Galax Vivance VI-01 Gaming Monitor Review: Solid Value and Performance

The Galax Vivance VI-01 is a 27-inch IPS/QHD gaming monitor with 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

Galax Vivance VI-01
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With so many QHD 165 Hz screens to choose from, it makes sense to find value-oriented products in the mix. A lower price doesn’t have to mean less performance. However, it’s important to prioritize your wish list because you won’t always get it all. If gaming is the primary consideration, response and motion processing should be a priority.

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The Galax Vivance VI-01 delivers excellent gaming performance. Panel response is on par with other 165 Hz screens and with quicker-than-average input lag, it makes a great tool for your favorite action titles. In my experience, it matched my every move perfectly and kept the picture sharp in all scenarios, fast or slow. With G-Sync certification, FreeSync compatibility and a well-done backlight strobe, video processing is as good as the best in class. Just make sure to turn off the overdrive to avoid artifacts.

The only flaw for me was image fidelity, and that was all due to the light gamma. It may seem like a minor point, but gamma impacts all aspects of the picture, especially color and contrast. Though the VI-01 has the 1,000:1 contrast ratio I expect from an IPS panel, the light gamma creates a subtle but visible veil. Calibration improves color saturation, and that is a good thing. But darker gamma would take this monitor to a higher level.

When considering what you get for the money, the VI-01 is a good choice. It’s one of the least-expensive 27-inch QHD 165 Hz monitors available and that partially excuses its downsides. If you’re looking for a solid budget-friendly gaming display, the Galax Vivance VI-01 is definitely worthy of consideration.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

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.

  • Kridian
    Amazon search for this monitor yields nothing. wtf?
  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    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:
    Any company that uses them outside of pure necessity due to being a monopoly is insane.
  • Kridian
    Visited the Galax store (USA/ and has no monitors on their page.
    Visited the overall Galax site ( and there is no option to buy.
    There is a word I'm thinking here... fail, fail & fail some more.
  • tylerwong2006
    Monoprice and multiple brands on Amazon says that QHD 165Hz IPS isn't expensive to be good
  • GerarWolf
    Hello, could you please send me the icc profile of this monitor xd