Acer Predator Z35; An In-Depth Review

We have seen quite an emergence of curved monitors in the past couple of years, and they have truly brought some intriguing aspects in the industry. They were first introduced as multi-media monitors, providing excellent viewing angle, making them perfect for watching movies. In the past couple of months though, more and more brands step up the competition by putting some excellent improvements, such as better colour accuracy and 4K UHD resolution, making professional-grade curved screen monitor. And just recently, Acer introduced us their Predator series, which is a high-end gaming monitor that uses curved screen. One of the new products under the Predator line is the Acer Predator Z35 – the largest member of the Predator gaming monitor product line. What makes this gaming display tick? Let’s find out in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

As with other monitors in Acer Predator line, the Acer Predator Z35 is meant for the hardcore gamers looking for an efficient gaming monitor that can keep up with their gaming needs. It’s packed with gaming-centric features that make gaming even more convenient and fun.

 

Benefits

Aside from the obvious bigger curved screen, VA (Vertical Alignment) panel that runs WQHD (2,560 by 1,080) on a 21:9 Aspect Ratio, Acer Predator Z35 packs tons of gamer-centric features, much like its smaller sibling Acer Predator X34. And like its smaller sibling as well, this screen also comes with G-sync technology for smooth gaming experience. What makes this different however, is the more pronounced curved screen.

If you’re already using a high-end AMD video card such as R9 290, or higher, then you will definitely love this display.

 

Decent Color Performance for More Detailed and Impressive Gaming Performance

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


DisplayMate 64-Step gray-scale test shows Acer Z35 has some issues showing the two darkest shades of gray (they appeared black and indistinguishable from each other)1, the overall grayscale performance is considered good. Light shades of gray look much better, though.

Colour accuracy can be considered decent too, thanks to its VA Panel. Colors red and green missed their ideal CIE coordinates, while blue is on the right spot. This issue doesn’t result to any tinting or oversaturation of colors, but if you’re very particular on the colour accuracy, you can of course, take advantage of the generous options on this monitor’s Advanced Color Settings and fine-tune the display.

 

Good Viewing Angle, Thanks to the Curved Screen

Viewing Angle is definitely better than most panels out there, thanks to the curved screen panel. The VA (Vertical Alignment) panel also played a big role for better viewing angle, there are no signs of luminance loss, even when viewing from extreme angles.

 

4ms Pixel Response Time and Fast Refresh Rate for Smooth Gaming Performance

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


As expected, gaming performance of the Acer Predator Z35 is excellent. There were no signs of ghosting or motion blur, even in the most graphically-demanding games like Crysis 3, thanks to the 4ms pixel response time and fast refresh rate. As other monitors with G-sync feature, enabling the G-sync will completely eliminate any screen tearing.

For the Input Lag (time it takes for the screen to react to the controller’s commands, measured with Leo Bodnar Video Signal Lag Tester), this monitor measures 18.2ms, which is reasonable. The shortest Input Lag we have today is 9.5ms, from BenQ XL2430T and BenQ SWS2700PT, both excellent gaming monitors.

 

With GameView Feature for Improved Aiming

This monitor also comes with GameView feature, which allows users to adjust dark boost levels of the screen, make precision adjustments and set up aim points for high-fire accuracy. There are three profiles to save custom settings for users to switch between, any time.

 

Fitting Power Consumption, with Good Eco Mode to Bring It Down

This massive gaming monitor runs at 51 watts at Standard mode, and pull it all the way down to 39 at Eco mode. This is pretty similar to its sibling Acer XR341CK which uses 50 watts at Standard and 36 watts at Eco mode.

 

Design and Features

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


The 35-inch VA panel is housed in a cabinet with matte-black finish, with typical Acer gaming accents of red trim and curved back.The screen comes with a matte, anti-glare coating, effectively keeping the screen free of glares and reflections, making gamers comfortable, even in well-lit rooms.

 

Buttons and Controls

Underneath the bottom bezel are the 6 control buttons, with a set of LED lights that shows different ambiance for the gaming environment (red, blue, green, white, and orange), they call it Underglow, and yes, you can customize the color to complete your gaming accessories.

Aside from the nice set of game settings, Z35 also offers nice set of Picture and image quality adjustments, namely Brightness and Contrast, as well as 5 Picture Presets, namely Standard, Graphics, Movie, Eco and User. There’s also a Blue Light setting that when activated, significantly reduces the screen’s emission of harmful blue light, which is great for minimizing the risk of eye strain. To improve shadow detail, Acer also included Dark Boost setting. 

To adjust brightness levels according to the content being displayed on screen, Acer equipped this gaming monitor with Adaptive Contrast setting. For Color settings, there is Gamma, Color Temperature, Color Saturation, sRGB, 6-Axis Color Adjustments for red, green, blue, yellow, magenta, and cyan colors. For its Overclock settings, the monitor lets you choose on its set of refresh rates (160Hz, 180Hz, and 200Hz).

Included in the package are cables for DisplayPort and HDMI, an upstream USB cable, and a Quick Start Guide.

 

With a Set of Neat Gaming Features for Even Better Gaming Experience

Aim-Point Crosshair is a nice feature for FPS games, as it helps users target and zero in to their opponents on the field.

There are also three programmable Picture Presets that are totally customizable to fit your specified games.

 

Connectivity Options

Like its smaller sibling Acer Predator XB271HK, Acer Predator Z35 also comes with two video inputs, namely a full-size DisplayPort input and an HDMI input nicely located at the back side of the cabinet. Also included are one upstream and four downstream USB 3.0 ports, which are really convenient features for any setup.

 

With a Powerful 9-Watt Speakers to Complete Your Gaming Station

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


Unlike many gaming monitors out there that conveniently come with a pair of built-in 2W speakers, Acer Z35 comes with a pair of powerful and loud 9-watt speakers. These are significant improvements and quite an even better add-on for gamers, as the 9-watt speakers can truly suffice for any games. The speakers deliver better bass.

 

More Pronounced Curved Screen for Better Gaming Immersion

The panel of Acer Z35 is at 2000R curvature radius, the same with its closest rival BenQ XR3501, but more pronounced than its sibling X34 and its rival Dell UltraSarp U3415W. The more pronounced screen is said to provide significant improvement in viewing angle, providing excellent images, with life-like detail quality to make movies more cinematic and games more exciting and simply immersive.    

 

Nice and Stable Support from the Stand with Gaming Accents

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


The black and red aluminum stand offers nice gaming feel, as well as multiple adjustment choices to help users find their comfortable gaming position.

Acer Predator Z35 (image from Amazon)


It can adjust in height within 5 inches range, tilt with 30˚ range. However, like most humongous monitors out there, it doesn’t offer pivot function.

 

Tech Specs

 

Bottom Line

Here at Dual Monitors Guide, we have already reviewed a few curved screens in the past couple of months. They don’t come with cheap price tags, that’s for sure, but then again, they are their brand’s flagship products, sporting the best parts and packed with various features. So far, we haven’t seen a bad product yet.

Acer Predator Z35, really has some nice set of things to offer. First off, it’s huge 35-screen is definitely an eye-catcher, and any gamer out there will surely love to take this one for a spin. It comes packed with gaming-centric features for comfortable, if not competitive gaming experience. Features includes the crosshair for easy aiming, programmable gaming presets for convenient setting of the best picture quality, G-sync technology to eliminate screen tearing, especially for fast-paced games, and Overclock feature that cranks up the Refresh Rate to up to 200Hz for the fastest and smoothest gameplay experience.

Z35 has cool gaming design, with lots of gaming-centric features and supports G-sync technology, making it a truly excellent gaming monitor. However, with only two video inputs, this can be an issue for some users who are looking to hook this screen with different inputs. Its smaller sibling Acer Predator X34 has a slightly smaller screen (34 inches), but has better performance, higher resolution (UHD, 3840x1440p) and sports IPS panel.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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