In all honesty I was very reluctant to do a review about a gaming monitor. I asked myself, what’s there to talk, but here I am telling you about the Acer Predator Z35 gaming monitor.
I’ll get the technical stuff out the way first, the Acer Predator Z35 gaming monitor features a 35-inch curved screen. It uses Nvidia’s G-Sync technology to deliver some really kick ass graphics, well? compared to the tiny television I have in my room. The Acer Predator Z35 promises a maximum resolution of 2,560 by 1,080, and a 21:9 aspect ratio.
The Acer Predator Z35 features the red and black signature Predator colours, wrapped around the entire monitor. The screen has a matte finish, that produces an anti-glare shield to help me and you when gaming in a room that gets exposed to a lot of sunlight. I mainly game in my bedroom and the Acer Predator Z35 was right next to my window, for a long while I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to game in the mornings. Thankfully the Z35 performs wonderfully in spaces where there’s tons of light.
Putting it together was the hard part, the monitors stand that comes in a the form of a V shape. The stand is made out of aluminum and supports the 35-inch screen by giving users the option of lifting the screen by 5-inches. The screen itself features a number of buttons at the bottom, while LED lights that can be customised. Those of you who are big on customising, the Z35 will give you the option of setting up different picture presents for your games.
The Z35 also comes with built in speakers that pack a good punch. The 9-watt speakers are loud and deliver better-than-average bass. You can use them for watching movies or videos on YouTube.
Unfortunately the Acer Predator Z35only has two video inputs, a full-size DisplayPort input and an HDMI input. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports at the back, that I used to watch series and movies from my external hard-drive. The picture quality was very good and the Z35 performed well when accessing media storage devices.
I used a PlayStation 4 to put the Z35 through it’s paces and at no point I wasn’t satisfied with the screens performance. It looks great and sounds not too bad. I’m not one to fiddle with settings just to prove that a product is not as good as the maker says it is. If a product fails to do it’s basic function, that’s when I conclude that it is badly built. The Acer Predator Z35 is a great gaming monitor, the likes of Need for Speed: Payback, Assassin’s Creed: Origins and FIFA 18 looked super stunning on this gaming monitor.
The Z35’s price tag sits at R18, 499, which is honestly a lot of cash to part with for a gaming monitor. If you’ve got the money why not, but if you think it’s a bit too steep then I am sure there are monitors that offer the same type if quality but are smaller and less expensive.