Acer Predactor Z35
Acer offers the Z35 in two variations. The XZ350CUbmijphz and the considerably easier to remember Predator Z35. The difference between the two is simple: the model that we cover here has an Nvidia G-sync module, while the other one uses Freesync. The Z35 is considerably more expensive, with an average price that is just shy of X pounds / 900 euros. This might be the reason that Acer chose a panel that operates at 200 Hz. This is an 'overclock', which is guaranteed by the manufacturer. The X pounds / 200 euros cheaper monitor works at 144 Hz.
The Z35 has a diagonal of 35 inch and is based on an AMVA-panel manufactured by AU Optronics. Because of the Nvidia controller the functionality is limited to a displayport 1.2 connector and an hdmi 1.4 - for a high refresh rate the former is necessary. Aside from that the monitor has a 3.0 hub. The panel rests on an elegant black-red, height-adjustable base.
With the high price come high expectations, which are partly fulfilled by the Z35. The monitor shows the fastest response times, although these are paired with a higher overshoot dan we would like. Nevertheless it is by far the fastest model in the test. Another positive is that the G-sync range is from 30 to 200 Hz, which means you will practically always profit from it, of course provided that you have a suitable graphics card. The chance you have one is fairly high, considering most gamers choose an Nvidia card nowadays. Also worth mentioning is that Acer gets very solid performance out of the panel when it comes to colour quality - usually this is not that great with the G-sync scaler. The colour deviation is limited, nearly the entire sRGB colour space is covered and the gamma value is good as well. Add to that the best contrast in this test, thanks to an excellent black value and blinding brightness, and it is clear that while the Z35 is expensive, it certainly does not disappoint. Its weaker points are the uniformity (which is always a challenge for these kinds of models) and a relatively high power consumption. We also see a very small input lag, but the fast panel basically completely compensates for that. A final point of improvement is the absence of the ability to swivel.