We recently caught wind that the Acer Predator X25 will arrive just in time for the holidays to compete with the Asus ROG Swift 360 and the Alienware AW2521H. What these models have in common are their hyper-fast IPS panels which can go up to 360Hz while having better colors and viewing angles than the older 240Hz TN models. IPS tech has caught up with TN as proven by recent releases, so the notion that TN panels are suited for fast-paced gaming isn’t 100% true anymore.
The Acer Predator X25 fits right next to its brethren when it comes to aesthetics, starting with the sharply detailed chassis with a bezel-free design. The brand also used an identical and fully-adjustable stand you will find on the XV273 X, but its all finished in matte black from the tip of the pillar all the way to the prongs of the base. This aesthetic is much better on the eyes compared to the old black and red Predator design which many thought to be too gaudy or cheapish.
The 360Hz IPS panel on the Acer Predator X25 is accompanied by a 400 cd/m2 backlight and its rated to produce 99% of the sRGB gamut. These specifications aren’t the kind that would bring you eye-popping HDR visuals, but that’s ok since this model focuses on E-Sports gaming more than anything else. Its native resolution sits at 1920 x 1080 which many will complain about, but there currently aren’t any GPUs powerful enough to produce frames that high with higher resolutions on some demanding titles like Warzone.
The Acer Predator X25 is also exclusive to G-Sync since it carries an FPGA controller inside which will only work with the green team’s GPUs. We think that’s to be backward in today’s market, but you have to remember that the 360Hz monitors were co-developed with Nvidia. Future owners will most likely use those cards anyway unless AMD pulls a rabbit out of the hat and beats the upcoming 30-series in performance.
Another specific capability you will find on the Acer Predator X25 is its AdaptiveLight technology. It incorporates lighting sensors on the monitor which will in turn help it to adjust its backlight to better suit your environmental light for optimal performance and to get the ideal color temperature. Acer calls these capabilities LightSense and ColorSense which will help negate the need to apply micro adjustments to your settings.
It’s similar to BenQ’s Brightness Intelligence tech, and we can’t wait to see how Acer implements it for their monitors. There is also another feature ProxiSense which suggests rests or breaks if the monitor feels that you have been using it too long. It’s handy for work-related use, but it can get annoying during competitive gaming marathons.
The Acer X25 is scheduled to arrive in the US and EMEA by November with a starting price of $1099.90 and around EUR 1139 respectively. China gets it earlier by October, starting with an RMB 7999 price tag. You can visit the official page for the Acer X25 and you can keep tabs on this page since we will update it if we get more juicy details.
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Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.