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We use the built-in 1080p benchmarks in Far Cry 5 (at its Normal and Ultra presets) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (at its Medium and Very High presets). In the first, UL's 3DMark, we run two DirectX 11-driven subtests, the mainstream Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which is more suited to gaming rigs. Combined with a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution and an advertised 3ms response time, it's a winning combo for high-speed fragging. Visit our corporate site. The 2020 edition of Acer's Predator Helios 300 is more compelling than ever thanks to its subtler badging and nearly doubled battery life. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, There is almost nothing on the technology tree that this monitor doesn’t sport. Nice. Moving down, the buttonless touchpad sits left in the palm rest to align with the keyboard. Now it’s all come together, and with a grab bag of the best in screen tech to boot. Subtler badging for this latest iteration helps it earn our top honors for midrange 15-inch gaming notebooks once again. We may earn an affiliate commission. PC Gamer is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. In fact, the display is so smooth that it's easy to appreciate outside of gaming. Or, Satan’s own spreadsheet filling up the entire expanse. Acer deserves a shout-out for massively improving the battery life from the 3 hours, 19 minutes we measured from the 2019 model.

Until now, if you wanted wide you had to settle for short. In fact, outside of esports, both GPUs will be spending their time well under 144fps for titles like Death Stranding, so the higher refresh rate could be a moot point. In Doom Eternal the experience was almost overwhelming, and seeing the colours of this IPS in such a sumptuous environment was an eye candy deluxe thrill. In practice, however, I saw no discernable difference while gaming, and generally left it on Desktop mode unless in a fast-paced FPS game. Let's get testing. Revealed back at CES in January, and originally set for a spring release, the Predator X38 is only now getting close to retail availability. Another big note is that the Acer Predator X34S has a super-fast 0.5ms response time. Now two generations matured, this 2020 version (starts at $1,199; $1,499 as tested) is largely a hardware refresh of last year’s model with Intel’s “Comet Lake” silicon and up to a 240Hz screen. A pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (5Gbps), an audio combo jack, and a Killer E2600 Ethernet port grace the left edge. Text shows up crisply with no jaggies or bleed, and it’s very unusual to have a large-screen gaming monitor achieve that. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. The metal design isn't without compromises. FOUR! I did find that when using the HDMI port, any movement of the monitor would cause the screen to flicker or momentarily go dark – a dodgy port, no doubt, and hopefully particular to just my review unit.
The Predator's slightly thicker than average chassis no doubt helps its thermal performance. For Acer PREDATOR has a Future like Alien theme to it. Refresh rate - 144Hz (175Hz overclocked) Native resolution - 3840 x 1600 The IPS screen on my review model has a 240Hz refresh rate, the unstated standard for premium gaming notebooks in mid-2020. The keyboard's feedback is on the mushy side for my preferences, but its short and quick key throws enable some fast typing.