During my time with the well-priced entry-level Nitro N50 gaming PC, I was using the Acer Nitro RG270 gaming monitor that was sent with it.
This is an attractive slim bezel AMD FreeSync enabled 27-inch monitor running at 1920 x 1080p with a refresh rate of 75 Hz.
Some gaming communities might immediately dismiss a monitor like this as it is not running at some ridiculous refresh rate. However, not everyone can afford a 200Hz ultra-wide monitor. If you are gaming on something like the Acer Nitro 50, then this could be an excellent option for you.
Priced between £170(CCL) and £189(Currys) it is one of the cheapest 27-inch displays options on the market. The few models that are cheaper on the Currys website miss out on a few key specs, in particular, most of them operate at 60Hz and don’t include AMD FreeSync which keeps games running smoothly when framerates start to drop.
Granted, if you are using a PC like the Acer Nitro with its NVIDIA GTX 1050 the FreeSync technology will provide no assistance, but you will still get the superior 75Hz refresh rate compared to many competing models.
You would be fooled into thinking this is a more expensive monitor based on the design. The Nitro RG270 is an ultra slim display using minimal bezels, or Zero Frame as Acer calls it, giving you a premium look and overall build quality.
Set up is easier than usual, it took me just a couple of minutes to assemble, the monitor has the stand pre-attached, you then just need to slot on the base and use the built-in thumb screw, no tools required.
The monitor has a VESA adaptor so you can use a monitor arm if you choose, this is normally what I would use, but I set this up in my dining room while reviewing the Nitro.
You get 2 x HDMI, VGA and an audio line-out port, no Display Port, which is not required on a monitor like this. The HDMI will allow for audio passthrough, and the speakers work fine if you have no other option, but with a 4W output, you would be wise to invest in something superior.
Out of the box, performance is surprisingly good, especially considering the price.
I had to dial down the brightness as usual, but it wasn’t as painfully bright out of the box like some models.
While some gamers prefer TN panels this using the superior IPS technology which typically has a better colour reproduction. I don’t have the critical eye of a professional photographer or designer, but I found colour accuracy and black levels to be excellent.
Sadly, I don’t have an AMD card to test this with, but used the previously reviewed Acer Nitro N50 which provided lovely smooth gameplay in none demanding fast-paced games such as Fortnite and Rocket League.
The 27-inch size is a perfect size for both gaming and work alike, it doesn’t overwhelm your table nor does it feel tiny like some 24-inch models can and the Zero Frame keeps the overall size down while maximising your viewing area.
Some people may complain that this is only 75Hz, or only 1080p but there are no other options anywhere near this price that offers a higher resolution or refresh rate.
Overall there is nothing to fault with this monitor, it has similar if not better specs than models much more expensive than it. There are no major faults, it performs well and looks great too.
It is a perfect choice for a budget gaming build, if you were to buy it with the Nitro N50, you are getting a base unit and monitor for under £800.
This was a sponsored review, but all the opinions are my own and honest.
Acer Nitro RG270 Review
Product Name: Acer Nitro RG270