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Acer Predator X34 Curved IPS NVIDIA G-sync Gaming Monitor 21:9 WQHD Display with Built-in Overclocking 100Hz Refresh Rate Boost
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had this monitor for a few weeks now and its still running great! No flickering (even at 100Hz), scanlines (I did the pendulum demo too), or coil whines. This monitor is very stable for me at 100Hz with very minimal back light bleed that isn't noticeable at all even during gameplay unless you are specifically looking for it and you have a solid black background. On my first review of this monitor, I mentioned that I have a dead pixel/speck of dust at the upper left corner of the screen. Well, for the first time ever in all the monitors I've owned... the tapping/flicking method finally worked! I can hardly believe it! I first placed the microfiber cloth where the defective pixel is.. then gave it a few taps and flicks of my finger and that defective pixel went away! Awesome! I have like a perfect Acer Predator X34 now! So happy! I'm still not sure if that defective pixel was a stuck pixel but I'm leaning towards more for it being dust... either way, its gone now!

I've tried both the Asus PG279Q and Acer Predator XB271HU.. between both of these monitors as I've mentioned before, the Acer one has the better overall construction despite the annoying screen control menu. Both the PG279Q and XB271HU supposed to be using the same type of screen panel (AU Optronics by Acer) but the Acer XB271HU I've gotten is leaps better than the PG279Q with zero back light bleeding but unfortunately has a stuck speck of dust at the center of the monitor that is very annoying and noticeable that's why I've returned it.

I'm coming from my perfect no dead/stuck/bright pixels or dusts inside the panel Asus PG278Q and been wanting to upgrade it to the IPS version PG279Q since it was announced. I was so disappointed when I finally got one when I was met with severe back light bleeding, yellow/orange tints, and screen uniformity issues. But I guess all these lottery fails seems to be a blessing in disguise that led me to the Predator X34. Upgrading from my ROG Swift TN panel to the IPS version didn't really give me that much big of an impact than I expected. I didn't even consider getting an ultra wide screen before. And for it being 100Hz... I had this mentality that it wouldn't be that much better compared to my 144hz TN or the 165Hz IPS... but now I can honestly say, even though the Predator X34 is "only" 100Hz, I don't miss my 144Hz monitors at all.. or even the 165Hz PG279Q and XB271HU when I had them.

If you are a competitive player that mostly plays First-Person-Shooter games 90%+ of the time, then it would probably be better for you to get a PG279Q or XB271HU.. or better yet, that new Acer Predator Z35 that OC's to a whooping 200Hz and is also 21:9 WQHD VA panel but only 2560x1080. If you are more of a casual gamer that likes an immersive experience and mostly plays racing/simulators/RPG/MMORPG type of games... I highly recommend the Acer Predator x34.

Cons: *Very expensive monitor. At $1300, there really shouldn't be any issues (back light bleeding or dead/stuck/bright pixels)
*Will need a big table to accommodate. If your table is small, better buy a bigger one now.
*Not all games supports this resolution. But there are some community patches/fixes for most AAA games out there.
*Like others have said... on screen monitor menu would be better if they implement something similar to what the Asus ROG Swift has.

Well... I did get lucky on this monitor but some people did not. It's still lottery I guess. I mean, I didn't get lucky on the PG279Q or XB271HU but I'm thankful for that now... 'coz those monitors.. even though yea they're great... both of them doesn't seem to be much of an upgrade from my perfect PG278Q. So yea, if you get a defective unit, or if you are not satisfied at all in any way... RMA it and get a new one. I know its such a hassle sending back your monitor. Believe me, you're not alone in this but until we show these companies that we are not going to settle for anything less, they probably will not learn or improve their QC.

Other Thoughts: I really enjoy playing games on this monitor especially when the game supports the 21:9 aspect ratio. Despite being only 100Hz, I'm still usually in the top 3 when playing CS:GO.. so yea.. all those high Hz can't replace mad l33t skillz. I was planning on waiting for the Asus PG348Q but looking at Asus QC fail records... I decided to pull the trigger on the X34 and I'm so happy now that I did! I'm sure the PG348Q will still sell like crazy 'coz of its superior design and OSD navigation control compared to the X34 but at the end of the day, its all about the quality of the panel. For me, I'm just glad I don't have to play this monitor lottery anymore... at least not for quite a while.

If you are still having scanlines issues, try to disable GSYNC in fullscreen+windowed mode and just make sure to just enable it only on fullscreen mode. Make sure you reboot/restart your PC after changing this setting or it won't take effect. I really believe the scanlines is either a driver issue or the GSYNC module and not solely the monitor. GSYNC in windowed mode still seems to be buggy.

Good luck to all of you that are still playing the monitor lottery! XD

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ASUS ROG PG279Q Black 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: A few people got lucky and received ones with minimal issues.

Cons: One of the worst launch of new tech I've seen that is plagued with QC issues. It would be OK if I was the only one or a few people... but if you check tech forums--one is overclockdotnet--which spans over 600+ pages of discussions dedicated to this particular model, I dare say about 60-70% of owners of this monitor returned it for either refund or replacement. Even those ones that have been through 5-6 RMAs still ended up refunding since the QC is just that bad.

The top 3 complaints are:
1.) Severe back light bleeding
2.) Yellow/Orange tinting in the corners
3.) Luminance uniformity issues

Not many in case of dead/stuck/bright pixels. A few people though including myself has issues with how the bezel in the top right pushes in and out and causes more back light bleeding. My PG278Q which uses the same monitor housing doesn't do this.

Other Thoughts: I have tried the Acer Predator XB271HU which has similar stats as the PG279Q--both can OC to 165Hz, IPS, 1440p and to my surprise, the Acer one has a much better quality build than the PG278Q. No flimsy moving bezels, hardly any back light bleeding, no yellow/orange tinting, doesn't overheat even after long hours of gaming, no dead/stuck/bright pixels! The only thing Asus has over this version of what Acer offers is that Asus has better design and easier OSD navigation. But panel-wise, Acer is definitely the better one.

I personally think Asus needs to improve their manufacturing process of this monitor and not just the QC (which really needs improvement too). The technique how Asus places the panel inside the monitor case seems far inferior how Acer does it. I'm not alone in this. If you have used the Acer Predator XB271HU, you will probably agree with me on this.

Unfortunately, I returned the Acer one too... because of one spec of dust stuck inside the panel at the middle of the monitor that annoys the heck out of me--especially in white backgrounds. I was about to order another one for replacement then I remembered Asus will be releasing the PG348Q which is a 34" 21:9 Ultra-Wide G-Sync 100Hz monitor with a resolution of 3440 x 1440.

That's right. I'm giving Asus another chance and this time with the much bigger and more expensive (approx. $1300 according to some reports) PG348Q as my next monitor upgrade. I don't know about you but if I'm paying $1300+ on a monitor, I only expect perfection. I would have preferred if this was at least 120Hz but 100Hz isn't that bad considering most AAA games won't even reach 100fps when on high/ultra settings especially at this resolution of 3440 x 1440. I'm also planning to upgrade to the Titan X equivalent of Pascal next year. Right now I'm on a EVGA 980Ti hybrid edition.

For the PG348Q, I might put up with a little back light bleeding if isn't noticeable when playing games with a lot of dark/black backgrounds but not if it has any dead/stuck/bright pixels though or luminance uniformity issues, yellow/orange tints, etc. that plagued the PG279Q.... not for $1300+ ... coz if that's the case, I'll be sending that back for a refund and probably just go with the Acer Predator X34. The only reason I haven't pulled the trigger in buying the Acer Predator X34 is that the Asus one has better design and OSD navigation... everything else as far as specs goes seems the same. But in the end, whoever has the better panel will get the my money.

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ASUS ROG PG279Q Black 27
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Superb viewing angles
*Colors are vibrant and really pops out
*Looks really good playing colorful games
*No visible stuck/bright/dead pixels

Cons: *Back light bleed in all four corners
*Yellowish/Orange tint on upper and lower right side of the screen
*Flimsy bezel construction at the upper left and right corners of the monitor that further contributes to back light bleeding
*Super irritating/annoying when playing games with dark/black backgrounds because of the black light bleed. (I'm not talking about IPS glow..)

Other Thoughts: I really want to keep this monitor but the back light bleeding on all four corners and yellowish/orange tinting on the upper right and lower right corners are simply just not acceptable in dark/black backgrounds during game play.. especially at this price range. The upper right and left bezel also seems flimsy and moves (it pushes back and forth to the inside) which further causes the back light bleeding. I've seen same models that has a lot better panel/build than this one reviewed online like the ones cherry-picked for LinusTechTips & TFT Central. I've seen from the reviews online how good this monitor can be when done right.... I'm not accepting anything less.

My Asus PG278Q TN Panel has a lot better build construction compared to this one and that one has no back light bleeding at all or any dead/bright/stuck pixels. And before that, I even own the Asus PB279Q which is a PLS 1440p monitor but no G-sync and only 60Hz but that one is perfect too.

Anyway, I have RMA'ed mine and will wait for a replacement. I'm following a lot of different forums/threads on this. Will update my review when I get the next one.

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