Acer Predator XR341CK FreeSync Monitor Review

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Non-Colorimeter Tweaking and Results

In a perfect world either every monitor would come factory calibrated to perfection or every single consumer would own a decent colorimeter. We don’t live in such a world and as such most consumers simply use the old Mark 1 Mod 0 eyeball to fix any imperfections with the stock colors of their new monitor.

In order to gauge how easy this is to do for a given monitor we have included a new set of tests. These tests will be carried out before any of our standard tests and will consist of us using a combination of the free online LCD Monitor Test Images (found here LCD monitor test images) and then if necessary the free Hex2Bit Monitor Calibration Wizard (found here Hex2Bit – Software by Mike Walters). The goal of these tests is to not only gauge how easy it is to accurately calibrate a given monitor using only the onboard monitor tools, but to see how closely we can come to what a Spyder3 Elite can do.

To obtain these results we did the following
– used “User” mode
– adjusted the brightness to 45% (which resulted in a 120.7 cd/m2)
– All other settings left to default levels

To adjust the colors to near-perfection all users need do is enter the OSD and turn the red down one step. That is it. This will bring the Green level up from 99 to 100(ish), leave the blue at 100, while bringing the Red down to 100. For most gamers this will be close enough to perfection that a colorimeter will not be needed. Just be prepared to lower the Predator’s birghtness level when you take it out of the box.

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