Acer Predator X25 Review

The Acer Predator X25 is a very powerful and unique-looking piece of hardware that not only performs well, and looks good, but is also very practical and user-friendly with special eye protection technologies in place for user safety.

Acer Predator X25 Overview:

Before we take a look at the Acer Predator X25, which is a high-end 360Hz refresh rate gaming monitor, we must first understand what this monitor is capable of and why users even need such gaming monitors. 

Over the past decade, computers have greatly progressed in terms of speed and performance. To the point where our personal computers are capable of putting out incredible performance. However, to be able to actually see and appreciate the performance of modern gaming systems, and to take full advantage of the amazing refresh rates and low response time that our systems are capable of putting out, we need gaming monitors.

Gaming monitors are high-performance monitors that are not only capable of displaying the performance of a system, but also enhance the user experience with vast color pallets and amazing viewing angles. That being said, the incredible performance of these monitors does not come cheap, as they are relatively very expensive when compared to normal everyday monitors.

So it is better to simply view monitors that can push about 360Hz refresh rates and insanely low response times, as an investment and should be made only by individuals who are willing to invest in their gaming set-up and want a premium experience over everything else. 

Whereas, most normal 144 to 240 Hz, refresh rate monitors are good enough for most casual gamers and some competitive gamers that are simply not willing to invest so much money into one product.

Description:

Acer Predator X25

  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Inputs: HDMI, Display Port, Headphone
  • Features: NVIDIA G-Sync
  • USB: Yes, x4
  • Power Consumption: >37w

There are many tacky and funky-looking 360Hz gaming monitors out there but if simplicity is what you want then the Acer Predator X25 is the way to go for you. Acer is a hardware company that was founded back in 1976 by Stan Shih. They tested and tried to make all sorts of different hardware devices such as computer components, smartphones, and laptops, however, they are only well-known for making good work-focused laptops, and accessories under their predator brand, which is what this gaming monitor falls under.

This monitor really represents how Acer makes all its products. They do not have any signature look or design and just stick to keeping a simple and minimalistic design, to avoid looking too over the top, and instead focus on how the product performs. This is also evident from the fact that on most 360Hz refresh rate monitors you see input latency of about 2 or 3ms, but on this gaming monitor, you can get only 0.3ms of input latency. 

Specifications:

The specifications for the Acer Predator X25 are the following:

Screen Size24.5″
Maximum Resolution(Full HD)1920 x 1080@360 Hz
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Response Time1ms
Color Supported16.7 Million
Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM)100,000,000:1
Brightness400 cd/m²
BacklightLED
Viewing Angles Horizontal178° Horizontal
Viewing Angles Vertical178° Vertical
Panel TypeIPS (In-plane Switching)
StandIncluded
Tilt adjustment(-5°~25°)
Swivel adjustment(-20°~20°)
Height adjustment(4.53″)
Speakers2 x 2 W
Ports & ConnectorsHDMI®1x DisplayPortHeadphone1x USB 3.0 Upstream4x USB 3.0 Downstream
Environmental CertificationMPR II
ColorsBlack
Tearing Prevention TechnologyNVIDIA® G-SYNC®
VESA Compatible(Yes)100 x 100mm
Dimensions (W x H x D)21.97″ x 12.95″ x 3.19″21.9″ x 20″ x 9.3″ (with stand)
Weight (Approximate)8.4 lbs. 13 lbs. (with stand)
Package Contents1 x Predator X25 Widescreen LCD Monitor1 x Displayport Cable1 x HDMI Cable1 x Power Cord (US)1 x USB 3.0 Cable
FeaturesVESA DisplayHDR 400

The specifications of a monitor determine the expectation and how the following measures of performance of a monitor are fully filled in accordance with those expectations.

Image Quality:

Image quality is the number one priority for any viewing device, especially monitors, as this determines how images look after they are processed by the system and then presented to the user. The Acer Predator X25 is fitted with an IPS panel that as standard will provide a 1ms (grey to grey) response time speed but can be pushed to provide a mind-blowing 0.3ms (grey to grey) response time. This ensures that the user will not only have vibrant and accurate colors, with wide viewing angles for maximum comfort but will also not have to face any sort of lag, delay, or ghosting during fast-paced gaming sessions. 

Color:

For any monitor to stand out, it needs to provide attractive color settings, as most modern monitors are capable of providing the same 16.7 million colors as the rest, but how those colors are arranged and managed is what really matters. Fortunately, Acer understands this and have factory-calibrated this monitor at Delta E ≤ 1, meaning users will get precise and consistent colors right out of the box with ~99% sRGB gamut coverage and strong 400-nit peak brightness, making it capable of getting extremely bright, even in a very well-lit room. Making everything look more realistic and natural.

Angles:

Viewing angles are very important as these determine just how comfortable you can get while still being able to view the screen properly. Most people find it difficult to continually sit in the exact same position while gaming or even working, so having good viewing angles is a must, as otherwise, users find themselves having to constantly re-adjust the screen. Fortunately, this gaming monitor features up to 178° for both vertical and horizontal viewing, to ensure that users can stay comfortable while gaming.

Resolution:

This monitor can only provide a maximum resolution of (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 at 360 Hz, which is not the best or most impressive resolution out there. However, the 360Hz refresh rates make up for it and ensure that even a 1080p, everything looks natural, and images are sharp and crisp, to provide a deeper and clearer sense of details and depth perception for the user.

Performance:

The overall performance of the Acer Predator X25 is unmatched as it not only provides 360Hz refresh rates but also has an incredibly low input lag at 0.3ms (grey to grey). This may not sound very special considering that most gaming monitors provide 2 to 3ms (grey to grey) response rates. However, in competitive gaming, even a split second worth of delay can cost you the game, so having reduced response rates is a big plus point. Along with having image quality, viewing angles, and resolution, that is on par with all of its main competitors. 

Features:

The Acer Predator X25 comes with a boatload of features that enable it to perform as well as it does and provide safety for its users, to help enable them to use their computers for extended periods of time.

• For starters, it has the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, which figures out if there is any input to refresh delay or not, and once the delay is measured, it will compensate for it to make your gaming experience smoother.

• It also features NVIDIA G-SYNC, which balances the FPS of your system with the frame rates of your monitor to ensure that there is no tearing of frames or stuttering.

• Fast IPS technology, which basically enables a 1ms (grey to grey) response time, which is responsible for providing incredibly detailed and crisp images, while playing at high frame rates.

• It also has VisionCare, Flickerless, and BlueLightShield, which are all basically eye safety functions. They allow you to watch gameplays and videos without fear of ever damaging or straining your eyes. As harmful blue lights are reduced. This feature is incredibly useful for individuals who are cautious about their eyes and feel like using computers for a long period of time is strenuous, discomforting, or even painful.

• Finally it also has a smart detection feature that detects if the user is present in the room or not. If the user is not there, the monitor will go to power-saving mode. This is a very useful feature that is sure to not only help save power but also serve as a safety mechanism to keep your system from shutting down just because you are currently not using it.

Design & Connectivity:

Now, while the performance and user experience of the Acer Predator X25 is amazing, and reason enough for anyone to buy this product. The overall look of it is a slightly different story. As it features what Acer calls a “Zero Frame” design, which is basically a simple and sleek design for the screen, with abundant connectivity options, but the back stand is a bit odd and chunky. Making it a bit of an acquired taste. 

These days, we are used to seeing all sorts of computer products such as RAM modules, Fans, speakers, keyboards, etc. that utilize design elements such as curves/edges, different textured surfaces, and RGB lights to make themselves stand out. Most gaming monitors use these same various design elements such as along with special mounting tools, stylish stands, and embedded RGB lights to make them look futuristic or aesthetic since the monitor is the single device that is constantly being looked at while a user is using the computer. 

Design:

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The main display of the Acer Predator X25 has a very standard and minimalistic look, it features an almost bezel-less front also known as Acer’s “Zero Frame” design, with “predator” written in silver, in the lower-left corner of the screen. While the back features RGB lights in an incomplete rectangular shape, and within that rectangular shape, we find a textured surface. Whereas the stand is a bit oddly designed, it features the predator logo at the very top, while the rest of its shape is hard to define and looks almost bizarre.  

Practicality:

Now, despite the stand looking bizarre, it is still a very practical piece of equipment, as it provides viewing angles up to 178° and can be easily adjusted to enhance user comfort. It can either be mounted on a wall using a VESA compatible wall mount or on its own included stand.

Given the design of the stand, some people may consider mounting it onto a wall instead, however, the stand is actually quite useful as it allows for a lot of manual adjustment to improve viewing angles and ensures that users can find a comfortable viewing angle. 

While mounted on the stand, the monitor can make tilt adjustments from (-5° to 25°), swivel adjustments from (-20° to 20°) and event height adjustments from (0″ to 4.53″).

Connectivity:

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With such a sleek and minimal-looking design, it makes sense for users to be worried about connectivity options with this monitor. However, the Acer Predator X25 provides more options than what most people need, as it features a single HDMI® port, 1x DisplayPort, 1x Headphone, 1x USB 3.0 Upstream, and 4x USB 3.0 Downstream ports.

Price & Similar Monitors:

In terms of pricing, the Acer Predator X25 is just as expensive, if not slightly more expensive than most other 360Hz refresh rate gaming monitors out there. This is to be expected of a brand like Acer, however, it is difficult to recommend that anyone get this model as it is completely on par with something like the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR or the Alienware AW2521H 360Hz, as both of those are more aesthetically pleasing and practical.

That being said, 360Hz refresh rates are not everything, and for most users, any monitor with 144Hz or 240Hz is more than enough for casual or even competitive gaming.

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Summary

Overall, the Acer Predator X25 is a very powerful and unique-looking piece of hardware that not only performs well, and looks good, but is also very practical and user-friendly with special eye protection technologies in place for user safety.

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