If you’re looking for an ultrawide gaming monitor and your budget can’t support the fancy monitors over $1000 from LG and Alienware, there’s a great deal to consider.
Available at Best Buy and direct from the manufacturer’s website, Viotek’s GNV34DBE2 is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that can handle a variety of gaming demands, as well as typical work-from-home functions. For me, the latter is mostly Microsoft’s Office suite, YouTube, Teams, and Zoom, and a Brave and Edge browser window (with multiple tabs);
Specifications (source: viotek.com)
- – Dimensions: 31.2 x 17.9 x 8.9 inches (808.65 x 454.19 x 225.58mm)
- – Lester: 15.48 pounds
- – Screen size: 34 in.
- – Type of panel: Virginia
- – Resolution: UW-QHD (3440x1440p)
- – Aspect ratio: 21:9
- – Brightness: 350 cd/m2 (maximum)
- – Angle of view: 178° H / 178° V
- – Refresh rate: 144Hz (max)
- – Response time: 1ms MPRT / 6ms GTG (OD)
- – Displayable colors: 16.7 million (million)
- – Range of colors: 99% sRGB, 85% NTSC
- – Contrast ratio: 4000:1
- – Contrast ratio: 1M:1
- – FreeSync range: 48Hz-144Hz
- – 2x DisplayPort 1.4
- – 2x HDMI 2.0
- – 1x 3.5mm audio output
- Other Features
- – Adaptive synchronization
- – G-Sync/FreeSync compatibility
- – Optimized FPS display
- – MRPT anti-ghosting mode
- – Super resolution upscaling
- – GAMEPLUS Reticle
- – Picture in picture (PIP) and picture by picture (PBP)
- – Anti-reflective screen
- – blue light filter
- – LED rear light (red)
- – VESA (75×75mm)
To test Viotek’s QHD beauty, I tested games that scale best with high framerates, such as Crysis 2 Remastered, and side-scrollers that benefit from a wide, curved display, such as Trek to Yomi. . In these cases, I found the GNV34DBE2 to have rich colors (especially black) and smooth refresh with low ghosting. Ghosting is a typical problem for VA panels. Other panel types negate this concern, but other concerns replace it. In short, there is no perfect billboard. Choosing the right panel for you will depend heavily on your needs. Click here for a great guide that details the pros and cons of the most common panel types.
As far as fit goes, the GNV34DBE2 meets my needs well. It lets me use just one monitor, instead of two 27-inches, and provides a solid, well-rounded experience. The biggest issue I have with the monitor is the lack of stability. Using the included kickstand, the monitor will wobble on you as you type on your keyboard or move your mouse around the desk with umph. It’s not too much of a hassle, but I recommend mounting the monitor if your keyboard and mouse share the same desktop space as the monitor.
Another wishlist item would be USB-C monitor support. But that’s not really a big requirement for most users.
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