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Acer announces Predator Z1 curved gaming monitor line-up with G-SYNC

By April 29, 2016 6 Comments

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Acer has just recently announced their newest gaming monitor line-up – the Predator Z1 gaming monitor line-up. The new gaming monitor series will be available in three different screen sizes: 31.5-inches (32-inches), 30-inches and 27-inches. The styling on these models is the same as Acer’s other Predator gaming monitors, laptops and even desktops for that matter. Simply said, they have long red feet, which is an indicator that it is some serious gaming hardware. The Predator Z1 is a little different, though; they are black on the front and the red is mostly hidden in the back of the trim.

All three sizes will feature NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, which eliminates screen tearing artifacts and stuttering when playing games. It accomplishes this by matching the monitor’s refresh rate with your PC’s graphics card. The monitors in this lineup also feature a curved model with a tight 1800R curvature resulting in a very immersive gameplay and a wide field of view that you can not accomplish with a flat monitor.

First off, the ultrawide 30-inch version will have a 2560 x 1080 resolution panel and an impressive 200Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time! The 27-inch version and 31.5-inch version will have a 1080p resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate. So despite the monitors being fairly large and in the high-end spectrum, they do not boast a WQHD or even 4K resolution. This is one of the key differences between these monitors and the amazing Acer Predator X34, which has an ultrawide WQHD resolution (3440 x 1440 pixels). The screen technology used is completely different too. These monitors use VA panel technology, whereas the Predator X34 use IPS panel technology.And surely enough, the maximum refresh rate on the X34 is only 100Hz, which is an overclock, and the Predator Z1 monitors offer a 144Hz refresh rate and even 200Hz for the 30-inch version.

And surely enough, the maximum refresh rate on the X34 is only 100Hz, which is an overclock, and the Predator Z1 monitors offer a 144Hz refresh rate and even 200Hz for the 30-inch version. Most graphics card will struggle to reach this much FPS for demanding games, but the FHD resolution and WFHD, which is the abbreviation for the 2560×1080 resolution, will make it easier to hit a higher frame rate.

Acer Predator Z1 release date

They will most likely offer a 1ms response time. The panel used in all three announced gaming monitors is a VA LCD panel, which is not quite as good as the latest IPS panels in terms of color reproduction, but offer better black levels. Acer claims that the displays in this series will meet 100% sRGB color spectrum coverage. Also, all three monitors come with ambient light sensors. This allows the monitor to adjust the backlight intensity to suit the room conditions. The maximum brightness of all the monitors is 300 cd/m2 just like the Predator X34.

On the back of the Predator Z1 monitors, you will find a five-port USB 3.0 hub, a HDMI port and a DisplayPort connector. You need to use the DisplayPort if you want to use NVIDIA G-SYNC technology in your games. The ergonomic stand on the monitors allow the display to be raised 120mm for height adjustment, tilted 5° to 25° and swiveled from -30° to 30°. The precise specifications for each monitor vary from screen size.

The Predator Z1 gaming monitor series also offer other gaming features, such as Acer VisualCare technologies, Acer Flicker-less technology, BlueLightShield to protect against harmful blue rays, ComfyView technology and Low-dimming technologies to adjust the brightness to room conditions. The monitors also offer two 7W DTS stereo sound speakers.

Pricing for the Predator Z1 monitors start at $599 in North America and €599 in Europe. The release date is June 2016. You can click on the link below to check if the monitors are available for pre-orders yet.

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  • Tyrann

    Putting out products we aren’t looking for. Give us a 34″ 120hz+ 3440x1440p IPS display. Or even another 27″ 2560x1440p but without the many issues of the first gen one.

  • Salad Fingers

    I wonder why everyone is looking for a 120hz+ 1440p Ultrawide when they will run it at 50-60fps anyway. Either you are in the 1% that have a proper SLI setup to make use of those specs, or you have no clue what you are asking for. Currently 2 1080’s in SLI is the only way to even push 100fps on such resolutions (DP1.3 + the horsepower). I don’t get what’s so wrong with a more attainable, high refresh rate ultrawide for those without SLI setups… Go back and play with your G-Sync at 40-60fps for all I care, some of us just want solid 120-144fps so resolution will be a compromise. At 27-30inch, the ppi is perfectly fine.

  • Tyrann

    i want 1440p ultrawide 120hz+ not because i got dual sli 1080’s but because i know in the next year or two there will be single card affordable solutions that can drive that FPS. So when that time comes i don’t want to have to drop another $1200 on a “nice” monitor cause monitors should last long. If you want solid 120-144 fps then its easy to attain, just lower graphics settings from ultra to medium and you’l get it, you’l always be able to adjust that. But you can’t adjust the fixed resolution the monitor comes with, you can only lower but never go higher than what it comes with. Futureproofing would be the word i’m looking for my next monitor.

  • Salad Fingers

    And why would I compromise my graphics quality when I can just use a lower resolution? It really looks much worse on medium at 1440p than it does on ultra at 1080p… I get your point though. You want it to be futureproof. Personally, I don’t believe the next generation card will be able to keep high refresh rates at 1440p but who knows. I guess I could lower the resolution on a 1440p screen, but then it would still be missing all the gaming oriented features like ULMB or actually going above 120hz. If they made one that had everything, then I’d throw money at them.

  • Tyrann

    Ya thats what would be great. They are so close to that mark, i’m sure they got it in their R&D ready to go lol. Probably just waiting till holiday season

  • PaddyWa

    When are they releasing these displays? Thought it was June but cant find them anywhere. After the 30inch display