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28" LED 658.7mm Nov 2014
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Twelve Industry Awards

This Acer LCD screen has received twelve awards from expert review sites.

This medium monitor received an "Editor's Choice" from Hothardware.com, Digitaltrends.com and Tomshw.it all of whom said that this PC monitor was exceptional.

The writers at Pcper.com and Insidehardware.it both thought that this PC screen was brilliant and gave it their "Gold" award.

The editors of Thg.ru and Vido.com.ua both recommend this flatpanel monitor and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The expert at Hardware.info thought that this PC screen was good value for money and gave it their "Value for Money" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Ten experts from sites including Digital Versus, PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com and kitguru.net have rated this flatpanel monitor on average 81 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

This Acer PC display has an average owner rating of 80 out of 100 based on 79 owner reviews.

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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Reasonably Priced

Some Acer XB280HK reviewers who reviewed the Acer XB280HK agreed that it was good value for money. Addyb mentioned in their Acer XB280HK review “I went for the 4K monitor over the ROG Swift due to price and future proofing”. In October this year Ludo Roussaux gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “When affordable” in their Acer XB280HK review. Pluckybrit mentioned in their review “Great value for money considering you're getting a 4k G-Sync monitor for under”.

Some Acer XB280HK reviewers said in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Ludo Roussaux mentioned in October this year “Poor blacks because of the cheap back” in their review of this PC monitor.

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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

Hardware.info highlighted in their review that this PC display provided a good bang for your buck.

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 Flatpanel Monitors Have Good Reviews

Acer has good average ratings for its medium monitors as well as across its entire PC display range compared to other manufacturers.

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LED Display Type

This LCD screen has an LED display type, which is the most frequently found display type on medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as it.

We compared this flatpanel monitor to all the other PC monitors that have an LED Display and we think the Viewsonic VP2770[plb_1427446_price], and the LG 29EA93[plb_1469655_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Five USB 3.0 Ports

The Acer XB280HK is a five USB 3.0 port PC display.

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3840 X 2160 Graphics Resolution

The XB280HK has a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160. That's over four times the resolution of a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) PC screen, which is the most common resolution.

This PC display's resolution (3840 x 2160) is actually the best resolution amongst all PC monitors that were launched around the same time as the XB280HK.

The worst resolution across similar types of PC display is 640 x 350.

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Fairly High Maximum Height Adjustment

The maximum height adjustments of PC monitors of a comparable type and age to the XB280HK range from 13mm to 850mm, and the average maximum height adjustment is 130mm. The XB280HK has one of the higher maximum height adjustments (150 millimeters) amongst PC displays of this age.

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Quite Big Display Diagonal

The XB280HK has a quite big display diagonal (71.1 centimeters) compared to most of the other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years. Across all the PC displays that were released around the same time as the XB280HK the screen sizes range from 28cm to 770cm, and the average display diagonal is 65cm.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of cables included found on the XB280HK is more than most flatpanel monitors that were launched around the same time as it. This flatpanel monitor has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on medium monitors that were released around the same time as the XB280HK. The cables included "DisplayPort" and "USB" are also found on this PC display.

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Quite Fast Response Time

Similar spec LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as the XB280HK have response times of between 1ms and 40ms. With a response time of only 1 millisecond, the XB280HK has one of the fastest response times amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Only One USB Type-A Downstream Port

The XB280HK is a one USB Type-A downstream port PC screen.

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Running Costs Are Very High

Based on average usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the XB280HK is £72, which makes it one of the least economic to run medium monitors that have been available for more than two years.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The XB280HK does not have a built-in speaker, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec PC displays that have been around for around the same time as the XB280HK also do not have a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other LCD screens which also have a built-in speaker to this PC monitor and we think the Eizo Foris FS2434[plb_2367743_price], or the Asus MX299[plb_1584809_price] or the AOC U2868[plb_2276998_price] are also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most medium monitors that are a similar age to the XB280HK are not 3D compatible. The Acer XB280HK is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for an LCD screen that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the 272G5DYEB[pl_3175233_price], or the 278G4DHSD[pl_1499355_price] both from Philips or the Benq BL2710[plb_1729060_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Most PC displays of a comparable age and spec to the XB280HK do not have a built-in camera. The Acer XB280HK is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Like most of the other PC screens that have been around for more than two years, the XB280HK does not have an integrated card reader.

There are a number of alternative PC monitors which also have an integrated card reader that you might want to consider including the DELL U2413[plb_1565290_price]; or the DELL U2713H[plb_1518815_price].

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Not Cheap

We checked 534 PC displays of a similar age and spec and they range in price from £51 to £5,421. We think that this LCD screen looks expensive compared to other PC displays of a similar age and spec.

Only HD HD Type

This LCD screen has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, which is typical of many medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the XB280HK have between one and five USB 2.0 ports, including the XB280HK which has one USB 2.0 port.

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1 Other reason to consider the Acer XB280HK

Released Over Two Years Ago

This PC screen has been on the market for over two years.

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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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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 9 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers xb280h, xb280hk, acer 4k2, acer 4k2k, acer xb280, acer 100m1, acer xb280h, acer xb280hk, acer 380x2160, acer xb280hkb, acer xb280hkbp, acer umpb0ee005, acer xb280hkbpr, acer xb280hkbprz
Barcodes 00887899665660, 04713147435593, 04713147435630, 08878996656608

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