Acer’s Predator PC gaming line isn’t limited to laptops and desktops – the brand also includes gaming monitors. While the simply named Predator X45 ($1,699) and Predator X27U ($1,099) may sound prosaic, the two look set to be two of the best OLED gaming monitors to come out of CES 2023. They both look to produce crystal clear images; deep, deep blacks; lightning fast performance; and enough brightness to provide superb visibility in even the darkest gaming cave.
So big that it’s more like a small TV
As a massive 45-inch OLED screen, the Acer Predator X45 is made even more impressive by its curved design, which brings the game closer to you with a dramatic 800R curvature. With a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and a peak refresh rate of 240Hz, this Predator is built to keep up with the most demanding games and look gorgeous doing it. The ultra-wide panel features a narrow bezel to maximize the user’s field of vision.
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Acer’s OLED panel not only delivers inky color, but the company also claims 98.5% DCI-P3 color coverage. Typical brightness hovers around 150 nits, but increases to 1000 nits for HDR10 content. In addition to HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity for both PCs and consoles – and USB-C for laptops and mobile devices – the monitor also features an integrated USB hub and KVM switch. This makes it easy to switch between different connected devices, such as a desktop computer, a laptop and a games console.
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A more reasonably sized (and priced) gaming monitor
For the more average PC gamer, the Predator X27U is another new gaming monitor from Acer, but without the curved panel and at hundreds less in price. Measuring 27 inches from corner to corner, this OLED display delivers the same fast gaming performance, with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.01 millisecond response time.
This smaller screen obviously doesn’t have the same ultra-wide aspect ratio, but it still pumps out a crisp 2560 x 1440 resolution, 98.5% DCI-P3 color coverage and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. That brightness will be best seen when playing HDR games and videos (the display supports all HDR10 content), and games should play smoothly and tear-free, thanks to AMD FreeSync Premium.
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The Predator X45 and X27U will be available in North America starting this spring. The X45 will start at $1,699 and the X27U will start at $1,099.
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