Acer Predator XB321HK 4K Review

Acer Predator XB321HK Review
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG348Q Review
Logitech G413 Carbon Review
We have put hours of research and testing into this gaming laptop buyer guide of the 10 best gaming laptops available in 2018.

Front view of the XB321HK

Overview

XB321HK
While it sits on the pricier end of the spectrum, the ASOS Republic of Gamers Swift PG348Q monitor has a screen that is incredibly massive. Its size, though, might not be enough to make the price worth it, but its features and quality might be just the thing.
This gaming keyboard is quite possibly our favorite among the more reasonably priced gaming keyboards out there. Though it has some expensive competitors with amazing features, the “bang for your buck” that you get with the HyperX Alloy Elite is more than worth it.

The XB321HK is a 4K display that uses a IPS panel with a refresh rate of 60Hz, while higher refresh rates are in the pipe line in 2018 you'll be lucky to have the horse power to drive the display at a constant 60fps. The trade off with this display is the refresh rate and input lag, if you're playing FPS games you might want to look at our other top picks for 2018 here.

Acer is a technology giant that is well-known for their gaming products in addition to their wide selection of computers, notebooks, smartphones, and projectors. They are a Taiwanese company that has been producing high-quality products since 1976. Their gaming display offerings range from modest 24” screens to 37.5” giants, and everything in between. They even have started to come out with a variety of 4k resolution monitors and curved monitors to satisfy the needs of even the most dedicated and experienced gamers who are hungry for the latest technology.

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Acer Predator XB321HK bmiphz 32-inch IPS UHD (3840 x 2160) NVIDIA G-Sync Widescreen Display (2 x 2w speakers, 4- USB 3.0 Ports, HDMI & Display Port)

  • 32" IPS UHD Widescreen with 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • Response Time: 4ms;Tilt Angle : -5°to25°
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.185mm. Flicker-less Technology-Reduces annoying screen flickering that can cause eye strain when viewing the monitor for long periods.

One of their newest and most ambitious models is the Acer Predator XB321HK that has been turning quite a few heads this holiday season. This massive 32” display from Acer won our award for the best 4K gaming monitor, with many die-hard gamers who say the experience it provides is well-worth the price. While most of us probably don’t have a thousand dollars to drop on a whim, having a high-quality monitor can make all the difference in your gaming experience and may be something worth saving up for. Hopefully, this Acer Predator XB321HK review will help you determine whether this monitor will make all your gaming dreams come true or whether you should go back to sleep and keep dreaming.

Features Overview

This monitor features an IPS panel. It includes two video inputs (HDMI and DisplayPort) as well as four USB 3.0 ports. Its refresh rate is 60Hz. It has a UHD (3840 x 2160) Resolution coupled with a 16:9 Aspect Ratio. Its brightness is 350 Nit, which is significantly greater than your typical LCD display. Its response time is 4 ms. It utilizes Nvidia's G-Sync anti-tearing technology just like its little brother the Acer XB271HK.

Image of the back of XB321HK

Build Quality

The build quality of the Predator XB321HK is exceptional. The monitor has a sleek design but because of its durability, it is something that you can expect to last for many hours of game play. Its height is 17.1″, its width is 29.1″, and its depth is 2.4″. The weight of the device is approximately 17.64 pounds.

Side view of the XB321HK
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Design

The Acer Predator XB321HK features a sleek design with an extremely thin frame. The lower right-hand side of the screen features an easy-to-use power button along with other controls that are all quite user-friendly. The stand features streamlined red feet with extra padding that are both classy and effective. The stand also gives the screen great mobility, allowing for precise adjustment in height or tilt depending on the player’s personal preference. However, its stand doesn’t allow for any swivel adjustments or to place it into portrait mode, which may bother some gamers. The whole design does a great job of maximizing screen display as a great gaming display should. The screen is also treated with a remarkably effective anti-glare coating that allows the screen to display its contents completely regardless of how bright the room is. The overall design of the Acer Predator XB321HK is sleek and clean, giving gamers the ultimate sense of sophistication and style.

Performance

The Predator XB321HK performs at an incredibly high level with impeccable 4k resolution. Most of the time when monitors attempt to operate with that high of resolution, smoothness goes completely out the window, but this monitor is able to do both quite successfully through the use of Nvidia’s incredible G-Sync technology that almost completely removes all on-screen tears. It gives users a refreshingly clean and uninterrupted experience. The refresh rate and response time are middle of the road, but still respectable. Its 16.7 million colors are beautifully vibrant and extremely accurate. The crisp display will make you feel as though you are right in the action. The superb visual performance is really what sets this monitor apart from all the rest.

​A​CER ​XB321HK Pros & Cons

If you’re considering Acer’s Predator XB321HK, the pros of this monitor make it a solid investment. This monitor creates an astoundingly beautiful picture that is clear and precise while fostering a fantastic gaming experience.

In simpler terms, here are a few good things and bad things about this particular model.

PROS & CONS

  • Amazing picture quality and low latency
  • Smooth performance (no glitches)
  • Gorgeous design
  • Decent audio
  • Built-in speakers are remarkably effective on their own, producing a sound that is only somewhat tinny
  • Easy to set up—go from holding the box in your hands to playing in no time
  • Comes with a great three-year warranty that covers labor, parts, and the device’s backlight
  • Expensive
  • Only has two video inputs, which isn’t ideal (although it does cover all the essentials necessary for high-performance 4k gaming
  • Doesn’t include a headphone jack, which may be a deterrent to some

The price alone is enough to potentially deter many would-be purchasers. In addition, some gamers out there don’t think that the lower refresh rate of 60Hz warrants such a high price because it is possible to get much cheaper models that have refresh rates of 144Hz or above. However, none of the monitors on the market today that possess that high of a response rate also feature 4k resolution. As a gamer, it just depends on what is most important to you, because there are other gamers who swear by this monitor’s top-notch 4k resolution as being the best of the best, making this monitor incredibly worth it.

Conclusion

Honestly, this is an incredible monitor that would make any gamer happy to own. Its visual performance cannot be beaten. If you want to see the world or your favorite video game brought to life in a way that you’ve never imagined, then this device is definitely for you. Most 4k resolution monitors are rarely done right as the technology is still relatively new, but this monitor knocks it out of the park. Its reduced connectivity capability and average refresh rate are minor setbacks, but nothing that breaks the elevated appeal of this amazing device. However, if you value a super-fast refresh rate over great picture quality, then this may not be the best monitor for you. It is a minor trade-off that many gamers happily live with, but as always it is completely up to personal preference. The biggest con is its large price tag, but if you can swing it, this monitor would make a great addition to any hardcore gamer’s arsenal and is worth every penny.  

While the Logitech G413 Carbon doesn’t boast about a wide array of extra features, it still stands up as a high-quality keyboard for gaming. The simplistic quality allows the Logitech G413 Carbon to serve your given purposes while saving you money. Its simplicity is also what makes it possible for the product to be sold at a relatively affordable cost.

While features such as playback lighting are disappointingly not included, the keyboard’s scientifically proven durability and speed are enough to enhance your game without all the extra features that some lesser keyboards may charge you extra for.

That is why, unless your entire quest to find the right keyboard is based in a desire for certain special features, we believe that the Logitech G413 Carbon is a great buy. It is sure to help you play a great game and be a competitive force in the online gaming world.



Every keyboard on the market has its positive and negative aspects. The Logitech G413 Carbon does not escape this universal truth. However, that does not take away from the great effectiveness of the keyboard. By looking at the clear positives and negatives, you can be sure that you are buying a keyboard that will serve you best. Sometimes you may need the extra bells and whistles of a more complicated keyboard to complete all the actions you want. In other cases, the practical simplicity of the Logitech G413 Carbon will effectively serve everything you need it to and bolster your game to the most powerful it can be.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

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Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

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Gigabyte Aero 14
There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

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As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.
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However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

About the Author: Olivia Huntington

Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

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Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.