Acer And Asus Delay Release of Powerful 144Hz 4K HDR G-Sync Monitors To 2018

by on August 9, 2017

Stephan Jukic – August 9, 2017

Despite some heavy consumer anticipation of their 2017 release for sale, the awesomely powerful and very much cutting-edge new HDR 4K X27 gaming monitors that Acer has been hinting at since CES 2017 in January are now being delayed until 2018 for their release. The company has surprised and disappointed many eager PC tech fans with this latest announcement but it’s also not alone in the strange turn of events. Asus has decided to do the same thing as Acer and also delay their nearly identical ROW Swift PG27UQ monitor for release until 2018, despite earlier reporting that Asus would actually release their monitor in 2017 despite what Acer decided to do.

The X27 from Acer is based in particular on a reference monitor design that Acer unveiled at CES 2017 for a NVIDA G-Sync HDR display and both the X27 and the ASUS ROG Swift are based on AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel technology, which allows for 3840 x 2160p resolution while achieving highly uncommon (for now) refresh rates of 144Hz. The vast majority of current 4K UHD monitors still refresh at a maximum of only 60Hz and even among upcoming PC displays, few pull off quite the specs of these two Asus and Acer models with their 144Hz refresh, G-Sync compatibility and HDR display specs. Both monitors are going to also include a direct LED backlighting system with hundreds of local dimming zones and some extremely high levels of both peak brightness and contrast. In other words, due to their combination of display, hardware and software features, the X27 and ROG Swift PG27UQ were anticipated as “the” gaming monitors to get for anyone who wants the absolute best in 4K HDR PC gaming displays.

Acer Predator X27 4K HDR 144Hz monitor

Acer Predator X27 4K HDR 144Hz monitor

The M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel technology being used in these two devices to achieve their high levels of display performance is some of the most advanced of its kind for consumer gaming monitors today and Acer and Asus are so far the only companies which have announced specific product releases with the panel built into them, in the form of the two newly delayed monitors.

Neither company has yet cited a formal reason for why exactly they decided to delay the release of their respective high-end 4K HDR gaming monitors but a couple of possibilities could be behind the decisions:

The first reason could simply be that the NVIDA reference design on which both monitors are based needs further refinement before it’s quite ready for consumer market sales. The second major possible reason would be that the M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel technology itself is being delayed for mass production by AUO. Given how these two different companies which would normally compete with each other simultaneously decided to delay the release of their respective monitor models with the same core AU Optronics technology, the second possible reson above seems highly credible.

For NVDIA, one of today’s market leaders in PC gaming GPUs, the move by Acer and Asus also means some trouble since these monitors served as de-facto flagship demonstrations of how well NVIDIA’S 4K G-Sync HDR combo technology could work in a display while the display is being used to run 4K HDR games. Aside from Asus and Acer, no other companies haven yet announced any imminent plans for their own 4K HDR G-Sync displays. However, if any other monitors makers did plan on using the AU Optronics M270QAN02.2 AHVA panel in their upcoming PC displays, they’ll probably delay their releases until 2018 as well, even if they went with AMD Free-Sync GPU support instead of NVIDIA G-sync.

Nvidia G-Sync Technology gsync-hero

Moving back to the Acer X27 and ASUS ROG Swift monitors, they are definitely not going to be cheap when they come out. We’re expecting price tags for either PC display of no less than $1400 and given the specs for the X27 (very similar to those of the ROG Swift) listed below, it’s easy to see why these monitors are so highly anticipated and likely to be high priced:

  • HDR10 support
  • Nvidia G-Sync support
  • Nvidia’s ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
  • Tobii eye-tracking technology
  • 384 individually controlled LED lighting zones
  • 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space
  • 1,000 nits brightness
  • 4ms response time

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