Originally Posted by technodanvan
Dunno why you guys are comparing this to the HP Omen, isn't that a different class of monitor?
Well, I ordered one of these to replace the Samsung CF791 I tried out first. First impressions are really good, but do not include any gaming tests right now as I'm simply powering it off a stock Pentium G3258 IGP. Yes, it appears to be capable of the full 3840x1600 resolution, though of course the refresh rate drops to 30 Hz. For my purposes, that's totally fine right now since this primarily a work monitor, with some gaming on the side once a few parts come in.
I'm also not nearly as picky as a lot of guys are here, but here are my impressions versus the Samsung CF791.
1. While both monitors contain a lot of plastic, the Acer feels a lot more solid and has a rough texture to it. The Samsung is a high gloss white that feels a little on the thin side.
2. The stand on the Acer is metal with plastic bits thrown in, while the Samsung is clad completely in plastic. The Acer stand is much more solid, which is pretty obvious when you look at the design of it. The only nice thing about that Samsung stand is it hides any wires you need to run, while the Acer cannot. As a side note, I am of the opinion that any monitor that costs upwards of $1,000 can afford to have actual metal freaking accents instead of plastic look-a-likes. The Samsung base is a ripe example of this, and frankly I find it incredibly irritating. If that thing was a solid chunk of stainless steel it would have looked far nicer and helped ensure the base was steady.
3. I have a large, heavy hardwood desk, 6 feet wide by 30 inches deep. I like having a lot of surface area to distribute various reports and such while I work, so in general I shove my monitors back as far as possible. The stand on the Acer is much deeper than that on the Samsung, so not only is the screen larger, it is also notably closer to me. I'm still split on that. If anyone made a suitable replacement VESA stand that didn't require ruining my desk I would consider going that route, but I'll probably just live with the stock stand. Personally, I wouldn't put this on a desk any shallower than mine, unless you like sitting uncomfortably close to the screen.
4. The Displayport never worked on my Samsung, which was the primary reason I started looking for a replacement. Works fine on the Acer.
5. The OSD is much faster on the Acer and the monitor comes out of sleep much faster.
6. I see less variation in color on the Acer than i did on the Samsung. Since I work on a lot of reports I generally have a lot of very white documents open at once, so it's pretty noticeable if it's there. It was somewhat of a distraction on the CF791.
7. The extra real estate is really nice for what I do.
8. Neither monitor came with dead pixels, which I appreciate!
9. The curve is more subtle on the Acer, which I think I prefer over the Samsung. Mind you, I really didn't have a problem with the curve on the Samsung either.
10. I had no idea the Acer came with under-monitor lighting. It's also fairly subtle, and can easily be changed or shut off. I generally leave it on white, which leads to my next point...
11. My desk lamp really didn't fit well with the Samsung CF791, but it doesn't fit on my desk at all with the 38" Acer. I mean, it fits, but the arm mechanism can't be positioned at an optimal point. The under-monitor lighting kind of helps make up for that. Sort of. Not really.
12. The Acer is notably heavier than the Samsung. Picking up the monitor is easy enough as the metal frame forms a nice handle on top, so that was nice. I'd definitely place it on a solid desk, but if you're willing to drop this much on a monitor you have probably already done that.
13. I just spelled 'done' "odne", am I having a stroke?
14. Also, the box was physically too wide for me to (safely) carry up the stairs without some assistance, whereas I could pick up the CF791 without an issue. I'm 5'10", so take that as you will. I didn't want to risk dropping the thing so I enlisted some help.
15. The speakers on both monitors are pitiful. Most probably don't care about that (or at least aren't surprised by that), however as these monitors are getting bigger it's harder to justify the space on my desk for speakers. I also say this because the speakers on my wife's 5K iMac are surprisingly tolerable. When all I really care about is some ambient noise while working I don't need anything special, and I'd prefer to save the space on my desk. From the audiophile perspective, the Acer sticks out far enough it would undoubtedly have an effect on imaging from good speakers unless you also bring them out pretty far (or have a wide enough desk). In my case, if I put speakers as wide as possible it'll probably be fine. Another possibility I have considered is making some horizontal speakers that could fit under the monitor. Again, not great for imaging, but perhaps a nice balance between quality and conservation of desk space. I'll have to think on it.
All in all, I'm really pleased with the Acer so far and look forward to running some games on it. In a few weeks I will at least have an RX480 (and an i7), so I can try some stuff out then, if anyone is interested. Again, I'm not particularly anal about monitors, but if they have obvious defects (a la the CF791 and it's faulty DP) then I won't put up with it. So far, I haven't seen anything like that on the XR382CQK.
Guess I'll just need to make my own VESA mount...then a matching desk, once I finish the one for my wife. I suppose for a better low-fi (low mid-fi?) solution to the ambient noise problem would be to tack on some small full range drivers to a DIY monitor mount.
Crap, I just spelled 'for' "ofr", I'm DEFINITELY having a stroke.