Viotek is a relative newcomer to the gaming monitor scene, whose main strength has been to target gamers on a budget. The Viotek GFT27CXB for example is probably one of the best 240 Hz gaming monitors you can currently buy. And Viotek hopes to be equally lucky by offering players an ultra-wide budget display.
Viotek's specialty is fast barebone gaming displays, and the ultra-wide GNV34DBE is no different. The 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor has a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of 4 ms on a VA panel. However, the biggest selling point is the price of $ 450. It's a great price when compared to other 1440p curved ultra-wide monitors that typically range in price from $ 700 to $ 800.
Due to the low price, Viotek had to make some compromises in the design. It shows up in things like the state; First of all, it is not height adjustable, which is more than a little annoying. As a proud (and disgusting evangelical) standing desk user, the ideal place to set a monitor at eye level is, and the Viotek forced me to keep looking down when I got up and sat too deep overall to enjoy what I was doing fully . The stand is also shaky and has never really felt stable through my tests.
Maybe I was just spoiled with some recently curved gaming monitors that have plenty of display and USB ports, but I wish the GNV34DBE had given me more than one audio output and a pair of HDMI and display ports.
When you buy a budget screen, it's likely that you only care about how it behaves in relation to the price. Fortunately, Viotek's G-Sync compatible curved display doesn't disappoint in this regard. My matches from Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Duty fully utilized the 144 Hz refresh rate, even when the brightness was on the lower side. Playing at 3440 x 1440 always takes some getting used to, but the action went smoothly and looked fantastic.
The consumption of other media such as Netflix and Twitch looked good in HDR, although the black levels definitely left something to be desired. Colorful films like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse look great and show all colorful Spider-People in action. Overall, the brightness of an HDR monitor could have been better. But also for the price, I am willing to forgive many of the shortcomings.
If no HDR is used, the Viotek offers surprisingly good color accuracy with impressive contrast. A function that I like to see on Ultrawide monitors is picture by picture and picture by picture. I was surprised to see that GNV34DBE supports both ... but with not so outstanding results.