Acer Predator X34P 34" Gaming Monitor: Overclocked Curves

Conclusion

When considering a computer monitor that costs $1000 or more, it’s hard not to be caught up in the specs. Fast refresh rates and long feature lists are always attractive to buyers. But one must remember what’s important: speed, yes, but with a proper balance of pixel density, competent video processing, and image fidelity. We’ve touted the virtues of VA panels and their high contrast, but that isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. There are plenty of well-engineered and well-made IPS monitors that can compete favorably and offer superior quality in some areas.

Acer has plenty of cred in the gaming monitor category, but chooses to ply its offerings with less flash. The styling of the Predator line is clearly meant for enthusiasts, but it doesn’t call as much attention to itself as some other brands. Still, users need high resolution, high speeds, and adaptive refresh, not to mention decent contrast and color accuracy. The new Predator X34P amply delivers on all counts.

If you’re trying to decide whether to purchase the old X34 or the new X34P, here’s a summation: The new monitor is styled much the same but goes for non-reflective finishes on its chassis. It now has a swivel function on its super-solid stand. The curve is tighter at 1900R versus 3800R. Resolution is the same 3440x1440, but the X34P refreshes natively at 100Hz and overclocks reliably to 120Hz. Even if you’re concerned that your particular sample won’t run at 120, it is guaranteed to work at 100.

For us, the big difference comes in picture quality. The outgoing model certainly delivers an excellent image and the new panel doesn’t bring any more inherent contrast. But Acer has changed its gamma implementation to help increase the perception of dynamic range, and it has succeeded. Ignore the labels in the OSD; the Predator X34P works best at a gamma setting of 1.9 (2.4 in reality). That setting not only increases depth, but color saturation as well. The new screen is more vivid than the old, and ultimately shows more detail and delivers a sharper picture. Though pixel density is unchanged, the visual result is superior.

If you’re considering buying the old X34 to save a bit of cash, you’ll get an excellent G-Sync monitor that offers a good gaming experience at a likely 100Hz. But for a little more money, the new Predator X34P has higher speed, a tighter curve, and better image quality. In our eyes, that’s a win and makes the new screen a worthy successor to the old.

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  • feelinfroggy777
    If I did not already have the x34, I would get this monitor in a heartbeat. But for now, I guess I will just wait till the 200hz panel is released.
  • Ninjawithagun
    Acer copied Dell Alienware's AW3418DW, but failed to match the much better quality of the AW unit. And the Acer has an external power brick (similar to that of a laptop). NO THANK YOU! I prefer the integrated power unit within the AW unit. Also, the price for the Acer X34P is too high. I bought both of my AW3418DW units for $930/each with a 4-year free replacement warranties ;-)
  • adambomb13
    DO NOT BUY ACER MONITORS at least the one with GSync capable, I bought a xb321hk for $1000.00 and got the famous artifacting and screen blanking issue.
    Below link for Acer's community forum regarding this issue
    https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/441879/xb321hk-weird-artifact/p1

    I have reached the END of Acers customer service line, They only offered me $400 refund LOL. After 5 returns, 3 different xb321hk monitors, I have worked with Corporate Customer service and "Elite" technical support and wasted 3-4 months for $400.00 refund.... Unbelievable. I will continue to post my personal experience on websites and I'll update my Youtube video warning people NOT to buy ACER?,
  • adambomb13
    DO NOT BUY ACER MONITORS at least the one with GSync capable, I bought a xb321hk for $1000.00 and got the famous artifacting and screen blanking issue.
    Below link for Acer's community forum regarding this issue
    https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/441879/xb321hk-weird-artifact/p1

    I have reached the END of Acers customer service line, They only offered me $400 refund LOL. After 5 returns, 3 different xb321hk monitors, I have worked with Corporate Customer service and "Elite" technical support and wasted 3-4 months for $400.00 refund.... Unbelievable. I will continue to post my personal experience on websites and I'll update my Youtube video warning people NOT to buy ACER?,
  • Ninjawithagun
    143828 said:
    DO NOT BUY ACER MONITORS at least the one with GSync capable, I bought a xb321hk for $1000.00 and got the famous artifacting and screen blanking issue. Below link for Acer's community forum regarding this issue https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/441879/xb321hk-weird-artifact/p1 I have reached the END of Acers customer service line, They only offered me $400 refund LOL. After 5 returns, 3 different xb321hk monitors, I have worked with Corporate Customer service and "Elite" technical support and wasted 3-4 months for $400.00 refund.... Unbelievable. I will continue to post my personal experience on websites and I'll update my Youtube video warning people NOT to buy ACER?,


    The flicker issue is caused by cheap DisplayPort cables being used by consumers. I had a similar issue with my Acer XB321HK unit. I replaced the stock cable with a high quality DP 1.4 certified cable and the issue disappeared. Yes, I know the XB31HK comes with only a DP 1.2 port, but the high quality DP 1.4 cable has extra shielding, which apparently eliminates the flicker issue due to signal degradation from the graphics card to the monitor.
  • adambomb13
    Not true I have bought 3 different and 1.4 cable and still has issues
  • Kahless01
    146263 said:
    Acer copied Dell Alienware's AW3418DW, but failed to match the much better quality of the AW unit. And the Acer has an external power brick (similar to that of a laptop). NO THANK YOU! I prefer the integrated power unit within the AW unit. Also, the price for the Acer X34P is too high. I bought both of my AW3418DW units for $930/each with a 4-year free replacement warranties ;-)


    they didnt copy anyone. only one company makes the panels so everyone takes them and designs products from them. you wont see much more than packaging differences. and what you got the monitors for and their msrp arent the same thing. i can get the acer for $830. your aw with the build in power supply is also 4.5lbs heavier. i move my monitor around alot. that makes a difference.

    and other dude. why the hell are you playing diablo 3 on an expensive 4k monitor? seems like wasted money. the problems youre describing are as much an nvidia problem as an acer problem. all you need to do is change your search from acer artifacting to gsync artifacting and youll see its pretty widespread. i can guarantee you that your monitor isnt being tested like you think it is. its being put on a big rack not being watched. its checked on to see if its failed after a few hours and if it hasnt its shipped on. they sure as hell arent going to give techs gaming computers to dink around on your one monitor playing a 6 year old hack n slash game.
  • AcesB
    Many gamers buy G-Sync monitors to have ULMB (me included). Sync is not a real issue in high refresh games powered by GXT 1070/1080 and higher, as they run steady and stable at 100Hz/120Hz, a typical fixed refresh rate with ULMB.
    If you don't know, G-Sync and ULMB can not work at same time. If you game already runs fine in +100/120 fps there is no reason to enable GSync. BUT the crystal clear images produced by ULMB are out of this word. ( At least in my Dell S2716 DGR)
  • rhysiam
    Am I the only one who's pretty disappointed at the lack of progress in gaming monitors over the last few years? I mean, the original X34 released at $1300. So nearly 3 years later we get a very similar product with a few improvements at 15% less. It's a little better and a little cheaper, sure, but it's really just an iterative upgrade.

    If you compare that to TVs, take a look at what you can get for your money at just about any price bracket today vs 3 years ago and the difference is massive. We just don't seem to be seeing the same level of progress in gaming monitors. Am I missing something??
  • adambomb13
    KAHLESS01 I play other games too LOL, but anyways I'll never buy another Acer product
  • papality
    1287211 said:
    Am I the only one who's pretty disappointed at the lack of progress in gaming monitors over the last few years? I mean, the original X34 released at $1300. So nearly 3 years later we get a very similar product with a few improvements at 15% less. It's a little better and a little cheaper, sure, but it's really just an iterative upgrade. If you compare that to TVs, take a look at what you can get for your money at just about any price bracket today vs 3 years ago and the difference is massive. We just don't seem to be seeing the same level of progress in gaming monitors. Am I missing something??



    Acer X27
  • rhysiam
    995762 said:
    Acer X27

    Sure, 4K gaming panels at >100hz with HDR didn't exist 3 years ago. But the X27 is $700 more than the original X34 was at launch. It's actually similar in terms of dollars per pixel - several years later. You get the benefit of HDR, which is good. But it's also a significantly smaller panel (I'm talking area too, not just diagonal). So that offsets the "value" proposition. So yeah, it's a better monitor, but it's also more expensive. It really sits in a new super-premium tier of display rather than just introducing better quality and features into an existing product tier. Is that "progress"? I don't really think it is.
  • milkod2001
    You lost me at curved and not 4k. Im sure im not only one who wants: Non curved 32''4k 120Hz , Gsync or Freesync at $1200. Why the f. they make such crappy monitors instead of proper ones?