Acer Predator XB321HK Gaming Monitor Review

  • Performance
  • Design & Build
  • Features
  • Image Quality

Acer has been in the computer market for decades now and has proved that they are capable of manufacturing computing and gaming devices worth spending a fortune. This Taiwanese company has created a name for itself by offering the best in technology at competitive prices. They have a slew of devices worth mentioning. However, here we will restrict our talk to Acer’s new Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor, not any other computing devices or accessories. The company has tried to make 4K gaming smooth without affecting the resolution of its new gaming monitor. Acer is claiming that their Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor has fixed this issue with the use of Nvidia G-Sync technology.

Design & Build

Let us start with the design and build of the Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor. This gaming monitor comes in charcoal color and deep red highlights give the effect of all Acer Predator products. The V-shaped black and red leg of this monitor will remind you of the alien spaceship legs in the Hollywood movies. This gives the much appreciated gaming-oriented look to it. This rubber padded stand also gives the stability needed for the monitor. The monitor can be tilted backwards and frontwards up to 25 degrees. Like that, you can raise the Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor up to 5 inches. The only movement you lack is the swivel movement.

You can disconnect the gaming monitor from the stand and mount it on the wall, if required. You just have to have a VESA – compliant (Video Electronics Standards Association) mount. It will always give the perfect visual effect when it is wall mounted and since it is heavy (of course it will be, it is a 32 inches TV screen) you cannot just carry it around like computer monitors. The dimensions of this monitor are 17.1 x 29.1 x 2.4 inches (H x W x D). If you noticed the depth value – 2.4”, you would understand how sleek this monitor is.

The Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor comes with needed ports and interfaces. It has HDMI port, USB port, and display ports (this is used for G-Sync). There are 5 USB ports available for plug and play facility. Two USB 3.0 ports are present on the left side and three (One is Upstream USB port and the other two are downstream USB port) are available at the back side. The HDMI and the display port are at the backside of the monitor. The monitor is 32 inches in size and the IPS panel has an anti-glare coating to protect your eyes. There are 2-watt speakers to give you enough sound while playing games. To the lower part of the monitor, you can see the 5 function keys to navigate and control the gaming.

Features

Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor is specially developed for gaming purpose. Let us take a look at the features of the Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor.

  • Anti-tearing technology of Nvidia’s G-Sync
  • You can easily adjust the brightness, color temperature, contrast, and gamma.
  • You can also change the Picture presets like Standard, Movie, User, ECO modes, and Graphics
  • This gaming monitor gives you the option for 6-axis color settings (You can adjust the intensity levels of Green, Red, Blue, Magenta, Cyan, and Yellow colors).
  • User-friendly and easy-to-navigate menus which can be easily done using the 5 functional keys on the monitor
  • You can change the volume, game mode, refresh rate overclocking, and switch inputs.

The features that I have listed above would give you a fair idea about the abilities of the Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor to offer quality display and high caliber performance in order to please the gaming fans (especially if they are playing 4K computer games). You can adjust all these values through the menu, if you are not satisfied with the out-of-box settings.

Performance

This 32-inch gaming monitor has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The aspect ratio (16:9), refresh rate (60Hz), and response time (4ms) enables it to perform well in extreme gaming conditions as well. The G-sync refresh technology of Nvidia helps the monitor in giving the perfect view even when it is tilted or the position (orientation) is changed. The 4K games give you vibrant colors and current video games like Star Wars will give you stunning visuals if you are playing on a gaming monitor like Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor.

The G-Sync technology also gives you a stutter-free display without screen tearing. In technical terms, you can see that the G-sync supports the synchronization between the graphics card and the monitor. Screen tearing happens when there is no coordination with the video and the refresh rate of the device. Hence this monitor is well equipped to work with high-end Nvidia graphics card powered computers. The option of G-Sync technology gives this monitor an upper hand in the gaming monitor market. Acer has given the option to turn this feature off if you do not want it but, you will definitely experience the difference.

This monitor is one of the brightest in the current market and has the lowest latency (9.7 milliseconds). The primary colors are aligned very close to the CIE (Commission on Illumination) standard which gives quality and sharp images. The Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor gives Ultra High Definition video and images to take the gaming experience to the next level. The in-plane-switching (IPS) panel technology gives brightness and exceptionally wide viewing angles.

Conclusion

When you buy the product you get the Acer Predator XB321HK Monitor, HDMI cable, DisplayPort cable, USB cable, a resource CD (with drivers), Start Guide, and User Manual. The external styling and slim structure make it a favorite among the gamers. However, all this comes at a premium. The G-Sync technology works well only with the PCs having Nvidia’s graphics card. However, you have the option to turn it off so that you can use the monitor with other cards as well. Overall, you get a top notch product that will take your gaming experience to the next level, with or without the nVidia Graphics card. You will see the difference!

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