Wow, this monitor is just incredible. I had been saving up for an ultra-wide g-sync monitor for the better part of a year before this was finally released, then when I saw the price I had another half year to save up, but definitely worth it. Got it during a sale for $300 off by the way.
This is my first 34" monitor, first time seeing g-sync in person, first curved monitor and first ultra-wide. It's hard to say which has the most biggest singular impact, but the combination of everything is just incredible. I'll definitely never be able to go back to a non-g sync, non-ultra-wide primary monitor again. Overclocking to 100 Hz was easy, as was activating G-sync.
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Pros -21:9 (ultra wide masterrace official gear) -1440x3440 -34" -G-SYNC -IPS Solids colors -Curve is perfect -Ambient light -FPS counter built in monitor
Cons -Pricey (cost of a gaming latop with a gtx 1060) -Stand make the screen wiggle even if you have an heavy desk -G-Sync is something you have to work with, not all game work well whit it -Ambient lights have very limited settings -Have 1 DEAD PIXEL :( -Minimal but tolerable back light top and bottom left corner -all thoses cons shouldn't exist at this price
Summary First thing i have done when i receive the monitor was to look for dead pixel, i have found 1, hes not stuck to one color, he's black and barely noticable... but hes there.
Back light bleed is a common issue with IPS monitor. i have some top and bottom left corner
I replaced my Benq XL2420T with the x34. so i'm used to 120hz. i was playing a lot of CS:GO and if your in competitive gaming (overwatch or CSGO) i suggest you to not buy this monitor. I think that people that ware blown away by that monitor never really play on 120hz or 144hz before.
G-Sync is made for game that cant reach very high level of frame rate. and, g-sync dont work well with CSGO and Overwatch (at the moment) because CSGO work well when played at 200-250 fps. For me, for the price of this monitor i consider this like a downside.
I can only OC the monitor at 95hz. (anoter downside) i do feel the missing 25hz that i was used to have
I'm running an i5 3570k OC'ed a 4.4 GHz and a GTX 1070 G1 on windows 10
Otherwise. i can say that G-Sync and the Experience that 21:9 monitor and for the colors accuracy. all the other game i played with was f*cking amazing. Using windows and web browsing is amazing. The 1440p resolution at 34" make the windows icon size ratio perfect.
On the other hand, ALL theses games work perfectly with G-Sync Smooth, tearless, no noticable input lag. Doom 3 - 85-95 FPS - ultra settings - 10/10 Battlefield 1 - 80 - 95 FPS - ultra settings - 10/10 Battlefield 4 - 90-95 FPS - ultra settings - 10/10 Rainbow Six Siege - 90- 95 FPS - medium high - 10/10
for theses 2 one, G-Sync can do much CSGO - Gsync on or off, i feel the game stuttering/choppy. 5/10 Overwatch having tearing issue event with g-sync on 6/10
I have to says in the first day, i was like considering returning the monitor because of the few issue (dead pixel, OC only at 95Hz even whit pascal GPU, and wiggling stand,and CSGO performance that was a very poor) this is a very expensive monitor and at this price, it should be FLAWLESS in my opinion. but 15% of 1600$ is 240$. it is a risk to buy a monitor of this price since "satisfaction guaranties" don't apply to monitor, and at this screen size, Acer policies says that 5 dead pixel is tolerable.. I don't agree with this policy since the premium price of this product.
I think that monitor is overpriced at 1600$, and a pricey lottery
Pros Features as specified Runs at 100Hz as indicated by the monitor's G-SYNC FPS indicator. DisplayPort Audio to the screen's speakers
Cons Bottom bezel thickness different than side and top bezel side Pixel matrix is a few millimeters over the backlight and mask therefore, due to parallax, the edges are not visible from wide angles when sitting closer to the screen. No swivel (turning left and right) from the monitor stand Clumsy OSD interface
Summary I got this on a great sale, but even then this is by far the most expensive display I purchased including TVs. I always end up purchasing high end hardware as I tend to now only get new computers every 5 years. I'm coming from a Dell 30" U3011 which is 2560x1600 16:9. I first got this monitor on August 3rd and used it for 25 days on my old Radeon 5870, so I had no benefit of G-SYNC or running any high end games at full resolution. I recently just got my GTX 1080 card, I can confirm it runs graphics at full resolution very smoothly. I can't honestly say I noticed a huge benefit to G-SYNC over standard VSync, but I understand the theory of it. A similar monitor without G-SYNC can be 50% of this cost so I don't think G-SYNC is worth the premium. But if you need the absolute best, I don't think there is a better monitor that has G-SYNC, IPS, Ultrawide, 34"+ 1440p or better.
The physical screen can get a bit wobbly from the typing vibrations if the desk is not super sturdy. I really miss the Flash Card reader that was on my Dell U3011 monitor. The USB ports on the monitor is also fairly unacecssible in the back of the screen. To my surprise, the audio can be routed through the DisplayPort cable to the screen's speakers, and it sounds fairly decent next to my Logitech Z506 speakers. The main gripe I have with this monitor is the backlight not covering all angles when viewing the edge of the screen. Using standard desktop applications, I find myself snapping windows to left and right sides much more as some webpages and applications look ridiculous when at 21:9 aspect ratio. I wish Windows 10 had a feature to specify 3 zones for snapping.
When it comes to Ultra Widescreen gaming, pretty much all titles available now has significant distortion especially near the sides. ie. Objects at the far side of the screen appears much closer than the objects directly in front. Hopefully, this distortion can be addressed using new 3D technologies such as Pascal's multi-projection features, but it appears it would need to be a function of the game. Changing the games FOV settings only acts to balance the distortion vs field of view. If you set a high FOV like 110, you can see more, but objects in middle of screen ends up appearing smaller, and objects at the side appears unnaturally large and stretched. If you set a low FOV, then you of course see less but the distortion is much more unnoticeable.
The box for this monitor is huge but you could carry it by yourself for a short distance.
Pros Nice picture Great colors No coil whine Makes 100hz No dead pixels
Cons Slight scanlines when fps drop below set refreshrate. Seems if you can keep the fps locked to the refresh rate there is no scanlines. Scan lines become visible when the refresh rate dips. The lower it dips the more prominent they are. There is a interesting write up about it that some guy did on the manufacture forums. He did extensive testing. Manufacture also made a statement on the issue and confirmed issue and said its not fixable. Its yet to become a problem for me as my pc is able to keep up but it should be noted.
IPS GLOW BAD!. First unit had horrible yellow glowing from corners but most prominently from the bottom left. Express coverage let me swap it out. Second unit a little bit better. Defiantly not perfect. But ill live with it. Picky screen buyers beware.
Build. Stand is real nice but frame seems kinda cheap. Plastic edge on the bottom not flush with screen and it flexes. Also unit wobbles if dest shaken even slightly.
Also the OSD is super clunky. lol
Summary Over all im pretty satisfied with the monitor. Great colors. Awesome wide resolution. Defiantly a nice monitor. Has its issues. Its price is huge and at first was very put off due to the ips glow. Newer unit with less glow helps make it not so salty. So much is so awesome with this monitor tho so ive decided to accept its flaws.
Pros -big -good colour -Starware Battlefront and Witcher 3 this monitor was what the game was intended
Cons -need a good video card; single 970 runs stars battlefront at 60 fps; while witcher 3 is in the mid 30s. I'm still far away from max fps of 100. I got everything on Ultra for settings. -SLI or new pascal card is in the near future; single 980 TI would do the trick.
Pros Size Curve Industrial Design G-Sync Refresh Rate Display Ratio
Summary Wow, this monitor is just incredible. I had been saving up for an ultra-wide g-sync monitor for the better part of a year before this was finally released, then when I saw the price I had another half year to save up, but definitely worth it. Got it during a sale for $300 off by the way. This is my first 34" monitor, first time seeing g-sync in person, first curved monitor and first ultra-wide. It's hard to say which has the most biggest singular impact, but the combination of everything is just incredible. I'll definitely never be able to go back to a non-g sync, non-ultra-wide primary monitor again. Overclocking to 100 Hz was easy, as was activating G-sync. I don't notice any light bleed, ghosting or other problems on my unit, maybe I got lucky or maybe my eyes aren't good enough to see them myself. So far this monitor is awesome, I highly recommend it myself and the gaming experience if just phenomenal.
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Cons - DP cable very short. For a 1.8k monitor (after express coverage and tax) at least include a DP monitor that's long enough so that the computer doesn't have to be on the table. - Not many inputs (knew this going in) - Slight IPS glow top left - OSD not very intuitive. Crosshairs are ugly in design - Ambient lighting limited to orange, blue, red, white, green. Cannot set custom color - Ambient lighting effects pretty mediocre (have mine on fixed)
Summary Overall a good monitor. Would buy again.
Biggest gripe is short DP cable. Everything else is absolutely gorgeous. Wished that was a bigger/higher end model, but this will do.
I upgraded from a U2410, and the experience has been great.
Pros EVERYTHING! -Refresh rate of 100Hz is pretty well the as good as 120/144Hz, and way better than 60Hz. -G Sync is awesome -The display is gorgeous. You sit in front of it and the first thing that comes to mind is "Whoa" -The curve is extremely subtle. You don't notice any bent lines. It the display just looks right. -3440x1440 is easier to drive than 4K and definitely more immersive
Cons The price. That's really it. Despite that I LOVE this monitor, it's hard for me to say "it's worth the money!" because it's SO MUCH MONEY. I've never spent more than $250 on a monitor until I bought this one, and it took me months to finally pull the trigger. That said, I have no regrets at all, it's everything I had hoped it would be.
-The onscreen display could be a little more user friendly, too.
Summary When this monitor came out, I knew I had to get it, but now that I have it: Boy am I glad I waited. Earlier builds seemed to more commonly suffer from issues like back light bleed, buzzing noises, scanlines while G-Sync is active and even loose bezels. Mine was manufactured in February 2016 and it seems all of those problems have been remedied. The monitor was flawless out of the box and really was everything I expected it to be.
It's a very expensive risk to take, to buy a monitor this pricy, especially knowing that you'll need to also buy at LEAST a GTX 980 (I would recommend buying literally whatever is the best you can afford if you decide to buy this) to start seeing the benefits of the 100Hz refresh rate, G-Sync and 3440x1440 resolution.
If you're a gamer like me who enjoys high refresh loving games like first person shooters as well as immersive RPG's like The Witcher, this monitor REALLY ticks all the boxes like nothing else can.
Pros 21:9 , High resolution, Fast refresh, G-sync, Slim bezel/monitor, Curved, Vibrant IPS panel
Cons OSD controls could use some improvement, but don't let that hinder you from buying - It's not a deal breaker.
Summary Great experiance thus far. I was worried about quality control issues - However it seems anything manufactured post Jan 2016 (Mine is Feb 2016) works flawlessly. Overclocks to 100hz without issue, minimal back-light bleed, Gsync works perfectly, no flicker
Pros It looks awesome, the whole point of a monitor, to look awesome. I won't go into the technical ability that makes this the best gaming monitor ever built by man, the technology put into creating it allows for a very exciting and flowing experience, I wouldn't say my world has changed coming from an Alienware OptX AW2310 1080p running at 120Hz, but I do love the extra viewing real estate and the much higher resolution. G-Sync works well and there is no input lag like compared to a video I watched of another Ultra Wide, the LED lights on the bottom are really nice. I don't find the menu system that bad it does what it's suppose to, I just hold my hand cupped under the display one finger on each button and navigate easily. The stand is nice looking, I might actually have purchased the XB271HU if it had a similar stand to the X34 and or it wasn't red.
Cons There is some backlight bleed. Old news, we know it getting into these monitors but really it isn't that bad, unless you are someone that likes staring at a black screen and basing your opinion of the monitor on that. I had a problem getting the monitor to shut off with the computer, I unplugged my headset and the problem went away. I plugged the headset back in and the problem hasn't returned. The area that attaches the display to the stand is not that great. I set the height where I liked it, measured the far left side at 16 cm from the desk to the bottom of the display and measured the far right side at 16.3 cm. I was able to correct it by pushing it into position but if adjust the height again it goes off balance again. Maybe removing the bracket and adjusting it there will help.
Summary Thermaltake X31 EVGA Micro 2 EVGA 980 ti SC+ Samsung 950 Pro 512GB
My monitor came sealed from ACER and is manufactured Feb 2016. I'll keep this monitor and hopefully after a year or two the pain of paying for it will have subsided by then. I'm glad I did get it, I didn't want to miss out on all the 34" Ultra Wide fun.
Pros - Excellent colours - Minimal backlight bleed, tolerable IPS glow - 5/6 panels I have seen were able to reach 100Hz without frameskipping - Attractive exterior design and curve - Very satisfying gaming and movie-watching experience overall
Cons - G-sync 'scanline' issue. All 6 units I have seen suffer from this. The 6th unit (February 2016 build) is markedly better than the others, though. - Coil whine / electronic 'whistle' noise when overclocked at any refresh rate. 6/6 displayed this issue. The noise is faint, but often audible if your working environment is near-silent. - IPS glow in bottom left corner may be intolerable to some. - Horizontal 'interlacing' effect observed on desktop and browser when overclocked to any refresh rate. This defect is distinct and far more distracting than the g-sync scanline issue, in my personal opinion. Only the February 2016 unit did not exhibit this, the other five (2015 build units) did.
Summary The Acer X34 can be an absolutely exquisite gaming panel, but it suffers from too many bizarre issues that I have not experienced with any other panel for me to award it greater than three stars. The g-sync 'scanline' issues and coil noise are well-documented and Acer's official response to these issues is that they are considered normal (you can look up the posts from "Acer Cory" on the Acer forums for details). While these issues may not be dealbreakers for many, I suggest looking into whether this is something you want to get yourself into before purchasing this product. Other defects (colour banding, wake-from-sleep issues) were addressed via recalls and should no longer affect available stock, provided your serial # is November 2015 or later.
One less documented defect that I noticed was the appearance of interlacing outside of games when overclocked (to any refresh rate), which I found myself constantly noticing and bothered by quite a bit, unlike the other issues which were not bothering me moment-to-moment. Five panels I have used suffered from this issue, and only the one I currently have does not exhibit this. It is disappointing to be playing the so-called 'panel lottery' with an item that costs nearly 2000 CAD, after factoring in tax and shipping.
If you decide you can tolerate the coil noise (which is faint and may not be audible to you) and you do not actively notice the g-sync scanlines, then (assuming you get a unit that is free of other miscellaneous defects) there is certainly a lot to enjoy about this monitor. It is nothing short of grand pleasure to play and marvel at The Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider and other titles in UWQHD at 100Hz. I have zero complaints about its gaming experience and would cautiously recommend this monitor to anyone who is prepared to potentially play the monitor lottery with this thing. Just be sure to return or exchange if you are not satisfied with this product.
Cons Contrast is just ok. OSD is so pathetic you'd think Acer was stuck in the 1980s. All the OSD buttons are identical and it's very easy to power off the monitor when you are trying to navigate the ass-tasic menus. Someone at ASUS should be shot for the disastrous OSD. At the very least some engineers should be incredibly embarrassed. Monitor is shipped in possibly the most ECO unfriendly box possible. The box is enormous as the monitor is shipped fully assembled. Physically the monitor is unimpressive. It's made out of the cheapest possible plastic. It's flimsy and wobbles with the slightest vibration. For the price, it's completely unacceptable. Outside of games, the refresh rate seems to work against the monitor. Shows and movies have horrible pan shudder.
Summary If you want an amazing looking monitor, search elsewhere. If you are interested in high refresh rate gaming, this is your new friend.
For the price, the build quality and features are nowhere near acceptable. The casing is cheap flimsy plastic that wobbles with the slightest of vibration.
This is a monitor that manages 3440x1440 at up to 100fps if your vid card can handle it. If that is your primary criteria, then go for it. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
Pros Ultrawide IPS G-Sync display at 1440p and 100hrz If Ironman wanted a gaming monitor this is what he would get
Cons The Price
Summary To be honest, I have been following this monitor for a while. I was hesitant to throw myself into it at first with all of the quality errors on what seems to be the first few production runs. It seems like they have that all figured out. I have had no issues with this monitor and hope it is because the latest batch are getting more scrutiny.
It's a hard pill to swallow a monitor for this price. But going from the average widescreen to this thing is night and day. It's seeing the sun for the first time.
Anyone looking at this item will undoubtedly do research, so I can't say anything anyone else already hasn't. Except that I really enjoy this monitor once I forgot what I paid for it.
I had a small hiccup trying to register it, as their site was having problems. But Acer support was very quick, polite, and helpful with dealing with that.
Pros G-sync, 100hz, 3440x1440 resolution, productivity, the lights in the bottom
Summary You could buy a 60inch or bigger TV at this price point. But if you want the best out there and be set with your monitor for years to come this is it. The monitor had no issues with me and runs perfectly and I couldn't be happier.
Summary This is one of the best monitors I've ever owned in terms of quality and functions. I waited for a long time to get a G-Sync monitor that was ultra wide and the time finally came this year.
Upon first use the quality was very apparent. The biggest difference I noticed was going from 60-100 Hz and having G-Sync on top of that. I am driving it with 2x 980's and it works great for current games but I am realizing that it is probably time for me to upgrade in 2016 once pascal launches.
Mounting the monitor was also very easy and trouble free. The only thing I don't like about the back is that it is glossy and just gathers hair and dust.
The under glow LED's under the monitor can change to a few colors and you can adjust the intensity between 4 levels and off. Its a nice feature and I am not bothered by it while playing games or watching movies.
OSD is probably the thing that bugs me the most. Its really hard to tell which buttons are which to navigate through the menu to change any settings. Sometimes you hit the wrong one and undo all the changes you made and its very frustrating. I used it to choose a picture preset and enable the 100 hz overclock and that was enough time with the OSD for me.
The built in speakers are bad and you shouldn't use them. I've had them turned off since day 1. I would rather they leave out the speakers and drop the price a bit.
The last thing would be price. This is a very expensive monitor because it is one of the first of its kind and future displays will be drastically cheaper. You also need pretty decent hardware to get good frame rates at 3440x1440 otherwise your experience will be very disappointing.
The best monitor I own and will own for awhile. With great quality and features there isn't much holding it back. The biggest downside for most buyers is the price but everything else is great.
Pros Amazing screen and resolution. Colours are bright and brilliant. Overclocking is simple and beautiful. HDMI input is a nice touch. LED strip at the bottom is a nice touch
Cons Onscreen display (OSD) menu is difficult to navigate. Buttons are difficult to distinguish.
Summary This monitor is an absolute stunner. 3440x1440 resolution is really ideal for productivity and gaming. Not all games support this resolution but the ones that do look terrific and are very immersive. The colours on this display are what you would expect from an IPS (i.e. beautiful!). Did the mention that games at this resolution is superb?!
I haven’t had any issues with dead pixels or backlight bleeding. There is a glow at the edges (not major) and that is expected from a monitor of this size. It is only noticeable in very dark backgrounds. In day to day use, I haven’t even noticed it.
Windows 10 works really well at this resolution and supports this monitor natively. It also supports the overclocked refresh rate (up to 100Hz)
You should definitely use a displayport cable to connect your computer to this monitor. That will allow you to overclock the monitor up to 100Hz. If you use a HDMI cable, you won’t get 3440x1440 resolution and your refresh rate is limited to 50Hz.
This resolution is also supported by Mac OSX (I tested with El Capitan only). Use a mini displayport-to-displayport cable to connect your mac. My Macbook Pro Retina supports 3440x1440 resolution and OSX also looks amazing at that resolution. One thing to note: the macbook pro retina (late 2012) only supports a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz even though the monitor may be overclocked to 100Hz.
I like the LED light strip at the bottom though it is definitely a personal choice. You can switch it off or change the colours, if you prefer. I have a white desk so the it is accentuated by the LED light strip at the bottom.
The Onscreen menu is not intuitive at all. It is difficult to navigate and the problem is primarily because of the location of the buttons (it is at the bottom of the monitor). As a result, you will most likely be “feeling” the location of the buttons. You will very likely hit the wrong button (especially the power button) a few times before you get the hang of it. This is a not a deal breaker as you are not likely to fiddle with the OSD once you have set up your monitor. With respect to this, I would make two recommendations: First, set the OSD timeout value to something like 15 seconds or more. By default, I believe it’s 5 seconds which is insufficient time for you to feel and hit the right button. You can always change it back later. Second, reduce the brightness of the monitor. It comes set at 80 (which is really bright) especially if you are quite close to the monitor. I set mine to 35 as I found that to be most comfortable for my setup however, it may be different for you.
Pros Resolution, G-sync, aesthetics, no input lag, USB passthrough
Cons Big stand
Summary 3440x1440 is an amazing resolution. Everything looks great. Easy on the eyes. Gaming on this monitor is a pleasure. G-sync = no screen tear. i don't even need V-Sync on anymore. On my desk this monitor fits my decor perfectly, looks gamer - like but not too overboard. Love the lights under the monitor. I actually utilize the USB passthrough for charging my phone instead of having my phone further away by the tower it now sits under my screen. The displayport cable was a good size and was easily attached to my tower with a little slack left over. you may want to wall mount/arm mount or have ample space on your desk because the stand is a bit big. Happy overall with this product, no defects.
Pros Can't go back to 16:9 ratio! G-Sync works awesome no tearing at all. 100hz really makes a difference on moving object. Monitor looks terrific! Comes already on it's stand. No problems at all and happy with my purchase A LOT! Fallout 4 is super on it. oh and yeah, 0 dead pixels. Colors right off the box = awesome! I work on a calibrated imac retina at work and white on X34 is actually more white than white!
Cons Little bit of back light bleed in the corners but that's quite normal for that kind of screen, nothing's perfect!
Summary Was worried with all the bad comments about this screen having problems with sleep mode, half screen not booting, 100hz not working, g-sync wouldnt work, dead pixels etc. Screen is working awesome with a touch of backlight bleed in the corners but apparetly on ultrawide it's a common thing so no biggie there. Still happy that I chose express RMA with it even if it's useless now because with a monitor of that price you HAVE to take that kind of insurance. Thx NCIX for receiving a good batch of these monitors, I couldn't be more happy with the tons of great upcoming games that is waiting in my steam list.
Pros Gysnc 100fps Nice Semi Matte Finish not too grainy Ultrawide Curved included Hdmi
Cons onboard speakers not so good Expensive some games not supporting Ultrawide
Summary Some people have been complaining with scanlines and wake from sleep, so far i seem to have no such problems. Great product, its expensive but is definitely worth it for me. Even with some of the cons i still rate it at atleast 4.5, 5 would do though.
Cons - Very minor yellowish glow in both top corners but this happen only when screen is all black and even then we can barely see it.
Summary I'm not really the type to write reviews but this item deserve it.
I was on a 23" 1080p before and I really wasn't prepared for that beast. No pictures on the internet represent correctly the size and quality of the Predator X34 and you can be sure you will get the Wow! effect when you put it on your desk for first time.
G-Sync make the gaming experience really smooth. I own a GTX 970 and The Witcher 3 run between 32 and 45fps (Mostly Ultra settings, some at High). Still, I will most probably upgrade to a GTX 980ti if there is no announcement of the new Pascal GPUs release date soon because the 970 won't be able to feed enough juice to this monitor much longer for the newest games.
34" and 3440x1440 and IPS and Curved and 100hz... I'll repeat what I told all week to my colleagues at work: This monitor is Glorious!
Pros IPS screen gives outstanding image quality Ultra wide gaming is amazing Curve gives everything a "wrap around" feel 3440x1440 is the perfect resolution for a screen of this size. Everything looks crisp and sharp with no need for Windows scaling Lots of screen real estate for productivity when you're not gaming Easily overclocks to 100 Hz G-sync keeps games running buttery smooth Ambient LED lights on bottom look nice, with different colours and lighting patterns to choose from Stand looks great and is very sturdy Entire monitor feels solid and well-built
Cons Price (you get what you pay for) Glitch causes right side of screen to not light up after sleep mode You'll need an Nvidia GPU to take advantage of G-sync. AMD users will want to look elsewhere Not all games support 21:9 Minor IPS glow
Summary The Acer X34 is the most impressive monitor I've ever owned (and I've owned many over the years, both professional and gaming). The 21:9 aspect ratio makes games feel less like "games" and more like real experiences, and the 3440x1440 resolution is perfect for its screen size. Everything looks crisp and sharp without the eyestrain and Windows scaling problems associated with 4K screens. The ultra widescreen nature of the X34 lets you experience "surround" gaming without the need for three monitors and having to deal with bezels blocking your view. Of course, for the price, you could probably buy three normal monitors, but a single ultra wide screen like the X34 gives you a better, cleaner overall experience, and the image quality on the X34 is outstanding. Not all games support the ultra wide 21:9 aspect ratio but many newer games do. So far, I've tested all the Batman games, both Metro Redux games, Crysis 3, Battlefield 4, Witcher 3, Watch Dogs, Grid 2 and Autosport, Tomb Raider, Rocket League, Portal 2, Lords of the Fallen, Dying Light, and Sleeping Dogs, and they all featured native support for 21:9. Even Geometry Wars 3 had full 21:9 support, a nice surprise! For games that don't offer native 21:9 support, there are free, easy to use apps like Flawless Widescreen and Widescreen Fixer that can get many of them working great, with an active widescreen gaming community that's always adding to the list of games these apps support. One of my favourite games is Sonic Generations (big SEGA fan), and Flawless Widescreen lets it run perfectly in 21:9. Same with games like BioShock and Dishonored. Flawless Widescreen gets them running, well, flawlessly! Someone mentioned a problem with visible scanlines when G-sync is active. I have not been able to replicate this problem nor have I seen any signs of it. I suspect this was an Nvidia driver issue as the 358.50 drivers were well-known to have G-sync issues. Nvidia has since released newer drivers that correct the issues. I've had no problems whatsoever with G-sync. Every game has been buttery smooth with no visual artifacts of any kind. Some people have been concerned with the "overclockable" 100 Hz refresh rate. There's no need for concern. The X34 offers a simple menu option that lets you change the refresh rate. All you need to do is set it to 100 Hz, let the monitor reboot (takes a few seconds), and you're good to go. I've been gaming extensively on my X34 for several days now at 100 Hz, G-sync enabled, with no issues. IPS Glow vs Backlight Bleed: There IS one issue that many, many people have mentioned in online forums, and that has to do with what is being incorrectly referred to as "backlight bleed". I'd like to take a moment to address this. The Acer X34 uses an IPS panel which is what gives it its outstanding image quality. IPS panels have a "feature" known as "IPS glow", a limitation of the technology that gives darker areas of the screen a faint white or orange-ish "glow" when viewed from off to the side. The glow is usually limited to the corners, but can extend outward depending on your distance from the screen and your viewing angle. Every IPS screen has IPS glow. I've been using IPS screens for photo, video and graphics work for years, and every one has had some degree of IPS glow. The Acer X34 also has IPS glow, and due to its ultra wide nature, the glow can seem worse than on a standard 16:9 screen due to the fact that more of the screen is off to the side, especially if you're sitting too close. If you turn your head and look in the corners of the screen, you'll see the faint glow. IPS glow is NOT backlight bleed. The Acer X34 does not have backlight bleed. It has IPS glow. It's a limitation of the technology, not a quality control issue at Acer. If you buy the X34, you need to be aware that it uses an IPS screen so you will encounter some degree of glow. If you want amazing image quality, IPS glow is just something you need to accept. Anyone who says they "won the monitor lottery because mine doesn't have it" is fooling themselves. Every IPS screen has it. My previous monitor was an Acer XB270HU and it had even worse glow than the X34. Asus has IPS monitors coming out soon to compete with Acer's. Check out the screenshots of the Asus monitors. They ALL have IPS glow. It's a fact of life with this technology. Fortunately, there's a couple of simple ways to minimize the IPS glow on the X34 (and on any IPS screen). First, sit further back from the screen. The closer you sit, the more pronounced the glow appears. Sitting further back greatly reduces it. Moving back even a short distance can make a big difference. Second, turn the brightness of the screen down. I believe the default brightness of the X34 is 75 (much too bright), and most of the screenshots people are posting of their X34 "backlight bleed" issues are of the screen at this default, ridiculous brightness. The brightness of the screen should always be set according to the brightness of your viewing environment. For me, after calibrating the screen, a brightness setting of between 24-30 works best, but I go even lower when gaming with the lights off. The lower the brightness level of the screen, the less IPS glow you'll see, and really, it's only an issue in dark scenes to begin with. With most games, and in normal day to day use, you won't even notice it. One other issue being reported by others, and I have experienced this myself, is that there's a glitch with the X34 that sometimes prevents the right side of the screen from lighting up when coming out of sleep mode. Yes, this is something that should not be happening, but all you need to do when it happens is turn the monitor off, then back on. It's annoying when it happens and there's no justification for it, but it's a minor thing that's easily corrected, and there are simply too many other reasons to love this monitor for me to even consider returning it over this one issue. As I said, the Acer X34 is hands-down the most impressive monitor I've ever owned, and even though the amount of money I spent on it is going to hurt for a while, I don't care. I could not be happier with my X34. Just make sure you have some serious GPU horsepower in your system to drive this monster. I have two Titan X's running in SLI and I still can't get Witcher 3 to run at a constant 60fps with ultra graphics settings at 3440 x 1440. Most games are nowhere near as demanding, though, but a 780 TI (or two) should be a minimum requirement. Bottom line... the Acer X34 is the most expensive monitor I've ever purchased, but worth every penny. Anyone who buys it (and turns down the brightness of the screen) will love it. Forget 4K. Ultrawide 21:9 is the future of gaming. Highly recommended.
This review was modfied by poster @ 11-05-15 10:53 AM
Summary First of all, I'm not satisfied with this product. Secondly, please head over to the Acer predator forum (http://community.acer.com/t5/Predator-Discussions/MULTIPLE-Problems-with-New-X34/td-p/390434) and make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into. This monitor has so much going for it that it drives me crazy that I will have to depart with it. I'm now on my second monitor and am deliberating whether to have it replaced yet again or refunded. My main complaints are related to the G-SYNC implementation which I have described in detail on the Acer forum (http://community.acer.com/t5/Predator-Discussions/MULTIPLE-Problems-with-New-X34/m-p/393568#M1483). It boils down to two issues, flickering and scanline artifacts when the G-SYNC module starts regulating the screens refresh rate. Note that these issues are not immediately apparent, I was lucky enough to run Prepare3D v3 soon after purchase that made these issues quite obvious. Other issues I've seen is non-working USB hub on the first monitor I received and only half of the screen turning on at startup. Acer is demanding a very steep premium price for this monitor. It goes without saying that the quality should be there to match but it is simply not.
Pros -Screen real estate -100hz -Gsync -Pixel density -21:9 aspect -34'' -IPS
Cons -Price I guess although that's what you get for being an early adopter for a product like this.
Summary I'm not going to go over the specs again since everyone would pretty much all ready know them anyway so I'll just get straight into the review.
Panel -Curve is great, you won't really notice it when sitting straight in front of it but it really helps with the immersive aspect of this screen not to mention the size, going from this to a monitor of roughly the same size without the curve is pretty eye opening as to how much the curve actually effects your viewing experience without you noticing. -colors, I'm not a photo editor but the colors on this monitor out of the box are pretty damn amazing. -Viewing angles are great but what do you expect it's IPS after all. -IPS glow, I think I've won the monitor lottery or something because my x34 has extremely little IPS glow which is pretty surprising for this type of panel, the only noticeable spot on my monitor is in the top-left corner where there is a little strip maybe the size of the average index finger. Your mileage may vary though. Although even then IPS glow in general is very overstated. to be realistic you won't notice it in day to day operation, gaming, or movie watching. -Refresh rate, the 100hz refresh rate is awesome although to be honest it won't really matter unless you game. -Overclocking the refresh rate, It really isn't a big deal when i first heard that a had to "overclock" the panel I instinctively thought of a CPU/GPU scenario but it's not like that at all once you've adjusted the refresh rate in the OSD the panel will still run exactly the same no dropped frames or extra heat or anything.
Gaming Gaming is simply awesome on this monitor and I would recommend it to every one if they have the chance to ever try it out. Simply put this is right now the most immersive gaming experience you can have, from the aspect ratio and size, the resolution, the curve, the colors, right down to Gsync and the 100hz refresh. I don't think I'll need to go into more details about how great games look or about how smooth they run but I would like to note one thing. The 3440x1440 resolution isn't easy to run games at. The PC I build has two gtx 980ti's and a i7 5930k which allows me to max out pretty much every game and have a good time however in more demanding aaa I won't even reach the 100hz refresh, for example in metro last light with everything maxed out and 2x anti aliasing I get an average of about 60fps. Which is to say that while the experience is downright jaw dropping at most times you will need at least a mid-range GPU like gtx 970 to play any aaa game at all. And that's not to say that on that kind of PC the experience won't ever be lack luster simply due to insufficient GPU horse power.
Movies Movies are awesome on this screen at this aspect ratio and at this size. However, something to note, and this applies to all monitors above 25" at a resolution bigger than 1080p, is that video content that is 720p or less won't look all that good due to interpolation and will appear some what pix-elated. However if you due have a ripped Blu-ray or something else that full HD this is most likely one of the best movie-at-desk experiences.
Quirks My monitor as a lot of other people's isn't perfect. Aside from the the OSD which yes it is a pain at first, although if you use it often enough it becomes quiet easy to navigate, there is really only one issue that my model has and that is that sometimes it won't recognize my PC right away in which case I'm forced to switch inputs and once I switch back to DP 1.2 it will recognize my PC. This happens often enough to be annoying but doesn't really effect anything else so it's not worth taking a star off for.
Conclusion In conclusion, I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this monitor to any one who wants to game at 3440x1440 and is willing to spent the money. The specs are obviously great, the build quality is good, and the actual experience of using the monitor is awesome. Just note that you will need a pretty good GPU set up to run games on this screen. If you are not a gamer the extra features aren't really worth the extra money right now so I would recommend getting a cheaper 3440x1440 curved monitor instead.
Pros Size G-Sync 100Hz Refresh rate IPS Panel Slim bezel Immersive experience Full screen cinema aspect ratio movie watching (2.39:1) Build quality Curve No need to buy additional cables
Cons Price Manual states overclock (60+ refresh rate) at user’s risk Menu controls Depth
Summary So, reviewing is not really my thing, so bear with me...
This screen is amazing! To give you a perspective of my previous setup. I went from a 2 monitor setup, Main: Acer 16 x 9 - 24” 1920 x 1080 (7 years old) Secondary: Dell 4 x 3 – 17” 1280 x 1024 (10 years old) My usage – 60% gaming (BF4 / FPS), 20% watching Netflix / movies, 20% Productivity / casual
I wanted to get a new primary display and looked at the following options; •Philips BDM4065UC 40” 4K 3840 x 2160 u60Hz - http://www.ncix.com/detail/philips-bdm4065uc-27-40in-4k-wide-4e-109600.htm •Acer XB270HU 27” 2560 x 1440 u144 Hz - http://www.ncix.com/detail/acer-xb270hu-bprz-27in-wqhd-6f-107442-1571.htm •Acer Predator X34 34” 3440 x 1440 u100Hz - http://www.ncix.com/detail/acer-predator-x34-bmiphz-34in-fa-118287.htm
I had initially wanted to go 4K and the 40” was a top contender for some time. It was the right balance between screen size and resolution. The only drawback, the refresh rate, due to display port 1.2, the limit there is 60Hz with 4K. I was at 59Hz at the moment and many people had stated that the experience when going from 60Hz to 75Hz (or higher) was “night and freakin day” as I believe Linus stated. So, now we are at the 2 acers. There was a 27” Acer at work but the resolution was not 2560 x 1440 so I sat in front of it just to get an idea of the screen size. I did this as the X34 is about 30+% larger with the same screen height.
So I watched many reviews by Linus tech Tips and in particular this one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LTHr96NueA and my decision was made. And, for those that are not familiar with him, I highly recommend that you peruse his video library.
Now down to the screen itself; •The price – IMHO is too high for this type of product. So far this is one of a few cons to this monitor. I would have preferred a lower price but with the exchange rates and Gsync licensing fees, they add up. But that still makes for a very expensive product. •I did not take the insurance protection but only the basic, $100.00 I think it was. oIf the box was in any way damaged, I would have refused delivery and let NCIX and It’s agent sort it out. •Delivery experience was great, NCIX shipped it out the very same day and sent me notifications at pretty much every step. •I was them able to track the shipment via UPS. •The box is huge and eludes to the size of what’s inside. •All the cables I needed are inside the box (Thank you Acer) •Took the screen out and was blown away by the sheer size and in particular.. the width. What a beast! •It has a very solid build and you can feel it when you move it around. •Placed it beside my old 24” monitor for comparison •Placed it on my desk and am still wondering if I should keep my old 19” as a secondary display. I do not really need it as the X34 provides a borderless / bezel-less dual display feeling. •Oh, the screen requires almost 12” of depth and this brings the screen closer to you. My old one sat at least 8 inches further back. I am still working with this, do I get something to set the monitor back or do I leave it as is. I say this as being this close to a monitor this size really envelopes you in the experience •Plugged it in and connected via display port, but there was no image, my hearty stopped for a minute.. I then set the input on the X34 to DP and all was fine •Logged into Windows and was extremely satisfied with the image quality, color, brightness, and resolution. I guess that this is where the IPS panel really delivers. •I set the X34 overclock refresh rate to 100Hz – BTW – The manual states “at the end user’s risk” I need to follow up on this as, IMHO, Acer should fully support this at the price paid. •I noticed that when moving my mouse / windows around on the screen felt very…. Fluid? •I have 2 Nvidia GTX 780Ti’s, so I set them to run in SLI and started up BF4, was blown away by the image quality as well as the field of view. The subtle curve, image size, distance from my eyes (2 feet), really make for an immersive experience. •No tearing and as per the perfoverlay in BF4 I was hitting around 130 – 180 FPS at medium. I will be pushing this higher (ultra) just to see what FPS I get. (not even sure if the BF4 FPS is accurate to be honest) •Productivity – Not done too much to date, but I can open Outlook and browse the web all on the same monitor and it does not feel “crowded”. The windows snap to the sides (Win10) so no need to adjust the windows. In Excel I see columns A to BA, down to row 57 and some of 58. •I am used to having my main application directly in front of me, so I have 2 apps on my screen, they will slightly be off to the right or left unless I bring it directly to the center. Need to get comfortable here with how I plan to do this. •Movies – I used to see black bars on top and bottom of the screen but now, the movie fills the screen entirely and what an experience. Awesome, truly awesome! •There are led lights on the bottom that I thought would bother me, but they do not •Yes the back has a glossy finish, but I look at my monitor form the front… •Menu – terrible but I only go into it a few times a year so who cares. •Predator logo on the front – is not distracting at all •The curve is new to me and so far I really like it. It provides for an immersive experience that I may not have noticed on an otherwise flat screen. •Speakers are ok but are not my primary device for sound.
Pros 34", Curved, G-Sync, Great Stand, Great Style, Thin Bezel, LED Underside Lighting, Overclockable to 100hz. NO dead pixels
Cons Backlight bleed is common with these monitors.. some are suffering badly from it. Price is high. OSD is not the greatest. Requires a bit of calibration out of box, but not too bad.
Summary Just got my x34 last night.
anyone who knows PC hardware will have heard of this monitor, so really it needs no introduction at all.
34" Ultrawide f 3440x1440, curved IPS panel overclockable to 100hz, LED ambient lighting on the bottom of the panel, solid stand, thin bezel.. what more could a hardware nut want? Oh that's right, GSYNC!
I have simply taken the display out, positioned on my desk to see its size in comparison to my now old monitor, the Qnix 27" 2560x1440 IPS. Boy what a huge difference.
The Curve on the monitor is not that pronounced, but still entirely noticable. Any more and it would be too much, any less, and there'd be no point in curving it at all.
Turning on, out of box colors and settings are not too bad. I adjusted the brightness and contrast a bit, but the rest can easily be done through Nvidia Control panel.
Brightness is very good, color reproduction is very good. I didn't notice any weird issues. I haven't yet tested a variety of games, but did play a bit of Witcher 3 and it looks stunning.
The stand is very durable and high quality, comprised of metal and plastic. The cables provided are a bit on the short side though.
The LED lighting on the bottom can be changed to different colors and modes like ripple, flash etc. In my case the monitor overclocked to 100hz without a hitch.
the OSD is an area that is sort of lacking.. however, in reality you set this up to your ideal setup once and then you usually will not need to tinker with it again, so its not a big deal.
The only defect is that there is some backlight bleed on the top and bottom left corners. In my case, its not too terrible.. but its definitely noticable. If you press on the bezel a bit, you can see it go away, so its definitely due to the bezel pressing on the panel. Others also mentioned that there are issues with it coming out of sleep, though I hadn't noticed anything of the sort with mine.
If you can get past the high price, this monitor is nothing short of epic. I waited over a year for this monitor and paid more than I would have preferred, and yet this display is everything I was hoping for.
If you are an Nvidia user and have the cash, you won't be disappointed.
here are some shots from my initial setup.. http://imgur.com/a/EXGnn
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