Acer Announces New Curvy 34" FreeSync Monitor
Acer announced the stylish 34" XR341CKA monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC support earlier this year, and it appears that they feel so strongly about the underlying design that they're also pushing out an AMD FreeSync-compatible variant, featuring the red team's more affordable frame-syncing implementation.
The new Acer XR341CK is based around the same 34-inch IPS panel as the XR341CKA, with a native resolution of 3440x1440 (commonly known as QHD). The panel also boasts a 178/176-degree viewing angles (H/V) and a 100% sRGB color gamut, whilst being capable of a maximum refresh rate of 75Hz and typical (G2G) response time of 4ms. Pretty good foundations, although 4ms may be a little slow for gaming purists.
Modern display connectivity is catered for in HDMI 2.0, Displayport and mini-DisplayPort input options; additionally the monitor can act as a USB 3.0 hub, and supports DTS audio via two 7W bezel speakers.
Multimedia users will be pleased to know that the monitor also supports both split screen and picture-in-picture modes, although it's not clear if there is an input restriction for the picture source. Users will also be able to take advantage of an aluminium stand with tilt and height adjustment, always a nice bonus for high-end monitors.
The FreeSync-enabled XR341CK has a release date of July 2015, whilst the similar G-SYNC-capable XR341CK is scheduled for release in July or August. Priced at $1099 and $1299 respectively in the US, either would certainly be a considered purchase.