Not content with just building them bigger and flatter, display manufacturers are now making ‘em curvier.
Curved models have been slowly coming out in the TV in the market with minimal fanfare, but on the PC monitor side of things, curved displays have seen much greater acceptance and adoption, perhaps due to the more effective use of the curve paradigm in applications such as gaming and multitasking, as well as the distance one sits from the display.
Acer has introduced their foray into the market, and it’s a doozy.
The Acer XR341CK boasts a 34inch IPS panel with a resolution of 3440×1440 pixels, which is not quite 4K, but still kicks the pants off of the 1080p models currently on the market.
The sub-4K resolution was a consideration made to keep the monitor drivable at decent framerates without having to shell out for a beastly graphics card.
With a 4ms response time and Freesync support, this display will tick all the boxes for hardcore gamers, and full sRGB response ought to please graphics professionals as well.
The XR341CK also features a well designed tilting stand with cable management built in.
Connectivity is another strong point for this curved behemoth, as is includes DisplayPort 1.2a, Mini-DisplayPort, Display Port out, HDMI, a 4 port USB 3.0 hub, and a headphone jack. The monitor also has small speakers built in that no doubt sound like turds, but lets face it, you didn’t buy it for the speakers.