Acer Predator Z35 35-inch Curved G-Sync Monitor Review

OSD Setup And Calibration

The OSD is very similar to other Acer products with a few additions, namely ULMB and Overclock. We also discovered color saturation controls and a 6-axis adjustment. Let's take the tour.

OSD Tour

Acer eColor Management refers to the five picture modes: User, Eco, Standard, Graphics and Movie. The default setting is Standard but if you change any setting, the Z35 automatically switches to User where you gain full access to all adjustments.

After the brightness and contrast sliders there's a Blue Light control that warms the color temp by reducing blue levels. As usual, an accurate calibration will accomplish the same goal, which is to reduce eye fatigue.

Dark Boost increases shadow detail along with the black level. When properly set up, the Z35 has decent gamma tracking so you shouldn't need this option for most content.

Adaptive Contrast is also variable and will increase perceived contrast at the expense of detail in the darkest and brightest image areas.

In the Color menu there are two gamma presets, 2.2 and 1.8, which both track pretty well. Color Temp contains three presets plus an adjustable User mode. sRGB mode will lock out all adjustments in favor of a fairly accurate Rec.709 preset with a 6500K color temp. We saw no difference between it and the default Standard picture preset.

Saturate will increase color luminance for all six colors at once. If you want to make individual changes, 6-axis color gives you the necessary sliders. When we tried them, they changed only luminance, not saturation. Our tests showed these options are best left alone.

The OSD is available in 15 languages and can have a timeout of up to 120 seconds. It cannot be moved from its position in the lower right corner of the screen.

Refresh rate num is an fps counter that resides in the upper right corner. The characters are nearly an inch tall so it's best used for diagnostics and not during serious gameplay.

Game Mode is a series of presets where users can save their settings into any of three memory slots.

Finally, the Aim point will place one of three different reticules at the center of the screen.

The Tools menu has a few unique options. After the input selector, there is a DTS setting that turns the speaker tuning on and off. The sound stage and audio presence is far better with it on and we feel it works for all content equally well.

OD is Acer's term for overdrive and it has three settings: Normal, Extreme and Off. It does a fantastic job of cleaning up detail in moving objects but we saw artifacts around moving objects during some of our tests at high frame rates. Check out our report on page seven for more information.

Ambient Light controls the glow from the panel's bottom edge. You can choose red, green or blue; or a color that indicates G-Sync/ULMB status or frame rate. The effect can be steady, breathe, flash or ripple. Finally you can vary the brightness.

When you set the Z35's refresh rate to 144Hz in Windows, the Overclock slider is then available with settings up to 200Hz. After specifying the rate, you have to reboot the monitor. ULMB will not work in G-Sync mode and it won't work over 120Hz. It has a pulse-width adjustment but even on its least-aggressive setting it cuts brightness by almost half. See our calibrated brightness tests on the next page for more information. We'll also test it in-game on page seven.

Here you can reset everything back to factory defaults and leave the USB ports powered when the Z35 is off. That lets you charge devices without turning on your computer.

The info screen indicates the input resolution, refresh rate, mode (G-Sync, ULMB or Normal) and whether or not the Game mode is engaged.

Calibration

Changing any setting including brightness kicks the Z35 into User mode so that's where we performed our calibration. The default Warm color temp is a bit too much with its red tint so we tweaked the RGB sliders in User mode to achieve excellent grayscale tracking. Color measurements show slight over-saturation across the board so we tried the 6-axis controls. It turns out they only change luminance, not saturation so their effect did not improve accuracy. Luckily the gamut is already pretty good and the extra boldness is nice during gameplay. If you'd like to dial in your Z35, please try our settings below.

Acer Predator Z35 Calibration Settings
eColor Management
User
Brightness 200cd/m2
45
Brightness 120cd/m220
Brightness 100cd/m214
Brightness 80cd/m28
Brightness 52cd/m20
Contrast
50
Blue Light
Off
DarkBoost
Off
Adaptive Contrast
0
Gamma
2.2
Color Temp User
Red 95, Green 97, Blue 100
sRGB mode
Off

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  • Realist9
    "2560x1080" at 35 " in 2016. That's a joke, right?
  • SBMfromLA
    Quote:
    "2560x1080" at 35 " in 2016. That's a joke, right?


    Not really....
  • DanT060
    not 4K no
  • Realist9
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy.

    Seriously, why not 1440, at least?
  • SBMfromLA
    1675488 said:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy. Seriously, why not 1440, at least?



    Some people feel a need to have the "latest and greatest"...
  • turkey3_scratch
    1675488 said:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy. Seriously, why not 1440, at least?


    It's a simple answer: CSGO. Competitive players want these high refresh rates.
  • envy14tpe
    Quote:
    1675488 said:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy. Seriously, why not 1440, at least?
    It's a simple answer: CSGO. Competitive players want these high refresh rates.


    Don't forget us BF4 players. We like the high refresh rates too. But for $300-400 less you could get a 1440p IPS panel like the PG279Q that runs up to 165Hz. That's why this bigger screen seems kinda weird given the price. At that price resolution should matter more.
  • Jack_565
    "You'll need to use the former for G-Sync and for 200Hz operation, which also requires a GeForce GTX960 BOOST or better"
    Could someone clarify what a 960 BOOST is, a OC'd 960?
  • ohim
    The thing with G-Sync is that every gamer in Battlefield 4 forums said that they use their monitors without G-Sync when gaming at 144hz, i asked them why and they all replied that it`s a pointless tech at that fps speed.. so practically you pay for G-sync only on the slower games where you can`t reach to fast fps.
  • Max_x2
    Did any of you actually read the article? First paragraph under the specs, right on the first page:

    "Those who have browsed the specs certainly noticed the 2560x1080 pixel resolution. That's something we weren't thrilled to see in the XR3501 either but after testing and playing games on it for a while, the lower pixel density became a non-issue. We continue to maintain that contrast is the most important factor in image quality, not resolution. And the Z35 is no different."
  • vaughn2k
    Wake me up if the price goes down.. :)
  • SpAwNtoHell
    I can live with the resolution as it eliminates the need for 3 monitor setup were in my opinion half of each left and right monitor are waisted, i like the contrast, gsync for slower games but not sure i can leave with the artifacts considering the price tag.... For this reason i am looking forward for the lenovo y27g amva panel with gsync 144hz ... As seems the only cons would be the fact that is a fhd res in a 27" but seems far better then a wide hd on a 35" like this one... I am hunting for a monitor to be pleased with for almost a year now but this certanly is not it tho close, as i would not settle for tn and ips low contrast...
  • George Phillips
    At any size, 4k resolution will not work at 200hz and will have lags and won't run well with any graphics cards. 2560x1080 native resolution is perfectly fine and can produce high frame rates with many cards. I just wish there is a cheaper and smaller version with similar specs at a much lower price. Priced at $1000 and only for gaming? It's a no no.
  • Peter Martin
    I will NEVER buy another curved screen anything. You manufacturers really think we are stupid, don't you?
  • Eggz
    When are we going to see a 21:9 OLED display with adaptive refresh as a non-proprietary feature on DisplayPort 1.3 running at 5160x2160?

    It would essentially be 4k but at a 21:9 aspect ratio. I'd be all over that!
  • xapoc
    dear Santa..
  • cknobman
    Over $1000 for THIS??????

    For 1080p??????

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    frikin gsync tax
  • Uri___Pisarev
    Quote:
    The only 'gamer' I see buying this monitor is one that wants super mega hecka uber duper high refresh rate for their twitch FPS and doesn't care that the image looks crappy. Seriously, why not 1440, at least?


    My monitor is 1440, there's nothing special about it. Just because the number is bigger doesn't mean it is better. I have a 34 inch Ultrawide, 1440 is not all it is cracked up to me.
  • Uri___Pisarev
    Quote:
    I will NEVER buy another curved screen anything. You manufacturers really think we are stupid, don't you?


    Why, it does make experience more immersive. I have a Dell U3415W, the curvature is very mild, it is so mild that i honestly forget that it is curved. I think that type of a display is best, it is more immersive than a flat panel but not as absurd as some monitors are.
  • picture_perfect
    Edit: I changed my mind on this particular monitor.
    Except for the slower response time TFT Central mentioned it's pretty awsome :)
    The below doesn't really apply here.


    Hz are pointless without a matching FRAME RATE. 200hz gets you nothing if you can only average 60fps. Additional Hz contribute NOTHING visually or functionally. *Some* monitors fail with their emphasis on high resolutions / high Hz while ignoring frame rates. It's frame rates that do what people want (1) reduce stutter (2) decrease input lag (3) reduce blur. Hz only serve as their medium. You need both so don't fall for the marketing hype, like 20,000 dpi mice.

    1080p @ 120fps vsync'd beats 1440p @ 60fps gsync'd every time:
    1/2 the blur
    1/2 the lag
    no "below 40fps" stutter

    What I mean is Hz are fine but only if you have horsepower to back it up. *Some* monitors make it impossible without SLI, All of which helps explains this:

    Quote:
    every gamer in Battlefield 4 forums said that they use their monitors without G-Sync when gaming at 144hz, i asked them why and they all replied that it`s a pointless tech at that fps speed..
  • moogleslam
    Still waiting for 21:9, 34", 3440x1440p, G-Sync, 144Hz.... Getting close.
  • g-unit1111
    That is an insane amount of money for an ultrawide display with a 144hz refresh rate. For that price you can go for a 1440P ultrawide for less money. You don't get the refresh rate, but $1K or more for a 1080P display? Get real!
  • liteup23
    Quote:
    Still waiting for 21:9, 34", 3440x1440p, G-Sync, 144Hz.... Getting close.


    I'm waiting for the same thing... only difference being that I would settle for 90Hz if the price was right. I've been waiting for almost 2 years now. When is someone going to wake up and make this monitor?
  • moogleslam
    628648 said:
    Quote:
    Still waiting for 21:9, 34", 3440x1440p, G-Sync, 144Hz.... Getting close.
    I'm waiting for the same thing... only difference being that I would settle for 90Hz if the price was right. I've been waiting for almost 2 years now. When is someone going to wake up and make this monitor?


    If you're happy with 90Hz, two such monitors already exist. Both the Acer Predator x34 & the ASUS PG348Q meet that criteria (100Hz)