Acer XR382CQK 37.5” UltraWide QHD Monitor Review

Editor rating

5/5 on November 27, 2017

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56 reviews

PROS

  • UltraWide display. This is just about the best monitor you're going to get for high-end gaming. The UltraWide display creates an immersive experience and the beautiful 60fps capabilities bring it to the next level. Fast, responsive and really attractive.
  • Curved shape. The curved shape isn't just a neat gimmick. If you've never used one, it really does enhance the gaming experience. You're not just staring at a tiny box, you're in the game. It's the best thing for immersive gaming short of an actual VR setup.

CONS

  • Works best with a high end PC. The UltraWide really isn't for everyone. If your computer isn't really top-notch, then it's going to slow to a halt when you plug this thing into it. It's not a great option for a home theater or everyday use. It's great for gamers, but a bit much for anyone else.
  • Can be pricey. The price is definitely up there. You can buy an HDTV or multiple monitors for considerably less. An HDTV or multiple monitors aren't nearly as elegant a solution for gaming, but for everyday use or a home theater, may be both preferable and more affordable. These cons aren't really knocks against the monitor if it's what you're looking for, just know what it is you're buying before you put the money down.

VERDICT

If you go in knowing that the Acer UltraWide is a specialty item, then there's really no "Buyer Beware" to discuss here.

This is a monitor for people who really love their CounterStrike and who can afford to drop the extra money on getting the most out of the gaming experience.

If your PC isn't up to par, forget it. If you're a part-time gamer, forget it. If you're building a PC on a budget, skip it.

If you have the money, if your PC is up to snuff, and if you play a lot of high-end graphics-intensive games, on the other hand, the Acer UltraWide is about as good as gaming monitors get.

Thirty seven and a half inches is a lot more monitor than most people need, and at over a grand, not everyone who wants this much display space is going to want to shell out the bucks for it. For the right buyer, the Acer XR382CQK 37.5” UltraWide QHD Monitor is just about perfect; but it’s not for everyone.

The most obvious application for the Acer XR382CQK UltraWide would be gaming.

With a pixel output of 3840 by 1600, it’s really not the best solution to attach to a mid-range laptop or tower.

If you’re not running a top of the line system, it’s going to be grinding and overheating to meet the demands of the ultra-high resolution of this monitor.

If you’re running a good Alienware or a custom built tower, then the Acer UltraWide might be just what you need for a more immersive experience, just know that it’s kind of the equivalent of running a system with two displays.

If your PC can’t manage that, then you may want to consider some upgrades before you invest in a thirty seven and a half inch UltraWide.

It makes sense to consider the Acer XR382CQK UltraWide for a home theater, but the monitor really isn’t ideal for multiple viewers. If you watch a lot of movies solo, then there’s no reason not to use this setup for your home theater, but if you’re planning viewing parties and so on, you’re better off investing in an HDTV and an HDMI cable.

The curved shape is great for gaming or watching Netflix alone, but makes it difficult to share the viewing experience, and thirty seven and a half inches is big for a computer monitor, but it’s kind of modest for a TV.

Not to mention, not a lot of shows or movies are produced in a 21:9 format, so that’s a lot of wasted space if movies and television are your primary reason for buying an Acer XR382CQK UltraWide screen monitor.

If you’re thinking of using this to watch movies, it functions more like a second monitor, allowing you to work and watch a film on the same screen rather than craning your neck to check out the HDTV you have mounted on the wall behind you.

The monitor comes with any kind of ports you could want, HDMI, USB, MHL 2.1, and it runs 60fps games beautifully with no weird lag or artifacts or anything. It’s definitely a specialty product for a niche market, it’s not for everyone, but if it’s what you’re looking for then it’s just about perfect.

Ultimately our advice is to consider the Acer UltraWide if you’re looking for something to really bring your gaming experience to the next level.

If you want a home theater, buy an HDTV. If you want to watch movies while you work, get two monitors for a fraction of the price of this one. If you want an incredible, immersive gaming experience and you have the PC to support it, the Acer UltraWide is incredible.

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