Acer Predator X34
|Product Name:||Acer Predator XB271HK|
Acer Predator X34 34-inch WQHD Curved G-Sync Monitor Review
Pros of the Acer Predator X34
- Aggressive design
- Perfect color accuracy
- Rich contrast
- Curves boost gaming immersion
Cons of the Acer Predator X34
- Limited port selection
- Underpowered speakers
- Eats lots of desk space
In this review, we will look at the first curved gaming monitor from gaming giant Acer, the Predator X34. The X34 offers G-Sync, a 100Hz refresh rate, WQHD resolution, and DTS audio in a gaming package that is sure to please users.
The gaming monitor industry has changed in huge ways. Companies used to get by with offering gamers a slow 60Hz display. Today gamers look for high refresh rates above 120Hz with low input lag and gamer specific modes that provide an immersive gaming experience.
The gaming monitor industry keeps changing and becoming increasingly innovative. Gamers are seeking new technology and features. Gamers have been provided an out of this world gaming experience since the advent of Free Sync and G-Sync technology. Since this technology has become more readily available, gamers do not want to play on a display that does not eliminate frame tears. Before this technology gamers had to put up with input lag and artifacts with V-Sync monitors.
This monitor is not the first curved display in the market place. Unfortunately, the prices have not gotten any better. Most models hover around the $1000 price range and the Predator X34 sells for around $1300.
For gamers that can afford this option, the X34 is an amazing monitor. The monitor is a 3440 x 1440 pixel IPS. The monitor also features 10-bit colour thanks to the frame-rate conversion. It is lighting fast with a 4ms response time, and 100Hz refresh with overclocking. The display also features a flicker-free LED backlight and has built-in speakers with DTS tuning that work rather well. Gamers will also be attracted to the accurate colour panel that produces bright and vibrant colours. Gamers may recognize these specs because Acer used the same parts in other models in their gaming lineup with Free Sync displays.
Acer charges $200 more for this monitor because of the utilization of G-Sync and the max refresh rate of 100Hz. If any gamer is an AMD user they can save quite a bit of money by opting for the XR341CK model. Users will save money with that model from Acer at the cost of an extra 25Hz. The panel operates at 75Hz natively but users can add more in 5Hz increments by using the overclock option to tweak the action. Overclocking does not void the warranty from Acer, but Acer does not guarantee that you will get to 100Hz.
The Curve on the of the Acer Predator X34
The Acer X34 utilizes a slight 3800mm radius to modify the image to wrap with the curve of the display without causing vision distortion. The 3800mm radius is subtle. When you compare the x34 to the 2000m of the BenQ curved display and Acer’s own z35, there is a big difference in how the image wraps around the user. The 3800 brings the edges of the image closer without distorting the image.
This feature is really neat and gamers seem to like it as well because monitors that are curved are flying off of the shelves.
So far, the X34 seems to have met every qualification to be added to the top of the gaming monitor list but how does it look and function?
Design of the of the Acer Predator X34
The X34 is mounted to a cast aluminum stand that looks a little shaky but provides really good stability. The stand allows users to adjust the height up to 5.1 inches which is a feature that is not normally provided in ultra-wide displays. Gamers can also take advantage of 25 degrees of tilt. These adjustments are very easy to use and will help gamers ergonomically on those long gaming sessions.
On the bottom, right corner of the screen, are five control keys facing downward. They are hard to see but easy to feel. Anytime a user pushes one of the buttons the corresponding adjustment menu icon will appear on the screen.
Acer designed the screen to be borderless but when the gamer powers on the monitor a half inch frame appears digitally around the picture. The lower trim is about 1 inch in width. If a user set the X34 up in a multi-display configuration there would be a 1 inch gap in between the images. The screen also has an anti-glare layer that is common to most of the gaming monitors in the market place. This layer makes sure there is a proper balance between clarity and light rejection.
The Acer X34 tapers so the monitor actually looks thinner than it is. The center of the monitor is at 3 inches and the edges are at 1 inch. There are USB and headphone jacks located on the back of the cabinet.
This display has a handle on top of the monitor. This allows for good balance when users pick up the x34 to keep it vertical. The screen does contain some grillwork. The grill is v-shaped and looks great with the taper of the monitor. Behind the grill is two built-in 7w speakers that are tuned by DTS and offer a nice frequency range and plenty of volume. The bass is not very good but in this point of a review we usually recommend gamers by an aftermarket headset or external speakers, there is no need with this monitor as the speakers are better than all of the built-in speakers on other monitors in the market.
Connectivity on the of the Acer Predator X34
Gamers will find that the inputs are difficult to access. They all face backward and are under the upright of the display. Gamers can choose from the HDMI 1.4 or the DisplayPort 1.2a. There is also a USB 3.0 with one upstream and four downstream ports. Gamers can have a more immersive audio experience by plugging a headset into the headphone jack located here as well.
What’s in the Box?
Acer has done a fantastic job of designing packaging to protect the ultra-wide screen. The box is huge and contains several protective inserts and foam padding for protection. Acer designed this container to be able to withstand quite a bit of abuse during transit. The handles of the box are reinforced plastic to prevent the box tearing when being packed. It seems that a damaged package would be very rare with all this protection.
The X34 comes with a cable bundle of HDMI, USB 3.0 port, and Display Port. The power supply is oversized but runs rather cool. The X34 also comes with a metal adapter for VESA mounting options. Gamers who decide not to use the stand can use this bracket along with an interface and hardware of their choosing.
This is a great monitor for any gamer who has decided to go with a curved ultra-wide monitor. The biggest decision in this scenario is the price. For gamers who already have a NVIDIA high-end setup this monitor is perfect for them to use. Gamers who use an AMD graphics card can take advantage of a $200 savings by using the other previously mentioned monitor from Acer. Acer did an amazing thing by including a higher refresh rate in X34. The higher refresh rate makes the extra $200 seem more worthwhile but when it comes to power and performance, the difference is not that great.