Originally Posted by mikesgt
Relax... Was just curious that's all. Normally I see them turn articles around pretty quickly, but I didn't know it was because Acer hadn't supplied samples (which doesn't make sense).
Yeah, if you're curious, TFT Central has a forum and twitter feed, where the owner (Simon Baker) keeps people updated on the status of different reviews. He was expecting to receive his sample in December, but Acer sent him the wrong model (XB271HK, the 60Hz 4K display): It's been delayed I'm afraid for now. Not had the unit yet (was sent XB271HK instead)
He did say he expected stock in January, but he's also said that the review isn't currently in his work stack. Good job, Acer!
But honestly, if you're mostly just wanting an ICC profile, I wouldn't worry about it much. For one, there seems to be a bit of variance from panel to panel, if you read people's settings in this thread... so you probably wouldn't get a great match for your particular panel anyway. Also, from my own testing (ColorMunki Display colorimeter), the panel is pretty well calibrated out of the box--other than the searing brightness! In my case, I got a reading of 6200K color temp, and a gamma average of 2.2. Most colors were acceptable error levels (~2 dE? I forget) except for red and green, which I think were a bit oversaturated, and of course their color mixes.
What also makes getting TFTCentral's color profile moot, is that the panel can definitely drift... as in, it may look more yellowish one month, then better the next month. Mine in particular went from 6200K temp initially, to almost 6400K after a month of use.
If I were you, I'd just eyeball the user color settings... if it looks too yellowish for you (seems to be the trend), then drop red a bit, and drop green a little more. For example: 98 red, 95 green, or 95 red, 90 green, etc. That will get you in the ballpark of 6500K and reduce the yellow tint pretty well.
The best solution would be to drop $1000 on a spectrophotometer like the i1 Pro (1 or 2) and do your own calibrations! But apart from that, you can get a consumer-grade colorimeter on the cheap, for $120-160. As long as you have a good correction file for the particular panel's backlight, you can get pretty accurate calibrations. I bought my ColorMunki for my Dell U3011 to help correct the wide gamut, and I've been using it ever since... love the thing!