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The GNV34BDE’s viewing angles are typical of VA panels, which is to say they are just fair. You can see quite a bit of light falloff to the sides, around 60%. The shift to green and red was also quite obvious. The top view was much the same with a visible reduction in detail. The Viotek is definitely a one-person monitor.
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Our GNV34BDE sample showed only one tiny hotspot at the upper left zone, but it was only visible in a dark room. The rest of the screen was perfectly uniform with no glow or bleed at the edges.
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The GNV34BDE certainly meets the performance part of the price to performance ratio when it comes to speed. Running at 144 Hz with overdrive on high, it matched the 165 Hz Dell for screen drawtime and only missed tying for first place in the response time test by 1ms. There was no motion blur visible here, especially at frame rates above 100 fps.
In the lag test, the Viotek ties the Dell again, this time for first place. It also eked out a 1ms advantage over the very expensive 200 Hz Acer X35. Only the most skilled players will demand less lag. In our hands-on test, we experienced no perceptible control lag at all. Mouse and keyboard inputs translated instantly to on-screen movement.
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Man is that one ugly stand.... I think is is an awesome monitor for the price but I could not look at the stand ......aaarrrggghhhh!!!!:LOL:Reply
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"HDR" at 350 nits? I don't think so. That doesn't even qualify as the not-really HDR 400 spec. This is NOT an HDR monitor folks.Reply
I agree that could look a bit dull if was a TV but while 500+ nits would be ideal you are not going to get it at $450, many even more expensive ones are only 300-400 nits. This is bang for your buck and not top of the tree for sure.techrabbit2015 said:"HDR" at 350 nits? I don't think so. That doesn't even qualify as the not-really HDR 400 spec. This is NOT an HDR monitor folks.
"GTG" @ 4mS? I don't think so!Reply
Kudos should only be awarded to GTG@1mS. Otherwise, FreeSync (@144hz) is for naught.
Agreed this is not an HDR monitor. It's an "HDR-ready" or "HDR-compatible" monitor. I.e., it can accept and decode the 10-bit signal, but it's going to downsample it to 8-bit. And this is not news; this deceptive marketing ploy by manufacturers has been covered (and criticized, including from within the TV and monitor industry) for some time now: https://web.archive.org/web/20180612121214/http://www.avhub.com.au/news/sound-image/what-does-hdr-compatible-mean-461032Reply
That said, the price is great for the feature set. I won't be getting this one myself, because a non-adjustable "chopsticks" stand will have to be replaced by a proper VESA one, which jacks the total cost up into the range of an at least marginally better monitor.
I bought this monitor to replace my triple screen set up. Much better picture visually, even without calibration. After calibration, this screen is one of the best I have owned out of dozens. I honestly don't mind the stand as on my black monitor riser I can barely see it anyway. My one gripe- my display port cable hangs from the input and there is nowhere to hide it. Ugh. Awesome purchase anyway. Oh, and I don't care about HDR, especially at this price.Reply
Just curious, what calibration settings did you use? In the article it says multiple times, we highly recommend using our calibration settings. But I'm unsure what those settings actually are? Besides the chart that shows settings for red, green, and blue, and brightness levels I don't see any additional settings for black levels, sharpness, etc. Did i miss somewhere in the article where it outlines all calibration settings? Thanks for your help!maestro0428 said:I bought this monitor to replace my triple screen set up. Much better picture visually, even without calibration. After calibration, this screen is one of the best I have owned out of dozens. I honestly don't mind the stand as on my black monitor riser I can barely see it anyway. My one gripe- my display port cable hangs from the input and there is nowhere to hide it. Ugh. Awesome purchase anyway. Oh, and I don't care about HDR, especially at this price.
I don't think they listed all of the settings. I adjusted the best I could according to my room lighting manually. If you are really worried about the color, I wouldn't, even before I adjusted it, I didn't see any issues at all, get a color meter.Reply
If you are just gaming and watching content, adjust to your personal liking in your room. If you are a serious photo pro, you may want to spend more.