Today I'm going to talk about the monitor that I use for my gaming setup. It's the Acer X34 Predator.
It's a 34 inch ultrawide screen, so it's got a 21:9 aspect ratio. This allows me to go to resolutions such as 3440 x 1440.
This is wider than your typical 1080p or typical 16:9 resolution. I'll have some screenshots here of different games I've played such as Black Desert Online, Tom Clancy's Wildlands and Elite Dangerous.
In this screenshot is Black Desert Online.
This is what you would see on a 16:9 aspect ratio, so a 1080p view. You'll notice that on my edges of the screen, starting from the right, I see a man in a pack, and it looks like a gentlemen or a kid, or kind of got a little bit cut off there on the right-hand side. On the left-hand side, you see two people talking to each other, and that's as far as I can see to my right and to my left. Now, on my 21:9 aspect ratio, so my 3440 x 1440 screen, this is what I see.
On the right-hand side, there's a group of kids playing with wooden swords, which you couldn't see before. There's a guard in red. And then the left-hand side, you can see a lot more past those two gentleman. So this is great if you're doing PVP or if you're wanting to see more of what's around you, then the 21:9 aspect ratio is something that you might be interested in. And again, you want a larger screen like the 34 inch, because you're limited on the height of the screen.
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In this screenshot we have Elite Dangerous.
Now, in Elite Dangerous, you can see on the right and the left, you can see cylinders kind of near those poles on the left and the right in the background. And along the bottom you can see maybe one air vent to the bottom-left, and one air vent to the bottom-right.
Now, in my 21:9 aspect ratio,
you can see that there's three vents on the bottom in the right and the bottom-left, and you can see a lot more from past those cylinders. Again, there's a lot more view space here. Now, the game's controls and UI fit in the 16:9 aspect ratio, but all that extra visibility gives you that edge on seeing what's around you.
Here we have Tom Clancy, so on Tom Clancy I'm crouched on top of a building.
I have my gun drawn and aiming at that guy in the distance. To my left and to my right, on my left-hand side you can see edges of a tree, and that building there with the air conditioner. To the right, you can see some of that wire fencing.
And now on my 21:9 aspect ratio, you see a lot more.
On my left-hand side, I see way past the tree, which gives you a lot more visibility, and on my right-hand side I can see that there's a wall there that then cuts down to a half wall. Now I'm zoomed in with my scope. This 16:9 shot, I'm zoomed in with my scope and I'm aimed on this target. You can see on the left-hand side there's two blue barrels, a chair and I can't really see much on my right. Now, on the 21: 9 aspect ratio, I can see there's four blue barrels, I can see a lot more to my left what's going on, and more clearance on my right, I can see the opening in the door in the distance in that building. Again, 21 by 9 is great for gaming because you get a lot more visibility to your left and to your right side.
The X34 has G-Sync technology, that's NVIDIA's G-Sync, so what that helps is reduce or eliminate tearing, so if you're moving faster than the frames can keep up with. You might run into this if you're using HDMI cable or the display port at the default 60 hertz refresh rate. Now, something I didn't know when I received the monitor that I figured out later, which was amazing, was that if you're using the display port connector, you can actually overclock the monitor to a hundred hertz on your refresh rate, which is a lot better than the default 60 hertz. Unfortunately, with the HDMI cable it seems that 60 hertz was the max you could use. Now, the downside of this monitor is that while it's great, you can see more on the sides, the downside is that it's a pain in the butt if you want to stream out. You can't stream at a full screen because on Twitch or if you're streaming, you're limited to 1080p or you're limited to that square shape 16:9. And so the downfall of that is that ... or rectangle shape. The downfall of that is that you can't, in order to stream your ultrawide, you're going to have bars along the top and along the bottom, which you'll notice in some of my streams that those bars are there.
If I was going to go with a non-ultrawide monitor, I probably would go with the Asus, the PB287Q.
It's a 32 inch 16:9 aspect ratio, so you're going to get more on the tops and the bottoms as well. That might be a great monitor if you're looking for something that's large, but you don't want to have to mess with aspect ratios when you stream out or downscaling. Now, OBS and XSplit can downscale to a lower resolution for your streaming output, and you'll still get that letterbox bars on the top and the bottom. If the 28 inch is too big, Asus also has a 27 and the 24 inch.
But again, I use the Acer X34 Predator. It's a great monitor, I love it, I love that I can see more on the edges of the screen, and you'll notice that in the screenshots. The X34 does have LED options along the bottom so you can set them to different colors, red, blue, green, and have them blink and rotate in different variations. The next thing I'm going to do with this monitor is put it up on a monitor arm and lift it up off my desk. When I do that, I'll give you guys a tour of what that looks like.
Again, it's the Acer X34, it's a ultrawide 21:9. I mainly wrote this blogpost so that you could see the differences and screenshots on playing different games, Wildlands, Black Desert Online and Elite Dangerous just to name a few.
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