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Acer Predator Z35 Review: 2560×1080 144Hz G-SYNC UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor

By December 7, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The Acer Predator Z35 is a massive 35″ ultrawide display equipped with NVIDIA G-SYNC and ULMB technologies as well as a rapid 144Hz (200Hz OC) refresh rate for a smooth and immersive gameplay experience.

It’s not to be confused with the Acer Predator Z35P which is the 3440×1440 100Hz model.

Image Quality

The monitor is based on a VA panel with true 8-bit color depth and 100% sRGB gamut for vibrant and rich colors.

Moreover, it offers a superior contrast with a specified static ratio of 2,000:1 which gets even higher, up to 3,000:1!

In comparison to other panel technologies including IPS and TN whose contrast usually max out at 1,000:1, the Acer Z35 delivers significantly deeper black shades and an overall better ratio between the darkest and the brightest colors.

While VA panels have the best contrast ratio out of the three, they have the worst response time speed performance which we’ll get into later.

Moving on, the 2560×1080 UWHD resolution is fairly low for the giant 35″ screen of the Acer Predator Z35 monitor. Consequently, this results in a poor pixel density of 79 pixels per inch.

Such low pixel density makes for little screen real estate which isn’t an issue for gaming, but if you plan on using the monitor for work too, you may find the lack of screen space deal-breaking.

However, the 21:9 aspect ratio does provide significantly more horizontal screen space, so for occasional video editing, basic content creation, and other similar purposes, there’s more than enough workspace.

Performance

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The viewing angles are 172° horizontally and 178° vertically. So, they aren’t as wide as on IPS panels, but they are much better than that of TN panels.

So, some minor shifts in contrast, brightness, and color are expected when watching the screen at certain angles, but as long as you’re in front of the screen, this won’t be an issue.

The color quality is similar to that of IPS panels though the blacks are deeper. However, the colors aren’t as accurate and consistent as they are on IPS displays which are thereby preferred for color-critical tasks.

Next, the Acer Predator Z35 input lag performance is flawless with only 7ms of delay which is practically imperceptible.

As previously mentioned, the weakest point of VA panels is the response time speed and the Acer Z35 is no exception.

There’s noticeable smearing of fast-moving objects, particularly when dark pixels are involved. Of course, this is tolerable as in return, you get such deep blacks; so it’s a fair trade-off.

If you are a hardcore competitive FPS gamer, however, you’d be better off with a TN panel display with a faster response time speed.

NVIDIA G-SYNC & ULMB

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In the OSD (On-Screen Display), you can overclock the Acer Predator Z35 35″ display from its native 144Hz refresh rate to 160Hz, 180Hz, or 200Hz.

Unfortunately, the pixel transition time can’t keep up with such high refresh rates which means there’ll be even more ghosting and motion blur present. So, it’s best to keep it at 144Hz.

This is where NVIDIA’s Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) technology kicks in.

Once you enable this feature, the display will strobe the backlight which will eliminate some of the ghosting and trailing in fast-paced games.

This technology works at 85Hz, 100Hz, and 120Hz only, and we recommend setting it to 120Hz.

Note that ULMB causes the screen to have a lower brightness; using the Pulse Width setting, you can alter the effectiveness of ULMB from 10 to 100. The higher the frequency of the backlight strobes, the lower the brightness – and vise versa.

Overall, even with Pulse Width set to 100, the screen is fairly bright for a comfortable gaming experience.

Note that you cannot use ULMB with AMD cards nor at the same time as G-SYNC.

The G-SYNC technology requires NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti card or newer and it fully eliminates screen tearing and stuttering with no noticeable input lag penalty.

It achieves this by allowing the monitor’s refresh rate to change according to the GPU’s frame rate.

Features

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Other interesting gaming features include Aim Point customizable crosshair overlays, Dark Boost for better visibility in dark-themed games, and three profiles where you can save custom picture settings.

The Acer Predator Z35 G-SYNC gaming monitor also features an RGB lighting technology with LEDs placed beneath the bottom bezel. You can select different colors and effects in the Ambient Light settings in the OSD menu.

There are six monitor hotkeys which you can use for following functions when not in the OSD menu: swap between the Game Mode profiles, change the Overdrive setting, adjust audio volume, change input source, open/close the OSD menu, and power on/off.

The Overdrive setting has three options: Off, Normal, and Extreme. We suggest leaving it at ‘Normal’ as ‘Extreme’ introduces inverse ghosting.

Lastly, you will find advanced color adjustments such as 6-axis, gamma, and saturation as well as the standard contrast, brightness, sharpness, RGB color, etc settings.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer Predator Z35 screen curvature amounts to 2000R which further increases the gameplay immersion.

While the design may not appeal to everybody aesthetically, it is quite robust and ergonomic with up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/25° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility; you cannot swivel the monitor.

At the back of the monitor, you will found four downstream and one upstream USB 3.0 port. Display ports include an HDMI (max 60Hz) and a DisplayPort for up to 200Hz and G-SYNC. There’s also a headphones jack and two loud 9W DTS speakers.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Acer Predator Z35 price is around $700 which may sound like a lot for a 2560×1080 display, but G-SYNC, ULMB, and 200Hz can make it worthwhile for certain gamers.

For $100-$200 more, you can get the Acer Predator Z35P which has a higher screen resolution (3440×1440) as well as a high refresh rate (120Hz) and G-SYNC, but no ULMB.

However, if you are interested in a 3440×1440 120Hz G-SYNC gaming monitor, we recommend the Dell Alienware AW3418DW which has an IPS panel that handles ghosting significantly better.

If you really want a good 2560×1080 144Hz+ ultrawide monitor with G-SYNC, we recommend the LG 34UC89G which has an IPS panel with a faster response time.

Conclusion

Overall, the Acer Predator Z35 is a decent ultrawide monitor. However, the 200Hz refresh rate is over-ambitious for its weak pixel transition performance which makes going over 144Hz or even 120Hz obsolete.

The picture quality is great thanks to the high contrast ratio and there are plenty of useful features available, but for fast-paced games, the LG 34UC89G is simply a better choice.

Acer Predator Z35 Specifications

Screen Size35-inch
Screen Curvature2000R
Resolution2560×1080 (UWHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate144Hz (200Hz OC)
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Motion Blur ReductionNVIDIA ULMB
Adaptive SyncG-SYNC
Speakers2x9W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
Other Ports4x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio2000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • G-SYNC and ULMB make gaming a lot smoother
  • Plenty of gaming features
  • Ergonomic design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density for purposes other than gaming, watching movies, and web-surfing
  • Prominent smearing of dark pixels in fast-paced games
  • 200Hz is bottlenecked by the slow response time

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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