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Acer Predator Z35 35-inch Curved G-Sync Monitor Review

Packaging, Physical Layout And Accessories

The Z35 is a huge monitor and it comes in an appropriately large carton that has a convenient carry handle at the top. You won't be toting it to too many LAN parties though thanks to its hefty weight. The box does protect the contents well and the curved panel is completely supported by rigid foam during shipping. Assembly consists of sliding the metal/plastic base onto the upright and tightening down the captive bolt.

A large external power supply provides current. Given the sheer bulk of the chassis we thought there might be room for an internal unit but it seems that nearly every curved screen we've tested uses a brick. This particular example also employs a right-angle connector, which is quite difficult to marry up with the panel's recessed inputs. A straight plug would make far more sense.

Bundled accessories include USB 3.0, DisplayPort and HDMI cables along with a quick start guide. The user manual can be downloaded from Acer's website.

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When we first unpacked the base it reminded us of a boomerang one might see in a sci-fi film. The red parts are anodized aluminum and the black areas are hard plastic over a metal core. Once attached to the upright the package becomes a solid monolith with no hint of cheapness in sight. Build quality is premium for sure.

You will need a substantial amount of desktop space to accommodate the Z35. At nearly a foot deep and almost three feet wide, it dwarfs even the 32-inch 16:9 screens we've tested. The anti-glare layer has a little shine to it and will pick some reflections though the tight curve mitigates the effect. We had no trouble seeing a saturated image in our sun-lit office.

Controls consist of six down-facing buttons that are easy to operate without looking. They click with a satisfying feel, though a joystick would be a welcome addition. A soft glow comes from a light at the bottom of the panel that can be adjusted for color, brightness and pulse effects.

The Z35 is one of the few curved monitors to offer a height adjustment. Despite its weight, the panel moves easily and stays where set in its five-inch range. You also get 25 degrees of back-tilt and 5 degrees forward. It's easily one of the nicest stands we've encountered on any display.

The space-fighter styling extends around back where you'll find large areas of red plastic acting as ventilation grills. The openings are generous mainly to accommodate the nine-watt DTS-tuned speakers. They offer a lot more volume and presence than typical monitors but the fact that they don't face forward hampers their quality. Sound is muffled though it's better than the norm.

The down-facing input panel is recessed making it tricky to access, especially considering the right-angle power connector, which makes no sense. Video inputs include one each of DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 1.4. You'll need to use the former for G-Sync and for 200Hz operation, which also requires a GeForce GTX960 BOOST or better. You can use G-Sync up to 144Hz if you have a GTX650Ti at minimum. HDMI will support the Z35's native resolution up to 60Hz. To the right of the video inputs is a headphone jack.

  • Realist9
    "2560x1080" at 35 " in 2016. That's a joke, right?
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  • SBMfromLA
    "2560x1080" at 35 " in 2016. That's a joke, right?

    Not really....
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  • DanT060
    not 4K no
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  • Realist9
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy.

    Seriously, why not 1440, at least?
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  • SBMfromLA
    17582662 said:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy.

    Seriously, why not 1440, at least?


    Some people feel a need to have the "latest and greatest"...
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  • turkey3_scratch
    17582662 said:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy.

    Seriously, why not 1440, at least?

    It's a simple answer: CSGO. Competitive players want these high refresh rates.
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  • envy14tpe
    17582662 said:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy.

    Seriously, why not 1440, at least?

    It's a simple answer: CSGO. Competitive players want these high refresh rates.

    Don't forget us BF4 players. We like the high refresh rates too. But for $300-400 less you could get a 1440p IPS panel like the PG279Q that runs up to 165Hz. That's why this bigger screen seems kinda weird given the price. At that price resolution should matter more.
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  • Jack_565
    "You'll need to use the former for G-Sync and for 200Hz operation, which also requires a GeForce GTX960 BOOST or better"
    Could someone clarify what a 960 BOOST is, a OC'd 960?
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  • ohim
    The thing with G-Sync is that every gamer in Battlefield 4 forums said that they use their monitors without G-Sync when gaming at 144hz, i asked them why and they all replied that it`s a pointless tech at that fps speed.. so practically you pay for G-sync only on the slower games where you can`t reach to fast fps.
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  • Max_x2
    Did any of you actually read the article? First paragraph under the specs, right on the first page:

    "Those who have browsed the specs certainly noticed the 2560x1080 pixel resolution. That's something we weren't thrilled to see in the XR3501 either but after testing and playing games on it for a while, the lower pixel density became a non-issue. We continue to maintain that contrast is the most important factor in image quality, not resolution. And the Z35 is no different."
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