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Acer Predator X34 Review

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Acer Predator X34 Conclusion:

The Acer Predator X34 is everything I thought it would be when it arrived on my doorstep. Its massive size made its presence felt even before I set it all up, and once I powered it on, that presence persisted. The Predator X34 is chock full of top-of-the-line technology from its IPS panel to its G-SYNC module to its curved, UW-QHD resolution. But of course top-of-the-line technology means top-of-the-line price, and $1300 MSRP for a monitor will be a tough pill to swallow for many people.

Gaming at 3440x1440 is a sight to behold in most scenarios and I'm not so sure I could ever go back to mere 1080p gaming or even 1440p. Depending on the game, the size and slight curvature definitely increased immersion. While a few games lack native 3440x1440 support, you can always play in windowed mode at 1080p or 1440p. Unfortunately, I've never used any other 3440x1440 monitors to compare the Predator X34 to, so I cannot say if this is the best one for your money. You can find 3440x1440 monitors for as little as $800 without the bells and whistles, but throw in G-SYNC, the curvature, the four USB 3.0 ports, and more, and suddenly the $1300 price tag isn't all that unreasonable.

The thing that surprised me the most was how good it was for everyday use. The curve is subtle enough that I did not notice it during everyday activities like browsing the web, writing code, or writing this review. Yet the added real estate 3440x1440 provides was definitely a huge plus! While you can achieve similar results with a dual-monitor setup, not having a split down the middle is a much better experience. Of course the one drawback with a screen this size is how much physical room is required on one's desk, and in the case of the Predator X34, the stand isn't doing itself any favors. Due to the tripod nature of the stand, it not only requires a substantial horizontal spanse, but also goes pretty deep as well (just over one foot), which could be a problem on narrower surfaces. Acer does provide the VESA Mount to get around this if you have a wall to put it on, but that is something I did not test.

Overall, I was definitely pleased with the Predator X34. While it does take up a lot of space, its angled styling is a pleasure to look at even from behind. The image quality is top notch and NVIDA G-SYNC is definitely a huge plus, allowing you to even get away with a mid-end GPU and still enjoy silky smooth gaming. Since 3440x1440 obviously takes more resources to render than 1080p, having G-SYNC is a noteworthy feature and one that will become even more important as games get more intense. If you have a local store that has G-SYNC monitors on display, I definitely recommend going to check it out in person, because no matter how much I talk about it, nothing beats seeing it work with your own eyes.

The monitor has no swivel rotation, but does have extensive height and tilt adjustments, albeit they require extreme force to engage - which I guess can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. The benefit is that there is certainly no risk in accidentally changing the height or tilt when pressing the function buttons or accidentally bumping it, but if you're one who likes to constantly change the height and tilt depending on what you're doing, it may be a bit frustrating to have to put your full force into it. Everything about it feels solid, however, and that's a good thing.

As I mentioned before, if you're in the market for a new monitor and frequently game, the Acer Predator X34 should definitely be under your consideration. The price tag is a bit high, but what you get is a high-end monitor that should last you for years to come. Your eyes will thank you.

 

Pros:

  • Ultra-wide 3440x1440 resolution
  • In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel
  • Curved screen increases immersion in most games, while being subtle enough for everyday use
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • Overclocks to 100Hz
  • Four USB 3.0 ports!
  • Attractive, sleek design
  • Extremely solid construction
  • Anti-glare screen
  • Full accessory bundle, including wall mount kit
  • Ambient lighting for that extra flair

Cons:

  • Price
  • Takes up a lot of desk real estate
  • No swivel
  • Maxes at 100Hz instead of 120Hz
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  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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