Acer pulled the wraps off of its latest gaming monitor today, a 34-inch, ultra-wide curved behemoth that makes use of NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology to keep game graphics smooth and tear-free, according to a press statement.
It doesn’t have a particularly sexy or memorable name, however: Acer has dubbed it the XR341CKA. That’s a pity, because it’s otherwise a remarkable-sounding 21:9 screen, with an IPS panel that supports 100% of the sRGB colour gamut, which to you and me means colours look about as true-to-life as possible. Photographers and other imaging professionals will like that, but it’s mostly gamers who’re going to get excited over this screen.
I should know, because I’m one of them, and I’ve gone from eyeing a 4K TV as a potential replacement of my existing gaming display to thinking long and hard about switching to something like this.
That curve means the entire surface of the screen will be a uniform distance from your eyes, and its QHD resolution of 3 440×1 440 will provide razor-sharp visuals and G-Sync which, when connected to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card will keep games looking silky smooth without any threat of screen-tearing.
That’s pretty appealing right there, and conjures up visions of Grand Theft Auto V and Skyrim stretching out to my left and right, filling my peripheral vision with gaming awesomeness.
Of course, as this is new technology it’s not exactly cheap. The XR341CKA has a price tag of $1 299, which in rand terms is a ridiculous R15 800-odd, and that’s even before import duties and the inevitable markup that will be applied before hitting South African store shelves. If it even does, as Acer South Africa neglected to mention anything about local availability in the release.
Still, it will probably come here at some point, and could be worth the cash when it does.
Acer has also packed the XR341CKA with other cutting-edge technologies to sweeten the deal even further: it uses the HDMI 2.0 standard and incorporates two 7W speakers and DTS sound, although these aren’t nearly as sexy as the screen’s other specs. The point being, what gamer with R16k to spend on a monitor will use monitor speakers for game sound? At least it’s there, I suppose.
The XR341CKA also supports input via DisplayPort, and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub that can charge connected phones and tablets.
Un-catchy name aside, this looks like a pretty rad gaming screen from Acer, and I think I want one.