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Acer's Predator X32 gaming monitor seems awesome. It's also $3,600

Among Acer's upcoming gaming monitor announcements, you'll find the 1,440-nit Predator X32, a 55-inch OLED and a the 38-inch curved X38.

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Acer's 55-inch OLED gaming monitor.

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Go bright, go big or go wide just about sums up Acer's flagship gaming monitors that it's introducing at CES 2020: a 1,440-nit HDR Predator X32, 55-inch OLED CG552K and 38-inch curved X38. So, something for everyone, or at least everyone who wants to spend $2,400 or more on their next monitor. 

The Predator X32 looks like the creme de la creme for gamers and video editors, a 32-inch 4K model with a peak brightness of 1,440 nits, and which uses the 1,152-zone mini LED backlight that's becoming so popular; mini LED the most efficient way to deliver the granular level of local dimming necessary to make these high-brightness desktop monitors usable, because without it high-contrast areas are a blooming mess. And because OLED panels only comes in laptop or TV sizes. 

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Given its accuracy and color specs, almost 90% coverage of Rec. 2020 and Delta E <1, it likely uses a similar IPS/Quantum Dot display panel that's used by Acer's Concept D CM7321K -- a monitor that the company announced in April but has yet to ship or even appear on its website -- or the Asus ProArt PA32UC line of monitors. But the gaming extra is a 144Hz refresh rate with G-Sync Ultimate (formerly G-Sync HDR) variable refresh support.

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Acer says it will be available by June, but these high-end monitors rarely ship on time, if ever. Which is fine, because the price for all those whizzy specifications is $3,599.

For a little less money -- something I never thought I'd say about a $3,000 OLED monitor -- Acer's planning to take on the Alienware 55 with its 55-inch Predator CG552K. Most of its specs are basically identical, since it's likely the exact same panel: 4K, 400 nits, 120Hz refresh rate (that works with all adaptive refresh systems like Nvidia 's G-Sync Compatible and AMD FreeSync) plus OLED's trademark almost-100% P3 color-gamut coverage and fast 0.5ms overdrive gray-to-gray pixel response. Alienware's speakers are a little more powerful (14 watts per channel compared to Acer's 10 watts), but Acer adds sensors that allow for automatic brightness adjustment based on room lighting and automatic sleep/wake based on your proximity. 

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Acer plans to ship it some time around October for $2,999. When the Alienware launched it was quite overpriced at $3,999, but now is available for a more reasonable $2,799 (because it's on perennial "sale" for $1,200 off), which puts the Acer in the competitive ballpark. But they're both still more expensive than TV competitors, including the LGs they're probably based on.

I want the X32 so hard -- much more than the CG552K. OLED's great, but it comes in an utterly impractical size unless all you need it for is entertainment. 

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The Predator X38

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And last, but certainly not least for many gamers, the Predator X38 curved display adds a new size to Acer's gaming monitor portfolio. Like most of the curved 38s, this one has a resolution of 3,840x1,600 for a 24:10 aspect ratio, which is less than 4K and not really well supported by games. It's minimally HDR -- DisplayHDR 400's 400-nit peak -- and hits 175Hz if you overclock it as well as 1ms gray-to-gray if you overdrive it, but it does have a wider color gamut than the currently brighter (1,000-nit) X35.

You'll be able to get it in April starting at $2,399.