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A Review of the Acer B276HK ymjdprz 27-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Display with ErgoStand

by on August 18, 2015
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In many ways similar to its Acer cousin the B286HK ymjdpprz, the B276HK ymjdprz is distinguished by a few key features such as an IPS display, larger screen size, slower response times and a much wider color gamut coverage. In other words, this 4K monitor is aimed more at visual arts professionals and those who need to get highly graphic work done on their PC instead of gamers.

And in order to help its owners achieve these ends, the B276HK ymjdprz offers a very robust 4K display package with some excellent specs that should leave a professional user happy in doing almost anything except for some more precise types of visual design work that needs razor sharp color precision. Consequently, the price of the B276HK ymjdprz is steeper than that of its larger Acer cousin mentioned above but what you get for those extra dollars may just be worth the cost. Let’s take a more careful look.

The Good

To start with, the B276HK ymjdprz is a remarkably solid performer in terms of display specs. For its price, you get a very wide color coverage, some excellent vibrancy and a crystal clear 4K resolution that delivers the goods for a number of design related projects you might do on the screen. The 27 inch screen isn’t as large as some pro users might like but as a result, the price of this monitor is also lower than what you might expect for a device with its specs.

Furthermore, because this is an IPS display, you not only get some excellent color vibrancy, you also gain the benefit of a much wider viewing angle range that still maintains a lot of contrast and clarity even when the screen is viewed from quite a ways off center.

Moving along, the B276HK also delivers quality in terms of its physical design. There is a decent amount of connectivity options here, the stand allows for a broad range of adjustment options and the monitor is VESA mount capable for attaching it to a wall or extendable arm. Furthermore, the physical construction of the B276HK is definitely on the aesthetic side. This is not the most beautiful 4K monitor around but it looks good, tough and will not seem out of place in any normal setting, be it an office or a home gaming studio (if gaming is what you want to use this model for).


Check the Price of the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Monitor Display with ErgoStand on Amazon:

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The Bad

On the other hand, the B276HK also does suffer from a few deficiencies and defects that aren’t exactly deal breakers on buying it but are indeed worth mentioning.

For starters, there’s the issue of connectivity. This particular 4K monitor from Acer does at least come with HDMI but it’s of the 1.4 variety instead the superior HDMI 2.0, which is capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second. Thus, at least via HDMI, no connecting two of these monitors together for full frame rate UHD video viewing. Furthermore, there is only one DisplayPort 1.2 connection on the B276HK. Yes, it does come with a second Mini DisplayPort 1.2 port but it would have been nice to see at least either two HDMI ports or two full-sized DP 1.2 ports.

Second, the color spectrum coverage of the B276HK is really good but not quite up to par with truly professional levels. Thus, while this display is good for a lot of mid-level graphic design work and possibly AutoCAD editing, we wouldn’t recommend it as a serious visual design editing monitor. The colors simply aren’t accurate enough, even after some considerable calibration. For that kind of professionalism, go for a genuine PRO monitor. These will cost you close to or above $1000 but the investment is worth it.

Finally, the low response time of 6 ms makes this a monitor that some might find less than idea for gaming at 4K. On this we’ve heard some mixed responses from other reviewers, with some claiming an excellent gaming experience on the B276HK, even though it’s an IPS display and other reviewers pulling their hair out about ghosting due to slow response time. Ultimately, in our experience, the ghosting isn’t a serious issue but it’s something that might pop up in some units.

Final Thoughts

The B276HK ymjdprz is a very decent semi-pro design, coding and visual editing monitor but maybe not so much of an ideal gaming-oriented 4K display. Ultimately, users who buy this model for regular and somewhat specialized graphic-type work on their PC will likely be very happy. Furthermore, the price tag on the ymjdprz is not at all bad and comparable to the leading Samsung 4k monitor, the UE590.

Specs

Weight: 11.02 lbs without stand/ 17.24 lbs with stand
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 24.57" x 21.65" x 9.72" inches with stand/ 24.6" x 14.6" x 2.5" without stand
Screen size: 27 inches, measured diagonally. 32 inch version Acer B326HK, 28 inch Acer B286HK.
Screen type: IPS
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colors: 1.07 billion (10-bit)
Brightness: 300 nit
Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Screen Lighting: LED
Response time: 6 ms grey-to-grey
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x DVI/VGA input, 1 x MHL port, Headphone out

Highlights

The B276HK ymjdprz is not particularly big on specific highlights that really stand out from the usual with 4K monitors. It offers mostly average connectivity, a picture quality that’s very good but not exceptional and a physical design that’s par for the course when it comes to 4K monitors.

However, we should mention that its 1.07 billion color 10-bit display is better than average for what you’d normally get at this monitor’s fairly low price. Furthermore, the LED backlighting and Acer Contrast Management technology built into the screen do help create a rather excellent level of contrast in the B276HK.

In terms of other scattered highlights, we found it pretty neat that this model comes with an integrated smartphone holder and magnetic paperclip stand. Also, the VESA mounting support and general adjustability of the B276HK are really good, if a bit wobbly at times.

We already said that connectivity is pretty standard issue in this 4K monitor. However, a couple of extras do stand out a bit for their usefulness. First among these is the Four-port USB 3.0 hub. This isn’t so common in many 4K displays and Acer seems to include it in a number of its models, which is pretty useful. In addition to this, there is an MHL port included in the B276HK. MHL stands for Mobile High-definition Link and offers support for a single cable connected for Full HD video, audio and power. Some users might find this helpful.


Check the Price of the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Monitor Display with ErgoStand on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

Visual Specs

In its visual specs, the B276HK ymjdprz is a very good piece of display hardware as far as we’re concerned. Color calibration out of the box is a bit off but after some solid recalibrating, the quality and accuracy of colors on the screen is excellent for regular and even professional uses that don’t depend on razor sharp color precision. The B276HK ymjdprz delivers roughly 98% of the sRGB color spectrum and about 75% of the AdobeRGB range and with this, it gives up a very solid 1000:1 contrast ratio that’s certainly not bad. The brightness is formally at 300 cd/m2 but in practice you might find it to be slightly below this number. Right out of the box, the monitor also comes with brightness set to 100% which some users might want to adjust downward as needed.

The 4K video capacity of the B276HK ymjdprz does go up to 60 frames per second (60Hz) but only if you connect to your PC’s GPU via the available DisplayPort 1.2 ports. Some users of the B276HK have complained of it giving them 4K at only 30 fps but this is almost certainly due to attempts at connecting PC or other external media device and Monitor through the HDMI 1.4 port, which can do no better than 30 frames per second for 4K resolution.

We should also mention that using this monitor with Windows may lead to some scaling issues, particularly with third party software that operates in the Windows environment. None of this is the fault of the B276HK ymjdprz itself, it’s simple a case of many software makers not yet having redesigned their software for clean scaling on 4K screens, with their 8.2 million pixels.

Connectivity

The connectivity package of the B276HK ymjdprz is fairly standard in most ways but does include a couple of slightly notable extra’s that aren’t always found in many UHD monitors. These are the four-port USB 3.0 hub and the MHL connection. Both are useful for certain specific applications and the four USB 3.0 ports wil be great for integrating external mobile devices and storage media.

Aside from these two interesting features, the B276HK ymjdprz comes with a fairly standard connectivity package that consists of 1 HDMI 1.4 port, 1 DisplayPort 1.2 port and one mini DisplayPort 1.2 slot. In essence, you’re getting the basics of connectivity in a 4K monitor. Included in the box also are several cables for the above connection port. These consist of a single DVI cable, 1 DP 1.2 cable, a power cord, an MHL cable and one USB 3.0 cable.

Pricing

The B276HK ymjdprz from Acer is currently retailing on Amazon.com for $412.29, which is a very reasonable overall price for this particular monitor, especially if you factor in its highly flexible adjustability options.

Check the Price of the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Monitor Display with ErgoStand on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

Not so Great

To summarize briefly, the B276HKdoes come with a few connectivity deficiencies thanks to coming with no HMSI 2.0 and only one single DisplayPort 1.2 port. Furthermore, this monitor can be a bit wobbly and difficult to adjust if the stand isn’t manipulated with carefully. Finally, the color presets and overall color accuracy on this model aren’t as good as some we’ve seen on equally priced monitors. Thus, the B276HK isn’t your best bet for truly professional visual design work.

Positives

• Excellent wide-angle viewing
• IPS color and clarity
• Highly adjustable stand
• 4 USB 3.0 ports
• Great 4K resolution clarity
• Fine contrast level

Negatives

• Could use a second DisplayPort 1.2 port
• Less than professional color accuracy
• Some adjustability options are a bit wobbly

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Overall, the B276HK from Acer is a very solid but uninspiring 4K PC monitor. It’s worth the price it retails for so you won’t likely be disappointed by owning this model, even if it won’t make you exclaim in wonder.

Check the Price of the Acer B286HK ymjdpprz 28-inch UHD 4K Monitor Display with ErgoStand on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

 
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  • Chad Johnson
    September 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    From what I’m on the Amazon reviews, this is actually a TN monitor — not an IPS one.

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  • Felix
    December 26, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Could you publish the calibrated color profile plus OSD color settings? I don’t manage at all to get the B276HK show proper colors – even too bad for office work. (white has big yellow tint – and I don’t manage to calibrate this even remotely away using the 6 color OSD menu).

    Otherwise this monitor is really great – but the colors sadly are way off.

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