120 Hz gaming monitors are something of a rarity, so the comparison group has screens ranging from 144 to 200 Hz, all 34-inch 21:9 ultra-wides. We have ViewSonic’s XG341C-2K, ASRock’s PG34WQ, Philips 34M2C7600, BenQ’s EX3410R, and AOC’s CU34G3S.
Pixel Response and Input Lag
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Refresh rates and panel response typically go hand in hand. The 38035-2 is at a disadvantage here but 9ms isn’t slow by any means. Using the overdrive on its strong setting visibly increases motion resolution to where it’s almost as smooth as the faster monitors. With very low input lag, the 38035-2 makes up a lot of ground with an excellent 30ms score.
Test Takeaway: The 38035-2 isn’t quite as smooth as a 165 Hz panel but it comes close with a good but not great overdrive. Input lag is low enough that it will offer a similar control feel to faster monitors. It was right in the mix with the 144 and 165 Hz screens and only gave away 4ms to the premium 200 Hz ViewSonic. This is very good performance for the money.
Inexpensive VA panels aren’t the best choice if sharing is important to you. The 38035-2 loses nearly 50% of its light output when viewed at 45 degrees to the side or top. Color shifts to red and detail becomes murky. It’s best to hog this monitor for yourself by sitting close and on center.
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Achieving good screen uniformity is a bit harder in the 21:9 format but the 38035-2 does an admirable job with its 10.01% score. There were no visible anomalies in my sample, and no bleed or glow when displaying a full field black pattern. In white patterns, I saw a few slight shifts to red at the sides of the screen, but this issue could not be seen in actual content. At this price point, I’m satisfied with Monoprice’s quality control.
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