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Acer Predator X35 review: I'm finally sold on ultrawide gaming

This high-end ultrawide PC display is packed with gaming features, but it costs nearly $2,500. Is it worth the massive price?

Acer Predator X35
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Acer has added to the the extra-high-end PC gaming monitor arena with the Predator X35, a commanding 35-inch 1440p ultrawide with G-Sync Ultimate, a 200Hz refresh rate, 2ms response time, and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification. It certainly fulfills the needs of most gamers out there, but it comes with a huge price tag that's more than what most people spend on a gaming PC. I've been basking in testing the Predator X35 for a couple of weeks to see exactly what Acer has delivered.

What I love about the Acer X35 Predator

The Predator X35's 35-inch display has a 21:9 aspect ratio and 1800R curve. It's a huge monitor that takes up a ton of space on your desk, but the curve is ideal for the size. It's not too aggressive for the width, and it does a decent job of pulling you in for increased immersion. The metal stand has a split-foot design to take up the least amount of room possible while still offering sufficient stability, though if you have a small desk with keyboard, mouse, and PC tower already established, you're likely going to have to make some changes to fit the huge screen.

CategorySpec
Size35 inches
Ultrawide
Resolution3440x1440 at 180Hz refresh
Curvature1800R
Aspect ratio21:9
Refresh rate200Hz (overclocked)
Response time2ms
Contrast2,500:1
Colors1.07 billion
10-bit
BrightnessLED backlight
600 nits (native)
1,000 nits (HDR)
PanelVA
HDRDisplayHDR 1000
G-SyncUltimate

The stand offers decent ergonomic options, including adjustments for height, tilt, and swivel. No rotation for portrait mode; the display is meant to be used horizontally. I like my monitor set up at about eye level to prevent slouching and back pain during long gaming sessions, but the stand doesn't get quite high enough without adding a riser. For a more permanent setup, there are 100mm x 100mm VESA on the back.

The monitor is relatively thick, but to be fair it's packing some intense hardware, including a cooling system. The back panel has customizable lighting controlled through the on-screen display (OSD) menu, dual 4W speakers, and a collection of ports in a dedicated cutout section. Altogether it looks rather stylized, especially with the additional thermal vents positioned from the middle out.

Ports include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio, three USB-A, and one USB-B, spaced out adequately to not cause crowding if you're taking advantage of multiple ports. To control the OSD, a joystick and four physical buttons live near the right side of the back panel. There are a number of presets available, including three customizable gaming modes for action, racing, and sports, as well as an eco mode, graphics mode, movie mode, and user mode where you can set things up exactly how you'd like. I was able to delve deep to get the exact picture I wanted, and there are joystick shortcuts — including brightness control — so that you don't have to open the full menu for common, quick adjustments. A blue-light filter can be enabled to help with gaming or working after hours.

Acer has removed most of the bezel along the top and sides of the display, with a slightly thicker chin along the bottom that includes a Predator logo. It's an impressive picture. The screen has a bit of an anti-glare finish on it, though it's not as powerful as you'll find on something like a business laptop. It's enough to keep the picture clear without adding too much grain. Considering how bright the monitor gets, especially with HDR enabled, you shouldn't have any problems gaming in a well-lit room.

Connecting an NVIDIA graphics card (GPU) with DisplayPort allows you to make the most of the X35, including up to a 200Hz refresh rate, 2ms response time, G-Sync Ultimate, and HDR. I mostly used the monitor without the 200Hz overdrive enabled — my PC hardware isn't quite up to pushing 200 frames — and even at 144Hz without HDR enabled games looked amazing. A 1440p resolution is an ideal middle ground between 1080p and 4K for most people, and with G-Sync turned on the picture is smooth and tear-free.

The Predator X35 easily offers the best picture I've ever seen from a gaming monitor.

The panel offers 100% sRGB and 83% AdobeRGB color reproduction, as tested with my Datacolor Spyder5 Pro colorimeter. To put itself in line with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 standards, it also manages about 90% DCI-P3 color. I primarily played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition; the picture from both games blew me away. The former game, especially in missions with night-vision goggles, made the variable backlight with 512 separate zones especially evident. Dark spots in the scene remained dark despite bright lights nearby, with little to no bleeding over.

The variable backlight (which is also flicker free to be easier on the eyes) is enabled by default with HDR enabled. You might see a bit more bleeding over due to the lights and dark being so much more pronounced, but overall the HDR picture is incredible. The Predator X35 easily offers the best picture I've ever seen from a gaming monitor. Colors are vivid without looking unnatural, and every game I tested seemed to take on a new life. The combination of precise color reproduction, high refresh rate with G-Sync, and ultrawide format sucks you in and offers a PC gaming experience that's not easy to reproduce.

What I dislike about the Acer Predator X35

The Acer Predator X35 delivers an outstanding picture and features premium gaming features, but it's not a perfect piece of hardware. The dual 4W speakers on the back get loud and they remain clear, though they don't really deliver anything more than average sound. If you're watching a movie or playing casually you should find they get the job done, but for any sort of competitive gaming — or for the most immersion possible — you'll want to invest in either a quality headset or separate set of dedicated gaming speakers.

Monitors with this level of performance include a fan to keep hardware cool, and for the most part you won't notice the noise overtop of whatever noise is coming from your PC. However, I did notice a few times that turning the monitor off with the physical button rather than letting it go into sleep mode on its own caused the fan to kick into high gear. Leaving my office and returning minutes later, it sounded like someone was vacuuming behind the closed door. This didn't happen every time, but it did occur more than once. I resorted to leaving the monitor alone after use.

One last thing I noticed during regular use was slight backlight bleed along the bottom edge of the display. It wasn't anything egregious and it can certainly be ignored, but it is there. And then there's the price. The Predator X35 reaches nearly $2,500 (opens in new tab), making it pricier than what most people spend on an entire gaming PC. This puts it into a narrow user-base and makes it a waste of money for anyone not using high-end PC hardware. The NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU I used to test the monitor with couldn't come near getting the most out of the X35 when used with modern AAA games. That doesn't mean I didn't fully enjoy what I was able to get out of it, but if you're spending that much money, you want to milk every last drop.

Should you buy the Acer Predator X35?

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Answering whether or not you should buy the Acer Predator X35 really comes down to your budget. If you have disposable income to blow on PC gaming, this is about the best picture and performance you're going to find. The X35 has some flaws, but it's going to majorly elevate your immersion and enjoyment no matter the game you play.

If you don't have the budget and still want to get in on a quality gaming experience, be sure to check out our roundup of the best gaming monitors available now. For the most part they won't match up to what the X35 delivers, but they also won't cost as much as a used car.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

3 Comments
  • That's ridiculous. For $2500 you can buy an RTX 2080 Ti, an 850W PS to run it, AND a 55" Vizio QLED high-refresh TV, and have money left over for a game or two.
  • Agreed, its too much by far. However having built a gaming PC (not super high spec, Radeon 5700xt) for the first time in 10 years then I was incredibly disappointed vs my Xbox X - purely because of the monitor. Have a Panasonic 58" FALD (again 512 dimming zones) that does HDR1000 really well and simply could not go backwards. Looked like the LG 48" OLED coming out would be the only option but would in reality have been too big for work which is primary use. Just picked up one of these, used, for less than half list price on Amazon Marketplace. Still expensive but really happy with it. Worth £2500, no, unless you just game all day every day and don't actually work. Worth £1150, absolutely.
    Also, I've gone from a 32" 4k to this but to be honest I've discovered I've not really lost any productivity space (for my work profile). I was getting borderline for increasing the 4k's scaling from 100% to 125% anyway (age haha). This is great for side by side docs (main use case) and 100% scaling. Probably saved me a GPU upgrade this year too, the 5700 wasn't quite up to 4k without dialling down settings, its definitely up to this.
    Freesync appears to be enabled (despite this being a G-sync monitor) which is something I couldn't find out in advance so I don't have to switch to NVIDIA (will see the outcome of this years releases).
    Only issue? I assume some really high end gamer returned this because of the occasional vertical banding (which I've not yet seen). There is a Firmware out to address this and also fix something I have seen which is a bug in the blue light setting when the monitor goes to sleep (can resume with blank screen until you dial down the low blue light which it turns on for some reason). I can't flash it from the Radeon, so thought I'd flash it from my 1060 laptop but the G-Sync flash still sees the laptop display and asks for it to be disconnected before proceeding......Not a biggy, will just have to take it round to a friends house at some point.
  • I would definitely caution anyone considering purchasing this monitor. That is a LOT of money! I purchase an Acer Predator X34 monitor brand new, and right after the warranty expired, I started getting strange things happening with the Display Port. The HDMI port is fine, but the Display Port is wonky, and it's a known problem if you do some looking online. The Display Port is rather significant as you have to be using the Display Port if you want to be able to utilize over-clocking the refresh rate (in my situation, 100 Hz) and also to utilize SLI. I have two NVIDIA GeForce 1080's, so I would like to. I tried a new cable, adjusting refresh rates, everything I could find to try online and nothing helped. The screen will "melt away" and go black and not come back unless I reboot the PC. I contacted Acer and all they said was that I could give them $500 to send it to them just to look at it. That doesn't include shipping, either. Don't get me wrong, I really LOVE my monitor when it's working, but it doesn't work consistently. Before you spend over two THOUSAND dollars on a monitor, do your research, and if you can get an extended warranty, do so.