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The Best 38" 21:9 Monitor on the Market Today
December 7, 2017
Really happy with this purchase. In doing extensive research on 21:9 screens I was torn between a slightly smaller screen (say the Predator 34") with higher refresh rate, or a 38" model (of which there are 3 main contenders; this, the LG and Dell variants). I realized pretty quickly that this is actually the same panel as the LG and while it's not quite a slick looking (LG has a more bezel-less display) it had all the same connectivity (USB-C being of prime importance to me with a new MacBook Pro) an across-the-board 75hz (i.e. not just on Freesync via Display Port) and a WAYYYY better stand and mechanism for adjusting the screen.
First off, on that note, the stand - it is solid metal, really heavy duty and the mechanism for adjustment is so buttery smooth it's quite an amazing engineering achievement. I'd heard reports that the LG wobbles a lot when typing on the desk as it's a single tower stand made of plastic - on a screen so large that's not a good idea unless you create a robust adjustment mechanism. That's something that thankfully, Acer did. On LG's part, that to me, smacks of cheapness and style over substance. Especially so, because at nearly $400 more, the LG simply is not worth it for the exact same panel.
Next, the model I bought is the "HDR ready" 1ms variant, which was released in November 2017. Please check your specs because it's hard to spot these little items of info. It cost $1099 instead of $1039 for the non HDR ready, 4ms variant. Prices will change of course, so don't base your purchase off that, but I will say pay attention to those specs so you can get the most up to date model out right now. Of course, the screen only gets to about 500nits of brightness, so it's not technically 'enough' as per the guidelines that suggest 1000 nits is needed for proper HDR. However, it does a pretty decent job at accentuating contrast from experience, specifically in the games I tested (Destiny 2 and PUBG).
Next, the panel itself - Great. I went to this from a 5K iMac so it does drop a little in the sharpness stakes when I'm editing photos and just for general browsing; you will notice it if you're coming from the same background as me, but I have no regrets whatsoever. The 21:9 ratio knocks it out of the park for editing, general productivity and gaming and I wouldn't go back to 16:9 for any of the above if I had the choice.
75hz was the minimum I wanted for the little bit of gaming I do on the panel, and I have to say it's really very good, more than 'acceptable', though I understand gaming purists won't be satisfied.
Re: picture quality - it's very, very good. Rich colors, excellent contrast and sharpness (at 3800 by 1600 it was always going to be great for movies) and very little light bleed. Regardless of what anyone says, any IPS panel will suffer from light bleed to some degree; however, I am very fussy with this (having returned MANY TV's for light bleed) and I have to say it's very minimal and definitely livable with. You won't notice it unless the screen is just turning on, when you'll see a slight hint of it in the corners on the black screen. After that it's not noticeable
On the down side, it's expensive, but all 21:9 monitors are, and it's still almost 30% less than the LG (which is effectively the same monitor) so I have zero regrets plumping for this one. It doesn't have the same bezel-less effect display, but that's the only discernible difference.
So, build quality is exceptional (WAY better than the LG), the stand is a feat of engineering (I still don't know how they get the TV to tilt all direction and especially move up/down with a light touch of the hand, while keeping it perfectly in place and the quality of picture is fantastic too.
What's not to love!?