ACER Predator X34 3440×1440 Curved G-Sync Gaming Display Review

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ACER Predator X34 Curved Gaming Monitor

If you are looking for a curved monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync support the Acer Predator X34 might be exactly what you are looking for. This monster 34-inch curved display sports an IPS panel with a 3440×1440 screen resolution for a 21:9 aspect ratio. The monitors default 60Hz refresh rate might not be anything to get excited about, but Acer is letting users overclock the panel up to 100Hz if the DispalyPort video input is used to help cut down on motion blur. The Predator X34 also has a fast 4ms gray-to-gray pixel response time, a brightness of 300nits, 100% sRGB color gamut capability and LED accent lighting. Those features allow the Acer Predator X34 to command $1299 plus $6.99 for shipping from Newegg. The Predator X34 is without a doubt an expensive monitor, but it has the specs to justify the high price tag.

If you don’t need NVIDIA G-Sync and wanted basically the same panel with AMD FreeSync technology for nearly $500 less, you could look into the Acer XR341CK that retails for $819.59 shipped and tops out at 75Hz instead of 100Hz. The review today is all about the Predator X34 with NVIDIA G-Sync technology though and this just happens to be the first curved G-Sync display to be released in the United States.

Acer Predator X34 Straight On Left Game

The Acer Predator X34 has been out for a few months now and it still selling for close to its $1299 MSRP as it is one of the most sought after gaming monitors for some time. The monitor looks great with a very thin bezel around the panel. The monitor itself measures in at 32.2″ in width, 14.8″ in height and it has a depth of about 4″, so this is a fairly large monitor.  The subtle curve of the panel itself is said to have a curvature radius of 3,800R, which means that if complete a circle with multiple displays that the circle the monitors create will have a radius of 3,800-millimeters.

Acer Predator X34 Key Features

  • Resolution: 3440 x 1440 (UQHD)
  • Panel type: Curved AH-IPS, light anti-glare
  • Color: 100% sRGB (72% NTSC), 10-bit color (8-bit + FRC dithering) support
  • Max Refresh Rate: 60Hz to 100Hz (overclocked)
  • G-Sync: Yes
  • FreeSync: No
  • Adaptive-Sync: No
  • Inputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 4 x USB 3.0
  • Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x USB 3.0
  • VESA Wall Mounting: Yes – 100x100mm
  • Physical Dimensions: 32.5″ x 18″-23″ x 12.2″ (with stand)
  • Weight: 22lbs (with stand)
  • Audio: 2 x 7 watt speakers with DTS
  • Power Consumption: 54W Max On and 0.4W Off
  • Power Supply: External Adapter
  • Warranty: 3-years

Predator X34 Front

The Acer Predator X34 weighs in at 22 pounds, so it comes with a beefy aluminum v-shaped stand. It’s hard to see the curve in the image above that is taken straight on, but its certainly there and you can notice it when you are sitting dead center! There are a pair of tiny stereo speakers with DTS sound tucked into the lower edge of the panel. The speakers are rated at 7 Watts each for a total of 14 Watts. They sound decent and do a pretty good job filling a small room, but you’ll still want to game with your gaming headset.

Acer Predator X34 Back

The back of the display is covered in high gloss black plastic and the only place you’ll see the Acer logo is on back there. We would have preferred a matte finish, but that really just comes down to personal taste.

Acer X34 Video Inputs

When it comes to video inputs you get a grand total of two to pick from; DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4. Gamers should be using the DisplayPort input as that allows for up to a 100Hz refresh rate whereas the best you can ever get on the HDMI 1.4 port is 60Hz. To the right of the video inputs you have the external power port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3.5mm headphone jack is located right in the middle of the panel being the stand, so it isn’t the easiest of places to get to.

Acer X34 USB 3.0 Ports

On the other side you’ll find the five-port USB 3.0 hub (4 downstream, 1 upstream) and the kensington lock.

Acer X34 LED Lights

On the bottom of the curved display you’ll find nine LED lights that make up the ACER Predator X34’s underglow lighting system. You can customize the colors of the LED light with the monitor OSD and the underglow helps illuminate your keyboard, which is nice for those that don’t have a back-lit gaming keyboard. If you hate the idea of LED lights you can turn them off completely.


The Acer Predator X34 has an adjustable stand that provides ergonomic tilt from –5 to +35 degrees and height adjustments of up to 5 inches. The monitor stand on the X34 doesn’t swivel and the fixed stand is rather large with the front of the monitor being 10-inches away from the wall when the stand leg is touching the wall. This is one of the largest stands that we have ever used, so be prepared to give up desk space! A VESA wall mount option is available for those that are looking to maximize their valuable desk space. It’s also worth noting that the top of the stand has a handle built-in to help you lug the beast around if you need to move it.

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  • Aakash Vijaya

    Are the issues fixed by the acer? 2016///!!?

  • Joseph Miceli

    I was without a computer, my Alienware piece of crap having died on me for the second time. This time I decided to save money and build a pc myself. After looking at the pros and cons of tripple monitors and 4k gaming I decided that the technology to run 4k reliably on a large monitor was simply lacking. The new Pascal architecture will change that…in about a year! It will even be affordable in 3 years. I needed something now.
    I decided to split the difference. I built a pc (i7 6700k, 980ti Asus Strix oc, Asus ROG Maximuss Hero viii motherboard, G. Skills Rip Saw 16 GB at 3600 mhz, Kraken CPU cooler and 256 gp of PCI -Express SSD in the M2 slot in a Coolermaster Pro5 case) and I bought the 2k Asus 34 inch Predator.
    I get a dependable 95 Hz refresh rate (100 flickers!) and I have a beautiful, solid system.
    I am astonished at the beautify of old games like Skyrim with this monitor! It is like I’m there! It was worth every penny of the 1290.00 I spent on the monitor and the 2000 I spent on the computer!

  • Dave Scott

    I want this monitor so much, I’d rather the wide screen with lower pixels to a 4k.

    But the price is just nuts. Can get a 4k for much cheaper. I’m building a new PC at the moment and this is basically coming down to, do I buy this or a 4K and an extra 980 GTX TI. Then I can push 4K at higher FPS then this on 1 980 GTX TI.

    Hell can get the freesync for much cheaper, I’m seriously considering an ATI/AMD card instead. They’ve done alot to cover the gap lately, but the the heat output of their cards is just to high for my liking.

  • Axiomatic

    So I have has my x34 for a week now and I can say that it is great. I have a i7-4790k and a Titan X though so I have more than enough “umpf” to push these pixels but yeah, not gonna lie, that cost hurt. But I had my last monitor for 7 years so if this one last me the same, that’s not so bad.

    • Rayes

      I have the smae specs .. can you please share some benchmarks?

  • Striker

    Acer has now posted their comments on some issues here:

    Basically here is what they say:

    [B]Wake from Sleep (Backlight)[/B] – Send it in for the fix

    [B]Color Banding[/B] – Send it in for the fix

    [B]Problems with Overclocking at 100hz [/B]- They say up to 100hz, so even if your monitor only does 65hz, its considered normal

    [B]Coil Whine[/B] – This is normal and not a defect according to them:
    “This is caused by the strain and release of a capacitor that is designed to absorb electical charges from the powering of the device. That release from the capacitor can cause vibrations which can be audible in certain environments. This activity is considered normal and does not require any action from the user or Acer.”

    [B]Scanlines [/B]- Currently being evaluated


    12.7 watts from the wall when turned off…….(throws up a little!!). What….does this thing fold on its own while at idle…!?!

  • Apaluzzzi

    We’ll have to start buying the units sent for review at this pace!

  • Joel “Jstilly” Stilwell

    I love how these reviewers ALWAYS get the non-defective monitors. I’m on my 4th unit now and all of them have had defects. Really pisses me off that there isn’t a single bad review on this monitor, but the outcry from ACTUAL customers is astounding. It should be CLEAR now what Acer REALLY cares about, deff not the customer.

    • Edward Crisler

      Joel, I feel your pain, I bought the Freesync model and had a ton of issues. Acers tech told me they where not aware of people having the issues I described, such as buzz, flicker, BAD IPS glow and system standby issues.

      When you pay close to $1000 for a monitor you expect a certain level of quality. I understand getting a bad sample but I know others that all bought the monitor, Freesync and Gysnc within a few weeks of me and ALL of us had the buzz issue and we shared variations of other issues.

      I sent my back for refund. Sources at a few retail options have told me the return rate on both models is fairly high. I will wait for them to work out the bugs and get a revision that works correctly out of the box. Or even wait for a company with a better track record to release a similarly specced monitor.

  • Striker

    Must be nice to get a pre-tested unit. I am on my 2nd return now due to bad scanline issues. Clearly $1,300 isn’t enough to do some decent QA

  • Bassblaster505

    Let me pull $1300 out of my ass real quick here