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One trait many value displays have in common is weak out-of-box color accuracy. The VI-01 is no exception, but it isn’t too hard to make it into a much better monitor.
Grayscale and Gamma Tracking
The VI-01 starts out with a very cool grayscale. You can see this as a flatter image with a two-dimensional quality. Because of the light gamma, the default picture lacks brilliance.
Calibration improves grayscale tracking enormously to where there are no visible errors at any point in the brightness scale. Gamma is still too light though. The picture is much better thanks to greater color saturation, which I’ll talk about below, but there is potential for more. A darker gamma preset would be welcome.
The VI-01’s default 6.59dE result is typical of value displays. While the error isn’t huge, the monitor will look much better with calibration. I recommend using the settings I posted on page one at a minimum. That will get you close to the mark. My sample finished at 0.90dE, which is excellent for this category and price point.
The VI-01’s light gamma is a flaw that cannot be fixed. A 0.25 range of values isn’t too bad relative to most monitors, but the 12.73% deviation from standard should be corrected with a firmware update. Galax could either adjust the gamma or add presets to the menu options. This affects both perceived contrast and color saturation.
Color Gamut Accuracy
You can see what I’ve been talking about in the first color chart. The primaries, especially red, are significantly under-saturated. The hue errors in magenta and yellow are easy to fix with a grayscale calibration, but the only way to increase saturation is with a darker gamma option.
Luckily, my adjustments add color back in. The hue errors are fixed except for blue, which is a little off the mark. The lower points, 20-60%, are much closer to their targets which is a major visible improvement in quality. Calibration makes the VI-01 a lot better, but there is still some upward potential.
Though the VI-01 is last in the color gamut comparison, 3.50dE is a respectable score for the money. Remember that this monitor costs less than $300. It undercuts much of its competition while only sacrificing a little color accuracy and contrast. In other words, it’s still an outstanding deal.
Gamut volume is not a problem here with the VI-01’s 88.19% coverage of DCI-P3. My only complaint is that there’s no sRGB mode, but that won’t be a problem for most gamers. Like most wide gamut screens, the Galax comes up short in the green primary.
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.
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Amazon search for this monitor yields nothing. wtf?Reply
Kridian said:Amazon search for this monitor yields nothing. wtf?
The only country that they use Amazon with is India.
You can buy on the Galax store in USA and they have a list of where to buy in other countries.
To me that's an extra plus on why buy this monitor.
I don't know if you all know, but Amazon is a dumpster fire of fake listings and a place where companies get their products' information stolen by Amazon and then used for their own knock offs: https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/amazon-copied-products-rigged-search-results-promote-its-own-brands-documents-2021-10-13/
Any company that uses them outside of pure necessity due to being a monopoly is insane.
Visited the Galax store (USA/galaxstore.net) and has no monitors on their page.Reply
Visited the overall Galax site (galax.com) and there is no option to buy.
There is a word I'm thinking here... fail, fail & fail some more.
Monoprice and multiple brands on Amazon says that QHD 165Hz IPS isn't expensive to be goodReply
Hello, could you please send me the icc profile of this monitor xdReply