Acer Predator XR341CK FreeSync 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.
Honestly this is a test that no curved monitor will ever be great at. These monitors are meant for the user to sit directly in front of them and only in front of them. If you are unable to do this, don’t bother spending the money on the Predator or any other curved panel for that matter. You will lose contrast, brightness, color clarity and generally end up with a poor looking image at anything besides straight on.
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.
Thanks to its very good LG 8-bit IPS panel, the Acer 34″ Predator has a wide contrast ratio.
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.
For the Predator’s class these numbers are right in the range we would expect them to be. Its actually quite efficient.