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Review: Acer Predator XR341CK

by Ryan Martin on 4 September 2015, 08:01

Tags: Acer (TPE:2353)

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Introduction

The Acer Predator XR341CK and XR341CKA are two gaming monitors that could have been easily confused due to the virtually identical specifications and names at their initial launch. There is, however, one key difference between the two which is the vendor support for the adaptive V-Sync solutions implemented - FreeSync versus G-Sync. Acer went to the liberty of renaming the XR341CKA to the Predator X34 to avoid any confusion between the two models.

The Predator X34 is the G-Sync variant of Acer's new 75Hz IPS UWQHD panel while the XR341CK, which we have in for review today, is the FreeSync variant. As you might have anticipated the FreeSync model weighs in at a slightly lower price point. However, for all intents and purposes these are already expensive monitors with MSRPs of $1,099 for the XR341CK and $1,299 for the X34, respectively.

Acer XR341CK Specification

Diagonal Size
34in
Resolution
3,440x1,440 (UWQHD)
Refresh Rate
75Hz
Response Time
4ms (GtG)
Panel Type
IPS (AH, LG-made)
Panel Finish
Light AG coating (Matte)
Viewing Angles
178/178
Colour Depth
10-bit
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Contrast Ratio
1000:1 (typical)
VESA Compatible
Y, 100mm

Design and Connectivity

Acer delivers a classy overall aesthetic to match the premium price point. The XR341CK uses an ultra-slim bezel design, just like we witnessed on the LG 34UC97, and that's hardly surprising given that LG Display manufactures both of these panels.

The housing which incorporates the stunning 34in IPS display is a matte finish on the front, blending subtle grey tones with black, and a glossy black finish on the rear. Acer implements a strip of blue LEDs along the bottom of the XR341CK for an ambient glow.

Acer provides a slightly more versatile stand than the LG 34UC97 by offering height adjustment as well as vertical tilt. For reference the LG 34UC97 had vertical tilt and two height positions. Acer does provide a VESA bracket for users with custom stands but we feel the stand does a good enough job given that rotation and pivot aren't really needed on an ultrawide and curved display.

Connectivity options are generously applied with DisplayPort In, Display Port Out, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4/MHL 2.0, HDMI 2.0, a 4-port USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack. The monitor also features a pair of 7W stereo speakers which take the audio input over HDMI, MHL or DisplayPort. FreeSync users will need to make use of the DisplayPort or mini-DisplayPort inputs to take advantage of adaptive V-Sync technology.