Being one of the leading suppliers of monitors for gamers, Acer has not had a single ultra-large, ultra-wide display for gamers. Until now. This week the company finally started to sell its EI491CR, a 49-inch curved monitor that supports AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology. 

The Acer EI491CR uses a curved 8-bit VA panel featuring a 3840 × 1080 resolution, 400 nits maximum brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 4 ms response time, 178º/178º vertical/horizontal viewing angles, and a 144 Hz refresh rate (overclocked from 120 Hz). The LCD can display 16.7 million colors and covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

The key selling feature of the EI491CR besides its diagonal is support for AMD’s FreeSync 2 variable refresh rate technology with Low Framerate Compensation that also allows applications to tone map directly to a monitor's native dynamic range thus improving rendering quality and performance in HDR mode. Meanwhile, it is unclear whether the LCD supports industry-standard HDR10 transport and how good HDR experience will be given that the maximum brightness supported by the display is 400 nits.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the EI491CR features one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, and one HDMI 1.4 input. The monitor does not have a USB hub, yet it has two integrated 3 W speakers.

Acer's EI1 49-Inch Monitor with AMD FreeSync 2
  EI491CR Pbmiiipx
Panel 49" VA
Native Resolution 3840 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz (overclocked)
120 Hz (nomina;)
Response Time 4 ms GtG
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1 (typical)
Backlighting LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1800R
Aspect Ratio 32:9 (3.56:1)
Color Gamut 90% DCI-P3
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync 2
Pixel Pitch 0.312 mm²
Pixel Density 81.41 PPI
Inputs 1 × DP 1.2
1 × HDMI 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3W stereo speakers
USB Hub -
MSRP $799 (retail) - $1199 (MSPR)

Acer’s EI491CR display is already available from select retailers at $799.99 (with a $100 discount). Given the price, the ultra-large display seems to look rather attractive for gamers with a budget who want to have a huge monitor.

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Source: Acer (via TechPowerUp)

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  • siberian3 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Looks amazing for poor old me!!!
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    "Given the price, the ultra-large display seems to look rather attractive for..."

    ...No one. It's simply not worth that price. Price fixing is crazy.
  • incx - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Argh. And here I thought they'd actually brought out my next monitor, but nope, it's a cursed ultrawide (or in other words, ultrashort). Diagonal measurements really can't be trusted any more.
  • stephenbrooks - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    What I don't get is how games are supposed to work on this. Is the field-of-view just in the centre 50% and the peripheral parts massively distorted? Or is it effectively letterboxed, which would be annoying?
  • piroroadkill - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    1080 pixels high, hahaha

    Forget it. Forget it.
  • stangflyer - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    3840x1600 please.
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