In the beginning were Nvidia’s legendary, long-awaited “BFGDs,” the first of which just came to market after more than a year of waiting. (See our review of the titanic HP Omen X Emperium 65.)
Now, there’s…the LFGD?
The “B” in “BFGD” stood for “big.” LFGD, so Acer says, is short for “Large-Format Gaming Display” (uh-huh), and the slightly-less-big-than-big, 43-inch Predator CG437K looks to fill a gap between the current 4K 144Hz displays on offer today. It splits the difference between 65-inch and 27-inch panels with a display that can actually fit on your desk but won’t leave you squinting to see the details of all your favorite games.
Though it’s missing some core features you’d expect out of a gaming-centric display (full support for G-Sync, namely), the CG437K will ease your skeptical eye when you get a load of its competitive price. (Spoiler alert! $ 1,299, available in September.) Let’s take a look.
Big, But Not BFGD Big?
Okay, there’s no international body governing the legal difference between a “large” display like this 43-inch Acer Predator and competing options like HP’s 65-inch “big” Omen X Emperium 65. But one thing is clear: The CG437K is made for those who are looking for 4K gaming on a sizable screen, but still want to be able enjoy the ultimate gaming experience from their desk without feeling too overwhelmed. The Omen X is a TV replacement and gaming-cave furniture, not a monitor upgrade.
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Though 4K displays that can reach 144Hz refresh rates have been out for a while, until now you had one of two choices in panel size: 27-inch, or 65-inch. The Predator CG437K finds a happy medium between these two extremes, settling in a great spot for 4K displays that sit on desks, with its 43-inch one.
But even though Acer has nailed the size component, some Nvidia fans rocking the latest RTX video card might be concerned to see that G-Sync isn’t explicitly supported, though Acer notes that the panel supports “Adaptive Sync” of a sort. A ping to Acer will clear that up, I imagine.
Plenty of Ports in the Storm
The Predator CG437K will come fully equipped with an array of available ports, including three HDMI ports (no news on whether these will be HDMI 2.0 or 2.1), one DisplayPort 1.4, and a single USB Type-C port.
That’s an In-Your-Face Backplate
The Predator line of gaming monitors, desktops and laptops has never been known for subtle design touches, and the story is no different with the CG437K.
This display wants you to know it’s here to do business, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the back of the cabinet. Sharp edges and hard black angles add up to a face that glares at you from 50 yards away, though the quintessential (formerly black-and-red, now black-and-blue) Predator logo was, strangely, nowhere to be seen.
Creators and Movie Buffs Won’t Be Left Out
Featuring both DisplayHDR 1000 support and a display that can cover 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, the CG437K is looking to cement its position as a good all-around choice for gamers and media buffs alike.
Other notable add-ons include an ambient light sensor at the top of the display for native brightness control, as well as a motion sensor along the bottom bar at the front. The latter automatically turns on the display when it senses a user has sat down in front of it.
Specs, Specs, More Specs
The Acer Predator CG437K will come in just one flavor: the 43-inch, 4K/144Hz version that comes with DisplayHDR 1000, that Adaptive Sync anti-screen-tearing technology, a pair of 10-watt onboard speakers, and a 1ms variable-refresh response time.
Expecting to pay an arm and a leg for all that? Then you might be pleasantly surprised to find out the whole package will set you back “only” a crisp $ 1,299 at checkout. We’re clearing some space on the lab bench for this beastie now, even though it won’t be in the US until late summer. Stay tuned for a full review, if we can tear ourselves away from it to write anything when the time comes.
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