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Acer Unveils Predator Gaming Displays With G-Sync

Acer announced the development of new gaming displays in its Predator series of products. Both the curved Predator Z35 and the flat-panel Predator XB1 series of displays feature support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology.

As part of Acer's Predator product line, all of these displays take advantage of Acer's proprietary GameView technology. This allows users to quickly and easily adjust settings on the fly. This feature can also be used to overclock the display at any time, increasing the monitor's refresh rate.

The Predator Z35 is designed as an ultra-wide curved display. The 35-inch monitor supports a max resolution of 2560 x 1080 with a curvature of 2000R, attempting to create a more immersive experience when gaming. Although the default refresh rate wasn't stated, the display supports overclocking up to 200 Hz. Currently, there are no displays on the market featuring a refresh rate higher than 144 Hz and lack official overclocking support. As a result, the Predator Z35 may be the fastest G-Sync display on the market when it is released.

The Predator Z35 also supports Nvidia's Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology to reduce motion blur. In addition to the display features, the monitor is equipped with two 9 W speakers with DTS Sound and Acer's TrueHarmony technology.

Although they aren't curved, the Predator XB1 series still packs some impressive features. There will be two 27-inch models, one featuring a max resolution of 3840 x 2160, while the other tops out at 2560 x 1440. Although they have IPS panels, these displays have a fast refresh rate of 144 Hz and feature Nvidia's ULMB technology.

There will also be a 28-inch 4k display in the Predator XB1 series, but the exact resolution of this monitor has not been announced yet. Acer stated that this display will have a 1ms response time, however.

Acer Predator Displays
Predator Z35Predator XB1 XB271HKPredator XB1 XB271HUPredator XB1 XB281HK
PanelCurved VA PanelIPS Flat PanelIPS Flat PanelTN Flat Panel
Screen Size35"27"27"28"
Resolution2560x10803840x21602560x14403840x2160
Refresh Rate144 Hz60 Hz144 Hz60 Hz
Response Time4ms4ms4ms1ms
PriceStarting at $1,199.99Starting At $799.99Starting At $799.99Starting At $799.99

As the G-Sync technology is still relatively new, there are only a handful of displays on the market that support it. Of those displays, only two currently support 4K resolutions, and both of these are limited to 60 Hz refresh rates.

There are three G-Sync capable monitors that currently support 2K resolutions. Judging only by the specs alone, the Asus ROG PG278Q currently offers the best performance out of all of the G-Sync monitors currently available overall. Its resolution tops out at 2560 x 1440, but it has a fast 144 Hz refresh rate and the lowest response time of the 2K G-Sync compatible displays.

Comparing Acer's new Predator Z35 against Asus's ROG PG278Q, however, we see that the Predator Z35 has a clear advantage in overall refresh rate at a similar resolution. Although this is purely an analysis of their technical specifications, and we are unable to test and confirm it at this time, the Predator Z35 looks to have the highest-performing G-Sync display upon its release. The Predator XB1 series of displays also surpasses Asus's G-Sync monitor, as they offer the same refresh rate, but with a higher resolution. Asus does have one advantage over all of these displays, however, in that it currently sells for only $669.99 -- more than $100 less than the cheapest Predator XB1 display.

As to which is superior between the Predator XB1 displays and the Predator Z35, that is likely a question that cannot definitively be answered. Some users will likely prefer the higher refresh rate and curved display, while others prefer a flat screen and higher resolution. As a result, which is better between these displays will ultimately be subjective.

The Predator XB1 series of displays are expected to be released in November, while the Predator Z35 won't see the light of day until December.

Update, 9/02/15, 9:00am PT: We received some additional info from Acer, and have updated the table accordingly. It should also be noted that the Predator XB1 displays also include two 2 W speakers.

Update, 9/03/15, 1:00pm PT: We asked Acer for exact refresh rate information on these displays, and have updated the table accordingly. The previously listed "Up To 144 Hz" on the Predator XB1 displays was the max refresh rate for the product line.

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  • spentshells
    I'll assume the big Acer cheque came in today.
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  • SirGCal
    Is it just me or is it odd that the 4k and 1440, both in 27" models, everything else the same, cost the same also? Seems odd.
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  • scolaner
    I'll assume the big Acer cheque came in today.

    As a point of education about how the tech industry works: Any time there is a big product launch (graphics cards, CPUs, chipsets, etc.), there is a date and time at which we in the press are allowed to publish information about it. We call that an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) or embargo.

    When there's a REALLY big NDA lift, such as last night's Skylake CPUs, all the associated hardware makers ALSO have NDA lifts for all their products. In the case of a company like Acer, which makes a ton of products, we write a ton of posts -- for you, dear reader!

    You'll note, for example, a number of articles about Lenovo have gone up, too, as well as new 100-series chipset announcements.

    These are all part of the group of NDAs. We write these articles up as fast as the information comes in. There will be many more articles coming today.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but there's no skulduggery here. Just the normal machinations of the tech world.
    Reply
  • Au_equus
    where's the x34?
    Reply
  • spentshells
    16564055 said:
    I'll assume the big Acer cheque came in today.

    As a point of education about how the tech industry works: Any time there is a big product launch (graphics cards, CPUs, chipsets, etc.), there is a date and time at which we in the press are allowed to publish information about it. We call that an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) or embargo.

    When there's a REALLY big NDA lift, such as last night's Skylake CPUs, all the associated hardware makers ALSO have NDA lifts for all their products. In the case of a company like Acer, which makes a ton of products, we write a ton of posts -- for you, dear reader!

    You'll note, for example, a number of articles about Lenovo have gone up, too, as well as new 100-series chipset announcements.

    These are all part of the group of NDAs. We write these articles up as fast as the information comes in. There will be many more articles coming today.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but there's no skulduggery here. Just the normal machinations of the tech world.

    Says the guy employed by the ad farm ;)
    Reply
  • kewlbootz
    16564055 said:
    I'll assume the big Acer cheque came in today.

    As a point of education about how the tech industry works: Any time there is a big product launch (graphics cards, CPUs, chipsets, etc.), there is a date and time at which we in the press are allowed to publish information about it. We call that an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) or embargo.

    When there's a REALLY big NDA lift, such as last night's Skylake CPUs, all the associated hardware makers ALSO have NDA lifts for all their products. In the case of a company like Acer, which makes a ton of products, we write a ton of posts -- for you, dear reader!

    You'll note, for example, a number of articles about Lenovo have gone up, too, as well as new 100-series chipset announcements.

    These are all part of the group of NDAs. We write these articles up as fast as the information comes in. There will be many more articles coming today.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but there's no skulduggery here. Just the normal machinations of the tech world.

    Says the guy employed by the ad farm ;)


    Um, says the guy taking the time to browse and comment in the supposed "ad farm"?
    Reply
  • boju
    Theres been a few comments of late of this kind of nature, not sure what it is, is it a full moon every night for these guys???
    Reply
  • AnimeMania
    Is there any reason why a monitor that supports G-Sync couldn't also support FreeSync? It could go far in easing the consumers mind about which video card they might want to get in the future.
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  • Ben Archer
    It says the 4k has a refresh rate of 144Hz, but even DisplayPort 1.3 will enable a 4K UHD display to operate at a 120Hz refresh rate using 24-bit pixels, or a 96Hz refresh rate using 30-bit pixels. So how will it be driven at 4k144p?
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  • somebodyspecial
    16563770 said:
    Acer announced the new Predator Z35 and Predator XB1 series of displays with G-Sync support.

    Acer Unveils Predator Gaming Displays With G-Sync : Read more

    "As the G-Sync technology is still relatively new, there are only a handful of displays on the market that support it. Of those displays, only two currently support 4K resolutions, and both of these are limited to 60 Hz refresh rates."

    Am I missing something here, the chart seems to say XB1 XB271HK is 4K and 144hz.

    http://www.pcper.com/news/Displays/IFA-2015-Acer-Predator-Z35-and-XB1-G-SYNC-Gaming-Monitors
    PCper says it too, 4K, 144hz, gsync. So how is this limited to 60? It would seem your own chart, & pcper's comments are in conflict with the statement above correct? Or am I missing something?
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