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Acer Predator XB281HK
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Acer Predator XB281HK PC Monitor

28" LED 659mm Aug 2015
Screen Size Display Type Built-In Speaker Width Release Date
XB1 series monitors are packed full of features to choose from. Create your own ultimate gaming experience with extreme resolutions, fast refresh rates, IPS[1] technology and more[2]. Standard... More
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Popular Choice

The Predator XB281HK is a popular choice of PC display according to Amazon sales data.

Nice Design

Some people who bought it said that it was good looking. Peter Clements mentioned in his review of this PC monitor this year “A beautiful montor in looks”.

Good Support

One customer concluded that the Acer Predator XB281HK had good technical guidance. Richie wrote in December “I'll try my best to help” in his review of the Acer Predator XB281HK and scored the product very highly.

Good Product Quality

One Acer Predator XB281HK reviewer concluded that the product was good quality. A few weeks ago Richie said in his Acer Predator XB281HK review on Amazon “Build quality is good and I only have a little bit of backlight bleed down each side”.

Robust

One Acer Predator XB281HK owner who purchased it reckoned that it was well made.

Good Picture Quality

One Acer Predator XB281HK owner who reviewed the product thought it had good colour saturation. Richie mentioned on Amazon in December this year “Images are really crisp and colours are great, I was expecting them to be washed out with it being a TN panel” in his review of this PC monitor.

Acer PC Monitors Have Good Reviews

Based on 3,487 user and expert reviews, Acer has good reviews for its PC displays. Acer also has good reviews specifically for its medium monitors.

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LED Display Type

This PC monitor has an LED display type, which is typical of many PC displays of a comparable age and type to it.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative PC displays that have an LED Display currently available including because of it's better review score, the B326HULA[pl_3029905_price], or the XZ350CU[pl_3580893_price] both from Acer or the HP Z Display Z27[plb_2077589_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other medium monitors that came out more than a year ago, the Acer Predator XB281HK has a built-in speaker.

We compared this LCD screen to all the other PC displays with a built-in speaker and we think because of it's better review score, the LG 34UM95C[plb_2988021_price], the Samsung TC242W[plb_3234669_price], and the iiyama XB2779QS-W1[plb_3133805_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Many Display Colour Count

Across all the medium monitors that were released around the same time as the Predator XB281HK the display colour counts range from 16M to 1,100M, and the average display colour count is 150M. The Acer Predator XB281HK has one of the more display colour counts (1,070 million) amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment

At 150 millimeters, the Predator XB281HK has a fairly high maximum height adjustment compared to most of the other similar spec PC screens that were released around the same time as the Predator XB281HK. PC screens that have been around for a comparable time to the Predator XB281HK have maximum height adjustments of between 17mm and 510mm, and the average maximum height adjustment is 130mm.

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Fairly Big Viewable Width

With a viewable width of 620.9 millimeters, the Predator XB281HK has one of the bigger viewable widths amongst medium monitors of this age. PC displays that have been on the market for around the same time as the Predator XB281HK have viewable widths of between 280mm and 800mm, and the average viewable width is 530mm.

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Fairly Big Viewable Height

Across all the medium monitors that were released more than a year ago the viewable heights range from 230mm to 700mm. The Predator XB281HK has a fairly big viewable height (341.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec flatpanel monitors that have been available for around the same time as the Predator XB281HK.

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Very Fast Response Time

The average response time of PC monitors of this age and type is 5.7ms, and the response times range from 1ms to 40ms. At only 1 millisecond, the Acer Predator XB281HK has a fairly fast response time compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out around the same time as the Predator XB281HK.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This LCD screen received an expert rating of 60% from straitstimes.com. That puts this PC display in the bottom 2% of all the PC screens of this spec and age.

Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The Predator XB281HK does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other PC screens of a similar age and spec to the Predator XB281HK also do not have a built-in camera.

We compared all the other LCD screens which also have a built-in camera to this flatpanel monitor and we think the Philips 241P6VPJKEB[plb_3021583_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium monitors that have been available for more than a year are not 3D compatible. The Predator XB281HK is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you want a PC display that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Asus PG278Q[plb_3097078_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The Predator XB281HK does not have an integrated card reader. Most of the other medium monitors that were released around the same time as the Predator XB281HK also do not have an integrated card reader.

Other flatpanel monitors which also have an integrated card reader that you might also want to consider include the Benq SW2700PT[plb_2982141_price] which is also higher rated.

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Very High Running Costs

The average 5 year running cost of the Predator XB281HK is £82 based on typical usage levels and energy prices, which makes it one of the least economic to run PC displays of this age and spec.

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Pricey

PC monitors of this type and age range in price from £46 to £4,106. We think that this LCD screen looks expensive compared to other PC monitors of this type and age.

Very Low RMS Rated Audio Power

With an RMS rated audio power of only 2 Watts, the Predator XB281HK has one of the lower RMS rated audio powers amongst flatpanel monitors of this age. Across all the similar spec PC screens that have been on the market for around the same time as the Predator XB281HK the RMS rated audio powers range from 1W to 32W.

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Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle

PC displays of a similar age and type to the Predator XB281HK have vertical viewing angles of between 10° and 180°. With a vertical viewing angle of only 160 degrees, the Predator XB281HK has a quite narrow vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other comparable spec flatpanel monitors that were released around the same time as the Predator XB281HK.

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Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle

With a horizontal viewing angle of only 170 degrees, the Predator XB281HK has a quite narrow horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the Predator XB281HK. The average horizontal viewing angle of LCD screens of this type and age is 170°, and the horizontal viewing angles range from 18° to 180°.

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Only One HDMI Port

The Acer Predator XB281HK is a one HDMI port flatpanel monitor. Most of the other PC monitors that were released more than a year ago have between one and three HDMI ports.

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Heavy

The average weight of LCD screens of this age and type is 5kg, and the weights range from 2.3g to 79kg. With a weight of 7.6 kilograms, the Predator XB281HK is one of the heavier medium monitors that were released one year ago amongst comparable spec PC displays of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer Predator XB281HK

Released Over a Year Ago

This LCD screen was released over a year ago.

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Expert Reviews

(1)
17 February 2016

In the past few months, Taiwanese PC maker Acer has launched a slew of gaming products with the Predator brand.Among them is the Acer XB281HK monitor, which boasts a 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels)... Read more…

User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 24 April 2016 by Peter Clements

A beautiful montor in looks and performance, no BLB ,no missing pixels, my model is perfect . Fancy a grown man falling in love with a PC Monitor.

Reviewed 13 April 2016 by Richie
(Verified Purchase)

This monitor is fantastic, G-sync really helps you get more from your GPU. Before I'd try and make sure it didn't drop below 60fps but now I found I could up a lot of the settings and as long as... Read more…

Reviewed 24 February 2016 by Nuruz
(Verified Purchase)

My first 4k monitor with g sync. Works great no screen tearing. screen is not ips still looks amazing. Had a dead pixel and little light leaks around the side nothing to direct you. Sound form the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 December 2015 by Boeing
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic product. I've recently upgraded from a 1080p TN screen to the ACER XB281HK (also TN). There is absolutely no light bleed, and it works straight out of the box. The colors are very vivid,... Read more…

Reviewed 10 December 2015 by Tina
(Verified Purchase)

A bit of back-light bleed, and a few hitches every now and then will update if anything else comes up...

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Electricity cost when switched on £78.52
Electricity cost when on standby £3.04
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Total running cost over 5 years £81.56
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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