Acer Predator Z35 35″ Gaming Monitor Review


Movie Performance

Much the BenQ XR3501 the Acer Z35 may not have been purpose built with movies and multimedia in mind, but that does not stop it from being a very, very decent option. This is especially true for movie buffs and tech savvy people who know their way around third party programs which can capitalize upon the combination of large screen, movie friendly resolution and even the 200 frames per second refresh rate.

With that being said this monitor still uses a 21:9 format, and as such cannot be considered a plug and play option for movies. It will suffer from the same scaling issues as other 21:9 ‘1080P’ monitors, however even in this regard the Z35 is above average for its class. Not only is there a lot less scaling needed to be done compared to the X34, the Z35 is rather good at turning a sows ear into a silk purse.

Yes this is an expensive monitor to turn into a ‘super television’ but it really did impress us with how immersive movies became. The BenQ XR3501 did the same thing. Basically this is because a lot of the features and negatives that made using the Z35 for gaming a less than optimal experience, actually make this monitor great for movies. So much so that a good argument could be made that the Z35 is better than the X34 in this regard.

With that being said is the Z35’s unannounced, non-hyped ability enough to justify it’s steep asking price? No. Actual LCD TV’s in this size range cost a hell of a lot less, come with fewer scaling issues, offer 3D abilities, and many even come with just as good colors and nearly as good refresh speeds. Put another way the Z35 may be a decent choice for movies and multimedia centric tasks but that is a far cry from justifying its asking price.

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