Acer has introduced its new top-of-the-range ultrawide curved gaming display just hours before CES 2020 was set to kick off. The Predator X38 happens to be the industry’s first curved monitor to feature a UWQHD+ resolution and a 175 Hz refresh rate, a combination not yet available from any manufacturer.

The Acer Predator X38 is based on a 37.5-inch IPS panel featuring a 2300R curvature which means that it is ‘less curved’ than displays with a lower radius of curvature, a 3840x1600 resolution, a 1 ms GtG response time, and a 175 Hz refresh rate in overclock mode. The resolution of the display, along with its dimensions is well suited for immersive gaming as well as for watching Ultra-HD videos filmed in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or 2.40:1, which is a popular aspect rator for film. Speaking of films, it is necessary to note that the Predator X38 can reproduce 98.5% of the P3 color gamut, which is a common color space used for digital movie projection these days and is a part of the Ultra HD Premium specification.

Being aimed at gamers, the Acer Predator X38 supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync adaptive refresh rate technology and is also DisplayHDR 400 certified. It is noteworthy that Acer does not disclose normal and peak brightness levels supported by the monitor, but the peak one should be at least 400 nits.

The display connects to host PCs and consoles using DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 ports and it also has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub to plug in peripherals. As for audio, the monitor has two 7 W speakers.

The ergonomic stand featured by the Predator X38 is stylized after battle robots with elements that resemble armor of the Predator character to emphasize the nature of the device. Meanwhile, it can adjust height, tilt, and swivel to optimize viewing position and maximize fragging gaming performance.

Acer’s Predator X38 display will be available in Europe and the US this April for €2,199 and $2,399, respectively.

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  • Vitor - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Damn, it is very sad how hdmi 2.1 keeps on being ignored. Is that 48gb bandwith scary for the industry? Cant imagine how they will delay DP 2.0 sith its 75gb bandwith. Reply
  • jeremyshaw - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Is 48Gbps even needed for this monitor? No need to waste money on superfluous bandwidth, when the featureset can already be backported (and already has). Reply
  • nevcairiel - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Ignoring any overhead, 3840x1600 x 30bit x 175 Hz is 32 Gbit, more then the 18Gbps HDMI 2.0 offers or the 28Gbps DP 1.4 offers, so..

    In 8bit instead of 10bit you might get it into DP 1.4 (not sure on the overhead right now), but HDR wants 10bit
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  • palladium - Saturday, January 18, 2020 - link

    Probably end up with 4:2:2 and/or DSC with 175hz Reply
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Are there higher licensing costs with HDMI 2.1 that might be a barrier to adoption? IIRC, quite a few people have pointed out that we are still hanging onto DP in computing when the rest of the audio/video world has transitioned fully to HDMI due in part to the licensing costs associated with the more common interface. Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Hmmm. More inputs than just DP, but G-sync (I don't see "compatible" anywhere). So this has an updated G-sync module. Is this the (rumored?) updated module that also works as a VESA AS/FreeSync monitor when connected to non-Nvidia GPUs? If so, that would be very relevant information to include. Reply
  • JehovaNova - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Still waiting for somebody to make a reasonably affordable QLED ultrawide with 144hz,freesync,and HDR10 at a bare minimum 3440x1440 if not higher resolution like the one above. Asus and Nvidia would have you believe 360hz and 1080p is worth going backwards and sticking with ancient lcd panel technology,can't wait to see how much they think that is worth.

    I have an Acer Predator z35p and recently bought the new Samsung Q60R QLED w/freesync and HDR10 and oh my did it blow me away. Gaming monitors are being held back due to the fear of advertising 11ms response time in game mode when realistically I cannot tell a difference... minus the fact that I went with 43in which is only 60hz(thanks Amazon for misleading info!) and my Acer 35in which is 100hz. I refuse to pay $1200 to Nvidia for their top of line gpu and I damn well ain't gonna shell out $2,000-4,000.00 for a monitor. I know I am not alone in thinking this is just insanity and greed run amok.
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  • Awful - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Different consumers have different needs?

    Think of it like cars. Some people want a people mover to take all 7 kids to soccer practice (analogy: large area/high resolution to fit a lot on the screen for productivity, spreadsheets, programming etc), some people need a truck to carry large loads of freight / gear in the back (say, accurate color for photography or video editing/color grading), and some people need a F1 car to go around a track as fast as possible for competitive purposes (eSports folk that want a high refresh rate & low latency).

    All of the monitors produced are for use cases that are compromises that emphasize some of the strengths of the technology that are important for that usage at the expense of less important characteristics for that use case - all within the constraints of price people are willing to pay for a monitor for that purpose.
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  • FXi - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Nice panel LG. Now why couldn’t you do the same tweaks to your 42.5” panel? Reply
  • Ninjawithagun - Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - link

    This monitor falls short of all expectations for 2020. It needs to have G-Sync Ultimate with an HDR1000 rating. No way would I pay for this kind of monitor if it's not going to have all of the latest features. At this price range, it should also have HDMI 2.1 and DP 2.0. Reply

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