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Acer XR382CQK Curved FreeSync Monitor Review

Viewing Angles, Uniformity, Response & Lag

Viewing Angles

Curved monitors are difficult to share, regardless of their off-axis image quality. The curvature demands that the viewer sit at center-axis to ensure the picture is not geometrically distorted. However, the XR382CQK exhibits the typical results of an IPS panel. From the sides, color shifts to green, and brightness is reduced by at least 50%. The top view is impressive, with no loss of detail and only a slight blue hue. Light reduction is also fairly minor.

Screen Uniformity

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We’re impressed that any curved display can render a clean black field. The potential for backlight bleed must be high when rigid materials are forced to bend. All the screens here justify their premium prices by passing stringent quality control. Our XR382CQK sample has only the tiniest flaw in the black field test with a hotspot down the center that is only visible in the darkest of rooms. Once the brightness level goes above zero, there is no perceivable issue. Color uniformity is also exemplary with no visible tint anywhere on the screen.

Pixel Response & Input Lag

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Obviously, higher refresh rates bring faster screen draw times but few users will perceive the difference between 8 and 14 milliseconds. The XR328CQK has no blur-reduction feature and no overdrive in FreeSync mode, but still manages to maintain high resolution when the on-screen action heats up. That perception is aided by an excellent input lag result that competes favorably with monitors boasting 100Hz refresh, like the Predator X34. Even the 144Hz Asus and AOC displays don’t offer a significant advantage.


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  • toddybody
    Hasnt this monitor been available for a while? I feel like Tom's is often behind the release curve of most displays.
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  • Lucky_SLS
    isnt the G sync version cheaper than this? the X34A got a 100hz refresh rate. strange to see a similarly spec'ed free sync monitor costing more than a G sync one. would have been convincing if it had HDR
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  • shrapnel_indie
    Would have liked to see the Response Time (GTG) a little lower, say 3 or 4, for the price range.... but 5ms just makes the cut for gaming. The cost is truly a bit pricey, but at least it is an IPS panel for the cost.
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  • Ryguy64
    Why do Freesync monitors always have such a narrow range when it comes to variable refresh? I would love to get a Freesync monitor buy my RX 480 probably couldn't keep up with 48 fps in plenty of games at this resolution.
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  • shrapnel_indie
    19757349 said:
    isnt the G sync version cheaper than this? the X34A got a 100hz refresh rate. strange to see a similarly spec'ed free sync monitor costing more than a G sync one. would have been convincing if it had HDR

    If I were to just use PCPartPicker.com as a guide, This XR382CQK model is the only model Acer has at this resolution. The LG 38UC99-W, being the only other one at the same/similar specs, is just shy of $400 USD more expensive.

    Also note that the XT382CQK is 38" class (37.5") and the XR342CK, Predator X34, and Predator XR341CK are 34" class (34".) The X34 itself being the 100Hz, 4ms IPS panel (The XR341CK is the only one that is 75Hz 4ms, the XR342CQK is 75Hz 5ms.) These 34" class monitors are also 3440 x 1440 instead of 3840 x 1600.
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  • JakeWearingKhakis
    Check out this monitor that I have.

    Viotek GN27C - $249.00
    27" Curved 1800
    1080p
    144hz Freesync (minimum is around 30hz I think)
    3 or 4 ms response time with a boost option in the settings
    VA Panel 16:9, 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast

    All at $249.00. No it's not the latest Acer Predator, but it's a serious gamer's dream.
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  • shrapnel_indie
    19758109 said:
    Check out this monitor that I have.

    Viotek GN27C - $249.00
    27" Curved 1800
    1080p
    144hz Freesync (minimum is around 30hz I think)
    3 or 4 ms response time with a boost option in the settings
    VA Panel 16:9, 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast

    All at $249.00. No it's not the latest Acer Predator, but it's a serious gamer's dream.

    Source?
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  • WyomingKnott
    Why no portrait mode?

    (just kidding)
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  • bjornl
    Pity there is no G-Sync version. Free-sync = entirely uninteresting to me.
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  • photonboy
    It's almost exactly the width of my entire DESK.
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