The Acer Predator Z25P is a huge, imposing and impressive gaming monitor – but you’ll have to pay a hefty £807/$833 to get your hands on this widescreen wonder. This panel stretches 35in from corner to corner, and it bolsters its huge size with some tempting features. Can a screen possibly justify a price like this, though? Read our Acer Predator Z35P review to find out.
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Acer Predator Z35P Review – Design
The eye-catching design immediately marks the Acer Predator Z35P out as a gaming monitor. The huge, curved screen dominates any desk, and the bottom has a chunky Predator logo – one of the biggest we’ve seen on the front of any monitor.
At the rear you’ll find a huge Predator logo beneath deep orange slats that help remove heat from the inside. There’s loads of brushed metal at the back, and the stand is a sturdy metal construction on a circular base. It’s got a handle, which is helpful – even if the Predator weighs a hefty 12.5kg.
At the bottom is the stand, which is wide and surprisingly slim. The Predator sits on two svelte, angled legs, with a third strut at the back to provide support. It’s strong, and the design means you’ve got plenty of room to put stuff around the base – you’re not stuck with a huge base that’ll get in the way of everything.
The Predator is a large, imposing panel. The stand, while slim, will take up nearly 400mm of front-to-back space on a desk. The screen itself is 845mm wide, and it’s 590mm tall at its full height.
Get beyond the extravagant, gaming looks and you’ll find hardware that matches most of the other monitors in the Acer Predator’s class. The panel uses VA technology, which is common in gaming screens. That’s because VA panels often deliver better black levels and contrast figures than their IPS and TN rivals – important for gaming and for watching movies. VA screens also tend to have good viewing angles and solid colour quality – although in that department they do fall a little behind IPS.
The 35in panel has a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, which means you get a density level of 107ppi. That’s a great figure for a screen of this size. It’s sharp enough to deliver crisp imagery for gaming and films, but the density level isn’t so high that you’ll have to explore Windows’ on-screen scaling settings.
Most other diagonal, curved gaming monitors at this price have the same resolution and size, which means you’ll get the same level of sharpness and screen density. Dropping down to a 34in screen at this resolution won’t make much difference – it only improves the density level to 110ppi. Cheaper curved widescreens have 2,560 x 1,080 resolutions, which deliver poorer density levels of 82ppi.
The huge native resolution is enhanced with Nvidia G-Sync. This screen-synchronising technology aligns the monitor’s refresh rate to the output from the graphics card, which means you get butter-smooth gaming with no frame-dropping or screen-tearing. It’s a superb technology, and on the Acer it works at a peak of 120Hz – which means that you can run games at up to 120fps and the screen will refresh its panel at the same pace.
On one hand, that’s a recipe for superb, smooth gaming – and it certainly delivered in our tests. On the other, you’re going to need a beefy graphics card to drive a 3,440 x 1,440 screen at 120Hz in the latest games. Make sure you’ve got a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti in your PC.
The Predator looks good and ticks the boxes when it comes to its specification, and it’s impressive in several other practical areas. The screen can tilt forward or backwards through 39 degrees, which is more than many other widescreen monitors. It also swivels on its stand from left-to-right, which is a feature that many widescreen panels don’t offer at all. There’s 110mm of height adjustment – a normal amount, but still welcome.
That’s an impressive amount of versatility for a widescreen panel – the designs on these monitors usually means you don’t get as many adjustment options. The downside, though, is that this wide panel is very wobbly when it’s being adjusted, and when the on-screen display is used.
The on-screen display is controlled by five buttons that are found beneath the bottom-right bezel. Using them makes the screen wobble a little, but the on-screen software is excellent. It’s attractive and responsive, with all of the options sensibly arranged. The Predator also has good quick-selection options, with buttons to switch screen modes, adjust the volume and alter brightness.
The Predator serves up single HDMI and DisplayPort connections – ample for connecting gaming PCs to this widescreen device. Impressively, the Acer has four USB ports, which is more than all of its rivals provide. That increases versatility, but we still would have preferred them on the side of the screen rather than on the back – they would have been easier to reach.
Still, that’s a minor complaint. And, when it comes to the Acer’s design, we only have tiny quibbles. Those USB ports aren’t in the best spot, and the screen is a little wobbly, especially when you’re adjusting the OSD. It’s very heavy, too.
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Acer Predator Z35P Review – Performance
The expensive Acer Predator Z35P looks the part, and our Acer Predator Z3P review also illustrates that this screen delivers decent image quality.
Its brightness level of 252cd/m2 is fine – perhaps a tiny bit low compared to some screens, but easily high enough to cope with bright lights and dark, dank gaming rooms. The solid brightness level is bolstered by a black point of just 0.12cd/m2, which is fantastic. It’s darker than the vast majority of screens, and that bodes well for movies and games: it means that the darkest areas will look deeply, properly inky – rather than the dull grey shades that plague panels with poorer black levels.
Those are good results for gaming, and the brightness and black levels combine to create a contrast ratio of 2,100:1. That’s another excellent and important figure: it means that you’ll get plenty of subtle variation in shades across the entire gamut, rather than shades that blur together on a low-contrast screen.
Aside from those subtle, welcome tonal variations, the high contrast ratio will mean vibrant colours at the high end. It’s one of the most important tests for a gaming screen, and here the Acer excels.
The Acer’s colours are good, too. The average Delta E of 1.89 is superb – anything under 2 generally means that the average human eye won’t be able to spot colours that aren’t being rendered accurately. And the colour temperature of 6,189K is solid as well. It’s a little on the chilly side of the ideal 6,500K figure, but not wayward enough for anyone to notice.
And, finally, there’s the sRGB colour gamut coverage figure of 99.3%. That’s excellent, and it means that this screen renders almost all of the sRGB gamut. That’s the most common range of colours used on TVs and monitors. That means it won’t have any trouble displaying accurate shades from any game, film or TV show.
It’s a good bill of health for the Predator, but this screen isn’t without issues. The 35in curved panel is huge, which means it’s trickier for the backlight’s uniformity to be maintained – and that was obvious in a benchmark. In a couple of sections on the left- and right-hand sides the backlight lost 15% of its strength, with that figure dipping to 10% in most other areas. It’s not the best result we’ve seen, but it’s not terrible either – you’ll only start to notice a backlight weakness when that figure goes beyond 20%.
The screen modes returned poor results. There’s a Graphics option that improved the brightness but made the Delta E worse, and the Movie option returned similarly mixed results. There are Racing and Sports modes, too, but we don’t recommend either. Both modes dropped the brightness while also making contrast and colour accuracy worse.
The Predator has two 9W speakers, which make this monitor’s audio kit some of the most powerful you’ll find on any gaming screen. There’s loads of volume, then, but quality is missing: the top-end is tinny and the bass is flat and dominant. They’re serviceable, but we’d always prefer to use a headset or proper speakers.
Our Acer Predator Z35P review illustrates that this monitor backs up its heavyweight design and imposing price with good performance.
It’s got excellent contrast levels and black points. Its brightness and colour figures are good enough to deliver vivid, accurate and punchy images for games and movies. Nvidia G-Sync works well, and the resolution delivers pin-sharp gaming – if you’ve got the graphics card to handle it.
The Predator delivers more adjustment options than most other screens in its class. IIt has a solid selection of ports and a good OSD.
There are only tiny issues. The ports could be better positioned, the speakers are loud but poor, and the game-specific screen modes aren’t great. However, you shouldn’t pause a purchase because of those quibbles.
Our Acer Predator Z35P review shows that this screen has good screen quality in the tests where it comes – and it’s packaged inside a sturdy, versatile case. It’s expensive, but the Acer Predator Z35P is a gaming screen that will last for years.
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- Superb core benchmark results
- Lots of adjustment options
- Solid, eye-catching design
- Good on-screen display
- Screen modes aren’t very good
- Uniformity is a little wayward
- Speakers are loud but disappointing
Panel Technology: VA
Native resolution: 3,440 x 1,440
Maximum refresh rate: 120Hz
Syncing: Nvidia G-Sync
Display inputs: HDMI, DisplayPort
Speakers: 2 x 9W
Ports: 4 x USB 3.0