At Computex in June, Tom's Hardware paid a visit to the Acer booth to try to get some answers about its upcoming Predator products. The company had recently revealed some upcoming products under the Predator name that included a desktop, tablet, laptops and an ultra-wide curved monitor. However, at Computex, Acer wasn't prepared to share many of the details.
In regards to the Predator X34, we were told that it is 34 inches, features a 21:9 aspect ratio with QHD resolution, and supports G-Sync. The company also told us that it would include two 7-watt speakers and would have an adjustable stand with tilt and height adjustments. Acer was not ready to share the rest of the specifications, nor would it talk about pricing and availability.
Rather than make an announcement with the details of the display and a future release date, Acer waited until the Predator X34 was ready for sale before talking about the full specifications.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Acer Predator X34|
|Resolution||3440 x 1440|
|Refresh Rate||60 Hz (overclockable to 100 Hz)|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees|
|Color Reproduction||1.07 billion colors - 100 percent RGB|
|Special Features||ComfyView, Acer Eye Protect|
|Audio||Two 7w speakers with DTS Sound|
|Inputs||HDMI, Display Port 1.2, four USB 3.0 ports|
|Stand||Tilt (-5 to +35 degrees) Height (5-inches), VESA wall mount|
|Warranty||3 years parts and labor|
In addition to supporting G-Sync and featuring a curve, Acer has included its own technology to help reduce eye fatigue. Acer Eye Protect is meant to filter out some of the blue light that can be harmful to your eyes. The Predator X34 also features ComfyView, which is Acer's term for its matte screen finish.
The stand that Acer included with the Predator X34 has height and tilt adjustments, but it does not rotate, nor does it pivot. The designers did manage to integrate a stylish loop for cable routing at the bottom and what looks like a handy carrying handle at the top of the stand. It can also be replaced with a VESA-compatible stand or wall mount.
Acer's Predator X34 34-inch curved IPS G-Sync display is available now with a suggested price tag of $1,299.99.
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Regardless, 100Mhz is a very noticeable improvement above 60Hz. The difference between 100Hz and 144Hz is less noticeable.
And while $1300.00 is salty - the original ASUS ROG Swift was also crazy expensive at launch- and was constantly sold out! I'd expect ASUS's version of this monitor (released around December) to be the same.
Either way I was lucky enough to score one of the few X34s from Newegg and come Thursday (assuming there are no RMA issues) I'll be staring at a 34" curved screed of 1440p GSync goodness.
Pascal better blow my mind in DX12 or nVidia is losing a customer.
Give me a break.
In a related note, I just ordered my own 21:9 screen. Not nearly as nice as this one ( one day I'd like to try a 34" 1440p curved display ), but I'm hoping I'll enjoy it.
The purpose of adaptive sync overall is to make gameplay smooth only when the frame rate isn't optimal. Think of it as a better version of V-Sync (which it is).
There is always a premium to new tech. I would suspect as more of these types of panels/monitors come online that there will be a price drop though I'd suspect that it will not be as drastic as most would like - and not for a long time.
If the market couldn't support the premium then the price would have dropped; but it hasn't. That's just economics. And the hope that people had that AMD's Freesync would be competitive and cause a price war has not materialized either.
GSync, in my opinion, is just a better implementation of the adaptive sync solution.