4K capable monitors seem to become quite a norm these days. Following the crowd, Acer just unveiled another 10-bit 4K monitor part of its successful Predator line-up with a 32-inch IPS display boasting a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 along with a support of the NVIDIA’s G-Sync variable refresh rate technology. All in all, G-Sync solves the lag, stutter and tearing issues when displaying dynamic content by integrating a special chip into monitors, that synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rates to the GPU’s draw rates. Typically, the benefit of G-Sync is most tangible on lower refresh rate panels like this one and when frame rates fall below 60fps.
The result is that monitors will now have a variable refresh rate, ranging from as low as 30 Hz to as high as the maximum refresh rate the monitor supports. In this particular case, the Acer Predator XB321HK supports a maximum of 60HZ at 4K resolution due to the DisplayPort 1.2 technology limitations, which might be a little bit disappointing from a gamers perspective, but if you use the monitor predominantly for video editing and colour grading you would be more than pleased with the results you will get.
Furthermore, as a member of Acer’s XB1 Predator series, the monitor sports a familiar black design with red accents and a flexible stand. Regarding connectivity options, the XB321HK comes with a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI as well as four-port USB 3.0 hub. The latest Predator monitor also provides 100% sRGB coverage, a brightness of 350 cd/m2, a 4 ms response time, plus it can display up to 1.07 billion colors. In addition, it has stereo 2-Watt speakers that are enhanced with DTS sound.
Another welcomed add-on to the model are the EyeProtect features that include a blue-light filter along with a few other low-dimming technologies to reduce glare, thus making the hours spend in front of it more pleasing to the user. The Predator XB321HK also has customizable display profiles which can be quickly toggled to without having to use the on-screen display menu on the display itself. Users can also adjust the black levels of the display, enable aim-point assistance and select the on-screen refresh rate.
As a full featured display, the Predator XB321HK comes with a hefty price, though. It’s expected to hit the shelves in April this year with a retail price of $1,299 which is a serious investment for a 4K monitor, especially considering the lower priced options available on the market currently. You might also want to take a look at the other two popular Acer Predator monitors the curved Predator X34 as well as the UltraWide Z35.
B&H and Amazon Links:
Acer Predator XB321HK 32″ 16:9 G-SYNC IPS Monitor – $ 1,299.99
Acer Predator XB271HK 27″ 16:9 G-SYNC IPS Monitor – $ 899.00
Acer Predator X34 34″ 21:9 Curved IPS Monitor – $ 1,449.00
Acer Predator Z35 35-inch Curved Monitor – $1,019.99