Once you get a taste of gaming with an ultrawide monitor it becomes increasingly difficult to go back to a 16:9 screen. I was reminded of this when I originally reviewed the Acer Predator Z301c ultrawide monitor a couple of years ago for FanBolt. I enjoyed the monitor and wrote my review, but then I had to send it back as my evaluation period had expired. It was so hard giving up the additional width, and that was going from a 1440p 16:9 monitor to a 1080p 21:9. I didn’t miss the 1440p resolution at all. The ultrawide impression had been made and it was crystal clear that it was my new preference.
Here we are today and once again I set aside my 1440p 16:9 monitor to sit in front of an ultrawide 3440×1440 monitor, the Acer Predator Z35P Curved Gaming Monitor. For the past few months I have returned to the glorious experience of gaming in ultrawide, except this time in a higher resolution than the previous 2560×1080 monitor I tested. Plus, this monitor is a 35-inch screen. It’s so wonderful!
As it was with the Z301c, the Predator design and style is apparent on the Z35P as it’s a beautifully curved monitor with a sharp edgy stand with black and red complexion. It’s easily adjustable and makes the top of any desk look absolutely appealing. Let me say that I love the Predator design for both its monitors and laptops. I’ve been a big fan for a couple of years now and really appreciate what Acer is doing. Plus, having just attended the PAX Predator party in Seattle, I can safely say that I love the design of their towers as well even with them being slightly bulky.
But let’s do a quick rundown of all the great features of the Acer Predator Z35P ultrawide monitor. It uses G-Sync to rid of screen tearing which is a major plus. It has a 100Hz refresh rate which is nice for gaming at 1440p. Sure, it’s not 144Hz, but 100Hz works just fine for what I’m looking for, especially as I’m still barely gaming at 60 FPS depending on game/settings when using my Maxwell Titan X or GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. I’m one of those guys who likes to push the beauty to the max in games, and I absolutely take advantage of every little bit of this 3440×1440 monitor.
Screen: 35″ UW-QHD (3440 x 1440)
Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA) (178°x178°)
Inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI
Response Time: 4 ms GTG
Brightness: 300 Nit
I do a lot of writing and research for work which is another reason why I love an ultrawide monitor as I can easily spread out all my documents on one screen. But, of course, the real reason is for the games. And over the past few months I’ve got to enjoy the Acer Predator Z35P with many games such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, Call of Duty: World War II, Madden NFL 19, FIFA 18, Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Horizon 4, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and much more. I even played with NVIDIA DSR a little bit and upscaled the resolution to 6880×2880 for games like Diablo III, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, FIFA 18, and even Forza Horizon 4 with a few settings lowered a bit.
I absolutely love a striking image and extending the width of any game with an ultrawide monitor simply increases the satisfaction. That’s more of the gorgeous world of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to see at one time, more of the road to see for maneuvering in Forza Horizon 4, more of the war zone to analyze in Call of Duty – and it all makes a huge difference. Not just for gaming performance when it comes to competition, but also for gaming experience when it comes to appreciating the artistic creativity that goes into these games. It’s a brilliant experience.
In the multiple months of gaming with the Acer Predator Z35P I haven’t had any issues with the monitor. No questions or complaints, only pure gaming bliss. And as a reminder, this isn’t a review. I’m not saying it’s better than other ultrawide monitors, but I am saying that I’m extremely happy with it and that my gaming experience is much better because of it.
During the past few months I’ve recorded multiple videos and taken many screenshots in games in the ultrawide, 3440×1440 resolution and you can check those out below.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Forza Horizon 4
Madden NFL 19
Final Fantasy XV
Call of Duty: World War II
Forza Motorsport 7
Mass Effect: Andromeda
6880×2880 NVIDIA DSR Gameplay
Forza Horizon 4
Battlefield: Bad Company 2