Introduction, Quick Specs, and Availability & Price
I have to admit this: I'm an UltraWide addict. I use two UltraWide monitors on my workstation machine for everyday work, and now I'm just addicted. I've been waiting for the 3440x1440 displays to shift past the 60Hz refresh limit, and now we're here thanks to the new Acer XR341CK.
Acer has bumped up the refresh rate on their XR341CK to 75Hz, as well as including support for AMD's variable refresh technology, FreeSync. Acer's new XR341CK is not just an UltraWide monitor, but a Curved UltraWide - this means it has a curved 34-inch IPS-based panel, which is simply beautiful.
Over the last year, we've seen both LG and Acer stamp out UltraWide after UltraWide monitor, with each respective release getting better and better. The money shot here is the 75Hz and FreeSync support, so if you're rocking a Radeon video card, you'll want to read the rest of this review.
As you've probably guessed, the XR341CK is a 34-inch Curved UltraWide display with a resolution of 3440x1440, providing an aspect ratio of 21:9. Acer has provided FreeSync support with this display, which oodles awesome sauce all over the place thanks to its impressive 75Hz refresh rate. The FreeSync range on the Acer XR341CK is 30-75Hz.
If you're using a higher-end AMD video card, something like the R9 290 and above, you're going to be all over this display. As long as you can drive 3440x1440 at 75FPS, that is.
Availability & Price
You'll be paying a premium for the Acer XR341CK, with the 34-inch monitor going for around $1039 on Amazon at the time of writing. You'll pay up to $1099 depending on the discount at any given time, with the $1039 price being a $150 premium on top of the current 34-inch Curved UltraWide monitors from LG.
LG's 34UC87, which we loved, is on Amazon right now for $889. The LG monitor doesn't include FreeSync or G-Sync support, so if you're not buying it for gaming, the LG monitor would be the better deal.
Packaging & Detailed Look
Acer has a great looking box for the XR341CK, with a stylish theme and great handles. Thanks to its weight, the handles are perfect for toting it from the shop to your car - or from the front door when it's delivered, to your desk.
The front of the box shows the curved 34-inch panel, and down the bottom we see it has a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, an IPS panel, sRGB, DTS sound, Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) support, and HDMI 2.0 connectivity.
The back of the box is very similar, but we get a much better look at the Curved UltraWide display.
On the sides, we have some very heavy duty handles.
Now, onto the monitor itself.
Starting with the front, Acer has a great design on the XR341CK, with an awesome stand and style throughout.
On the back, you can see just how much the glossy back reflects - so you'll need to device whether this is something you're into, or not. I think the back looks even better than the front with an aggressive styling, with a hole to route your cables through to keep everything neat. We can also see the connectivity at the bottom of the screen that we'll look at in greater detail.
On the back of the Acer XR341CK, we have an MHL 2.0-capable HDMI port, an HDMI 2.0 port and a bunch of DisplayPort connections. There's a miniDP port, and a full-sized DisplayPort in, and full-sized DisplayPort out for daisy-chaining multiple displays together.
On the right, we have a Kensington lock hole, USB 3.0 hub, and 4 x USB 3.0 ports.
The stand itself is sturdy, where I found the monitor sat well on my desk and for my shots of the screen itself.
And again, this time from the back, where we can see the cable management hole that you can use to keep the back of your XR341CK nice and tidy.
Test System Configuration
For this review, I've used a different setup to my 5960X system - with it being powered by the new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K. I'm also using a GIGABYTE Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard and Kingston M.2-based HyperX Predator SSD.
Anthony's Monitor Review Test System Specifications
|Performance (display quality/resolution)||100%|
|Quality (build/matte or gloss finish)||95%|
|General Features (outputs, ports)||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
The Bottom Line: If you own an AMD Radeon GPU and need a new UltraWide monitor in your life, the Acer XR341CK is calling out your name. An incredible UltraWide gaming monitor.
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