The Acer Predator Z35 is one of those things in life that you can see yourself living with for the rest of your life. Acer dropped the 4K, and QHD on the Z35, to provide a solid curved monitor that brings out the best of your gaming and work flow.
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Acer Predator Z35 Tech-Specs
|Feature||Acer Predator Z35|
|Resolution||2560×1080 – 144Hz|
|Colour Support||16.7 Million|
|Viewing Angle||172-degree horizontal/178-degree vertical|
|Retail Price||R24 000|
The monitor is 35-inches wide, and curved. But there is so much more behind this as the design of the monitor is extremely satisfying. The screen is coated with a matte finish to prevent obvious screen glare. The curve is not very present from the front of it, but it does have a curve regardless. The colour scheme is the same as the rest of the Predator range, black with red trims.
At the bottom there are three LED lights which can be customised in different colours and brightness levels. The power button also has a LED light on it so you can find it in the dark. The biggest attraction to the monitor must be the massive stand that holds the screen up. It is heavy and has a massive base to keep everything together. The stand also controls the swivel of the screen, allowing it to rotate up and down at different degrees for the best viewing experience.
The screen is extremely heavy. The stand alone makes up for most of its heaviness. This is not an issue as it is the type of screen that you just place and leave there. On the back of the screen there are four USB 3.0 ports, which supply power at the same time, this is optional though and can be turned off in the OSD menu. It is also useful for charging your controller when playing PS4, or using the Xbox One charger pack on your PC. In terms of ports, tucked away at the bottom of the screen is a DC power input, powered by an external power brick, DP 1.2, with G-Sync support, an HDMI 1.4, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
There was enough to go around in terms of ports, but the position of the slots was not ideal underneath the screen. With the stand pushing the display out towards you, it would have been better to put all these ports at the back, rather than having to basically turn the screen upside down to plug and unplug them. The display also does not rotate up enough to see what you are doing while you are plugging in.
The monitor also has two 9W DTS speakers which pack a punch with output. Usually monitors and TVs have really crappy sound if not powered by a sound bar or a home theatre system, but the Acer Predator Z35 is surprisingly good.
Playing anything on it was a dream.
G-Sync makes a difference when playing graphic-extreme titles. G-Sync allows you to crank up the graphics higher than you would normally, while still providing a decent frame rate. Screen tears were not present at all, obviously, as G-Sync is a feature that basically lets the GPU and the monitor work together to maintain the most accurate frame rate without any screen tearing. Regardless, games all looked spectacular, and ran so much better thanks to the feature.
It is not only PC gaming which runs very well, PS4, although at a native resolution, looks great too. The images are stretched to make up for the lost resolution as the PS4 can only output 1920×1080, but it is full screen and still manages to look fantastic.
Everyday work on the screen took a while to get used to, but thanks to its large display, text and graphics were easy to master. Straight lines were not as straight given its curved display, but it adds to the feel that you get from the display.
The curved display had its moments. First person shooters were mainly the best to play as they provided a better visual appeal for the curve. Saying that, I still wanted more as at times the resolution was just not enough.
The monitor has a resolution of 2560×1080, which means it had a PPI (Pixel Per inch) of 79.39, which today does not cut it for a monitor that costs close to 20K. UHD and QHD monitors reach PPI of 109.68, providing a crisper image at higher resolutions. You either need to be happy with the fantastic refresh rate and high frame rates, or want a higher resolution. The X35 does not do both unfortunately, if it did, it would be the perfect world.
PPI aside, the Acer Predator Z35 is pricey, but it is a monster of a screen. PC gaming, PS4, Xbox One, graphics, movies, and MS Word works very well on the monitor. I can find fault in it not stepping up its game with 4K or QHD, but with the price tag, I see why. I finally got to make use of G-Sync, and I loved every second. The Ace Predator Z35 not only opened my eyes to incredible PC gaming, but my eyes witnessed some rather pretty visuals too.