Acer Predator X34 G-SYNC Monitor Review
Unlike CRT displays, the manner in which LCD panels create an image can result in one large weakness: the image can lose contrast when viewed off angle. While we do not recommend watching an LCD at anything besides perfectly straight on, the reality is this cannot always be done.
To help give you a glimpse of what a panel will look like when seen from either above the horizontal or vertical plane we have taken pictures at fairly extreme angles.
As with the XR341CK before it, this is a test that no curved monitor will ever be great at. This class of monitors are meant for the user to sit directly in front of of the screen and take that into account if positioning may be a challenge for you. You will lose contrast, brightness, color clarity and generally end up with a poor looking image at anything besides straight on. With that being said, in a typical gaming position, expect to be wowed.
Maximum Contrast Ratio
While manufactures love to throw around “maximum” contrast ratios in the millions, the fact of the matter is that to get these high numbers they have to use “dynamic contrast” which—at best—results in overly optimistic specs. With DC turned off, the number of shades between purest white and blackest black a given monitor can display is usually in the low hundreds rather than the thousands.
The higher the contrast ratio, the better the monitor will display shades of dark and light. For IPS monitors, anything below 450:1 is unacceptable, with 500:1 or above considered optimal. For TN anything above 120:1 will be considered “good enough” for most consumers.
As expected the contrast ratio of the X34 is everything we have come to expect from IPS monitors.
To obtain the maximum number we set the monitors brightness to 100% and the contrast to 100%. The Calibrated results are taken at 120 cd/m2 with the contrast set to the default level.
Considering X34 is extremely large, capable of 100HZ, and uses the G-SYNC module these power numbers are darn decent. A couple watts here or there really does not matter in the grand scheme of things, but if efficiency is a top priority for you, no 21:9 24-inch monitor will be right for your needs.