When it involves 34-inch 1440p ultrawide screens operating at gamer-friendly refresh charges, it seems like we’ve seen all of it earlier than. So, the Huawei MateView GT has its work reduce out standing out from the gang and disregarding present favourites, just like the MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR. There’s loads of competitors.
Of course, Huawei completely has the sources to provide you with one thing particular, and the £499 MateView GT is certainly not a cookie cutter monitor. It does issues in another way. For starters, its design and engineering are on a special planet. It’s so significantly better constructed than your common all-plastic gaming monitor, with its lush alloys, built-in sound bar, and funky RGB lighting.
Not that these issues are precisely central to a superb gaming expertise. But at the very least they haven’t pushed up the pricing. The MateView GT with soundbar ideas the scales at an interesting £499 within the UK (for now, it is not accessible within the US, in all probability for causes). Whatever, arguably extra vital are the panel specification and efficiency. Here, it’s largely excellent news, too.
As per the same old 34-inch chorus, we’re speaking 3,440 by 1,440 pixels and a 21:9 side ratio. Like many competing panels, the MateView is curved, on this case with a 1500R radius. That’s not as excessive because the loopy 1000R curve of the aforementioned MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR, however you positively discover it.
MateView GT specs
Panel dimension: 34-inch
Panel know-how: VA
Native decision: 3,440 x 1,440
Aspect Ratio: 21:9
Refresh charge: 165Hz
Response time: 4ms GtG
Colour: 90 % DCI-P3
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Video Inputs: DisplayPort 1.2 x1, HDMI 2.0 x2
Other: AMD FreeSync Premium
As for panel tech, this can be a VA mannequin. With that come the same old execs and cons versus the IPS different. On the upside, the claimed distinction is a stellar 4,000:1, the very best we’ve seen for static distinction on any LCD monitor and miles higher than the same old 1,000:1 or 1,300:1 of typical IPS screens. It’s means higher, even, than the two,000:1 of a brand new class of IPS panels which have lately been introduced.
It bodes properly for HDR efficiency given this panel does not have a flowery miniLED backlight. The Huawei MateView GT does assist HDR10 sign processing however does not have native dimming of any sort. However, that stage of inherent panel distinction guarantees better-than-average HDR efficiency for screens with out dimming, even with a brightness score of 350 nits. We’ll see. For the document, Huawei pegs the MateView GT’s color accuracy at 90% protection of the DCI-P3 digital cinema house. Which is OK, however actually nothing particular.
The draw back of VA, typically sufficient, is pixel response. Huawei claims 4ms, which is a tad tardy in a gaming context. However, on-paper pixel response specs hardly ever inform the entire story, so maintain that thought. Meanwhile, the MateView’s refresh charge tops out at 165Hz. While that is nothing particular on this age of 360Hz-plus panels, it is also sufficient for all however a small fringe of avid gamers who want absolutely the lowest attainable latency.
Anywho, the proof as ever is within the viewing. No query, this can be a nice wanting panel in terms of colors and distinction. It’s loads punchy sufficient, and it is also very contrasty for a panel with no native dimming. Indeed, that is about nearly as good an HDR expertise as you may get with no trick miniLED backlight.
That mentioned, the color stability and distinction of SDR content material in HDR mode is a little bit skewed (a quite common difficulty with screens providing fundamental HDR assist), so it is not viable to depart the MateView in HDR on a regular basis.
What about these response numbers, then? Huawei supplies 4 ranges of user-configurable overdrive within the OSD menu. It will also be turned totally off. None present pixel response efficiency that we’re completely proud of. Level two and under is fairly blurry. The quickest setting, stage 4, is actually sharper, but additionally comes with some pretty nasty overshoot and ghosting. Level three has a little bit of blur and a whiff of overshoot, however might be the very best compromise.
There’s no getting away from the truth that pixel response will not be this show’s strongest level. However, once you’re truly in-game, versus forensically inspecting check animations and jiggling home windows about searching for points, it is truly fairly tolerable.
It all is determined by the place your priorities are. These sorts of shows aren’t low-cost, however even then you are going to should make compromises. There are sooner panels on this section, together with that MSI monitor we have already talked about. But then you definitely’ll in all probability have to surrender one thing else, such because the MateView’s excellent distinction, or the luxurious construct high quality, and megabucks seems to be.
Wrapping issues up, it is price noting a few different minor points. The high quality of the audio from the slick-looking sound bar is, because it seems, garbage. It’s muddy and flat with little to no stereo separation. The MateView may be had with out the bar, however then you definitely’d miss out on the RGB lighting strip that additionally doubles as a contact panel for controlling varied features. It’s irrelevant to gaming, actually, but it surely does add a sure feel-good issue to the general possession proposition.
On the connectivity entrance, together with DisplayPort and HDMI, there’s additionally a USB-C interface with energy supply and therefore assist for a single-cable setup with a laptop computer. Or at the very least that may be true if the facility supply wasn’t restricted to a measly 10W. That’s not sufficient to maintain a thin-and-light laptop computer correctly juiced, not to mention a conveyable gaming beast.
Overall, the Huawei MateView GT isn’t a slam dunk as a pure gaming panel. The mediocre pixel response sees to that. But as an all-round, do-everything display that appears nice in each picture high quality and styling phrases, it is received so much going for it, particularly when you think about the aggressive pricing.
We like, then, albeit with some caveats.