ACER Predator X34 Monitor for Sim Racing Review

Recently I been testing out my new Acer Predator X34 GSync Monitor for sim racing and casual gaming. Is it still worth your $$ after over a year on...

Recently I been testing out my new Acer Predator X34 GSync Monitor for sim racing and casual gaming. Is it still worth your $$ after over a year on the market for Sim Racing? Lets find out! First lets get the marketing box art and facts out of the way. Don’t want to read? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and Watch the Video Review.

 Introduction

An UltraWide 34″ curved display sucks you into the game, NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ keeps gameplay smooth and built-in DTS® Sound speakers bring the noise. Predator ColorPlus and ZeroFrame design enhance a vibrant IPS display that will blow your mind with stunning color.

Curved immersion

Get into your games with an intense 34″ curved 21:9 display. The curve helps you catch incoming threats and shows you more of your favorite places. Game worlds take on a whole new level of immersion, and your gaming experience will never be the same again.

Smooth gaming

Get the buttery-smooth gameplay you’ve dreamed of. NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ matches the refresh rate of your Predator X34 monitor with your powerful GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize stuttering.

Overclockable

Crush the competition with extreme refresh rate overclocking. Boost to 100Hz through the on-screen display for the ultimate PC gaming experience.

 

Perfect picture

There are so many beautiful pixels on this UltraWide QHD display with Predator ColorPlus technology. 100% sRGB gamut and 6-axis color adjustment make games pop and IPS technology cranks up color to the max.

Made for gamers

Get an in-game advantage with Predator GameView. Custom Dark Boost settings let you see in the dark and Aim-points help you get more kills. Tweak and save settings with three custom profiles for ultimate domination.

Aggressive design

Level-up your desk with dynamic angles, cool ambient lighting, and a futuristic aluminum base. ZeroFrame design allows for seamless multi-monitor configurations. Your gaming setup has never looked this good.

Epic audio

Pump up the sound with two built-in 7W DTS® Sound speakers. World-class audio is coming to your gaming experience.

Reduce fatigue

Stay in the fight for hours with Predator EyeProtect’s Flicker-less, Blue-light Filter, ComfyView and Low-dimming technology. Give your neck a break too, with flexible tilt and height adjustments.

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Technical Information
Number of Screens 1
Response Time 4 ms
Horizontal Viewing Angle 172º
Vertical Viewing Angle 178º
Mount Type VESA mounting compliant (100 x 100mm)
HDCP Supported No
Panel Technology In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Monitor Features Antiglare Screen Treatment
Swivel Angle No
Adjustable Display Angle Yes
Tilt Angle -5° to 35°
Adjustable Display Height Yes
Adjustable Display Pivot No
3D No
3D ready No
Video
Maximum Resolution Normal mode: 3440 x 1440 through HDMI and Display Port; Overclocking mode: 3440×1440@100Hz through Display Port
Standard Refresh Rate 60Hz / 100Hz
Color Supported 1.07 Billion Colors
Contrast Ratio 1,000,000:1 Max
Brightness 300 Nit
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 34″
Screen Mode UW-QHD
Backlight Technology LED
Touchscreen No
Multi-touch Screen No
Screen Resolution 3440 x 1440 (native and maximum)
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Audio
HD Audio Yes
Dolby Audio Enhancement No
Speakers Yes
Number of Speakers 2
Output Power 7 W
Speaker Output Mode Stereo
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI® Yes
DVI No
S-Video No
DisplayPort Yes
Intel Wireless Display No
USB Yes
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
Total Number of USB Ports 4
VGA No
VGA In No
VGA Out No
Audio Line In No
Audio Line Out No
Headphone No
Number of HDMI® Ports 1
Composite Video No
Component Video No
Power Description
Power Supply 100 – 240 VAC
Input Voltage 50 / 60 Hz
Operating Power Consumption <54 Watts
Off-Mode Power Consumption <1 Watts
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Height 17.95″ to 23.07″
Width 32.48″
Depth 12.17″
Weight (Approximate) 16.3 lb
Height with Stand 17.95 to 23.07″
Width with Stand 32.48″
Depth with Stand 12.17″
Weight with Stand (Approximate) 21.94 lb
VESA Mount Compatible Yes
Miscellaneous
Package Contents Predator X34 BMIPHZ 34-inch Curved Monitor, 1 Displayport Cable, 1 HDMI Cable, Power Cord, 1 USB3.0 Cable
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/ Authority UL, cUL, FCC Class B, CE, TUV/GS, VCCI, RoHS, MPRII, TCO, Energy Star
Warranty
Warranty 3 year Limited Warranty

The Real Review

So there is a lot to cover with this monitor, but not to drive you into boredom I’ll just cover what us sim racers would like or not like about the year old Acer Predator X34 monitor and a little comparison to my last BenQ XR3501 monitor that I broke which caused me to get this better monitor.

Resolution

When you can only have 1 monitor for sim racing the general rule is to make it big and with a fast refresh rate. Well the Acer Predator X34 covers on both fronts. This 34″ curved monitor defiantly fills your peripheral vision very well. However not as well as the BenQ XR3501 with 2000R curve rating does. To be fair though the BenQ XR3501 did have 1 extra inch on the Predator X34 monitor and with it’s curvier screen the sides pulled in closer to your eyes making it slightly better for your peripheral vision. Where the BenQ XR3501 falls short when comparing to the Predator X34 is with resolution. The Predator X34 allows you to get the screen closer to your face making up for the 1 inch loss in screen real estate and because the Predator X34 has so many more pixels (4,953,600 vs 2,764,800) you can clearly see the race track ahead of you in greater detail making for a far superior experience.
Where the Predator X34 shines though is in it’s clarity and resolution especially when sim racing. If you use one screen for sim racing it’s best to get that screen as close to your face as you are comfortable with to block out surrounding glare and get the edges in your peripherals. I generally run my screen just to the back of my Fanatec Clubsport V2 wheelbase during racing with an appropriate FOV depending on the sim racing title I’m playing with my head about another 24 inches away. If I’m playing a casual game like Ghost Recon Wildlands then I move my monitor further back.
Ok back to the resolution train. This screen is absolutely beautiful to look at! Everything looks vibrant and just pop out at you! Every sim game and/or casual game titles immediately looked better on the Predator X34 when compared to my last BenQ XR3501. Even surfing the net and watching videos looks better and more vibrant then I was used to.

FPS

When it comes to sim racing generally the higher the refresh rate the better. There is a lot of people that are not particular sensitive to high FPS and may not tell a difference between 60 fps or 144 fps. I’m not one of those people as I feel I can see a slight difference between the two, but it’s very slight difference an contingent that you don’t get any game stutters in the first place to ruin the experience. I feel that 100 FPS is good enough for sim racing and anything more is better of course, but not noticeable for the majority of people. Even people that are sensitive to seeing the difference between 100 FPS and 144 FPS you are not taken out of the sim racing experience when dropping down to 100 FPS in my experience with this monitor.

G-Sync

I think G-Sync can be a beautiful thing when it’s working. What I mean by this is G-Sync is not always as good as they claim. In fact I still get game stutters with it even on some games that will be tooling along at 80 FPS. By the box art definition… “Get the buttery-smooth gameplay you’ve dreamed of. NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ matches the refresh rate of your Predator X34 monitor with your powerful GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize stuttering.” This sounds great, but the key word to hone into is MINIMIZE! Yes it may minimize it, but honestly if you spend your money on a more powerful GPU you will never need G-Sync period! I’m actually pretty disappointed with G-Sync and don’t feel it’s work the extra $200-$300 added cost to monitors despite what I here from all the famous YouTubers. So if you are on the fence on getting a great deal on the Predator X34 or can find a better deal on the FreeSync version, well don’t let that hold you back. Get the cheaper version of the Predator. Just a note though, I’m not sure the cheaper versionj Predator XR34 can be over cloacked to 100Hz so look into it before making that buy.

Summary and Video

In conclusion about the Acer Predator X34. I believe this monitor is a buy despite the G-Sync fail and I’m defiantly glad I waited for the price to drop $300 before buying it a year later as the G-Sync feature is not worth the price IMO. I do believe those in the market for a widescreen curved monitor that can do it all this is the best choice out there. I almost pulled the trigger on the competitor Asus Rog PG348Q with it’s beautful design and stand, but the only hold back was for sim racing I needed a VESA mount and the PG348Q doesn’t come with this capability.

The Acer Predator X34 simple covers all the bases for sim racing and gaming with 4ms response time, 34″ ultrawide, curved, 1440P, 100hz Overclock, adjustable stand, USB’s in the back, sleek design you would be proud to show off on your desk with it’s perfect looking picture. Use this monitor for a variety of tasks like Internet browsing, Video editing, YouTube watching, Movie watching and of course Gaming and Sim Racing with it’s curvy goodness. I even find YouTube videos are more pleasing to watch compared to my BenQ XR3501 1080P ultra wide simple because I now have a ton more pixels (4,953,600 vs 2,764,800) in comparison.

 

Video Review

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