Acer Predator XR341CK 34" UltraWide 3440x1440 Monitor931.52
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Acer XR341CK 34″ UltraWide 3440×1440 21:9 Monitor is Acer’s FreeSync version of the G-Sync Predator. This Freesynch model maxes out at a 75Hz refresh rate, compared to it’s G-Sync Predator counterpart’s 100Hz OC’d refresh rate. However, we have been able to achieve up to an 85Hz custom overclock configuration on the XR341CK in the Radeon and Nvidia control panels.
The features are quite rich with a built in USB hub, supported by a USB-B to USB-A 3.0 cable, that provides power for 4 USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the monitor.
Rear I/O Panel: 1x Display Port 1.4 input, 1x Mini Display port 1.4 input, 2x HDMI 2.0 inputs (one of the HDMI with MHL capable). 1x Display Port output. 1x 3.5mm headphone output. 1x Kensington Lock Slot.
The screen is a curved IPS 34″ Ultrawide with a 21:9 Aspect Ratio, a listed 4ms response time, and an out of the box refresh rate set at 75Hz. More panel specs: A 172° (H) / 178° (V) viewing angle. 1.07 Billion Display Colors.
The menu options are abundant, when compared to the anemic options on some of the G-sync equivalent monitors, with custom profiles, text sharpening, onscreen aim point gaming sight icons, black level adjustments, picture in picture daisy chaining, screen ratio adjustments, onscreen FPS monitoring… just to name a few.
Built-in bezel speakers don’t change the game, and won’t wean you off standalone speakers, but they do offer something that can be used in a pinch within very quiet rooms. Though we wouldn’t suggest relying on any built-in monitor speakers for your gaming, movie, or other entertainment needs.
Overall, it’s a solid monitor, if you can look past the cumbersome menu controls, the overall state of IPS screen corner glow, and the not so rich blacks. Though, the 75Hz refresh rate, while pushing the limits at release in 2015-2016, is now getting a bit dated here in 2019; as it is now a bit slower next to many of the 100Hz 34″ wide screen monitors currently populating the marketplace. But, 75Hz is still decent refresh rate for lower tier GPUs that would have trouble handling anything faster at 34″ wide screen proportions. If you really want a 34″, 21:9 wide screen, curved, IPS, FreeSync monitor, and it’s being paired with a system containing a lower tier GPU, then the Acer XR341ck is still a viable option.
But, if you have something like a Nvidia Titan (Pascal), 1080TI, 2080, 2080TI or better, and plan to utilize the monitor for gaming, then you may want to opt for a 34″ monitor with at least a 100Hz refresh rate, or faster.