Acer unveils first curved, ultrawide G-Sync display
April 24, 2015 // 12:20 p.m.
Acer has revealed what it claims will be the world's first curved-panel monitor to feature Nvidia's G-Sync technology, a 21:9 UltraWide QHD-resolution beast built with gamers in mind.
Due to launch in the US in September and in Europe in August, the Acer XR341CKA features a curved 3,440x1,440-resolution IPS panel measuring 34 inches on the diagonal. Two integrated seven-watt speakers provide audio support with DTS capabilities, while the exterior is claimed to feature a 'zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminium base.' Its key feature, however, is support for Nvidia's dynamic refresh rate G-Sync technology when paired with a compatible GeForce GTX GPU.
Built with gamers in mind, the curved panel packs in the features: six-axis colour adjustment, on-screen feedback of the current refresh rate so you can verify that G-Sync is doing what it should, and even a naughty-cheaty three-mode aim-point icon overlay to make shooting from the hip easier in FPS titles. Additional feedback of G-Sync status is provided through a red ambient light at the lower edge of the panel, which changes in intensity according to the current refresh rate.
The monitor includes DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, has a USB 3.0 hub integrated alongside the speakers, and boasts a 178-degree viewing angle and 100 per cent sRGB colour gamut reproduction - a feature more important to photographers and design professionals than gamers, admittedly.
The Acer XR341CKA launches in Europe in August, priced at €1,399 (around £1,003). Precise UK pricing and availability has not yet been confirmed.