Acer is amping up its gaming monitor portfolio today by announcing two interesting offerings: the Nitro XZ452CU V and the Predator X34 V.
We'll kick things off with the Nitro XZ452CU V, the larger of the two monitors. It measures 44.5 inches across and features a 1500R curvature for a more immersive gaming experience. In addition, the monitor has a Double QHD resolution, which is like having two 2560 x 1440 monitors sitting side-by-side.
Acer says that the Nitro XZ452CU V is rated for 165 Hz (and 1 ms response time) with backing from AMD's FreeSync Premium Pro technology to tackle screen tearing and reduce input lag. In addition, Acer says that the monitor maintains that 165 Hz refresh rate at DQHD resolution over HDMI, DisplayPort, or a USB-C connection.
The Nitro XZ452CU V uses an 8-bit VA panel, so you can expect excellent contrast (and narrower veiewing angles) compared to a typical IPS panel. Acer doesn't list the native contrast ratio, but the dynamic contrast ratio is listed at 100,000,000:1. Brightness is rated at a native 450 nits (VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified), while Acer says that the Nitro XZ452CU V can hit 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
Regarding ports, the Nitro XZ452CU V is configured with two HDMI 2.1, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB-C with 90-watt Power Delivery, an RJ45 network port, a three-port USB 3.2 hub, and a built-in KVM switch. You'll also find dual 3-watt speakers onboard if you don't already have a set of speakers to hook up to your gaming rig.
Moving on, we come to the Predator X34 V, Acer's latest OLED gaming monitor, measuring 34 inches across (as its name suggests) with an 1800R curvature. The monitor features an Ultra-Wide QHD (3440x1440) resolution with a 175 Hz refresh rate and a fast 0.1ms response time (AMD FreeSync Premium is supported).
Other niceties include 250 nits typical (1,000 nits peak) with VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400 certification, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 99 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. The Predator X34 V has two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB-C port capable of 65-watt power delivery. The maximum 175 Hz refresh rate is only achievable over USB-C or DisplayPort. If you opt for the HDMI interface, you're limited to a maximum of 100 Hz. There's also a built-in two-port USB 3.2 hub and integrated 5-watt speakers.
According to Acer, the Nitro XZ452CU V will launch in Q4 2023, priced at $999. The Predator X34 V will arrive during the same quarter with a $1,299 price tag.
Well it's about economies of scale. OLED displays have been on our higher end smart phones for approaching 10 years soon (my first was the Samsung Note 5 in 2015), but only in the last several years have we had even "reasonable" priced OLED TVs, let alone PC monitors. More people are still overwhelmingly buying LED panels for cost, but the higher up in LED panel quality, specifically in HDTVs, the closer they close the gap with OLEDs. And let's not forget that LG currently is the only OLED panel maker. Samsung and AU Optronics have mentioned interest in creating OLED monitor panels but for now that's only talk.
TL/DR; You will never find a $300 OLED sub-30" desktop monitor anytime soon if not ever.
Samsung does make OLED panels in the form of their QD-OLEDs. It also has a monitor size Granted it's only in 1440p and Ultrawide. It's also not cheap. JOLED (formed from Sony and Panasonics former OLED groups) also makes OLED panels. Like LGs 32in OLED monitor from a couple of years back is a JOLED panel. LG actually came late to the monitor size OLED panels interestingly enough. The first monitors using their products only released a couple months ago.
So long as OLEDs are positioned as the premium technology, we won't be seeing cheap OLED monitors anytime soon. Personally, what I think will happen is that the cheaper/lower end monitors will just move to FALD that has less zones, while mid - high end will comprise of OLEDs and FALD with more dimming zones. I also don't foresee that changing much until microLEDs are ready for prime time.
The other problem is that OLED isn't a superior display technology in every aspect. Even if we ignore cost, OLEDs don't get as bright and you run the risk of degradation/burn.