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Acer EI431CR 43 inch 120Hz Super UltraWide VA model

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When it comes to UltraWide models, the 34-35” models with 3440 x 1440 are often the most sought-after. Some users like things to be even wider, with a crop of monitors referred ‘Super’ UltraWide models offering exactly that. The Acer EI431CR (also referred to as EI431CR Pbmiiipx of the EI1 series) is a 43” example of this, with its stretched out 32:10 (16:5) aspect ratio. The very wide screen uses the popular dual-stage bezel design, with a fairly slim panel border around the image that blends in well when the screen is switched off. Plus a hard plastic outer bezel component. The bottom bezel is matte black plastic with central downwards facing buttons for OSD (On Screen Display) navigation.

Slanted front view

A 43” ‘Super UltraWide’ (32:10) Samsung SVA (‘Super’ Vertical Alignment) based panel is used with a 3840 x 1200 and 1800R (moderate) curve. This curvature is designed to provide a bit of extra depth and immersion, without feeling unnatural. The resolution, size and aspect ratio means that this model is similar in terms of pixel density and real-estate to having two ~24” 16:10 models side by side. A light matte screen surface is used, handling glare well without introducing obtrusive levels of graininess to the image. The monitor supports a 120Hz refresh rate plus Adaptive-Sync (includes AMD FreeSync), with a variable refresh rate range of 48 – 120Hz plus LFC support. Other aspects to note include a 3000:1 contrast static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 8-bit colour reproduction. A flicker-free WLED backlight is included offering 90% DCI-P3 colour space coverage and a typical maximum luminance of 320 cd/m² (boosts to specified 400 cd/m² for HDR). The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, which is the lowest level of certification. This does not require any local dimming so is far from a ‘proper’ HDR experience. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included for enhanced viewing comfort, whilst a 4ms grey to grey response time is specified (take with salt, as usual).

The monitor is largely matte black plastic at the rear, with a few red elements around the stand attachment point. There’s also an ambient lighting feature integrated into the top of the stand base. This allows you to illuminate the wall behind the monitor in 7 different colours and various flashing effects. The included stand offers tilt adjustment, but can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution if preferred. The ports face downwards, located beneath a removable plastic port cover and include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.2a and 3 HDMI ports (HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 mixture). 2 x 3W speakers are also included, for basic or potentially quite reasonable sound output.

Rear view

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is available with an MSRP of $699.

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