CES 2017: Acer Announces Monitors With High Refresh Rates and Eye-Tracking

Acer Predator gaming monitors have almost everything a gamer would want.


Acer announced at CES 2017 that it's bringing three new monitors to the market under its Predator line. These monitors all have high refresh rates and NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility. Unfortunately, none of them have been confirmed to work with Freesync, and they’re a little steep in price for what they offer.

The premium monitor of the three is the Z301CT. The Z301CT features a curved ultrawide 2560x1080 screen with Tobii eye-tracking. The monitor is capable of up to a 200Hz refresh rate and supports NVIDIA G-Sync for reduced tear and smooth performance. The $899.99 pricetag is a little steep for what you get with this monitor, especially with the lower resolution, but I suppose that’s the trade-off for the high refresh rate and eye-tracking.

Acer’s other two monitors are part of the XB2 line. The 27-inch XB272 and 24.5 XB252Q are G-Sync capable and 1080p. The primary selling point for these two monitors is their 240Hz max refresh rate, for which you’ll pay a premium. The XB272 will retail for $679.99, and the XB252Q will go for $549.99.

All three of Acer’s new Predator line-up will start shipping next month. I would have liked to see at least on 1440p or 4K monitor in Acer's new line-up, or Freesync capability, but high refresh rates are helpful.

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    January 4, 2017 7:10 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, CES 2017: Acer Announces Monitors With High Refresh Rates and Eye-Tracking

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      January 4, 2017 7:23 AM

      I hate how the monitor industry caters almost exclusively to either the ultra-high end and the ultra-low end. And also how it prioritizes over-priced gimmicks over incrementally reducing cost on proven good technology.

      Case in point-- for years I've wanted a 24" 1080p, GSync monitor with 120hz refresh and an IPS panel, priced below $350. That would sell like hotcakes.

      But instead they just push for higher and higher refresh rates (240 Hz is ridiculously unnecessary), higher resolutions (completely unusable for most people, especially at high refresh rates), and ultra-wide formats (neat, but almost nothing is designed properly for them and they drive the need for higher resolutions and thus lower framerates).

      Rampant, unchecked consumerism :(

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        January 4, 2017 7:30 AM

        I'm thinking most monitor manufacturers have little ability to reduce cost on proven technology. The LCD (or equivalent) panels make up the bulk of the cost of the monitors, and the monitor manufacturers mostly buy the same panels from a handful of panel manufacturers. That means the monitor makers have little control over the price of core functionality monitors, and need other fancy features to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

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        January 4, 2017 8:54 AM

        Eh, disagree. The low end gets considerably better every year, and the prices there do, too.

        You can get 24" IPSs now with good color quality for damn cheap.

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          January 4, 2017 10:15 AM

          It's the same IPS I purchased 7 years ago from Dell. 1080P/60 hz. 23"

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        January 4, 2017 9:44 AM

        I've had similar complaints in the past.

        This year tho, my monitor went out completely. So I had to make an emergency purchase.
        I picked up an AOC 24inch 1080p 144hz Freesync monitor. for just $200 on amazon.

        It almost meets your needs exactly, save for gsync, which nvidia charges a premium for monitor manufacturers to use. I don't care about it, honestly, and I'm an nvidia fan. It's probably the best monitor I've ever purchased.

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        January 4, 2017 12:44 PM


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          January 4, 2017 1:15 PM

          Without improvements to Windows' color space support HDR is going to be iffy for a while in PC games.

          I'm sure AMD and Nvidia will both have attempts to get around that (AMD's already announced theirs as part of Freesync 2), but it'll be rough for a whiie yet.

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        January 4, 2017 1:34 PM

        add to that wishlist, an IPS with no backlight bleed

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          January 4, 2017 1:36 PM

          Isn't a certain amount of backlight bleed more-or-less inherent to the technology?

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            January 4, 2017 1:38 PM

            That's what you keep hearing around but it doesn't make sense to pay $800 then expect such issue to be OK. You don't such issue with TVs, so same thing must be applied here.

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              January 4, 2017 2:40 PM

              Sorry but you're wrong here. This was the downside to having some of the best displays in years. If you're mainly using it to game there is no reason not to buy the screen. A little BLB is not even noticeable in the vast majority of cases.

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            January 4, 2017 2:57 PM

            No, it's not. Panasonic has some new tech that should improve things, though it was just announced and probably is more likely to show up next CES than this one.


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        January 4, 2017 1:42 PM


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        January 4, 2017 10:13 PM

        I'm sure they have research to back up the fact that IPS panels are only for people who want bigger displays.

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      January 4, 2017 8:38 AM

      I really have no interest in the eye tracking stuff, and really hope this doesn't start a trend with all high end gysnc panels including it since it jacks up the cost.

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      January 4, 2017 12:07 PM

      Other than the eye tracking stuff, how is the Z301CT different from the Z35? Same res, same sync speed, g-sync, etc.

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        January 4, 2017 12:08 PM

        Oh, duh, 30" vs 35". So, the Z301CT is meant to be a kind of step down.

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          January 4, 2017 1:36 PM

          Not really a step down, it has better pixel density

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            January 4, 2017 4:03 PM

            I didn't mean it in a derogatory way. They're just trying to hit a different price point with the newer model.

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      January 5, 2017 1:55 AM

      if depth of field uses eye tracking that would be pretty cool. it'd also be cool for HUD elements and stuff like that. Could be interesting!

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