Acer had teased that its Predator gaming line would be the focus of its IFA event and it hasn't disappointed. Alongside laptops and desktops, the lineup is completed by the Z35 and XB Series gaming monitors that pack NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and options including 4K and Ultrawide curved screens.
We last saw a Predator monitor from Acer at Computex a few months back, and with these new ones the company is continuing to deliver where it matters while still offering a design that stands out.
The Z35 is Acer's first curved gaming monitor with G-SYNC. At 35-inches it's definitely Ultrawide, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 2560x1080 resolution. And if you like your crazy fast refresh rates, Acer says you can overclock this monitor to achieve 200Hz. And we've got NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) on board too, to keep that nasty motion blur at bay and keep your edges sharp.
The XB1 Series is made up of flat panel monitors, also with G-SYNC. The 27-inch version comes in either 2560x1440 (WQHD) or 3860x2160 (4K) resolutions with an edge-to-edge design minimizing bezels all round. And it looks all the better for it. As with the Z35, the XB1 series also has NVIDIA ULMB on board, and refresh rates here up to 144Hz.
Prices start at $1199 for the Z35 with availability in EMEA and North America coming in December. The XB1 series will start at $799, with availability in EMEA in October with North America following in November.
Check out the full press release below.
Acer Unveils Two New Cutting-Edge Predator Gaming Monitor Series
Featuring NVIDIA G-SYNC
BERLIN, GERMANY (September 2, 2015) Today Acer announced the expansion of its Predator gaming monitor lineup with two new series featuring NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, namely the curved Predator Z and the flat-panel Predator XB1. Providing a best-in-class gaming experience insideand-out, both series build on Acer's industry-leading display technology, which has been widely praised by gamers worldwide, combined with bold and angular Acer Predator design language and bright red accents.
Curved Gaming at Full Throttle: Predator Z35
The Predator Z35 is the first product of Acer's Predator Z Series curved gaming monitors with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™. Its 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide Full HD (2560x1080) panel features a curvature of 2000R for immersive, wraparound gaming. The Predator Z35 incorporates NVIDIA® ULMB™ (Ultra Low Motion Blur) technology , reducing motion blur by delivering sharp edges in fastpaced gaming environments. It also supports overclocking to a lightning-fast 200Hz refresh rate, so gamers can find their enemies before they spot them and enjoy crystal clear turns on the racetrack, and features powerful audio with DTS® Sound, 9Wx2 speakers and Acer TrueHarmony technology.
Pixel-Perfect for a Competitive Edge: Predator XB1
The Predator XB1 Series features the latest NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology, giving gamers an advantage with incredibly detailed images and smooth visuals. The 27-inch models (XB271HK / XB271HU) feature a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) or WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panels that support 100% of the sRGB color gamut, while the XB271HU supports NVIDIA® ULMB™ and refresh rates of up to 144Hz. The 28-inch model (XB281HK) features a 4K UHD panel that has a fast GTG (gray to gray) response time of 1ms, rendering fast-moving actions or dramatic transitions smoothly without smearing or ghosting.
In-Game Advantage with GameView
The new Predator gaming monitors feature GameView technology, which allows gamers to swiftly toggle between three customizable display profiles, tweaking settings such as Dark Boost, Overclock, and aim-point assistance to suit a wide gamut of games. It allows quick display adjustment while in-game without the need to navigate through layers of OSD menus, a significant advantage when every split second counts.
Pricing and Availability
The Predator Z35 will be available in North America in December with prices starting at US$1199.99, in EMEA in December with prices starting at €1,099. The Predator XB1 Series will be available in North America in November with prices starting at US$799.99, in EMEA in October with prices starting at €699.
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