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Acer XV340CK 144Hz 3440 x 1440 flat IPS UltraWide

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The 3440 x 1440 resolution brings a lot to the table. Combining this with a high refresh rate delivers the sort of experience that some users absolutely love for a fluid and immersive experience. Although we’re fond of the curve found on many UltraWide models of this variety, not everybody wants this ‘feature’. The Acer XV340CK (XV340CK P or XV340CK Pbmiipphzx to give its full model designation) of the Nitro XV0 series offers a flat-screened alternative. The large flat screen is naturally the main aesthetic feature from the front, with the monitor appearing quite minimalistic otherwise. The top and side bezels are ‘dual-stage’, with a fairly slim panel border combined with a thin hard outer plastic component. The panel border is flush with the rest of the screen, blending in well when the monitor is switched off. The bottom bezel is textured matte black plastic, whilst the stand is largely matte black plastic with a subtle red ring where the stand neck joins the base. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons towards the bottom right of the monitor, as viewed from the front.

A simple non-curved design

A 34″ 3440 x 1440 IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel is used, a flat rather than curved panel with light matte anti-glare screen surface. This is coupled with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 typical static contrast ratio and 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. Adaptive-Sync is also supported, including AMD FreeSync, with a 48 – 144Hz variable refresh rate range (plus LFC). Coupled with HDR support and a promised low latency, it is more specifically a ‘FreeSync Premium Pro’ certification. Although HDR is supported, as in the monitor will respond to HDR10 content, the monitor does not offer a suitable gamut, brightness or the local dimming support to deliver a true HDR experience. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used with 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and ~sRGB colour gamut. 8-bit colour is supported by the monitor, whilst ‘BlueLightShield’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included for enhanced viewing comfort. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the included VRB (Visual Response Boost) strobe backlight mode. Needless to say, approach such figures with extreme caution as they are highly misleading. The included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility. Provision for alternative mounting is included via 100 x 100mm VESA holes at the rear. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 DP 1.2a ports, 3.5mm audio output and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream).

The rear view

Further information on the manufacturer’s product page. The monitor is available in some regions, with an RRP of $599.99 USD.

Acer XV340CK