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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 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Best gaming experience ever... with the right conditions 12/29/2015

This review is from: Acer Predator X34 Curved IPS NVIDIA G-sync Gaming Monitor 21:9 WQHD Display with Built-in Overclocking 100Hz Refresh Rate Boost

Pros: We all know why we're here:
34" Curved ultrawide 21:9 at 3440x1440
IPS
G-sync
100hz refresh rate
Display port
Height and tilt adjustment

Cons: Light bleed!
Built-in speakers
Underglow lights
Some screen flicker when looking at whites

Other Thoughts: The other reviews sum up my experience pretty well, too. This monitor has everything you could ever want in their main selling points. It's such a shame that panel imperfections keep it from being truly great. Look up any review in a magazine or on Youtube and they will sing this monitor's praises. I personally believe they were sent carefully chosen units because so many people are complaining of issues, odds are a professional reviewer should've ran into them too. The worst and most unacceptable is the light bleed. This is the issue that prevented a 5 egg score. For $1,300 this thing needs to be flawless. If this were an $800 monitor it would've gotten 4 eggs. I'm considering sending it back for a replacement but seeing how others here are receiving replacements that are no different from before, I might hold onto it. Each of my 4 corners has about 3 inches of light bleed when the screen is black. In most games that means there will be distracting yellow corners at least some of the time. In the case of Elite Dangerous or KSP, that's most of the time. It really ruined the excitement and fun of the whole thing when I saw the corners upon first start up.

I also wish they wouldn't have included ridiculous and unnecessary features like speakers and underglow lights on this "premium" monitor. If I'm gonna drop $1,300 I probably already have a sound system and the underglow lights are more distracting than anything while gaming. Given the choice for a less expensive monitor or integrated speakers and lights, I'll choose the less expensive monitor.

Still, I honestly feel like I came out ahead after reading about other people's experiences. I have this thing overclocked at 75hz with no problems, there are no weird noises or buzzing, there are ZERO dead/stuck pixels, and I haven't noticed any scanlines. The only QC issues are that horrid light bleed (which to be fair is completely gone if the screen is displaying any color besides black) and screen flickering while I'm browsing the internet. I have a small window in the center open for web browsing and the desktop will flicker as I browse. Lot's of people don't like the monitor's menu and navigation buttons but I had no problems and it didn't bother me. Honestly didn't think it was bad at all.

When the light bleed isn't rearing its ugly head, this monitor provides the best most immersive gaming experience I've ever had and that means a lot despite all its problems. There were times while playing Skyrim I had to stop and just admire the world it was so gorgeous. I have 120 mods including DynDOLOD which greatly enhances draw distance and I was totally in awe. Couple that with the great viewing angles, high refresh rate and G-sync smoothness, it'll make you forget the light bleed was ever there... until you see it again.

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TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router, Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port, 3 Detachable Antennas / IP QoS/ QSS Button
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Never lost connection due to router.
Regularly handles 5 devices at once.
No speed issues.
Nice design.
Awesome price.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is the 3rd router I've personally owned and is the best by far. The first was an old Linksys that would regularly lose its connection. After years of living with unplugging things and plugging them back in, I switched to Netgear. It didn't drop its connection as often, but it still happened on a regular basis. Now I have this TP-Link and my connection and performance has been solid since day 1. I don't know if it's because technology has finally improved to the point where dropped connections aren't a thing anymore or if I just found a company that builds a quality product. I may never know because I don't plan on ever getting rid of this router.

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Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card (Cable Bundle) Model RC-501
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: No bigger than it needs to be. Works great. Low price.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Haven't had any issues at any point since buying this.

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Display Name: Adam K.

Date Joined: 02/09/06

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/17/13
  • Last Review: 12/29/15
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