Acer Predator XR341CK FreeSync Monitor Review
Colour Saturation Levels
While there are numerous colors the human eye can’t “see”, the human color space confined to three primary colors and combinations thereof. To make things easier for manufactures (and not waste resources displaying colors we can’t see) a color space was mathematically described and while various models do exist, the CIE RGB color space is the de facto standard.
In the below image, the dark triangle which isn’t highlighted is the sRGB color space while the overall CIE color space is displayed as the background colors. Meanwhile, the white triangle with highlighted color represents the results of what a given monitor can display. No monitor can display the entire CIE color spectrum but a good monitor should be able to display the sRGB spectrum of possible colors as this is usually used as the standard for image encoding.
A monitor which uses the “wide color gamut” moniker can display more than the sRGB spectrum and is considered primarily for professional use. If a monitor cannot cover off the entire sRGB triangle, the resulting image will appear “off” to an observer. The end result is a picture displayed on the panel which won’t be as rich, vibrant or as correct as it should be.
As expected this monitor offers a color pallet that is rather wide, bordering on massive (albeit with only adequate Blue coverage). Considering the Predator mainly meant for gamers, some of these abilities will go unnoticed but that doesn’t necessarily mean better color fidelity will be for nothing. There are quite a few gamers who will appreciate the benefits Acer has given over standard TN-based panels.
Default RGB Levels
An LCD or LCD LED backlit panel relies on accurately blending Red, Green and Blue pixel clusters to create an overall image so closer to each of these colours is to a “perfect” 100 output, the better and more accurate the default colors will be.
In this case, we have a low tolerance for anything less than perfection since any color shift can be noticeable even to untrained eyes and will require a color correction be applied at the software level to overcome a monitor’s stock output. We do however consider a minor variation of only a few points per color to be acceptable.
A default 101/99/100 out of the box color profile certainly is not the best we have ever seen, but it is darn good. There is an ever so slight reddish tinge to most images but some will appreciate the warmth that brings to the table. Plus, it you are looking for a cooler image all that’s needed is to change a few presets.