The ultimate HDR (opens in new tab) experience calls for a couple things. For one, you’ll want a super bright screen, and then there’s the experience afforded by a full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight that allows the monitor to display differing levels of brightness in different zones. The Acer Predator X32, a 32-inch 4K gaming monitor (opens in new tab) arriving in Q1, will bring all that and then some. It could be the second mini-LED PC monitor available and one of just two monitors certified to deliver HDR content at at least 1,400 nits brightness. That luminescence comes at a cost though: the Predator X32 will cost $3,599.
What really makes the Predator X32 is its mini-LED backlight. While that tech is still a step below microLED and another one below OLED (opens in new tab)(Acer also announced an OLED gaming monitor (opens in new tab) today), mini-LED is superior to typical LED monitors because its LED diodes are about half as small, allow vendors to fit more of them. The only mini-LED monitor currently available is the Asus ProArt PA32UCX (opens in new tab), a professional-grade monitor that’s $4,000 (opens in new tab) at the time of writing.
The Predator X32 has 1,152 local dimming zones, just like the ProArt PA32UCX. For comparison, the HP Omen X 65 Emperium (opens in new tab), Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ (opens in new tab) and Acer Predator X27 (opens in new tab) are some of the most powerful LED monitors around, thanks to FALD, and they each have only 384 zones.
The Predator X32 is also the second monitor to be announced as earning the DisplayHDR 1400 certification VESA launched in September. That means its guaranteed to hit at least 1,400 nits brightness with HDR content. It’s VESA’s brightest DisplayHDR certification, and only one other monitor has earned the title as of this writing, the upcoming Asus ProArt PA32UCG (opens in new tab) (no price or release date yet).
But while part of Acer’s Predator gaming line, it’s clear the Predator X35 also has a place in professional creatives’ homes. In addition to its min-LED backlight, it covers 89.5% of the very wide Rec. 2020 gamut for strong 4K (opens in new tab)colors. The 10-bit (opens in new tab) panel also covers 99% of the AdobeRGB gamut and is said to have a Delta E (opens in new tab) of less than 1. Ultimately, this is also a high-end display for video creation.
Acer Predator X38
For those seeking something slightly more attainable, Acer also announced the Predator X38 today. It’s a 37.5-inch ultrawide curved (2300R) gaming monitor (opens in new tab) with 3840 x 1600 resolution, DisplayHDR 400 certification, G-Sync and a 175Hz overclocked refresh rate with a 1ms (GTG) reponse time with overdrive. It’ll cost $2,400 when it debuts in April.
Also keeping in mind the 55-inch Predator CG552K OLED (opens in new tab) monitor also announced today ($2,999), Acer has secured a place on the shortlist of gamers seeking the most premium display in 2020.
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Acer Predator X32||Asus ProArt PA32UCX||Acer Predator X38|
|Panel Type / Backlight||Not disclosed / Mini-LED, 1,152 dimming zones||AHVA-IPS / Mini-LED, 1,152 dimming zones||Not disclosed / LED, curved (2300R)|
|Screen Size||32 inches||32 inches||37.5 inches|
|Max Resolution & Refresh Rate||3840 x 2160 @ 144Hz||3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz||3840 x 1600; 175Hz with overclock|
|Response Time (GTG)||Not disclosed||5ms||1ms with overdrive|
|HDR Brightness||1,400 nits||1,200 nits||400 nits|
|Contrast||Not disclosed||1,000:1||Not disclosed|
|Speakers||2x 4W||2x 3W||2x 7W|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4; 3x HDMI 2.0; 4x USB 3.0||DisplayPort 1.2; 3x HDMI 2.0; 4x USB 3.0; 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-c); 3.5mm headphone jack||DisplayPort 1.4; HDMI 2.0; 4x USB 3.0|
|Price (as of Writing)||$3,599||$4,000||$2,399|
|Availability||Q2 2020||Available now||April 2020|