Acer has announced a unique new addition to its fierce Predator line of monitors for gamers. The Predator X34 is the first 34-inch curved monitor to feature. It's available in the US online for $1,300. UK and AU availability have yet to be announced, but that price converts to about £850 or AU$1,810.
The Predator X34 packs promising specs for silky-smooth graphics -- most notably Nvidia G-Sync, a display technology that aims to eliminate tearing and screen stuttering during gameplay and improve input lag. Additionally, the monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 100Hz in order to produce more frames per second and minimize motion blur.
The Acer Predator X34 has a QHD 3,440x1,440-pixel-resolution IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, placing it in the relatively new category of ultrawide monitors. According to Acer, it has 100 percent sRGB coverage -- for an accurate and wide range of colors -- as well as 178-degree viewing angles.
For maximum comfort, the Predator X34's design includes ergonomic options. The monitor can tilt back 5 degrees and forward 35 degrees, and its height can be adjusted up to 5 inches. If you prefer wall mounting, the Predator X34 is VESA-compliant. It also has Acer's EyeProtect and ComfyView technology, which filter harmful blue light and reduce background reflections, respectively, to reduce eye fatigue.
A curved design might sound like a fancy gimmick, but when it comes to gaming, a curved monitor provides an immersive experience that would otherwise take multiple monitors to recreate. The curve positions the screen's edges in your periphery, emulating what it's like to see your real-life surroundings out of the corners of your eyes. Though the Predator X34 is new in town, Acer is no stranger to curved monitors -- it announced a curved 35-inch model with Nvidia G-Sync, the, earlier this year, alongside an additional trio of top-notch gaming monitors.
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