Update: This monitor is able to reach an incredible overclocked 200Hz refresh rate with the G-SYNC mode enabled. Watch the promo videos of the Acer Predator X34 and the Acer Predator Z35 here. Release date is December 2015 and price is $1199 in the United States.
Acer has exciting news for all gamers, as they have announced their Acer Predator Z35 monitor recently. It is a 35-inch curved monitor and it has the 21:9 aspect ratio, which is gaining more and more popularity, not just among gamers, but also for regular day use and work such as photography editing. The resolution of this display is 2560×1080, which adds an additional 640 pixels to the width of a widescreen (16:9) 1080p monitor.
Not only that, but the Acer Z35 also supports G-SYNC technology, which eliminates screen tearing and the awful input lag that you would get from V-SYNC. In order for G-SYNC or FreeSync to really do wonders, the range in which the refresh rate is variable, has to be high. There is good news on that matter too, as this display supports up to 144Hz refresh rate, but the minimum G-SYNC refresh rate is still unknown. Our best guess would be that it will be around 40Hz or so. The lesser the better, so we hope that holds. However, with the G-SYNC mode enabled, the monitor is able to reach a whopping 200Hz refresh rate (with the first game mode enabled, as it is an overclock).
What might seem unusual from most monitors manufactured today is the VA panel (Vertical Alignment). Generally speaking, VA panels (MVA/PVA panels) are better than TN panels, but worse than IPS panels. VA panels are significantly better than TN panels, both in terms of their color reproduction and in their viewing angles, but the real main drawback with this panel type is that the colors shift when viewed from different angles. The display is also curved, giving you a closer and more immersive gaming experience, since you will have roughly the same viewing distance the monitor when viewed from the top. The curved panel also makes up for the color shifting, because the viewing angles will be almost as if you were watching straight at every point in the monitor. The edges won’t wash out, which they definitely would been if it wasn’t curved, since it is a 35-inch gaming monitor after all.
We are very excited about this monitor and we’ll see if we get one before the release so we can review it, since it’s 144Hz and that’s what we are all about in the end. The release date of this monitor in December in the United States and it will cost $1199.