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Acer Predator X34 Review

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Acer Predator X34 Testing:

I approached testing the Acer Predator X34 like we do for our peripheral reviews, as it's largely subjective. I will break down the testing into two core parts: everyday and work-related use, such as browsing the web, watching videos, and doing some coding; and of course, gaming, because this is billed as a gaming monitor after all, and you're not going to spend $1300 on a monitor just to peruse OverclockersClub.com, as great as we are.

Main Testing Setup:

Secondary Testing Setup (same as above except for the following):

Just a little aside for a moment, as you may be wondering why the two setups. I started out testing on the secondary setup, wanting to see how NVIDIA G-SYNC did on a lower-end card (GTX 770) before switching to the GTX 980 Ti. Then roughly a week after putting the latter through its paces, my SSD died – and right in the middle of a dominating Satan Teemo performance in League of Legends! Ugh. Having to buy a new SSD and reinstall Windows, I decided to finally make the jump to Windows 10. But none of that is the fault of the monitor, so let’s get down to business.

 

Everyday and Work Use:

While the Acer Predator X34 is billed as a gaming monitor, the reality is that most users will probably use it far more often in other scenarios. I knew I would like the added real estate that 3440x1440 provides over standard 1080p, or even 1440p, but I was curious to see if the curvature of the monitor would negatively impact the experience. I'm happy to report it does not!

The curvature is certainly quite noticeable in the physical appearance of the monitor, but it's subtle enough where it had absolutely no impact during everyday usage scenarios, even when placing application windows directly in the center of the screen. The ultra-wide resolution meant I could lay windows side-by-side as if using a second monitor, without actually having to connect a second monitor. In fact, there was so much real estate to work with that I used a three-column view for Sublime Text, my preferred editor for writing code (I'm a programmer).

If there's one drawback, it's in video playback, as there simply isn't much (any?) content targeted at 3440x1440. So if you're watching a 1080p movie, be aware that you'll obviously have vertical black lines on each side of the video when in full-screen; or you can always keep it windowed, toss it to the side, and have a browser window or chat window open beside it. Drop down to 720p and you certainly have a lot of extra space to work with.

But enough with the boring aspects of web browsing, programming, and watching videos – you're not going to drop over a grand if that's all you care about. So move on to the next page to see my extensive game testing!




  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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