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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: Build quality feels very premium
100hz! (Easy to overclock the monitor via the OSD)
Speakers are surprisingly good for built in
Not a single dead pixel (Finally Acer got their QC right!!)
Curve is subtle and not over pronounced
Vesa mount capable
No Scaling required from within the OS (Think 4K screen and the necessary text scaling)
HDMI and DisplayPort inputs

Cons: OSD is largely the same as Acer's older OSDs, but it does have a few extra tweaks
Wish it had less glossy plastic
Boot up time is a bit lengthy (not a huge con, but something worth mentioning)
Small amount of buzzing based on contents on the screen (nothing too noticeable while the monitor is overclocked)
No Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) (Not a huge deal)
Price ($1,300 is a lot for a monitor)

Other Thoughts: This is hands down the best 1440p ultrawide monitor on the market available right now for gamers. It has a higher than 60hz refresh rate (100hz). it's an IPS panel with beautiful colors. It's a massive 34" Field of View covering monitor. And it's slightly curved to make it easier for your eyes to see everything on the screen. The price is indeed very painful at $1299.99 (When I purchased it at least) but it really has the best of everything for PC gamers who want an amazing gaming experience unlike any other available right now.

This monitor has all the tricks up its sleeve. It appeases the high refresh rate crowd with being able to reach 100hz without a hitch. It appeases the ultrawide crowd by being a 1440p ultrawide panel. It appeases the crowd that cares about viewing angles and color accuracy with being an IPS panel. It even appeases the crowd who is really picky with response times having a very reasonable 4ms response time. Then on top of that, it has G-Sync which creates a very smooth gaming experience when your frame rate isn't pegged at 100FPS (which happens more often than not, even on my system equipped with a GTX 980 in some more demanding games). The only thing it's really missing is an Ultra Low Motion Blur option. It's not the end of the world in my opinion that it doesn't have it because I feel that you get much more mileage out of G-Sync than ULMB, especially in more demanding game that can't maintain a constant 100FPS.

I've played a few games on this monitor that officially support the resolution and have been amazed at the experience in each of them. I have played Metro 2033 Redux, Trackmania2 Stadum, Star Wars Battlefront, Killing Floor 2. G-Sync has helped make this even more of an enjoyable experience because it turns what would normally be a jittery experience into one that is butter smooth. G-Sync still doesn't solve the problem of how games look below 60FPS, but I didn't go into it expecting to fix that issue. It does however make it far less Jittery when games are running at framerates lower than 60 FPS (Down to the 30FPS G-Sync minimum). The amount of blur with the 100hz refresh rate is good in my opinion. It doesn't compare to ULMB but I knew that going into this and if I really want to play with ULMB I'll just set my Acer GN246HL as my primary display.

Overall this is an amazing monitor and has provided me with one of the best PC gaming experiences I've ever had. It mixes together two of my favorite things for PC Gaming (High Refresh Rate and Ultrawide gaming) into a beautiful and functional package. I highly recommend this monitor for the ultimate gaming exeperience and 3440x1440 ultrawides in general to those who want to have a unique gaming experience. I switched to ultrawide gaming a little over a year ago and I haven't looked back since.

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great wireless adapter for Windows 10 PCs 11/21/2015

This review is from: Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows

Pros: Supports up to 8 controllers (4 regular headsets or 2 stereo)
Form factor of the adapter (slim, not too large)
Super easy setup

Cons: Unfortunate that it requires windows 10 in order to function (as of the time of this review)

Other Thoughts: Setup was incredibly easy and I haven't experienced any issues with signal strength or quality. I'm enjoying being able to use my controller wirelessly now on my PC with all of the features. There's really not much else to say aside from it works as intended. I wish that you could also use it on other operating systems, but since I'm running Windows 10 having that as a requirement doesn't affect me that much.

Acer GN246HL Black 24
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Refresh rate can be set to 60, 100, 120 or 144hz
LightBoost is supported at 100hz and 120hz
Good input selection (Wish it had Displayport though)
Price (Got it for $200 from another retailer)

Cons: Acer's QC still needs work (1 dead pixel on this one)
Glossy finish (finger print magnet) on the front side of the panel
Stand has minimal adjustments
OSD could use a refresh
No display port

Other Thoughts: This is my first foray into higher than 60hz refresh rate panels on PC and I have to say that I definitely see why people say this is the ultimate experience for PC games. I've played a bit with overclocking panels but that fails in comparison to seeing a "true" 144hz panel with my own eyes.

After going into my Nvidia control panel settings and enabling 144hz I hopped right into CS:GO to test out just how smooth the action would be. I was absolutely blown away, and sat with my jaw physically opened as a marveled at how smooth the motion was. I can only imagine how great a lot of other games in my collection will look that support this high refresh rate. However, this monitor does have another trick up its sleeve.

There is another display mode on this monitor called LightBoost which essentially causes the backlighting to turn on and off at the same rate that the monitor refreshes the screen. This monitor supports it at 100hz and 120hz. This is typically used only for 3D Display mode with 3D Vision capable games, so I had to use a 3rd party tool to enable it (Custom Resolution Utility or Strobelight LightBoost utility) for 2D. Once that was all configured, I jumped back into CS:GO again to test it out. Again, I was blown away at home smooth the experience was. This time it was even better because now there was zero motion blur with all the action going on. The only downside of turning on LightBoost is that the brightness and contrast do end up taking a hit, but the benefit seen in games definitely outweighs these cons.

To get back to the monitor itself, I only have one complaint about it. Acer really needs to work on their QC. I don't know if it's just me, but 4 acer monitors (including this one) I have purchased in the last year have exhibited issues upon receiving them. This one happens to have a dead pixel on it. However, I am willing to live with the dead pixel this time instead of return it as it seems every time I do return the product I just end up receiving on that is worse off than the first one. Moral of the story is, there's bound to be some issues that people come across but for me Acer has been on a bit of a slippery slope lately.

In the end, this is a fantastic monitor that comes in at a great price point. It does its job well and really adds a whole new dimension to the PC gaming experience. If you are skeptical of the benefits of a high refresh rate panel or even LightBoost, let me assure you that you will be very satisfied once you do see the difference between a traditional panel and one such as this.


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Display Name: Brandon W.

Date Joined: 09/30/10

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