Acer has gone bonkers and has revealed three new ludicrous monitors that are somewhat unique; one of them, after all, is the world’s first curved monitor with eye tracking.
The three monitors belong in Acer’s Predator lineup; focusing specifically on gaming, all monitors come with NVidia’s G-Sync.
This one is the curved one; with a resolution of 2560 x 1080, the monitor might disappoint you before even getting to the impressive bits, but it is impressive still.
It’s a 30-inch monitor with 1800R of curvature, which – combined with that resolution – puts the PPI at 92; not too shabby for a desktop monitor. That’s about where it stops being normal, though.
The monitor comes with Tobii eye tracking technology built into it. The tech is already supported by games like Watch Dogs 2, Dues Ex: Mankind Divided, Elite Dangerous, and forty-five other titles; so you aren’t falling into something that won’t be supported by anyone.
The refresh rate is 200 Hz, and the response time is four milliseconds, with a viewing angle of 178 degrees. The monitor also comes with two 3W speakers built into it.
The XB252Q and XB272
Acer says the Predator XB2 series was built for fast-paced e-sports tournaments where latency needs to be low, and frame rates need to be high – like with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, for example.
The only difference between the XB252Q and XB272 is the screen size – the former is 24.5-inch, while the latter is 27-inch.
The rest is quite the same: a 1ms response time, and a 240 Hz refresh rate. Acer has also packed in NVidia’s ULMB to tech to reduce motion blur and ghosting during fast-paced motion; though, the ULMB spec states that it only supports refresh rates up to 200 Hz.
You will also need to disable G-Sync if you want to use ULMB – both technologies do not work together. Tough choice.
The screen resolution is standard 1080p for both – they are not curved, by the way – and the contrast ratio is 1000:1. The monitors also support VESA mounts, so you can put them in a multi-monitor set up quite quickly if you wanted to.
Acer also added two 2W speakers in both monitors – cause why not?
Pricing & Availability
The three monitors are ridiculous, but apparently, someone wanted them – that’s why Acer made them. The prices are directly correlated with the ludicrousness of the monitor.
The curved 30-inch eye-tracking Predator Z301CT costs $900 in North America and €900 in Europe.
The Predator XB252Q costs $550 in North America and €600 in Europe.
The Predator XB272 costs $680 in North America and €700 in Europe.
All of them will be available for purchase starting from February of 2017.