Acer X38 Pro Monitor Review

Acer X38 Pro Monitor Review

The x38 pro is one of the largest monitors you will ever see, it stands almost a meter wide on your desk when firmly positioned. The forked stand comes attached to the panel in the box and is extremely sturdy to carry the panels 6.46 kg weight. The forked stand also has a carry handle which makes transport a breeze and provides 130mm of height adjustment and a tilt of up to 35deg forwards. This gives you great control of the panel position and is perfect for those that want to be able to reach all ports without having to un-mount the display and then re-attach it.

Acer's Predator line of gaming-centric monitors has always been a strong contender in our benchmarks, and the x38 pro is no different. The curved ultrawide displays have become something of a signature feature for the brand and they're typically well-appointed with premium features. This incarnation is no exception with a 2300R curve, 144Hz out of the box that can be overclocked to 160Hz or 175Hz, 90% DCI-P3 coverage and Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate.

The panel itself is an IPS based panel with a native contrast ratio of an IPS-typical 1,000:1. This isn't a deal breaker though as the x38 pro is a very impressive performer in all respects. The native color gamut is very good at 92% and with HDR on, the picture really shines.

In SDR mode the variable backlight does an amazing job of compensating for the IPS panel's low native contrast, delivering some of the most impressive images we've seen on an IPS panel. The highlight saturation is incredibly high and the blacks are very deep and dark. This is especially true with the HDR variant of the X38 pro that delivers some of the most stunning images we've ever seen on a non-OLED panel.

As is usually the case with HDR it does have its drawbacks. The lack of local dimming means that it's not quite as good at delivering the most realistic highlights and shadow details. That said, I've found that HDR on most IPS displays is still a noticeable improvement over SDR and the x38 pro is no exception.

The x38 pro uses the latest Intel X38 chipset that offers all the usual bells and whistles. There's full support for 1333MHz bus Intel processors and up to DDR3 memory at 1,066MHz. The X38 chipset also offers Intel's Turbo Memory technology and the new PCI Express 2.0, which effectively doubles the interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s to 5GT/s.

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