3440x1440 is AWESOME: For productivity, there is NO going back to any resolution apart from 3440x1440. The 21:9 aspect ratio is great, and in my opinion, is better than a single 4K monitor. Heck, two of these side-by-side is unstoppable, trust me - I've tried it.
Port Orientation: This is something Acer nailed, especially when compared to the DisplayPort placement on the FreeSync-powered XR341CK. Both the DisplayPort and HDMI ports are easily accessible, where you do not have to get under the monitor to plug them in at a 90-degree angle. Kudos, Acer - this is a big deal. While it might be a small detail, it really helps with the entire monitor as a package.
Productivity Nuts Will Love It: If you're currently using two 1080p displays, a single 3440x1440 display is a huge upgrade. I'll say this about every single UltraWide display - 3440x1440 is freaking awesome. The shift from 1080p or even 1440p is quite noticeable, and not just for gaming - productivity is just great at 3440x1440.
100Hz! G-Sync!: It might have only been a couple of weeks since I was gaming at 3440x1440 at 75Hz, but the jump to 100Hz is an absolute game changer. Add NVIDIA's G-Sync technology into the mix and you have the best UltraWide gaming display, period.
Aesthetics - It Looks AWESOME!: The Acer XR341CK looked great, but the Predator X34 is another slide of awesomeness on top. The Predator logo at the front looks menacing, while the red and black styling might remind you of the ASUS ROG hardware - and specifically the ROG Swift - but it is its own beast. The Predator X34 is a mean looking monitor, that's for sure. Acer is definitely serious about gaming.
OSD - It Needs to be More Simple: I should've ragged on this on the Acer XR341CK review, but this is the only thing wrong with the Predator X34. The OSD could be better to navigate, but this is nitpicking. Once you've made your adjustments on a monitor, you don't play around with the settings that much post-setup. But, some people do - and this is something that needs to be pointed out.
Going into this review, I knew I was going to love the Predator X34. First off, I had just boxed up the AMD FreeSync equivalent and had nothing but good things to say about it. The XR341CK is only capable of 75Hz, which is a big roadblock to it being the best UltraWide monitor on the market.
(My daughter Delilah wanted to help me work, so she posed for this photo. Thanks, Delilah!)
Not only is the Predator X34 the best UltraWide on the market, it's one of the best gaming displays you can buy. Unless you're a hardcore CS:GO player or frame rate enthusiast that requires 144-165Hz, 3440x1440 @ 100Hz with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology is gaming bliss. It's absolutely awesome to be gaming at 100Hz on an UltraWide monitor, and it's a significant jump from the 75Hz on the XR341CK.
All in all, Acer has crafted a duo of UltraWide monitors that can't be contested just yet. If you're packing an NVIDIA GeForce video card, and you're in the market for a new UltraWide, the Acer Predator X34 is the one for you. It's as easy as that. You should have no problem pressing the 'buy now' button, as there will be no buyer's remorse.
The Predator X34 is the new monitor to beat; it's as simple as that.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: The new king of UltraWide gaming monitors, the Acer Predator X34. 3440x1440 + G-Sync + 100Hz refresh rate = absolutely amazing. Do not hesitate, just buy it!
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