Addyb scored the product very highly and mentioned on Amazon “The build quality is better than I was expecting from some of the other reviews, not flimsy like I thought it might be”. Two years ago Kamil Skalny rated the product 5 stars and wrote “Best picture quality/sharpness you will get ONLY in it's native 4k resolution”. Kamil Skalny also wrote “Very good quality”.

Good Picture Quality

A number of Acer XB280HK owners who bought this PC monitor concluded that it had good picture quality. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “I don't really care that much as I have an ace graphics card installed”. Pluckybrit wrote in their review “Picture quality is nice if a little unnatural”. Expert review site Kitguru.net wrote “The picture quality is good for gaming”.

A few Acer XB280HK owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good colour saturation. Kamil Skalny mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “However, compare to my previous Iiyama E24821HS FullHD NT, colours are amazing”. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “It's a good UHD display with exceptional responsiveness and decent colours”.

One Acer XB280HK owner reckoned that the Acer XB280HK had a good refresh rate. Stephen Chance said in his review “Check refresh rate by selecting Advanced Options -> Monitor”. One Acer XB280HK owner who reviewed it said that it had a sharp image. Kamil Skalny wrote on Amazon “On Windows 8.1 and Chrome no problem with scaling or sharpness of font” in their review.

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Robust

Several customers concluded that this PC monitor was well made. Hadrien Vesseron mentioned “Don't buy this poorly built screen”. Nathan mentioned “The Acer display is very well built, I find the stand extremely sturdy”. Pluckybrit said on Amazon “The Swift has a more premium feel to it's construction and provides an exceptional frame rate, I prefer a smooth gaming experience so the Swift wins for me” however despite that they rated this PC monitor 3 stars.

Good Size

One Acer XB280HK owner who reviewed it said that it was good structurally. One customer who reviewed this PC monitor reckoned that it was a good height.

One Acer XB280HK owner who bought it concluded that it was heavy. Kamil Skalny wrote on Amazon “No problem whatsoever even in heavily modded Skyrim”.

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Good Value for Money

Expert review site Hardware.info highlighted in their review that this medium monitor was good value for money.

Good Connectivity

A number of people who reviewed it said that it was good in terms of USB connections. Last year Steve Stagg wrote on Amazon “The built-in USB hub has some power-related issues, as when the computer is turned on (with monitor left in standby or off), I always have to unplug”. Anandtech.com mentioned in their review of the Acer XB280HK in October last year “There are four USB 3.0 ports, with two on the side that provide quick access for flash drives”.

Acer Has Good Reviews for Its PC Monitors

Acer has good average reviews for its medium monitors as well as across its entire PC screen range.

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LED Display Type

This PC monitor has an LED display type, which is the most frequently found display type on medium monitors that were released around the same time as it.

There are a number of alternative flatpanel monitors that have an LED Display currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Viewsonic VP2770[plb_1427446_price], or the LG 29UB65[plb_2148069_price].

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3D Compatible

The XB280HK is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other PC screens that were released more than two years ago are not 3D compatible.

There are a number of alternative 3D compatible PC displays currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the BL2710[pl_1729060_price], or the XL2720[pl_1548412_price] both from Benq or the Philips 272G5DYEB[plb_3175233_price].

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Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment

When compared to other PC screens that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum height adjustment of the XB280HK of 155 millimeters is one of the highest. Medium monitors that are a comparable age to the XB280HK have maximum height adjustments of between 13mm and 850mm.

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3840 X 2160 Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the XB280HK is 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080).

A 3840 x 2160 graphics resolution is actually the best resolution amongst all PC screens that have been around for more than two years.

The worst resolution amongst comparable types of flatpanel monitor is 640 x 350.

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Five USB 3.0 Ports

Most medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the XB280HK have between one and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Acer XB280HK which has five USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Big Display Diagonal

The Acer XB280HK has one of the bigger screen sizes (71.1 centimeters) amongst medium monitors of this age. Medium monitors that were released around the same time as the XB280HK have screen sizes of between 50cm and 770cm.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of cables included found on the XB280HK is more than most PC screens of a comparable type and age to it. This LCD screen has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on flatpanel monitors of this spec and age. The cables included "DisplayPort" and "USB" are also found on this Acer LCD screen.

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Quite Fast Response Time

The response times of medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the XB280HK range from 1ms to 40ms. When compared to other similar spec PC screens that have been around for around the same time as the XB280HK that we have checked, the Acer XB280HK's response time of only 1 millisecond is one of the fastest.

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Only One USB Type-A Downstream Port

Most medium monitors that are a comparable age to the XB280HK have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports, including the XB280HK which has one USB Type-A downstream port.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The XB280HK does not have a built-in speaker, although this is within the context that most of the other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago also do not have a built-in speaker.

Alternative PC displays which also have a built-in speaker that you might want to look at include the AOC U2868[plb_2276998_price]; or the Eizo Foris FS2434[plb_2367743_price], or the Asus MX299[plb_1584809_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The XB280HK does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other LCD screens of this spec and age also do not have a built-in camera.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Most PC monitors of a similar age and type to the XB280HK do not have an integrated card reader. The Acer XB280HK is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.

We compared this PC display to all the other LCD screens with an integrated card reader and we think the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price], or the DELL U2413[plb_1565290_price] is also worth considering.

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Only HD HD Type

This LCD screen has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, which is typical of many PC displays of a similar age and spec to it.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The XB280HK is a one USB 2.0 port flatpanel monitor.

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Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle

LCD screens of this age and spec have vertical viewing angles of between 50° and 180°. At only 160 degrees, the XB280HK has a quite narrow vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the XB280HK.

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Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle

Medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years have horizontal viewing angles of between 60° and 180°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°. With a horizontal viewing angle of only 170 degrees, the XB280HK has one of the narrower horizontal viewing angles amongst medium monitors of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer XB280HK

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this PC screen was released.

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12 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(27)
9 September 2015

The Acer XB280HK Predator is undoubtedly a good monitor. The picture quality is good for gaming and it's currently the only display on the market to offer both 4K and G-Sync.However, it excels in...

Kitguru.net

28 January 2015

On a subjective ergonomic perspective, the Acer does many things well. The menu system is very good and easy to navigate. There are four USB 3.0 ports, with two on the side that provide quick...

23 December 2014

The Acer XB280HK is a 28-inch Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) monitor that utilizes Nvidia's G-Sync technology to deliver smooth gaming performance...

10 November 2014

The XB280HK doesn't really fit in with the rest of the monitors out there, but perhaps it's just a trail-blazer... In any case, it's a good UHD display with exceptional responsiveness and decent...

29 September 2014

Chris Burns After previewing the G-Sync technology all the way back in December of 2013, we've been chomping at the bit to get the chance to check out a real-deal consumer-ready G-Sync...

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User Reviews

(61)
Reviewed 4 June 2015 by Kelvin H.
(Verified Purchase)

I had narrowed down my choices of monitor between this and the 1440P ROG swift. This won, obviously. For me, the reason why I chose this is because when I set out to build my pc about 6 months... Read more…

Reviewed 24 October 2014 by Jeffrey S.
(Verified Purchase)

At this point there have been enough reviews that you are getting a good idea of what owners think of this monitor. I wanted to address a couple issues I was wondering about when trying to decide... Read more…

Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Damon B.
(Verified Purchase)

Includes USB 3.0 cable for connecting to PC, as well as a no-name DP cable, both of which are <5ft long. Ordered mine with a 10ft cable after reading other reviews (NewEgg Item N82E16882678027)... Read more…

Reviewed 31 December 2014 by Brad K.
(Verified Purchase)

I was disappointed to learn that Diablo III still doesn't support gsync. Every other game I tried worked fine with gsync, but be warned that there are a small percent of games that do not work... Read more…

Reviewed 25 June 2015 by Robert A.

I submitted a RMA and I'm going to exchange it. If I can actually get one that works for more than a few hours I'll up my rating. I wouldn't pay asking price for this thing in a million years. But... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $53.04
Electricity cost when on standby $2.28
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Total running cost over 5 years $55.32
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.35 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 10 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers xb280h, xb280hk, acer 4k2, acer 4k2k, acer bg045, acer bg045a, acer p201811, acer bg045ac, acer p201811p, acer 3840x2160, acer umpb0ee005, acer sku3641mpnxb280hk
Barcodes 00887899665660, 04713147435593, 04713147435630, 08878996656608

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