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Acer Predator X25 360 Hz Monitor Review: Raw Power and Speed for eSports

The ultimate display for no-holds-barred gaming systems

Acer Predator X25
Editor's Choice
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As bleeding-edge technology, 360 Hz monitors are expensive. On the surface, the idea of paying $700-800 for a 25-inch, FHD screen is hard to wrap one’s mind around. And you can save a good bit of coin if you settle for 240 Hz. But if you actually try one of these speed demons connected to a system that can run games in max detail at 360 fps, you’ll be hooked. After a few minutes, you’ll likely be reaching for your wallet. And as we’ve said before, you never regret buying the best.

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The Acer Predator X25 compares very favorably with the 360Hz Asus ROG Swift PG259QN and Alienware AW2521H. All three cost about the same, and none truly stands significantly above the others.

The Asus has the best contrast, but when flying through games at warp speed, that’s only slightly noticeable. All three have similar color volume and accuracy, but the X25 is the most accurate out of the box. Gaming performance is a wash. You won’t perceive a difference in motion clarity or control lag. All three deliver the fastest and best gameplay action we’ve ever experienced.

The X25 proved itself in all our video processing tests. It ran Adaptive-Sync perfectly, and overdrive was effective at keeping blur in check; although, 360 fps is a greater factor in keeping the edges of moving objects sharp.

The X25’s ULMB feature worked reasonably well but doesn’t offer any advantage over Adaptive-Sync and requires a throttle-down to 240 Hz. Meanwhile, Nvidia’s Reflex Latency Analyzer is certainly cool, but you’ll need the right mouse to use it. Players looking for every advantage will appreciate its inclusion in the X25’s very complete feature set.

If you find yourself addicted to the fastest possible frame rates, the Acer Predator X25 is a great choice. It doesn’t require calibration and delivers video processing and motion clarity equaled only by other 360 Hz monitors. Gamers looking for ultimate performance should definitely check it out.

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.