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Acer Predator Z35 35″ Gaming Monitor Review

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Viewing Angles

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.

Viewing angles of any curved monitor are going to be inferior to a straight panel since hese monitors are designed to be viewed perfectly straight-on. If you are unable to do this, the entire class of monitors will not be an optimal choice.

With that taken care of the viewing angles of the Z35 are actually a touch inferior to the X34. This is because the Predator Z35 uses an A-MVA panel whereas the Predator X34 is a IPS based unit. MVA is more of a jack of all trades technology and this is one of the tradeoffs consumers need to be willing to make in order to get 200Hz – without going TN.

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.

The contrast ratio of our Z35 sample was actually better than the X34 sample but the differences are minor to say the least, and as such we would not choose one model over the other because of it. However, this is one area that the Z35 can technically claim to be superior to the X34.

Power Consumption

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.

When you combine a massive 35-inch panel with internal components capable of driving said panel all the way to 200Hz the end result is a power hog by modern standards. This should come as little surprise to consumers. If a few watts of additional power are that critical to a buyer’s decision making process we recommend opting for a cheaper, or smaller monitor.

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