Acer has announced its new ultra-wide curved display for gaming and multimedia applications. The monitor boasts with a rare combination of features, such as a curved panel, 2.4:1 aspect ratio, a USB-C input, as well as multiple features for gamers, including a 75 Hz refresh rate, variable refresh via AMD’s FreeSync, and ambient lighting. The new display is about to hit the market, but with a rather high price tag due to its distinctive mixture of capabilities.

The Acer XR382CQK is based on a 37.5” IPS panel with a 3840×1600 resolution, a 24:10 aspect ratio and 2300R curvature (see the table below for other specs). The distinctive specifications may indicate that the supplier of the panel is LG Display, and we already know two monitors which feature the same screen (1, 2). As reported, the resolution and the aspect ratio of the display are well suited for displaying HD and UHD content filmed in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or 2.40:1 (a lot of movies are shot in such aspect ratios) as well as for games. Meanwhile the 8-bit + FRC panel allows the reproduction of 1.07 billion colors, and covers 100% of the sRGB color space.

Given the positioning of the monitor, Acer added several features to its XR382CQK that are not available from competitors, including a 75 Hz refresh rate (I suspect the panel is probably overclocked, but not significantly and Acer guarantees that it is going to work fine) as well as RGB ambient lighting that can be adjusted from the OSD (lighting effects include pulse, flash and ripple). In addition, the monitor is equipped with two 7 W speakers with DTS Sound software enhancement.  

As for connectivity, the Acer XR382CQK has HDMI, DP, mDP and MHL inputs, a rare combination not found on many other devices. Moreover, the new display is also the first gaming monitor that comes with a USB Type-C input and therefore is compatible with various notebooks that have this interface and can use it to connect to external screens. Technically, DisplayPort alt mode on USB-C supports Adaptive-Sync (and hence FreeSync) and therefore the XR382CQK is the industry’s first monitor that may supports FreeSync over USB-C. However, we are not sure there are notebooks with AMD APUs or GPUs that have USB-C as their only display output (and there are no graphics cards with USB-C outputs). In any case, the USB-C input support is a nice feature for the future. In addition, the monitor has a headphone output, which is especially useful for gamers.

Update 2/14: As of now, Acer does not activate Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync through the Type-C port because at the moment it is impossible to verify that everything works correctly. Acer says that in the future, if AMD can support Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync through the USB Type-C port, it can use firmware to activate it on its existing models.

Acer XR382CQK
Panel 37.5" IPS
Resolution 3840 × 1600
Refresh Rate 75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate FreeSync
Response Time 5 ms gray-to-gray
14 ms standard
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 100% sRGB
Pixel Pitch 0.23 mm
Pixel Density 110 ppi
Anti-Glare Coating Yes
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × MHL 1.2
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
USB Hub 4 port USB 3.0 hub: four USB-A
Audio 7 W × 2
Launch Price $1299.99

The Acer XR382CQK is about to hit the shelves of U.S. retailers with a price tag of $1,299.99. already lists the monitor and is even taking pre-orders, but the product is not in stock just yet.

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Source: Acer

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  • bernstein - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    yep here is one. never going back. but i have to admit neither windows, nor macOS nor most games are built with such huge screens (or VR) in mind: controls in corners (start button, systray, window close, minimap, health, etc) was a good concept, but it clearly isn't the way forward...
  • snowmyr - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - link

    Owning a 1440p ultrawide and dealing all the small glitches in games and videos I couldn't imagine having an even more obscure aspect ratio.
  • madwolfa - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    Curved? Pass.
  • sor - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    That's unfortunate. At this size I don't even notice the modest curve, in fact it keeps the device from feeling like you're looking at it from a steep angle when looking toward the edges. Now a 24" curve, or a TV that is curved, is rather pointless, but when you're sitting wit in the radius it is rather nice.
  • Murloc - Sunday, February 5, 2017 - link

    Flat creates distortions at normal monitor viewing distances with big ultrawides.

    This is not a TV, it actually makes sense.
  • zodiacfml - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    It could use faster refresh rates for future proofing.
  • Meteor2 - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    Well, unless 75 Hz is sufficient, which I rather think it is. But I know it's debated.
  • omf - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    Not one; not two; but THREE different ways to designate the screen's aspect ratio in the same article! "2.4:1", "24:10", "2.40:1" Where's "24000:10000" and "0.24:0.1"??
  • sor - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    I have this monitor in the LG version. It is amazing. You get the 1600 pixel height you'd want from a 16:10 display, and more width to work in. The pixel density as native is just right, too. A little sharper than the average screen.
  • Achaios - Saturday, February 4, 2017 - link

    I would totally buy this.

    My only complaint of my 34 inch Acer Predator X34 GSYNC 3440X1440 monitor is that it is too damn small. I want more screen real estate.

    Waiting for GSYNC version.

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