The Acer Predator XB1 is a monster of gaming performance, save for a few nagging problem that keeps it from ultimate perfection.
The Predator lineup of gaming-focused products from Acer continues to grow, this time taking the form of the Predator XB1 ultra-performance gaming monitor that made it onto our annual best gaming monitor list. With a 2560 x 1440 pixel count and an eye-melting 165Hz refresh rate, the XB1 is down and out the fastest monitor we’ve ever tested – but will those specs be enough to make up for its shoddy menu system and lackluster 2W speakers.
Acer hasn’t pulled any punches on the “extreme gamer chique” stylings of the Predator XB1. That said, the XB1 looks right at home as a part of the Predator family, with red-accented wings that flare off the base and a sturdy, highly-configurable stand that allows the user to raise and lower the screen between 14″ of height and pivot left and right 45 degrees.
The edges of the screen housing are still visible, they’re so slim (just 2mm across) that unless you’re actively looking for them, you’ll barely notice they’re even there.
The 28″ XB1 features which should be just fine for anyone who takes their gaming seriously.
The Predator XB1 wasn’t exactly heavy on connectivity options, but for a strictly gaming-oriented monitor, this is a forgivable sin. On the back of the unit, we found one DP slot, one HDMI 1.4, four USB 3.0 slots and a 3.5mm throughput jack in case you want to split the audio from your HDMI or DP signal into a separate pair of speakers or headphones.
Speaking of audio, the XB1 also comes with two 2w speakers on each side, though we’re not exactly sure why. They were so distant and tiny (not to mention quiet) that they might as well have not been there at all. Without any bass or volume to speak of, you’d be much better off using an external audio amplifier to get the full gaming experience.