Acer Z35P with 3440 x 1440, 120Hz and G-SYNC
The AOC AG352UCG has proven itself to be a highly capable gaming monitor. It combines a 100Hz VA panel with pretty decent pixel responsiveness, low input lag, a 3440 x 1440 resolution and Nvidia G-SYNC. The Acer Z35P (not to be confused with the older Z35) is a new member of the company’s Predator line-up of gaming monitors. It features the same panel as the AOC, but adds a few Acer-specific touches. Aesthetically the monitor is fairly similar to the older Z35, although the powder-coated metal stand has been redesigned to look somewhat more minimalistic without the same ‘loud’ red feet. The bezels are matte black plastic, in contrast with the glossy plastic used on the AOC. The OSD is controlled by pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel, towards the right.
The monitor uses a 35” AMVA (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel from AUO, namely the M350QVR01. This sports a 3440 x 1440 resolution (21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio) and a reasonably steep 1800R curve, which the manufacturers would claim enhances viewing comfort by bringing the edges of the screen closer to the eyes. Whilst we can’t say we noticed less curved or indeed flat screens of this size being uncomfortable, we certainly feel the curve adds a bit of depth to the experience whilst also improving colour consistency from central viewing positions (all else being equal). The panel itself has a 100Hz refresh rate, but Acer have worked their magic and provide an internal overclocking capability to 120Hz. The monitor also supports Nvidia G-SYNC, with a variable refresh rate range of 30 – 120Hz. This is a technology which, to some users, makes a night and day difference to the gaming experience by removing the tearing and stuttering associated with refresh rate and frame rate mismatches. As with the AOC model and similar HP Omen X, ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) is not supported due to the backlight of the panel itself not supporting this modulation method.
The monitor includes a light matte anti-glare screen surface with a smooth surface texture, keeping the image free from obvious graininess. True 8-bit colour reproduction is supported and a 2500:1 static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles and a 4ms grey to grey response time (take with salt). A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, offering 100% sRGB coverage and some extension beyond this for an extra hint of vibrancy. The typical brightness output is 300 cd/m² maximum. Viewing comfort is also enhanced at night or when ‘relaxing viewing’ is preferred by the presence of a ‘Blue Light Filter’ Low Blue Light (LBL) slider. The screen is also ergonomically flexible, with the included stand providing tilt, height and swivel adjustment. The stand can be removed and an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible stand or mounting solution used instead. The ports include; DP 1.2 (supports G-SYNC), HDMI 1.4 and 4 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream). 2 x 9W DTS speakers with ‘Acer True Harmony’ are also included for potentially quite decent sound output.
Further information on this model can be found on the manufacturer’s official website. The monitor is available in the US for around $1100 and will hopefully be released elsewhere shortly. We’d like to review this model if a sample can be made available.