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Reviewed on Nov 06, 2018 , Simon Barbier, Yannick Khong

Acer Predator Z35P
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
7.5
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
Size : 35 "
Resolution : 3440x1440
Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
:
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
G-Sync

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.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 8.6
Inputs 9.2
Pros
  • Low input lag
  • Great gaming features, including NVIDIA G-SYNC support
  • Great screen real-estate, perfect for multitasking
Cons
  • Disappointing viewing angles
  • Poor black uniformity

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8.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Acer Z35P Design Picture
Curved : Yes
Curve radius : 1800R
Weight (without stand) : 20.7lbs (9.4 kg)
Weight (with stand) : 27.6lbs (12.5 kg)

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. 

Stand
Acer Z35P Stand picture
Width : 22.8" (58.0 cm)
Depth : 12.1" (30.8 cm)

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.

6.2 Ergonomics
What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 46% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
Acer Z35P Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment : 5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : -20° to 20°
Tilt Range : -32.5° to 5°

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°.

Back
Acer Z35P Back picture
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the Acer Z35P has a stylish design typical of gaming monitors. There is no ambient lighting, and only basic cable management.

Borders
Acer Z35P Borders picture
Borders : 0.7" (1.7 cm)

The borders of the Z35P are thicker than the majority of monitors that we've tested so far. The bezel is thick around the screen, making the frame look even thicker.

Thickness
Acer Z35P Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand) : 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand) : 5.0" (12.8 cm)

This is one of the thickest monitors we've tested so far, even without the stand. This is partially due to the curved screen, but it is still thicker than other comparable monitors like the CF791 and the Dell AW3418DW.

8.0 Build Quality
What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Acer Z35P Build Quality picture

Very good build quality, similar to the Dell AW3418DW and the Acer Predator X27. It is a mix of plastic and metal, but it feels well built.

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.

7.5 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Acer Z35P Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
2391 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
N/A

The Z35P has a good native contrast ratio, but not as good as the other VA monitors we have tested, including the Samsung CF791.

0 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
No
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
:
Edge

There is no local dimming feature on this monitor. The video is for reference only.

7.4 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
:
286 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
298 cd/m²
SDR ABL
What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
:
0.000

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.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
HDR Real Scene : N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window : N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window : N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window : N/A
HDR ABL : N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

5.9 Horizontal Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
Acer Z35P Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
45 °
Color Shift from Right
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
45 °
Acer Z35P Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
58 °
Brightness from Right
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
58 °
Acer Z35P Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
14 °
Black Level from Right
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
14 °
Curve Radius : 1800 R

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.

5.5 Vertical Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
Acer Z35P Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
30 °
Color Shift from Above
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
31 °
Acer Z35P Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
40 °
Brightness from Above
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
41 °
Acer Z35P Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
11 °
Black Level from Above
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
10 °

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.

8.4 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Acer Z35P 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
3.364 %
50% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.118 %
Acer Z35P 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.890 %
5% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.059 %

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.

4.9 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Acer Z35P Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
2.754 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
N/A

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.

7.1 Pre Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Acer Z35P Pre Calibration Picture Acer Z35P Pre Gamma Curve Picture Acer Z35P Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
User
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
242 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
77
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
56
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
35-39-50
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
7457 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.76
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.87
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.20

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'.

9.6 Post Calibration
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
Acer Z35P Post Calibration Picture Acer Z35P Post Gamma Curve Picture Acer Z35P Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
User
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
18
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
50
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
43-46-59
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6496 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.57
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.47
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19

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.

8.9 SDR Color Gamut
What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
Acer Z35P Color Gamut s.RGB Picture
s.RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the s.RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
99.2 %
Acer Z35P Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
78.2 %

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.

9.2 SDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
Acer Z35P s.RGB Color Volume ITP picture
s.RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the s.RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
98.6 %
Acer Z35P Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
84.7 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: User
Adobe 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.

0 HDR Color Gamut
What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
:
No
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

0 HDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

10 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
Acer Z35P Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %

There is no temporary image retention on the Predator Z35P, even immediately after displaying a high contrast static image for 10 minutes.

8.6 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Acer Z35P Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
8 Bit

Excellent gradient performance. There is only very slight banding visible in dark grays and dark greens.

10 Color Bleed
What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
Acer Z35P Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %
Acer Z35P Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %

Perfect color control, as there are no pixel errors.

8.0 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Acer Z35P Average room Acer Z35P Average room off picture Acer Z35P Bright room off picture

Excellent reflections handling, there should be no issues using the Z35P in a bright room.

8.6

Motion

Score components:

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.

8.6 Motion Blur
What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Score components:
Acer Z35P Motion Blur Picture Acer Z35P Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
5.1 ms
100% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
14.1 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
:
Normal

Over Drive Off
Over Drive Normal
Over Drive Extreme
Over Drive Normal, 100 Hz

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.

7.5 Image Flicker
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
Acer Z35P Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
N/A

The Z35P does not use PWM to dim the backlight, and there is no flicker, which is great. Like the ASUS PG348Q and the Dell AW3418DW, it does not support NVIDIA's ULMB technology that can reduce persistence blur.

8.8 Refresh Rate
What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
:
100 Hz
Factory Overclock
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
:
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
G-Sync
VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
100 Hz
VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
:
120 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort

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.

9.2

Inputs

Score components:

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.

9.4 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
5.5 ms
Non-Native Resolution
What it is:

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
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
12.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
5.9 ms
HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A

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.

8.9 Resolution and Size
What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
Score components:
Native Resolution : UWQHD, 3440 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 21:9
Megapixels : 5.0 MP
Pixel Density : 107 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 35.0 inches
Screen Area : 436 sq inches

The Z35P has a great 35" screen and impressive 3440x1440 native resolution, excellent for multitasking or for an immersive gaming experience.

Inputs
Acer Z35P Inputs 1 Acer Z35P Inputs 2

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.

Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 4 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

The 3.5mm analog audio out port is a headphone port with adjustable volume on the monitor's on screen display.

Features

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.

Additional Features
What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
Score components:
Speakers
What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
:
Yes
HDR10 : No

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:

  • Aim Point: There are three selectable cross-hairs that can be added, good for FPS games that don't have a cross-hair.
  • Dark boost: This option can be used to make it easier to spot other players hiding in the shadows.
  • Modes: There are three preset configurations for Action, Racing, and Sports.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Acer Z35P OSD picture

The OSD is somewhat difficult to navigate. Some of the menus have two rows of options, so it takes a bit more work to get to the option you are looking for. There are two customizable hot keys that can be used to quickly adjust certain settings.

Controls
Acer Z35P Controls picture

The controls are easy to use. The buttons are larger than on most monitors and they provide good tactile feedback.

In The Box
Acer Z35P In The Box picture

  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Power Brick
  • Cable Management Clip

Differences between Sizes and Variants

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.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
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.

Compared to other Monitors

Acer Z35P Group Shot Picture
Left:  ASUS PG348Q. Middle: Acer Predator Z35P. Right: Dell U3818DW.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Acer Predator Z35P is a good monitor for most uses, and it delivers a great gaming experience.

Dell Alienware AW3418DW

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.

Samsung CHG70

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.

ASUS ROG PG348Q

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.

Dell U3818DW

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.

Conclusion
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7.5Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 30% Office
  • 30% Multimedia
  • 25% Gaming
  • 10% Media Creation
  • 5% HDR Gaming
The Acer Predator Z35P is a good monitor for most uses. The large, high-resolution screen is great for gaming and multimedia, and it makes it easy to multitask. It has a fast response time, so motion in movies and games looks clear with little blur. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and the Adobe RGB coverage is less than ideal for professional use.
Good monitor for office use. The large, high-resolution screen is wonderful for multitasking. It has a good stand that can easily be adjusted for the most optimal viewing position. It has great reflections handling and decent peak brightness, so there shouldn't be many issues using it in a medium-lit office, but it can't overcome glare in a bright room.
Great monitor for gaming. It has very low input lag and a fast response time, and it supports NVIDIA G-SYNC for a tear-free gaming experience. The high resolution, 35" curved screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience than with smaller monitors. The default 100 Hz refresh rate is great for gaming, and it can be overclocked to 120 Hz directly from the OSD, which is great.
Decent monitor for multimedia. It has a fast response time, so fast motion looks clear with little blur. The large screen is great for watching movies, but unfortunately, the mediocre viewing angles limit how many people can watch it at once. It has a good contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room, but it has poor black uniformity.
Decent monitor for media creation. The large, high-resolution screen allows you to see more of your project without zooming out. Unfortunately, the curved screen causes minor image distortion, and the Adobe RGB coverage isn't ideal for professional photo or video editing.
The Predator Z35P does not support HDR. For a good HDR monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.

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