For the previous two years the Acer Predator X34 has remained some of the highest gaming screens in the marketplace. I have been so glad with it since release that that I have saved it as my private track for each gaming and video manufacturing. I really like the combo of a 34-inch 21:9 3440 x 1440 show with a 100 Hz most refresh fee, G-Sync, or even nice colour accuracy for a gaming track.
But this new track from Acer, an upgraded model of the X34, is even higher in nearly each manner. It’s known as the Predator X34P, and it might be the easiest track to tide us over sooner than the HDR-capable X35 in any case hits the marketplace.
As a captivating notice, the Predator X34P has won its justifiable share of release troubles. This track was once in reality unveiled the entire long ago at Computex 2016, so it’s taken a very long time for the brand new panel on this show to change into in a position for mass manufacturing.
And sure, there’s a new panel within the X34P. It keeps the similar 34-inch measurement and 3440 x 1440 solution as the unique X34, but it surely now comes with a 100 Hz refresh fee as usual being able to simply overclock as much as 120 Hz.
Previously, the X34 got here as a 60 Hz track with a 100 Hz overclock, despite the fact that some patrons couldn’t hit 100 Hz stably because of flickering. The X34P solves this providing local 100 Hz with an added spice up as much as 120 Hz. My retail unit had no issues hitting that mark and I am hoping that is the case for others as smartly.
The different key exchange to the panel is a extra competitive curve, shifting from 3800R to 1900R. I’m now not a large fan of curved presentations, however the X34 is so huge that the higher curvature does reinforce the revel in.
With the brand new 1900R curve, the perimeters are simply rather extra to your box of view, which I love to assume is helping me gun down foes extra simply in video games. The reality is I’m most definitely simply as mediocre as sooner than, however with a brand new fancy track to have a look at.
Most different specifications stay the similar: IPS, 300 nits most brightness, a 1000:1 local distinction ratio, 4ms grey-to-grey reaction instances, 100% sRGB protection, and G-Sync strengthen. Power intake is it sounds as if the similar, too, despite the fact that in my checking out the X34P makes use of about 8W extra energy when overclocked to 120 Hz, and about 6W extra at 100 Hz.
The X34P design has won an overhaul that fixes principally each downside with the unique X34. The disturbing shiny plastic has been nuked in favour of plastic with a faux-brushed steel end, whilst all different plastic has won a delicate improve to a extra stylish design that higher fits the track’s lofty price ticket. Unfortunately the ‘chin’ alongside the ground stays, despite the fact that that is most probably a spinoff of the way the panel itself is designed.
The just right information for slim-bezel fanatics like myself is the bezels have additionally contracted marginally with the X34P, shifting from 13mm to 10mm on maximum facets, which is a neat despite the fact that minor improve. The stand has change into extra flexible as smartly, now supporting a better vary of peak changes along side new swivel strengthen. The stand is a bit of uglier from the rear consequently, however the added flexibility is indisputably a pleasant bonus.
The track gods have listened to my prayers because the X34P in any case features a directional toggle for the on-screen show, moderately than the grim five-button manner of the unique design. The toggle makes it such a lot more uncomplicated to transport across the OSD and make changes as important. It’s complemented by means of 3 buttons for fast changes to enter, brightness and show modes.
There’s not anything innovative in regards to the OSD, in right here you’ll to find fundamental colour controls along side overdrive settings, the overclocking choice, standard options like shadow boosting and occasional blue gentle, along side additions like crosshair overlays or even a refresh fee counter. Most of the additions I by no means trouble the usage of, despite the fact that it’s possible you’ll to find one thing attention-grabbing in there.
The 20 Hz refresh fee spice up the X34P supplies over the unique is on no account as noticeable because the soar from 60 to 100 Hz, but it surely’s great to get that bit of additional refresh fee headroom. Back when the X34 introduced, it was once a lot tougher to hit 100 FPS at 3440 x 1440 with extremely high quality settings in AAA video games, however with fashionable playing cards just like the 1080 Ti, this track’s additional velocity in actuality is useful.
Unfortunately apparently AMD customers are as soon as once more omitted of the celebration, as there’s no UnfastenedSync an identical, leaving Acer’s highest 3440 x 1440 UnfastenedSync track caught at 75 Hz. This is among the circumstances the place the G-Sync type now not handiest helps Nvidia’s variable refresh era, but in addition packs further options unique to the G-Sync variant.
Acer typically makes correct claims in regards to the efficiency in their screens, and the X34P isn’t any exception. Contrast ratio is round 1040:1, simply rather higher than what’s indexed at the spec sheet, whilst height brightness I measured at 294 nits, just about the rated 300 nit mark. A distinction ratio of above 1000:1 is maintained during the brightness vary too, which is just right to look.
Like many curved presentations, the X34P does be afflicted by a couple of uniformity problems, despite the fact that it’s now not just about as dangerous as I’ve observed with different panels. The proper aspect is rather tinted yellow relative to the middle, with a most deltaE distinction of 2.2 with an all-white show. This is slightly noticeable when viewing forged colours.
Ghosting and pixel reaction seems near-identical to the X34, which means that the ‘normal’ overdrive atmosphere stays the best choice for many customers. The IPS panel used is rather fast for this kind of show era, so ghosting isn’t a large factor for essentially the most section.
Viewing angles also are excellent, as you’d be expecting from an IPS panel, despite the fact that distinction ratio isn’t as just right as you’d see from a VA show. With that mentioned, whilst the distinction ratio doesn’t achieve the heights of VA presentations, the X34P does now not showcase any noticeable backlight bleed.