Style:UWQHD IPS (3840 x 1600) HDR | Size:37.5-Inch Introducing the Acer XR82CQK display with a 37.5-inch curved IPS panel and 21:9 Ultra Wide QHD resolution making your games, work and movies look as epic as possible. Special features like 100% sRGB and DTS Sound give you the perfect picture and entertaining experience while Picture-in-Picture and daisy chaining multiple monitors together take your productivity to a new level.(UM.TX2AA.002).
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- 37.5″ QHD (3840 x 1600) Curved Widescreen IPS Display with AMD FreeSync Technology
- 75Hz Refresh Rate- Using Display Port or HDMI Port
- Response Time: 1ms (MPRT), Pixel Pitch: 0.229mm
- Two speakers, 7 watts per speaker
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- Really happy with this purchase. In doing extensive research on 21:9 screens I was torn between a slightly smaller screen (say the Predator 34″) with higher refresh rate, or a 38″ model (of which there are 3 main contenders; this, the LG and Dell variants). I realized pretty quickly that this is actually the same panel as the LG and while it’s not quite a slick looking (LG has a more bezel-less display) it had all the same connectivity (USB-C being of prime importance to me with a new MacBook Pro) an across-the-board 75hz (i.e. not just on Freesync via Display Port) and a WAYYYY better stand and mechanism for adjusting the screen.First off, on that note, the stand – it is solid metal, really heavy duty and the mechanism for adjustment is so buttery smooth it’s quite an amazing engineering achievement. I’d heard reports that the LG wobbles a lot when typing on the desk as it’s a single tower stand made of plastic – on a screen so large that’s not a good idea unless you create a robust adjustment mechanism. That’s something that thankfully, Acer did. On LG’s part, that to me, smacks of cheapness and style over substance. Especially so, because at nearly $400 more, the LG simply is not worth it for the exact same panel.Next, the model I bought is the “HDR ready” 1ms variant, which was released in November 2017. Please check your specs because it’s hard to spot these little items of info. It cost $1099 instead of $1039 for the non HDR ready, 4ms variant. Prices will change of course, so don’t base your purchase off that, but I will say pay attention to those specs so you can get the most up to date model out right now. Of course, the screen only gets to about 500nits of brightness, so it’s not technically ‘enough’ as per the guidelines that suggest 1000 nits is needed for proper HDR. However, it does a pretty decent job at accentuating contrast from experience, specifically in the games I tested (Destiny 2 and PUBG).Next, the panel itself – Great. I went to this from a 5K iMac so it does drop a little in the sharpness stakes when I’m editing photos and just for general browsing; you will notice it if you’re coming from the same background as me, but I have no regrets whatsoever. The 21:9 ratio knocks it out of the park for editing, general productivity and gaming and I wouldn’t go back to 16:9 for any of the above if I had the choice.75hz was the minimum I wanted for the little bit of gaming I do on the panel, and I have to say it’s really very good, more than ‘acceptable’, though I understand gaming purists won’t be satisfied.Re: picture quality – it’s very, very good. Rich colors, excellent contrast and sharpness (at 3800 by 1600 it was always going to be great for movies) and very little light bleed. Regardless of what anyone says, any IPS panel will suffer from light bleed to some degree; however, I am very fussy with this (having returned MANY TV’s for light bleed) and I have to say it’s very minimal and definitely livable with. You won’t notice it unless the screen is just turning on, when you’ll see a slight hint of it in the corners on the black screen. After that it’s not noticeableOn the down side, it’s expensive, but all 21:9 monitors are, and it’s still almost 30% less than the LG (which is effectively the same monitor) so I have zero regrets plumping for this one. It doesn’t have the same bezel-less effect display, but that’s the only discernible difference.So, build quality is exceptional (WAY better than the LG), the stand is a feat of engineering (I still don’t know how they get the TV to tilt all direction and especially move up/down with a light touch of the hand, while keeping it perfectly in place and the quality of picture is fantastic too.What’s not to love!?
- I was hoping to buy another XR341CK, and was disappointed when I realized it was replaced with a new version because I wanted one to match my existing monitor. I took a chance by purchasing this monitor, and although it isn’t an exact match I’m happy with it. The noticeable differences: it is more curved than the XR341CK, a bit shorter so they don’t line up perfectly when they are side-by-side, has a different screen finish that makes them appear different when they are turned off, and the stands are different (I have mine on monitor arms so I don’t care).I’m not an audiophile so the speakers work just fine for me. I have no dead pixels that others have complained about. As I mentioned above I have both of my monitors mounted on Amazon Basics monitor arms on my 6-foot wide UpDesk. I’m quite happy with my new setup!In the photo, the XR341CK is on the left, and the XR342CK is on the right.
- Almost everything about this monitor is great but it has a few fairly minor flaws. One, it cannot do USB 3.0 and native resolution at 60Hz at the same time, the hub is restricted to USB 2.0 if you are driving it at 3840×1600. This seems to be a limitation of sticking to DisplayPort 1.2 at in-spec clocks, but Acer could have used the newer DisplayPort 1.4 specification to avoid this.There isn’t a great way to switch which device the USB ports are hooked up to. If you were hoping to use it as a KVM when switching between two systems, the monitor has no built in features for this. You just have to move the USB C cable to the device you want to host the USB hub, even if you’re using the DisplayPort input.Finally, it’s a bit lower brightness than I’d like. Not excessively so, but compared to OLED or some competing IPS panels, it could be better. Part of this is likely the size of the display and the few options from panel manufacturers in this resolution. A lot of the typical IPS artifacts (glow, grain) are subdued and colors are pretty accurate.
- Update: Acer fixed my monitor. New monitor does not have the burn in or shadows problem. Except for the pain of shipping this monster off to Acer for repair (they don’t provide packing material) Its now a great monitor.I’m leaving my previous review so other people that have the burn-in/shadows problem know there is hope.—– Before Repair:I really want to like this monitor. The color is great. Lots of space if you code or work with many windows open, but the burn-in is terrible. Take a bright application window (like amazon.com) and leave it in place for 5 minutes. Move the window and a shadow of the window will remain on the screen. Its really obvious on a dark background or if you power off and back on the monitor.Drives me absolutely bonkers when trying to code and moving a web browser over my dark themed IDE.I’m going to try and ship it off to acer for repair, if it comes back fixed I’ll update this review.