Acer has announced its new professional display designed for graphics and video professionals. The ProDesigner BM270 monitor boasts with a 4K resolution, an up to 1000-nits luminance in HDR mode, full array LED (FALD) backlighting, and a Delta E<1 color accuracy. The price means it's not going to be a wallet-friendly display, but its combination of features makes this display a very rare and compelling product in general.

The Acer ProDesigner BM270 display is based on a 10-bit 27-inch IPS panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, a 400 - 1000-nits brightness (typical and peak in HDR mode), a 60 Hz refresh rate, 178°/178° viewing angles, and a high contrast ratio. Meanwhile perhaps the most important feature of the monitor is its full array LED (FALD) backlighting technology featuring 384 LED zones for dynamic local dimming. Being common in TVs, FALD is rare in PC monitors. In fact, the BM270 is the second announced professional monitor to feature FALD after the ASUS ProArt PA32UC LCD launched earlier this year. NVIDIA’s reference G-Sync HDR monitors from Acer and ASUS feature FALD too, but they are gaming displays and belong to a different category of products.

A reason why this backlighting is important is because it enables the ProDesigner BM270 to support 100% of the sRGB, 100% of the AdobeRGB, and 97.8% of the DCI-P3 color range. To make the display even more appealing to professionals, Acer pre-calibrates it to Delta E<1 color accuracy for all color ranges (at least this is what it seems from the press release).

When it comes to connectivity, the monitor has two HDMI 2.0 inputs, one DisplayPort 1.2 header, a mini DisplayPort 1.2 connector, and a USB Type-C port to drive the integrated 4 port USB-C hub. In addition, the display has two 4 W speakers.

Specifications of the Acer ProDesigner BM270
Panel 27" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 4 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness Normal: 400 cd/m²
HDR mode: 1000 cd/m²
Contrast 100,000,000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 100% sRGB/REC 709
100% Adobe RGB
97.8% DCI-P3
Display Colors 1.07 billion
3D-LUT ? bits
Pixel Pitch 0.1845 mm²
Pixel Density 137 PPI
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Inputs 1 × DP 1.2
1 × mDP 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0b
USB Hub 4 × USB Type-C (Downstream)
1 × USB Type-C (Upstream)
Audio 2 × 4 W speakers
3.5-mm mini jack
Mechanical Design Chassis Colors: Gray
Tilt: -5°~+20°
Height Adjustment: 4.5 inch
Power Consumption Idle 310 mW (standby)
Active 209 W (ENERGY STAR rating)

The Acer ProDesigner BM270 will be available in the coming days in the U.S. for $1,700. The monitor is covered with a three-year warranty.

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  • nicolaim - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    The two photos are not of the same monitor.
    Text says 4 W speakers, table says 8 W.
    Table says 32" monitor.
    Ports don't match between text and table.
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    "The two photos are not of the same monitor."

    Oddly, Acer has actually released two sets of images for the monitor. The images in their press release and the AcerDisplay website do not match the photos on the official website. I've gone through and replaced them with only photos from the press release, as given the context these seem to be more likely to be correct.

    As for the table errors, fixed. Thanks for the heads up!
  • close - Sunday, July 8, 2018 - link

    The second picture was a actually a BM320 and it was obviously photoshopped to make the bezels look unrealistically thin. That's the picture their PR department uses to promote the product. Too bad most news outlets fall for it and use it without any fact-checking. And almost nobody ever calls manufacturers out for this kind of deceptions.
  • Dug - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    Nice! Great size and resolution along with top specs. I'll be really interested in seeing this tested and if it can show different color spaces with pip. I hope they beat Asus on price too.
  • rocky12345 - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    Nice monitor for sure but the price is still out of reach for myself and a lot of others $1700US is $2231CAD that's more than a lot of peoples system cost. I could just get a 43 inch 4K TV for less and use that heck I think some of them are either going to or are coming out with Freesync support as well. I currently use a Samsung 60" HDTV that works very well as a large screen in my living room and because you have to sit back from it the picture looks great.
  • rocky12345 - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    Besides that 32" to me at least seems tiny since currently using the Samsung 60" and before was using a 1080p BenQ 120Hz projector on a 125" screen sitting distance was 17 feet back or maybe it was 18 I still have the setup but do not use it because it was far easier to hook my main rig up to the living room TV and sit back and enjoy it from there.
  • PixyMisa - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    For $1700 you can get a pretty nice Dell 4K all-in-one.
    Even less here in Australia where it's currently on sale.

    But it's not HDR or DCI-P3, and only has one HDMI input.
  • Holliday75 - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    This is for professionals. Work you see on TV, movie theaters, magazines, billboards. You know....the professional stuff. $1700 isn't a damn thing to them if it allows them to do their work right.
  • FullmetalTitan - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    This is a great price point for professionals actually. A designer is going to be using a $2-3k tablet, and a computer equipped with components that individually cost almost double what the monitor does (workstation GPUs are in the ~$3000 range)..
  • Dragonstongue - Thursday, July 5, 2018 - link

    209 w power consumption O.O ? while specs are "decent" the price is not so very much, but then again most anything "professional" costs an arm a leg and sometimes kidneys for good measure.

    would love to have a gaming monitor properly calibrated from the factory and not require end user to "dick around" having to tweak color profiles and such ^.^

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