Acer XR382CQK gets ahead of the FreeSync curve

Once you get used to all the real estate offered by a big, high-resolution screen, it's tough to go back—especially for gaming. You can only go up from there. Acer knows it, and offers its new FreeSync-powered ultrawide 37.5" XR382CQK as the next step up in gamers' eternal quest for immersion.

Acer's IPS display boasts a 3440x1600 resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 2,300R curvature. The monitor's 75Hz refresh rate, 5-ms response time, and inclusion of FreeSync roughly position it as a display for the gamer crowd, though it's not marked with Acer's Predator label. On the back of the display, you'll find one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 ports. The monitor also offers four USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a USB 3.0 Type-C port for extra convenience. A pair of built-in 7W speakers might come in handy for basic sound output, though we wouldn't advise letting of your desktop speakers quite yet.

A picture-by-picture mode lets two sources display side-by-side on the screen, and Acer's GameView lets you adjust black levels, add an on-screen crosshair, or change the refresh rate without having to navigate through the display's OSD menu. Users can use DisplayPort daisy-chaining for multi-monitor configurations, too.

Acer says that the XR382CQK should be available now for $1,300. We've spotted it at MicroCenter and Amazon, though it's unavailable for now. We're betting some gamers already have their credit cards out.

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