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Topic: Acer Predator X34 Monitor Review - The Future is Ultra-Wide
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 3172
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

The big question is, have you experienced gaming on an Ultra-Wide 21:9 aspect ratio monitor? If the answer is yes then you'll be aware that just like when the curtains open at your local cinema, everything is better in cinema-scope widescreen. If you answered no, then you're like us. Or how we used to be until the Acer Predator X34 Ultra-Wide monitor arrived.

Now we're full Ultra-Wide converts. This is the future. And it's glorious.


Ultra-Wide monitors have been around for a while now, and truth be told we’ve kind of ignored their existence as somewhat of a gimmick or completely unnecessary for gaming. 21:9 aspect ratio? Surely a thing for those who need multiple windows open at any given time to browse, write, and surf the web. Which, we’ve come to realise is just about everyone. Including us. So, from an immediate productivity position, an Ultra-Wide monitor is something to savour. And the Acer Predator X34 is a winner on that front with its 34440x1440 resolution and immersive widescreen display. A definite improvement over standard 16:9 1080p and 1440p screens.

But what about gaming? Games aren’t meant to be played in cinemascope - so why bother with an Ultra-Wide screen. Well, turns out we were wrong on that front too. 21:9 gaming on the Acer Predator X34 presents a monumental shift in immersion over the regular 16:9 display we were running mere moments before the X34 arrived. From DOOM to Assassin’s Cred Origins to Wolfenstein II – this is next level stuff. Not only are we now converts and full disciples in the Ways of the Ultra-Wide Monitor, it doesn’t hurt that the X34 also includes one of the best IPS panels we’ve ever seen. Regardless of aspect ratio. This is gaming as it was always meant to be.


Click Here to Read Our Full Acer Predator X34 Monitor Review
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TiT
Posts: 6613
Location: Brisbane, Queensland


This has been out for over year or 2. THe new one is coming out in the next few months. It will have 200hz and 35". Willing to wait.

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/8/30/16221888/acer-predator-x35-gaming-monitor-specs
https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/ROG-SWIFT-PG35VQ/
https://pcmonitors.info/asus/asus-pg35vq-200hz-3440-x-1440-ultrawide-with-g-sync-hdr/


KostaAndreadis
Posts: 3174
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Indeed, hence a note at the bottom about the new model.... even so this is still one the best monitors on the market right now
Ickus
Posts: 628
Location: Perth, Western Australia

Now if I could just justify a monitor worth the same as the rest of my PC.
fpot
Posts: 26144
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

THe new one is coming out in the next few months. It will have 200hz and 35". Willing to wait.
That monitor looks dreamy.
Strik3r
Posts: 2199
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
The X34 had a lot of issues. The 100hz overclock was inconsistent, build quality was low and there was a huge amount of BLB lottery involved in getting a good one. The Asus equivalent was in a similar boat (same panel i believe), slightly better build quality, but still a huge lottery on getting a good panel.

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is a superior monitor in every way, and probably the best ultrawide money can buy at the moment (it is a tiny bit more expensive than the Acer/Asus but only by a couple of hundred, and its 100hz native, 120hz overlock which works for everyone, excellent quality control, and the customer service is very very good.


E.T.
Posts: 5146
Location: Queensland

I've been using an LG 34UC79G for the last 89 months or so. I considered the X34 at the time but just wasn't satisfied with the performance Vs the cost. The LG has 144Mhz and 1 Ms response. I was fine with the resolution only being 2560 x 1080 :)
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39378
Location: Other International

Do you need a significantly better graphics card to run on an ultrawide monitor? I would imagine it has a performance hit. I'm wanting to get a new monitor (I've been on a piece of s*** 1080p thing for years and long overdue for an upgrade) but not sure I can justify the cost of one of these (so expensive!!) especially if I also need to get a new video card.
fpot
Posts: 26148
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Do you play any games with heavy system requirements? DOTA2 would run on anything that isn't more than ten years old. What GPU do you have at the moment?
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39381
Location: Other International

Do you play any games with heavy system requirements? DOTA2 would run on anything that isn't more than ten years old. What GPU do you have at the moment?
nah just Dota 2. No idea what GPU; I'll check when I'm back - I can tell you I bought it in 2013 though, so it can't be that great.
taggs
Posts: 6535
Location:

I got a x34 when they came out cause I'm a sucker for wasting money on compy stuff.

I like it, it's pretty neat.
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 3177
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

yeah not sure where the issues might be... haven't had any problems with the g-sync... but yeh... rendering a wider image does mean a better gpu is required... esp when it's 1440p as the vertical pixel count increase beings it close-ish to 4k... with the 1070 ti running everything on max or close to
simul
Posts: 1671
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I've got one of these, its fine, can't really complain (although would happily swap it out for a 5k apple monitor when they exist). Biggest problem is the game support, especially older games. Older games only semi-support it, its good for things like witcher 3 but cutscenes etc. are still shown in 16/9, which is a bummer.
deeper
Posts: 4301
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I'm keen to make a monitor my next upgrade also (still rocking a 27" 60Hz currently).

Unfortunately, there's nothing on the current market that I feel is worth the $$$, so I'm holding out for a new asus 200Hz 1440p gsync display I reckon.

Basically I want something 1440p, 34"+, 144hz+ & gsync.

Strik3r
Posts: 2200
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
@deeper - the new Asus & Acer 200hz monitors are VA panels (ghosting issues, not as good at colours as an IPS). Not only that, but they are likely more than 6 months away with the AU Optronics panels not starting production until Q2, and that's assuming no more delays/production issues.

I was going to hold out for the Asus one too, but the Alienware I mentioned is 120hz IPS and I think may actually just be a flat out better choice than the upcoming PG35VQ / Acer X35.

The AW was on sale for $1650 during the boxing day sales, but is likely back up now. If you haggle with the Dell people, you should be able to get it for $1750-$1800.

Khel
Posts: 23979
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I'm holding out for the 4k HDR screen Asus are bringing out this year
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