Acer has expanded its monitor line-up to include a FreeSync version of the XR341CKA. This new model doesn’t require a dedicated G-Sync module and expected to launch in late July with an MSRP of $1,099. In contrast to this, the G-sync variant is rumoured to cost $1,299 and both displays are backed with a 3 year warranty. The XR341CK features a 34-inch QHD (3440×1440) IPS panel on an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio and utilizes a 4ms response time. Thankfully, the screen adopts a subtle curvature which makes reading small details on extreme edges a more natural experience. Furthermore, the display outputs a 75Hz refresh rate and attains 100 percent sRGB coverage. The panel also uses an extremely thin bezel design which helps you to focus on the screen instead of the outer causing. Acer have yet to disclose the specific FreeSync range but I would expect a 25-75Hz ratio which takes advantage of the maximum refresh rate unlike the Asus MG279Q.
The bundled stand evokes a luxurious feel from the aluminum construction and distinctive aesthetic design with ergonomic tilt from 5 to 35 degrees and height adjustments up to 5 inches. In terms of connectivity, you can choose between HDMI v2.0 supporting MHL charging, DisplayPort, miniDisplay Port and DisplayPort out. A 4 port USB 3.0 hub on the rear is useful for connecting flash drives and other miscellaneous devices. Charlotte Chen, product manager of Acer America proudly announced,
“This killer new monitor makes game play incredibly realistic,”
While FreeSync is still in its infancy and has some teething problems, it’s impressive to see monitor prices with adaptive sync being driven down to exemplify how overpriced G-Sync alternatives are. This is a wonderful development for the consumer as there is a large quantity of FreeSync monitors being released from 1920×1080 144hz to 4k 60Hz. In comparison, there are only a few G-Sync models for sale and none which take advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio. Although Asus are planning to release a ROG 34″ Curved Gaming Monitor.
How do you feel about FreeSync vs G-Sync? Would you pay an extra $200 just to use NVIDIA’s implementation?