Recently we released a round-up of eight so-called wide full hd monitors, but enthusiasts view this resolution as outdated. For true graphical fidelity in super wide the demanding user wants an ultra wide quad hd monitor, preferably with a refresh rate that is as high as possible. Lately the amount of available models has been increasing quite a bit, but two new models require a separate comparison because of their specifications: the Acer Predator Z35P and the AOC Agon AG352UCG both have a G-sync scaler, offer 3440x1440 pixels and (more than) 100Hz refresh rate. These are not cheap, but on paper these are monitors that the die-hard gamer wants. We tested both models extensively.
We covered the advantages of a superwide monitor before, which is how we call the models with a 21:9 / 43:18 aspect ratio. Therefore, we will not cover this further here: you do not purchase these kinds of monitors for the best price per pixel (for that you need to look at an affordable ultra hd-model), but for the experience in games and movies with 2.39:1 ratio and for the enormous amount of work space in productivity applications, because you do not need to use software-scaling.
Something that you certainly cannot use to characterize these monitors is 'cheap': even an entry-level monitor in this class costs about 537 pounds / 600 euros, and if you want a fancy curved panel - which is definitely an advantage at a width of more than 85 cm, a refresh rate higher than 60 Hz, synchronization with your graphics card and perhaps a more luxurious base, you should prepare yourself mentally for a considerably bigger investment. On the other hand, since the last time that we compared two top models in this class, the Asus Republic of Gamers PG348Q and the Acer Predator X34, the prices have gone down slightly.
The Acer Predator Z35P costs about 983 pounds / 1100 euros, which is about 179 pounds / 200 euros less than the X34 counterpart cost about one-and-a-half years ago. The AOC Agon AG352UCQ is found in our Price Comparison for 803 pounds / 899 euros, although only one store has it in stock at the time of writing. Of course this is very competitive. Part of the price difference could be explained by looking at the used panel technique: instead of ips-technology these models use va-panels, although they are once again manufactured by AU Optronics. Which resemblances and differences there are aside from the panel will be covered on the next pages.