SpecterPro has been consistent in offering affordable gaming monitors that rivals popular brands in both features and specs. As the brand grows, it’s products continue to pack more features together with a more competitive price, sometimes being the cheapest in the market. What we have here today is the SpecterPro XT27Q Gaming Monitor, SpecterPro’s latest flagship and their first 2560x1440p high refresh rate monitor. The XT27Q was first shown in our AskB2G Livestream where we talked about our expectations of SpecterPro and its latest monitor.
Unboxing and First Impressions
We are greeted with the signature SpecterPro packaging as seen on the latest, Specter Pro XT27NS up to the oldest SpecterPro G255SL. Both of which, we reviewed on the site. Though this time, the XT27Q has its own printed product image and text unlike the sticker found on the previous monitors. Compared to the SpecterPro XT27NS, the packaging on the XT27Q is more secure with a fully wrapped hard foam protecting the curved panel.
The packaging of the XT27Q contains the following:
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- 2-part Probase PB273Q Stand
- AC Adapter
- DisplayPort 1.4a Cable
- SpecterPro XT27Q Manual and Warranty Guide
We’ve always seen SpecterPro being extra by providing an HDMI cable aside from the included DisplayPort cable. But that isn’t the case here, the XT27Q only comes with a DisplayPort cable included in the box. While its not a value breaker, it’s still worth noting as this is required to achieve the competitive price point of Php 13,995.
Like other SpecterPro models, the XT27Q uses a V-shaped stand but has an easy installation feature by using a latched-on screw.
SpecterPro has an all-new Stand design for their flagship monitors. Currently, only the XT27Q and the upcoming 32″ variant will come with the Probase PB273Q stand.
The 2-part stand is easy to install using the latched-on screw on the V-base.
The back panel of the XT27Q is fairly thicker than usual SpecterPro monitors. Compared to the XT27NS, the XT27Q doesn’t seem to have VESA Support. Moreover, the I/O is now downwards firing and the XT27Q uses a joystick for the OSD Menu instead of the pesky dedicated buttons.
The monitor’s flexibility is very impressive for its price thanks to the included Probase PB27 stand. Unfortunately, the stand is only limited to height adjustment, tilt and rotate. The lack of pan or swivel is not a deal breaker since height adjust and tilt are the important functions when it comes to panels bigger than 27″ especially curved ones.
The XT27Q doesn’t exhibit any kind of discoloration with different viewing angles as shown on the set of pictures above. The only discoloration we experience is when we tried to view it in extreme angles which didn’t allow us to see the full screen which renders the discoloration not the primary issue, to begin with.
The Joystick found on the XT27Q is very convenient and easy to access as opposed to traditional monitors with dedicated OSD Menu buttons. However, SpecterPro’s implementation is not intuitive enough and it still gives the user a headache in dealing with the OSD for the first time. If you’ve previously owned a SpecterPro monitor, navigating through the OSD is easy as it sports the same layout.
The XT27Q will be subjected to a deeper analysis using our Spyder 5 Elite Tool. This tool will measure the monitor’s color accuracy, brightness and screen uniformity. This will allow us to see the absolute values which will be used as a basis to determine the panel quality of the XT27Q.
Color Space is important for monitors as it displays the range of colors it can produce(which is the triangle) out of the millions of colors that our eye can see which is measured through the sRGB coverage. An sRGB coverage of 96% is already impressive for a curved VA panel, let alone a 1440p gaming one. However, it falls short by 2% compared to its smaller brother, the XT27NS. It does have the same 73% AdobeRGB rating but this still makes the XT27Q superior because of the monitor’s higher pixel density thanks to its 1440p resolution.
Color and Screen Uniformity tells us how the monitor is able to keep its colors and light uniform throughout the display. The DeltaE is a value that notes the total color difference from 3 parameters(green/red, blue/yellow and light/dark) that provide a quantitative color measure. The closer the values are to 0 means better. Based on the charts, the XT27Q losses color uniformity at a significant amount with a DeltaE of 7.0 in the center at 100% peak brightness. At 83%, 67%, and 50%, the XT27Q maintains excellent Color Uniformity with the highest DeltaE of only 2.4. This means that the XT27Q sustains its colors as long as your brightness levels aren’t cranked up to the max amount.
The Luminance Uniformity results show that the XT27Q has more light coming in from the bottom of the display at various brightness levels. The bottom values are very common for curved VA panels but there’s no noticeable color shifting despite cranking up the brightness. Overall, the XT27Q is able to sustain its Color Uniformity so you’ll still have a good viewing experience with this monitor
Surprisingly, the XT27Q is G-Sync Compatible even though its spec sheet only supports FreeSync 1. While its a bummer to see the old FreeSync 1 standard, it’s nice to know that it also supports Nvidia G-Sync giving more value. This way, customers don’t have to worry about pairing their GPU to enable its variable refresh rate technology.
Performance. SpecterPro continues to perfect their “flagship killer” formula as seen with the XT27Q. The 1440p 165Hz panel alone trumps most of the curved monitors available in terms of color reproduction. The 3ms response time of the XT27Q falls behind the 1ms target spec that we’re used to with eSports monitors. Though, the improvement from a typical 5ms monitor to a 3ms one is far more noticeable than going from 3ms to 1ms. You still get a 2ms advantage paired with an above average panel for its price.
Build Quality. Looking back at previous SpecterPro models, there hasn’t been any changes with regard to the build quality of the monitor when compared to the XT27Q. While this is not a bad thing per se, most of the monitor’s value comes from its commendable panel.
Functionality. A 27″ inch footprint is not something that’s easy to get into, especially when desk space is a concern. The previous XT7NS posed a problem for users with limited desk height as its stand only supported tilt. Luckily, the XT27Q supports height, tilt and rotate. Unfortunately, unlike the XT27NS, the XT27Q does not support VESA mounting.
Bundle. The XT27Q is basically an upgrade of the XT27NS in every department. A bump in resolution from 1080p to 1440p without the loss in panel quality as seen in our Spyder monitor tests. Improved ergonomics with the addition of the Probase PB273Q stand. And lastly, G-Sync compatibility.
Value. A jack-of-all-trades approach can be seen with the XT27Q. It has a praiseworthy color accurate 165Hz panel that slightly falls short by 2ms in response time. Its Probase Stand is a step up compared to previous SpecterPro models in terms of flexibility and ergonomics but lacks pivot. It only supports FreeSync 1 without G-Sync Compatibility. But if you package the traits of the XT27Q, it is still a monitor that beats almost, if not, all 24″ & 27″ curved monitors in one aspect or another. Its very competitive price of Php 13,995 sets it apart from these monitors as it directly competes with 24″ 144hz eSports offerings by providing a better color-graded panel with a higher resolution.
Big brands such as ASUS and Aorus pursue extreme panel quality and pack as many features as possible, resulting in a Php 30,000 starting price for a high refresh-rate QHD panel. While their 10Bit DCI-P3 panels are unrivaled, its positioning in terms of pricing is out of reach for most gamers. SpecterPro’s value option with the XT27Q allows these aforementioned gamers to have a taste in gaming in QHD without dumping the rest of their budget on features they wouldn’t even care to use. SpecterPro successfully filled a gap in the market with their latest model. It’s only a matter of time until SpecterPro comes up with a value Ultrawide and 4k market disruptor.
The XT27Q comes with a 1-Year EasyFix Warranty. And now it comes with our Silver Award!