Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard about 4K UHD by now. It’s now mainstream on TVs, Projectors, DSLRs, Camcorders and more, in fact manufacturers are already moving on and developing 4K HDR displays to enable more sharpness, deeper blacks and more accurate colours. If you’re into having a minimalist, clean feel workspace setup, no doubt the Acer S277HK is for you. It’s sleek and pretty to look at with it’s glossy white finish mix sparingly with aluminium or silver looking trim, buttons are well hidden and the stand is also strategically design to add to its sophisticated looks.
Acer S277HK: Specs
- 27in 3840×2160 IPS display,
- 163ppi 8-bit 5
- 30:1 contrast ratio
- 100% sRGB 80% Adobe RGB
- 1 mini DisplayPort 1.2
- 1 DisplayPort 1.2
- 1 HDMI 2.0
- 1 DVI-D (dual-link)
- 4 USB 3.0
- Fixed stand with tilt
- Stereo speakers
Acer S277HK: Design
I’ve already dived into some of its design features, but to get a little bit deeper, once you unbox it and piece the IPS panel together with its stand, you will notice the neatly placed chrome Acer logo in the middle of the 25mm bottom aluminium strip to break up the all black display design. The 3840 x 2160 pixel IPS panel gives an infinity display illusion, meaning it’s not quite fully edge to edge, it’s framed by a black and silver border around 8 mm wide along the top and side to give it that effect.
Unfortunately, as nice as the monitor looks once sitting on your desk, it’s not adjustable in terms of height, so you will need to then mess up your minimalist setup by stacking a coupe of books underneath the stand to elevate it a little. The screen’s angle is adjustable and can go from -5 to 15 degrees. It doesn’t have a wall mount so you will need to make do if that’s what you are after. You may not use the tilting feature much as the screen itself has some sort of an antiglare finishing to stop annoying reflections from office lighting or sunlight. The S277HK is also quite light to move from one desktop to another, weighing just 11.90 pounds, even with the stand.
On the back is where all your connection ports are located. Just above where the stand attaches to the panel, you have a regular and Mini DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI. The S277HK comes with a 60 Hz refresh rate in 4K mode, making it compatible with activities such as writing a document, browsing the web, productivity tasks, general video consumption, and gaming.
Looking at the monitor straight on, you may wonder where the speakers are, and they are built into the stand, pointing the opposite direction when sitting in front of it, although it doesn’t affect its performance. Equipped with DTS sound technology and TrueHarmony for bass enhancements, the speakers produce great sounds. Whether gaming, watching movies or just listening to Spotify, you will surely enjoy the sounds – speech or music is clear.
Again to complete its simple, minimalist look, the blue glowing power button is locate on the bottom edge of the monitor beneath the silver strip, as well as the menu buttons. You can switch between various usage modes, enable picture-in-picture, adjust the display’s settings such as brightness and contrast, change the volume, and toggle between different inputs.
Acer S277HK: Performance
Without getting too technical on colour gamut and contrast ratios etc, what you need to think about is what you will be using it for or the purpose of investing in such product. It has some great features like PIP and you can have side-by-side displays which is great. If you are a designer or work in that area where you need a sharp, high resolution display that allows you to do better work, then this is for you – the contrast, sharpness and details show very accurately and even the colours aren’t over saturated, although sometimes, it depends on your image source as connecting a tablet, sometimes the colours aren’t as good as they can be.
For gaming, the refresh rate is there, and we’ve used it for long enough now to say there aren’t issues with dead pixels or burn after long periods of use or leaving it switched on. It’s very versatile to handle different graphics environment, so even if you want to have it as something you just stream videos to from Netflix, it handles it very well like a piece of cake.
Acer S277HK: Verdict
The S277HK is versatile, it can handle all graphical tasks thrown at it, it looks good without compromising on performance with the only issue possibly being that you can’t adjust its height. The display quality is excellent, and if you’re looking for a 4K UHD monitor that looks good without costing a arm and a leg, then this is definitely for you. With and IPS panel, you get accurate colours, good sharpness with texts looking crispy and viewing content at different angles is no problem at all.
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