To eat or to be eaten: Acer Predator X34P ultrawide G-sync gaming monitor review

Faster than ever, but still overtaken

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Introduction

The Acer Predator X34P has it all: the extra wide 34 inch monitor has both a high resolution and a high refresh rate, with G-sync as the cherry on top. In doing so, the screen promises to be a worthy successor to the old Predator X34 without 'P' from 2016, which was basically the ultimate gaming monitor at the time. However, competition in the ultra-widescreen monitor segment has become fiercer than ever in recent years. Will the X34P be able to hold its own?


For a long time Acer's Predator X34 was the cream of the crop when it came to gaming monitors. The giant had an extra wide 34 inch IPS panel with an aspect ratio of 43:18 - in layman's terms also known as 21:9. Not only was the resolution high with 3440 x 1440 pixels, but also the refresh rate was not modest at 100 Hz. The presence of a G-sync scaler is the cherry on top.

At the beginning of this year, the manufacturer came with an improved model, which is very similar to the old monitor. The product name X34P differs with only one letter, while the specifications are similar to those of the old model. The new monitor also features a curved 34 inch panel with a resolution of 3440 by 1440 pixels, also known as 'UWQHD'. The X34 without 'P' could operate at 100 Hz with a 'overclock' guaranteed by the manufacturer, however the successor already runs at 100 Hz as standard, and can be upgraded to display 120 images per second.

Acer has also provided its new 34 inch gaming screen with a stronger curvature. The old monitor still had a relatively slight bend of 3800 R, which was particularly noticeable because the screen was so wide, the radius of the curvature of the X34P is much smaller at 1900. If you're a fan of curved monitors, that's definitely an advantage: the corners of the screen come out clearly, which can provide a more immersive gaming experience.

Acer Predator X34P

Like its predecessor, the Predator X34P is by no means cheap. At the time of writing, on average, you pay more than 1130 pounds for the screen, where you can find the cheapest 34 inch of UWQHD ultrawides for less than half of that amount. Admittedly, they have no curvature, high refresh rate or G-sync, but the price difference between the X34P and 'normal' screens is even greater than the surcharge you had to pay for the X34 in 2016.

Also if you want to buy a curved ultrawide with G-sync and a refresh rate higher than 60 Hz, there is a lot more choice nowadays. This is also due to the fact that models have been developed that make use of a standard panel. Nvidia's special scaler also drives up the recommended price of those screens a little, but if you settle for a maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz, you can save more than 350 pounds compared to the average selling price of the X34P.

Update, 19-3 12:40: Acer has informed us that the recommended price of the X34P will be reduced to 1000 pounds on 1 April, which makes the screen a lot cheaper. The conclusion has been adjusted accordingly.

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34 inch, 3440x1440, 110 ppi, IPS, Nvidia G-Sync, 120 Hz, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 4 ms, 300 cd/m², 100000000 : 1

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