Acer has recently unveiled its latest lineup of gaming monitors at CES, boasting impressive features and specifications. One of the most notable additions to their collection is the Acer Predator Z57, a massive 57-inch dual-4K monster. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that this monitor may not be as groundbreaking as initially thought.
The Acer Predator Z57 bears a striking resemblance to the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NC. In fact, it is highly likely that they share the same 57-inch panel. The headline specifications, such as the 32:9 aspect ratio and VA technology, are almost identical. The main differentiating factor lies in the number of backlight zones. While Samsung boasts 2,392 zones, Acer falls slightly short with 2,304.
One disappointing aspect of the Acer Predator Z57 is its limited refresh rate of 120Hz, compared to the Samsung panel’s full 240Hz. However, given the dual 4K resolution of both monitors, achieving frame rates above 240fps would be a challenging feat for most GPUs on the market. Additionally, DisplayPort 2.0 is required to unlock the full 240Hz potential, rendering it inaccessible for users with existing Nvidia graphics cards.
Perhaps the most significant concern surrounding the Acer Predator Z57 is its pricing. With an MSRP of $2,499, it is on par with the Samsung panel, despite the lower refresh rate specification. This pricing strategy raises questions about Acer’s market positioning and competitiveness. To truly capture the attention of consumers, the Z57 should have been priced well below $2,000.
Moving on to Acer’s other offerings, the 34-inch and 39-inch OLED monitors, we encounter a similar story. Both models boast a resolution of 3,440 by 1,440 and a refresh rate of 240Hz. The smaller 34-inch model, however, offers higher pixel density. These monitors also come with DisplayHDR 400 True Black certification and claim a response time of 0.01ms.
Interestingly, Acer has opted for LG WOLED panels instead of the Samsung QD-OLED panels found in many competing monitors. LG’s WOLED panels have made significant improvements in terms of full screen brightness, potentially making these gaming monitors an attractive option. However, the price tags of $1,499 for the 39-inch model and $1,299 for the 34-inch variant seem rather steep when compared to alternatives like Alienware’s OLED monitors, which offer similar specifications at a more affordable price point.
Lastly, Acer presents the Predator X34 V3, a 34-inch ultrawide monitor featuring LCD technology and a mini-LED backlight. This monitor boasts 2,304 zones, the same as the colossal 57-inch Z57 monster, and runs at a 180Hz refresh rate. With DisplayHDR 1000 certification, it promises vibrant visuals and impressive performance. Unfortunately, Acer has not revealed the pricing for this particular panel, leaving potential buyers uncertain about its affordability.
Acer’s new gaming monitors showcased at CES have certainly generated interest in the gaming community. However, a critical analysis of these offerings reveals certain limitations and concerns. The Acer Predator Z57, while impressive in size and specifications, falls short in terms of pricing and refresh rate. The OLED models, equipped with LG WOLED panels, may offer enhanced brightness but come with premium price tags. The Acer Predator X34 V3, with its LCD technology and mini-LED backlight, shows promise but leaves potential buyers in the dark about its affordability. As gamers eagerly await the release of these monitors, Acer must address these criticisms and refine its pricing strategies to truly capture the attention of consumers.