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Acer Predator X34 Review

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Acer Predator X34 Closer Look:

The Acer Predator X34 contains six unlabeled red buttons on the bottom right - the power button all the way to the right along with five function keys, which we'll get to on the next page. To the right of the power button is a small LED that glows blue when powered on or amber when in standby/power-saving mode. There is also an LED strip that runs along most of the bottom containing nine LEDS. Referred to as the Ambient Light, it can be configured for red, blue, green, orange, white, or "MNT Status," either fixed, breathing, flashing, or ripple. You're able to set the brightness level from 1-5 and whether it stays on when the monitor goes to sleep. The photos below are with the brightness set at 3, and even though the last one looks yellow, that's actually the orange (and yes, it looks yellow in reality; it's not the camera).

 

 

 

 

Pressing any of the five function buttons brings up the "Main page" of the OSD, which then allows you to drill down further. Being able to push any of them is nice considering there are no external labels, although I do wish the power button wasn't among the bunch, or at least shaped differently, as I have accidentally pressed it on numerous occasions. There is a slight embossed power icon on the front of the monitor above the power button, but that doesn't help much. From left to right, you have the Game mode control, OD (Overdrive) options, Volume control, Input selection, and the Function Menu. Game mode allows you to turn Game mode on or off and select user-defined profiles set within the Function Menu. Overdrive allows you to set it to Off, Normal, or Extreme. The manual doesn't actually state what each setting does, nor does it even define overdrive, but it's a common manufacturer technique for lowering refresh rates. The Volume control is pretty straight forward, if you plan on using the built-in speakers. Input selection merely switches between DisplayPort and HDMI.

 

 

The Function Menu is where we finally get to all the settings. It consists of five pages: Picture, Color, OSD, Setting, and Information.

Picture is where you can adjust brightness, contrast, blue light, dark boost, and adaptive contrast settings, as well as choose between five Acer eColor Management profiles: User, ECO, Standard, Graphics, and Movie.

 

Color is where you can adjust gamma, colour temp, saturation, and 6-axis color settings – the latter allowing you to individually adjust red, green, blue, cyan, yellow, and magenta levels.

 

OSD is where you can adjust the on-screen display settings and save them to three different game profiles, allowing you to show the refresh rate in the upper-right corner or even place a cross-hair at the center of your screen.

 

Setting is where you have all the miscellaneous settings that didn't quite belong anywhere else. Here you can change the input, enable/disable DTS, Overdrive, and Overclocking, adjust the aforementioned Ambient Light, and more.

 

Lastly, Information displays the monitor's current resolution, max refresh rate, and mode it's running in. In order to attain a max refresh greater than 60Hz, you must turn on Overclocking in the previous menu, which is off by default. This will allow you to reach the monitor's true max refresh rate of 100Hz.

 




  1. Acer Predator X34 Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Acer Predator X34 Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Acer Predator X34 Specifications & Features
  4. Acer Predator X34 Testing: Setup & Everyday and Work Use
  5. Acer Predator X34 Testing: Gaming
  6. Acer Predator X34 Conclusion
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