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Acer XR341CK Curved Monitor Features G-Sync; FreeSync Version Forthcoming

Last month Acer released the XG270HU, one of the first monitors to feature AMD's new FreeSync technology. Its arrival complemented its G-Sync variant, the XB270HU, which came out in January. Obviously, these will not be the only two monitors supporting the rivaling technologies in Acer's lineup, and Acer revealed today another G-Sync model, the XR341CK, which the company claimed is the world's first curved G-Sync supported monitor.

The 34-inch, 21:9 ratio monitor has a resolution of 3440 x 1440, a refresh rate of 75 Hz, and a response time of 4 ms. As is the case with the XB270HU, the G-Sync monitor comes with an IPS panel. It also has two 7W speakers for audio and features an HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort, and four USB 3.0 ports.

This wasn't the only curved display with G-Sync Acer had on display, however, as the company also revealed a slightly larger version called the Z35 for its brand new Predator gaming series.

Just like the XG and XB monitors, one thing to expect after a curved G-Sync monitor is a curved FreeSync monitor. Acer told us that the curved FreeSync monitor will come out a month or two after the release of the XR monitor. Other than the FreeSync technology, the specs on the FreeSync monitor will be exactly the same. The XG FreeSync model was $300 cheaper than the XB at $499.99, so you can expect a cheaper price for the FreeSync variation of the XR, but it will still be a costly purchase.

FreeSync-supported monitors are slightly cheaper for a variety of reasons. Mainly, this is due to how both companies created their stutter and tear-reducing technologies. Unlike Nvidia, AMD used open standards contained in the DisplayPort spec to create FreeSync. AMD said this brings down development costs, yet FreeSync is able to perform just as well as G-Sync. Regardless, both G-Sync and FreeSync are still fairly new to the display scene.

If you thought the the XB's $799.99 price tag was steep, think again. The new XR model will cost you $1,299 when it comes out in September. Paying a premium price for a curved display is one thing, but throw G-Sync into the mix and the cost only rises.

For now, Acer seems to be capitalizing on the lack of options for monitors supporting both products by coming up with a few more of its own. Curved displays are also a hot new trend, so if you absolutely need one, and require G-Sync, Acer seems to be the only company that can make you happy for now.

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  • DookieDraws
    Can't wait to see the review Tom's will do on this thing.:P Not pleased about that price, though.
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  • leeb2013
    nice has everything I would want; 32"ultra wide, 1440, 75hz, curved and free-sync. Just need more competition so prices will drop.

    But by that time, VR might be ready.
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  • norseman4
    How does officially announcing the XG270HU equal releasing it? It's not available for ordering, and only the Benq is shipping.
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  • SilkyZ
    I am so getting this or the 35 model for my upgrade
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  • Ninjawithagun
    I am definitely buying this, even if I am disappointed that it only has DP 1.2 and a measley 75Hz refresh rate. At least the G-Sync module will keep gaming smooth and buttery :D
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  • RocketChild
    With the $300 price spread, I might as well just take that extra monitor cost and put the money into pricier AMD card than I would typically buy. I've run both nVidia and AMD over the decades, but $300 can go a long way in a GPU solution.
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  • dgingeri
    I have the Dell U3415W, which has the same resolution and size. It's probably the same panel, but it doesn't have G-Sync. It cost about the same as this one, too.

    I have had problems with it because of the high resolution and wide aspect ratio. WoW runs fine, but the game is distorted on the far sides, giving me a less effective field of view than I expects. Most games and movie playback software won't run at anything more than 2560X1440, wasting the sides of the panel. Star Trek Online won't even run unless it is in windowed mode, and narrowed to the point of effectively being 2560X1440. It won't run in full screen 2560X1440.

    I advise staying away from 21:9 screens for now, until software developers get used to the idea of them being out there. Otherwise, they're no better than a 2560X1440 screen.
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  • rdc85
    Is it just me or the first pic has very bad ghosting image problems...

    or it some kind of demo g-sync on/off ???

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  • SuperBeautifulNoise
    Is it just me or the first pic has very bad ghosting image problems...

    or it some kind of demo g-sync on/off ???

    Yes that pic has terrible ghosting, I hope that is with G_Sync off or this is not worth buying.
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  • Ninjawithagun
    The display is not ghosting - that pic was taken with a slow shutter speed. What we are seeing is a time lapse effect.
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