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Acer Predator X32FP review: Gaming with DisplayHDR 1000

Acer Predator X32FP review: Gaming with DisplayHDR 1000

Introduction

With the Acer Predator X32FP, we have a new “Predator” with truly impressive specs that go beyond the capabilities of a conventional gaming display. The full but somewhat cumbersome designation is: Acer Predator X32FPbmiiiiphuzx.

The 32-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and is backlit with “FALD” (“Full-array local dimming”) and mini LEDs divided into 576 zones. Furthermore, the test subject can boast a DisplayHDR 1000 certification and is said to achieve a luminance of 1200 cd/m². This guarantees a true HDR feel. The specified switching time is also impressive. With a refresh rate of 1 ms (GtG) and a refresh rate of up to 160 Hz, the Acer Predator X32FP is not inferior to super athletes. The offer is rounded off with a gaming toolbox and an expanded color space.

Overall, it looks like the Acer Predator X32FP can attack at the top. In the following pages we will find out if this is confirmed.

Detailed information on features and specifications can be found in the Technical sheet of the Acer Predator X32FPbmiiiiphuzx.

scope of delivery

Acer has been going the eco-friendly route with its monitor packaging for a long time. The manufacturer no longer relies on boxes with spectacular motifs, but instead ships its displays in recyclable outer packaging. At 15.4 kg, the Acer Predator X32FP weighs a considerable amount, so it can be assumed that there is already some quality in the box. To facilitate transport, recessed handles have been attached to the sides.

Unspectacular and environmentally friendly packaging.

The box is also generously designed in depth so that access from the top of the box is not an inconvenience. In the upper part are the accessories, distributed in several compartments. As for cables, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, and USB 3.0 cables are available. Booklets with a quick start guide and warranty terms in every conceivable language are included in the package as paper supplements. In addition, we found a report of the factory calibration. As usual, the manual, drivers and color profiles are available for download on the product website.

Monitor Accessories: Decent Cable Selection DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, and USB 3.0 Cables
Decent cable selection

The fully assembled monitor sits under the Styrofoam top. The screen just needs to be taken out of the box. It only remains to remove the velcro strip that blocks the elevation mode. Rarely have we been able to put a monitor into operation so quickly and comfortably. However, it is also possible to attach the Acer Predator X32FP to alternative transport systems. To do this, the cover of the VESA 100 mount must be removed, which is only held with clips. Behind it are the four screws that fix the device to the support arm. The transport system requires a VESA 100 mount to mount the screen.

VESA 100 socket without the bezel
VESA 100 socket without the bezel

optics and mechanics

The Acer Predator X32FP consists mainly of black plastic with a silky surface, as is often used in monitors. However, the surface is also very susceptible to fingerprints. Therefore, the microfiber cloth will often have to be used here. Many parts of the support arm and the entire base are made of anthracite-tone metal.

The front shows a three-sided frameless design. The 25mm tall bottom frame has two badges attached to the left, which can be removed if required. On the right side is the small power LED, which was placed slightly below the frame. It lights up blue during operation and orange when in standby.

Removable badges on the left side of the monitor frame
Removable badges on the left side.
The small power LED is located at the bottom right of the monitor frame.
The little power LED is on the right.

If the monitor is turned off with the power button, the light turns off completely. Although the LED cannot be disabled during operation, it is not a distraction due to its size and position. The bright Predator logo is applied in the middle.

Predator logo centered in lower frame
Predator logo centered in lower frame
One of the many ventilation slots at the top
One of the many ventilation slots at the top

The depth of the screen is 35 mm at the top and on the outside. In any case, there will be no heat buildup with the Acer Predator X32FP. There are plenty of ventilation slots on the top, on the outside, and on the back wall, allowing for air circulation that isn’t really necessary at all with an LED panel. Here at some point dust getting into the case is likely to be the biggest problem. A USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports is easily accessible on the outside left.

Easy-to-use USB 3.0 side ports
Easy-to-use USB 3.0 side ports

The vertical joint, responsible for the tilt mechanism, is located directly behind the monitor mounting plate. When the Acer Predator X32FP is in the top position, it can be tilted back 35 degrees. If the screen is pushed further down, the angle decreases a bit because the support arm gets in the way. The maximum forward tilt is 5 degrees.

Maximum screen tilt forward and backward
Maximum tilts backwards and forwards

The construction terminates at the support arm directly behind the tilt joint. The lifting mode is implemented over a distance of 130mm through a sliding system. In the lowest position, the bottom edge of the monitor is about 85mm above the table.

Screen in the lowest position from the front
In the lowest position from the front
Screen in the lowest position from behind
In the lowest position from behind
Screen in the highest position from the front
In the highest position from the front
Screen in the highest position from behind
In the highest position from behind

The support arm has a carry handle at the top end, while the headphone hook can be attached below.

Headphone hook and large Predator logo on the back of the arm
Headphone hook and large Predator logo on the back of the arm

On the way down, the back of the support arm is covered in plastic and features the Predator logo. Beneath the plastic coating, it appears as if three solid metal discs are sitting on top of each other.

Swivel mechanism for side turning
Swivel mechanism for side turning
Window in monitor arm is used for cable management
The window is used for cable management.

Of course, these discs are made of well-designed plastic and serve as a hinge for swivel mode, allowing the screen to rotate 30 degrees to the left and 30 degrees to the right. Directly below the swivel mechanism a plastic window is attached, through which the cables can be passed to the rear.

Lateral rotation of the screen to the left
Lateral rotation to the left
Lateral rotation of the screen to the right
lateral rotation to the right

The base consists of the extended support arm, which has been tilted back to ensure a better rear grip, and the two stabilizers, which are at a large angle to each other. The Acer Predator X32FP has very good stability, but the construction also takes up a lot of space in the depth. At around 28cm from the rear support surface to the front of the monitor, a standard desk with a depth of 60cm is simply not big enough and you sit directly in front of the screen.

Acer Predator X32FP Design Print
Acer Predator X32FP Design Print

If you look at the Acer Predator X32FP from the front, the support arm base construction makes a completely elegant impression. If the two badges on the left side of the bottom frame are removed, the test person’s front would look good in a design office. The rear wall, on the other hand, looks a bit more fun. However, no lighting effects are distracting to the wearer, which is a bit surprising for a Predator model and fans of the gamer style might miss it.

In terms of workmanship, the model scores well. Both the feel and the mechanics are of a high standard and make the screen look very valuable.