The Acer Z35P is a good Ultrawide VA monitor with great gaming features, including a fast refresh rate and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC. It has excellent low input lag and a fast response time, great for gaming. The large, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, and it provides a more immersive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the wide viewing angles found on IPS monitors, and it doesn't look great in a dark room due to the poor black uniformity.
The Acer Predator Z35P has a good overall design. It looks very similar to the Dell Alienware AW3418DW and the Predator X27. It has a sleek stand that supports the monitor well, but it does wobble a bit when nudged. Unfortunately, the inputs are difficult to access due to the way they are placed, and the borders are somewhat thick, especially the bottom bezel.
The stand requires a large footprint, but the legs are relatively thin and spread out, so you can still place small objects in front of the monitor. It supports the monitor well, but the monitor still wobbles when you make adjustments or change the settings.
The Z35P has mediocre ergonomics. It can swivel from side-to-side, great for sharing your screen with someone sitting beside you. It has a good height adjustment. It also has a great tilt range, but the overall range changes as you lower the monitor. When the monitor is at its maximum extension, the monitor the full tilt range of -32.5° to 5° is available, but when the monitor is at the lowest height it can only tilt from -12.5° to 5°.
The back of the Acer Z35P has a stylish design typical of gaming monitors. There is no ambient lighting, and only basic cable management.
The Acer Predator Z35P delivers decent picture quality. It has a great native contrast ratio, good for dark room viewing, but there is noticeable backlight bleed which may be distracting when viewed in a dark room. It has nearly perfect sRGB coverage, but coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is less than ideal for professional use. Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle, and it has only decent peak brightness, so it can't overcome glare in a really bright room.
The Z35P has a good native contrast ratio, but not as good as the other VA monitors we have tested, including the Samsung CF791.
There is no local dimming feature on this monitor. The video is for reference only.
Decent peak brightness, good enough for most rooms, but the Z35P isn't bright enough to overcome glare in a really bright room. There is absolutely no variation in brightness with different content, which is great.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
Disappointing horizontal viewing angles. Colors remain accurate to a wide angle, similar to the LG 32UD59-B, and the brightness remains constant to a wider point than any other VA monitor we've tested. Unfortunately, the black levels rise rapidly at even minor angles, worse than any VA monitor we've tested so far.
The monitor has disappointing vertical viewing angles, but they are actually better than most VA monitors we've tested so far, although not as good as the LG 32UD59-B.
Great gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are slightly darker than the rest, but the center is more uniform. There is only slight DSE, which is great. In near-dark scenes the uniformity is much better, and there is almost no DSE.
The Predator Z35P has poor black uniformity. There is noticeable flashlighting around the entire screen; this is especially distracting when working in a dark room.
Decent out of the box accuracy. The color and white balance errors are a bit high, but not enough to be noticeable by most people. Gamma follows the target curve nearly perfectly, which is great. The most accurate Picture Mode was 'User', with the Color Temp set to 'Normal' instead of the default 'Warm'.
After calibration, the Predator Z35P is extremely accurate. Color and White balance are nearly perfect, and even enthusiasts aren't likely to notice any remaining issues. Gamma follows the curve perfectly, and the color temperature is almost spot on the 6500 K target.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances. Also take note that using our recommended settings may cause blues to clip in some cases, so you may need to adjust your settings.
s.RGB Picture Mode: User (calibrated)Adobe RGB Picture Mode: User
Excellent SDR color gamut. Nearly perfect coverage of the sRGB color space, but Adobe RGB coverage is less than ideal for professional photo or video editing.
s.RGB Picture Mode: UserAdobe RGB Picture Mode: User
Outstanding SDR color volume. The monitor can't produce deep, dark colors, and like most displays, it can't produce very bright blues.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
There is no temporary image retention on the Predator Z35P, even immediately after displaying a high contrast static image for 10 minutes.
Excellent gradient performance. There is only very slight banding visible in dark grays and dark greens.
Perfect color control, as there are no pixel errors.
The Acer Z35P has great motion handling. It has an excellent pixel response time, so movies and games look great, with very little motion blur. It has an excellent refresh rate, and it supports NVIDIA G-SYNC over a wide range, when connected with a DisplayPort cable. The backlight is flicker-free, which is great, but it also doesn't support NVIDIA's ULMB black frame insertion technology.
Refresh Rate Tested: 120 Hz
Excellent response time. Most transitions are very fast, with only very slight overshoot that shouldn't be noticeable. The 0-20% transition is extremely slow, which may be noticeable in very dark scenes when watching movies or playing games. Many of the down transitions are slower, and some of them have slight undershoot.
Unusually, when the monitor is set to its default refresh rate of 100 Hz the response time is even better. The 80% response time is 3.5ms, and the 100% response time is 12.5ms.
There are three Over Drive modes, but we recommend the 'Normal' setting. The 'Extreme' mode only slightly improves the response time, but there is more overshoot.
The Acer Z35P has a great 100 Hz default refresh rate, and it can be overclocked to 120 Hz directly from the OSD, which is great. It supports NVIDIA G-SYNC, and it has a great wide VRR range, ensuring you are always getting a great tear-free gaming experience, even if your frame rate drops down in busy scenes. Unfortunately, VRR is only supported over DisplayPort, which isn't uncommon with G-SYNC monitors.
The Acer Predator Z35P has excellent low input lag, great for gaming. It has a large, 35" screen, and the 3440x1440 native resolution is excellent for multitasking and provides a more immersive gaming experience.
Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:
|Native Resolution||Non-Native Resolution Tested|
Refresh Rate Tested: 120 Hz
The Z35P has excellent low input lag. Non-native resolutions are not natively supported, but this shouldn't cause any issues as most graphics cards will upscale without you knowing. When gaming at 60 Hz over HDMI, the input lag is a bit higher than on most 60 Hz monitors, but still good for most gamers.
The Z35P has a great 35" screen and impressive 3440x1440 native resolution, excellent for multitasking or for an immersive gaming experience.
The main inputs are hidden in a sort of pocket that makes them difficult to access.
The USB ports are on an angle on the back of the monitor, as shown here.
The 3.5mm analog audio out port is a headphone port with adjustable volume on the monitor's on screen display.
The Acer Predator Z35P has a few additional features. It has built-in speakers, but it does not support HDR. The controls themselves are easy to use and provide good tactile feedback, but some parts of the OSD can be difficult to navigate.
The Predator Z35P has only a few additional features. It has built-in speakers, but does not support HDR. There are a few options that can improve your gaming experience, including:
We tested the Acer Predator Z35P model bmiphz. There are other models in the Predator family of gaming monitors, but they have different specifications and do not perform the same.
The Z35P we reviewed should not be confused with the Z35. The Z35 has a lower native resolution, but a higher native refresh rate.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Z35P doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
|X35||35"||3440x1440 (QHD)||144 Hz||2000R Curved, G-SYNC, VA, HDR|
|X34||34"||3440x1440 (QHD)||100 Hz||3800R Curved, G-SYNC, IPS|
|X27||27"||3840x2160 (UHD)||120 Hz||G-SYNC, IPS, HDR|
|Z35P||35"||3440x1440 (QHD)||100 Hz||1800R Curved, G-SYNC, VA|
|Z35||35"||2560x1080||144 Hz||1800R Curved, G-SYNC, VA|
The Z35P we reviewed was manufactured in December 2017.
The Acer Predator Z35P is a good monitor for most uses, and it delivers a great gaming experience. It is one of the best curved gaming monitors we've tested so far. See our recommendations for the best large monitors.
The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is a bit better than the Acer Z35P. The Acer has slightly better dark room performance, but the Dell looks better when viewed at an angle. The Dell also has a faster response time, so fast moving objects have less blur trail behind them.
The ASUS ROG PG348Q and the Acer Z35P are very similar overall. The Acer Z35P has a higher native refresh rate, but the PG348Q can be easily overclocked to 100 Hz. The PG348Q also has better wide viewing angles, great for sharing your screen with other people.
The Samsung CHG70 is better than the Acer Z35P for most uses. The CHG70 has a faster refresh rate and faster response time, so motion has less blur trail. The Acer Z35P has a higher resolution, larger screen, better for multitasking and for office work. The CHG70 supports HDR, and FreeSync VRR, great for Xbox One S/X owners or if you have an AMD graphics card. The Acer Z35P supports G-SYNC VRR, great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.
The Dell U3818DW is better than the Acer Z35P for most uses, unless you are looking for an Ultrawide gaming monitor. The Dell U3818DW has a higher native resolution and larger screen, great for multitasking, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The Dell is limited to a 60 Hz refresh rate that may be disappointing to some gamers. The Acer Z35P has a higher native refresh rate, and it support NVIDIA G-SYNC VRR for a tear-free gaming experience.