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Acer today announced that its XR431KC ultra-wide curved monitor with a QHD (3440×1440) panel, zero-frame design, and AMD Freesync support is headed to the United States.
That’s a lot of visual goodness packed into a single display. We’ll start with the curved screen, which is quickly becoming popular in the display market. According to Acer, the benefit of having a curved display is that it puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from your eyes for more uniform viewing.
This is aided by the monitor’s ultra-wide field of view, which increases the perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display of the same size, Acer says. Add in a zero-frame design and gamers are left with a totally immersive display, or at least that’s the pitch.
“This killer new monitor makes game play incredibly realistic,” said Charlotte Chen, Acer America product manager. “The ultra-wide curved design, stunning image quality and dynamic audio take the thrill of gaming to a new level.”
The XR431KC sports an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel for more accurate color reproduction and wider viewing angles than what you’ll get with the majority of cheaper Twisted Nematic (TN) panels. It sports 100 percent coverage of the RGB color space and has a rated response time of 4ms.
Other features include an adjustable aluminum stand with tilt (-5 to 35 degrees) and height (up to 5 inches) adjustments, picture-by-picture (PBP) and picture-in-picture (PIP) support, dual 7W speakers with DTS sound, and connectivity options consisting of HDMI v2.0 with MHL charging, DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, and DisplayPort out. There’s also a built-in USB 3.0 hub (1 up / 4 down).
The XR341CK will be available in late July for $1,100 MSRP.
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