Acer KG281K Review – Quick TN Gaming Monitor

Acer is well known for its excellent monitors and products, and with that, the Acer KF281K is another one of their outstanding monitors.

So if you’re looking for an excellent gaming monitor, then the Acer KG281K is it. With the performance, design, and resolution, you’ll be able to experience your games and movies fully and immerse yourself to the virtual environment.

Furthermore, the Ultra HD monitor will give you the necessary performance and features it needs. Alongside with the quick 4K screen, that’ll give you the essential viewing needs.

And if you do have the budget for this gaming monitor, then you’ll get best of both worlds of performance and an excellent looking aesthetic monitor to go along with your office.

Let’s check out some of the specifications and performance the Acer KG281K has to offer you.

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  • Display: 28-inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 Widescreen, Ultra HD 4K
  • Panel Type: TN Display
  • AMD FreeSync Technology Response Ready
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Speakers: Built-In Integrated Speakers
  • VESA: Yes
  • Ports: Inputs: 1 x Display Port, 2 x HDMI Display Port & HDMI Cables included

The Design

The monitors’ design is very sleek and has a simplistic style to the gaming display. Also, The thin bezels of the screen allow you to fully engage in the activities that this monitor has to offer you, so no need to worry about the frames from distracting you in your gaming experience.

In addition, the monitor weighs in 12 lbs, which is excellent and convenient if you’re on the go or need to move the monitor to a different area of your living space.

Also, when viewing the monitor from the sides and other different positions, you’ll notice the colors and quality of colors will start to fade a bit.

With its ergonomic design, you’ll be able to tilt the monitor to your preference, from 5 degrees to 15 degrees. However, you won’t be able to pivot, rotate, or make any height adjustments to the display.

OSD Panels

Alongside with that, the monitor doesn’t use a joystick for the OSD panels and uses the traditional buttons for you to configure. But the buttons are very functional and smooth, and shouldn’t give you a problem when you do decide to reconfigure the monitors OSD settings.

VESA Mount

With that, if you don’t want to go with the stock stand, and prefer a VESA mount, then you can do that as well. You’ll be able to attach a VESA mount of 100mm x100mm to the monitor if you would like. It’s easy to install and shouldn’t give you any trouble, thanks to its user-friendly set-up.

Also, you’ll be able to install the monitor and mount it onto the wall of your house, so you can comfortably enjoy watching your favorite movie-flicks.

Monitor Ports

For the ports, the monitor will give you one Display Port, and with two HDMI Display Ports 1.4 and 2.0 versions. You’ll be able to connect your headphones as well, thanks to its 3.5mm audio jack.

The monitor also comes with two integrated 2-watt speakers. However, these speakers won’t suffice if you want a truly immersive gaming experience.


The performance for the Acer KF281K’s runs on 3840×2160 resolution and that runs at a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time, which is great if you’re a casual gamer. But, if you’re a competitive gamer, then you’ll have to go for the 144Hz refresh rate gaming monitors, which will give you an overall faster display for you to gain the advantage.

Along with the 60Hz refresh rate and having a fast display, you’ll get a quick 1ms response time which will give you superb image quality and graphics, with no ghosting in the screen.

Console Gaming

With a 60Hz refresh rate, you’ll also be able to do console gaming and have a different experience compared when playing on regular TV. So if you have a PS4 or an Xbox One, then use this monitor to give you that excellent gaming experience.

Overall, the image quality is excellent as well when gaming in with consoles. Also, you’ll be able to reach a 75Hz refresh rate for this monitor as well, if you do use HDMI.


With a refresh rate of 60Hz, you’ll also be able to play games in 4K UHD (Ultra HD), which is a step closer to an actual 4K monitor. And with the 4K UHD settings enabled, you’ll take your display to a whole new level.

Contrast and Vibrancy

You’ll get the standard 1000:1 contrast and a 300 cd/m2 backlight which will give you a broad range of contrast and brightness. You’ll be able to see the lightest whites and the darkest blacks, which is useful when you’re gaming in first person or if you want to look at the details of the scenery.

In addition to the high contrast, the color accuracy is great but not the best out of the VA and IPS panels. But you’ll be able to get crisp images and vibrancy overall. However, not superb compared to other high-end monitors, but the images still look great.


And with FreeSync on you’ll have no screen tearing, and as a result, you’ll have super smooth buttery-like graphics to absorb yourself within your gaming experience. So that means no lag and no ghosting involved.

However, the KG271U may work with the G-Sync, but it isn’t guaranteed that you’ll be able to run the monitor in G-Sync.

Fast Pixel Response Time

Considering that the Acer KG281K is a TN panel, the monitor does have a fast pixel response time. And with an input lag of 10ms, you won’t experience any significant frame loss.

Great For The Eyes

In addition, you’ll be able to game for hours without getting your eyes strained. Thanks to its flicker-less and its ComfyView display, you’ll be able to withstand hours of gameplay and work on projects for the whole day without ever having your eyes strained from prolong use. This is great if you’re an artist, graphic designer, or producer that works long hours from

In Conclusion

The Acer KG281K monitor will give you the performance you need. However, if you’re going for a faster display, then you’ll have to go for a 144Hz refresh rate VA panel.

However, if you’re a casual gamer and do a lot of graphic designing or producing, then go for the KG281K.

With a $350 price range, you can get other high performing monitors a bit cheaper than the Acer KG281K. You can try going for the Asus VP28UQ, which is $50 cheaper and similarly has the same performance and features than the Acer KG281K. But if you’re not worried at all about the price tag, then the Acer KG281K is a worthy investment.

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