Just when you thought that Acer had produced its crown jewel, the impressive XR341CK 34-inch curved monitor complete with a 3440x1440 IPS screen and AMD FreeSync support. But Acer, of course, wasn’t content and had to class the joint up a bit with the new Predator X34. And as its name implies, this gaming monitor is out for blood!
Like the XR341CK that came before it, the Predator X34 uses a 3440x1440 ultra-wide QHD IPS panel that delivers 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut (this is a boon to gamers and especially professional photographers). The Predator’s 21:9 curved panel has a default 60Hz refresh rate and can be “overclocked” to 100Hz. In addition to the 178-degree viewing angles the Predator X34 also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, 4ms response times and has a brightness rating of 300 nits.
The 100Hz refresh rate coupled with G-SYNC should go a long way to ensuring smooth gaming playback as the panel syncs with the output of your GeForce graphics card to reduce screen tearing and input lag.
If you’ve got plenty of cash to blow and want to hook up two or more Predator X34s in a multi-monitor configuration, you’ll also appreciate Acer’s ZeroFrame bezel. Other niceties tossed in for good measure include HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2a ports, a built-in USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jacket and dual 7-watt DTS speakers.
“We believe the Predator X34 offers one of the smoothest, most thrilling game experiences available today,” said a proud Charlotte Chen, Acer America product manager. We’ll have to take Acer at its word for now, but we’re definitely liking what we’ve seen so far. However, we’ll have to get the Predator X34 to our test bench before we can make some real world assessments on how it performs not only gaming situations, but also more mundane everyday productivity tasks.
If you though that the XR341CK was pricey at $1,099, you’re not going to get any additional relief with this follow-up. The Predator X34 is available purchase right now for $1,299 from Acer’s authorized retailers.