We applaud any attempt to bring large gaming monitors at a more affordable price, like the Acer Predator CG437K. It's not the largest 4K gaming monitor and doesn't have an OLED screen or FALD backlight. But in other ways it matches its more expensive competition. And because it fits on an average-sized desk, it delivers a truly unique experience for gaming, computing and movie-watching.
This monitor offers higher native contrast than any other LCD monitor we’ve tested with SDR content. And it brushes the underside of 28,000:1 contrast with HDR at 1,200 nits and stunningly low black levels. Best of all, the CG437K doesn’t require a calibration of any kind. Right out of the box, it’s one of the most accurate monitors we’ve ever tested, even besting many professional screens.
Though it advertises 144Hz, it's more practically a 120Hz monitor. That's because running at 144Hz requires two DisplayPort cables and eliminates G-Sync Compatibility and HDR. But we had hours of enjoyment at 120Hz while enjoying killer HDR, vivacious color and smooth gaming without perceptible motion blur or input lag.
The Predator CG437K costs $1,500 at this writing. While that is not a small sum, users will get a truly intimate and immersive experience that completely fills their peripheral vision at a 3-4-foot seating distance. Given its capabilities and form factor, it’s a completely unique display that we highly recommend.
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