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Why are they claiming this is the only WQHD monitor that can do 30-144hz with Freesync? AFAIK the Acer XF270HUA does 20-144hz with Freesync in the entire range and has been out for years. It's often as cheap as this too, I've even seen it slightly below $400.
So what gives? Is Massdrop even TRYING to be truthful with their descriptions? Are they even trying to offer good deals any more?
You missed the fact that it is an IPS panel. It is the only WQHD IPS panel that can do 30-144Hz FreeSync (the ASUS MG279Q is IPS and can do 144Hz, but the FreeSync range is 30-90Hz)
The Acer XF270HUA is IPS.
Like SteelyD said, the XF270HU/XF270HUA (the "A" is the slim bezel revision) is IPS. It's Freesync range is noted as being 40-144hz with displayport, although some people are saying 23-144hz with some form of HDMI. This was also stated by an Acer rep on Amazon in the questions sections.
The last time the Acer XF270HUA has been $400 was January, but getting it at $400 does not by any means happen "often."
If you are in a civilized country like mine it will happen often.
It's the only monitor officially recognized by AMD as supporting that FreeSync range.
That's not what it said though. The point is there's something better (judging from the specs) out there and they claim this is the only monitor that can go as low as 30 and as high as 90hz. That is not true and is misleading to people looking for the best Freesync monitor in this price range.
The Nixeus EDG 27 is the world’s first WQHD IPS gaming monitor with an AMD FreeSync Certified range of 30Hz to 144Hz.
"with an AMD FreeSync Certified range" is not misleading.
That's not what it said though. They obviously changed it after the fact, even though it's still dishonest and misleading since they know very well if people know about the Acer XF270HUA they're going to prefer that instead of this monitor. So they weasel-worded their way out of it.
The point is there's a better monitor out there by a name brand that can often be found for a similar price. And if people learn that it can do 23-144hz with Freesync they're going to prefer it by a large margin. As they should.
We know nothing about the QA of this monitor, but if you want to take your chance on the lottery with Acer, it's all you. I returned 2 of their crappy QC'd monitors before I decided they don't deserve my money. The same stands for Asus monitors as well.
It appears, according to the 77 page thread on the Acer monitor you mentioned, that the XF270HUA reports a limited 40-144hz FreeSync refresh rate. I looked at page after page and only found screencaps reporting 40-144hz. Many asked about the reported 23 frame minimum, but every response was the same.
We intelligent-consumers should probably trust 15-20 people who can prove that they own it over Acer representatives. The consumers have no bias to uphold.
The 23-144hz range is when using HDMI 2.0.
The poeple you read about are using Displayport, not HDMI 2.0.
Can you cite a source? I've looked everywhere and can't find anybody saying that.
Here's mine: http://www.overclock.net/t/1581706/acer-xf270hu-1440-ips-144-hz-adaptive-sync-thread
Most recent posts are from Holiday of last year. I've read through about 25 pages at this point looking for somebody to confirm what you're saying, but have had no luck.
Also, AMD just a few months ago made FreeSync available over HDMI- the move was targeted at the new XBOX and upcoming TV's, are you sure you know what you're talking about?