Acer Predator Z35 35″ Gaming Monitor Review
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 19% (which resulted in a 121.3 cd/m2)
All other settings left to default levels
Thanks to its excellent On Screen Display and very, very decent out of the box color profile the Acer Predator Z35 is extremely easy to manually correct. For most consumers all that needs to be adjusted is lowering the brightness levels as the default levels are extremely bright and hard on the eyes. This will take mere seconds and once done most people will be more than satisfied with the end results.
For people who wish to correct the ever so slight R/G/B variances the combination of six color axis color correction with physical input buttons also takes most of the pain out of this usual painful procedure. This too will only take a few moments. For people who are truly OCD, correcting the slightly off Gamma will require going to software solutions and it is here that the Z35 stumbles a bit. It will take a few moments to correct, then correct the over-correction… and then correct the correction to the correction. Eventually though most will hit the right setting. To be honest if you require this level of procedure a small investment in a colorimeter will be money well spent. Though once again the levels are close enough that most would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the ‘off’ out of the box settings and the ‘perfect’ corrected settings.
Overall we consider this monitor to be well above average bordering on excellent in its manual correction abilities.