This week Xiaomi launched a whole lot of different consumer goods in its European and other markets, amongst which was the new Mi Curved Gaming Monitor. The new monitor is a 34” WQHD ultra-widescreen unit supporting refresh rates of up to 144Hz, notably undercutting the competition at a price point of only 399€.

Whilst most monitors of this class come at quite steep price points, the new Xiaomi panel’s feature set focusing on the basics of the monitor means that it can offer some extremely good value. The 34” panel comes at a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and is of a VA type that is speculated to be manufactured by Samsung Display. As with other such VA panels we see a 3000:1 contrast ratio which should offer deeper blacks than other display technologies besides OLEDs and locally dimmed backlight monitors.

The curvature lands at 1500R which means it gives you an immersive field-of-view without too much of an exaggeration. The monitor’s design is minimalistic and has minimal bezels on the top and sides, with only a thicker design for the bottom bezel.

The one thing missing from the monitor’s spec sheet is any kind of HDR support, given the monitors limited brightness of only up to 300cd/m² - one of the only real compromises of the hardware. It has a wide colour gamut support of up to 121% of sRGB coverage.

In terms of I/O, the monitor features two DisplayPort 1.4 ports as well as two HDMI 2.0 ports, which actually makes it quite versatile in terms of input abilities as it allows for window modes with left/right split or even a picture-in-picture setup. There’s also support for FreeSync – although at an undisclosed refresh rate range.

It lacks any USB connectivity and only has a 3.5mm audio jack as an extra connector. The power supply is integrated into the monitor with a standard AC connector having to be plugged into it.

Xiaomi says the stand and back support is easily removable with magnetic holders, secured only by an easy-remove latch. The stand is adjustable in height, swivel and tilt, and can be removed completely in favour of a 100 x 100mm VESA mount, for which there’s included extra spacer bolts and screws.

Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor
  General Specifications
Panel 34" VA
Native Resolution 3440 × 1440 (21:9)
Maximum Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Response Time 4 ms GtG
Brightness 300 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast 3000:1
Backlighting LED
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1500R
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Color Gamut 125% sRGB/BT.709
DisplayHDR Tier None
Dynamic Refresh Rate AMD FreeSync
? - 144Hz
Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm²
Pixel Density 110 PPI
Inputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.4
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm output
USB Hub -
Stand Height / Rotation
VESA: 100x100
MSRP 399€

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  • Freeb!rd - Friday, July 17, 2020 - link

    Sorry, ordered my Viotek GNV34DBE two weeks ago for $429 at Amazon.com. Looks like it is out of stock again at Newegg & Walmart. Viotek monitor got good reviews all over including Toms Hardware. Reply
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    That's literally the same Samsung panel. Reply
  • close - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    Does anyone make something like a 32" 4k, non curved monitor with similar characteristics and price (or close to)? Almost everything I find recommended in reviews that's not ultra wide gets close to 800E. Reply
  • hemedans - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13408/lg-unveils-32...

    not 144hz though.
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  • close - Sunday, July 19, 2020 - link

    Thanks, was actually considering this or the Benq EW3270U (which unfortunately has no height adjustment). 144Hz is pretty low on my wish list. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, July 19, 2020 - link

    4k monitors are at a "breakthrough" point right now, lots of good ones, but none are perfect yet. Mostly held back from all the panels being silly 27 inch ones for some reason.

    Pretty much everyone is waiting on a 4k, 144Hz, IPS, 32+inch around $800-1000. Right now its "gaming" monitors, or pro level that don't offer high Hz.
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  • close - Monday, July 20, 2020 - link

    I'm of two minds regarding IPS vs. VA. I really like the superior contrast of VA, I like the better viewing angles of the IPS. Don't care that much about the color as long as the reproduction is decent. I currently use a PLS screen (so basically a slightly improved IPS) with 100% sRGB (after calibration). 95% DCI-P3 or 125% sRGB would likely be an improvement even with a VA panel. Also 144Hz is nice but I don't care to pay for it.

    My biggest issue is that if I want some "minor" amenities on a decent 400E monitor (like height adjustment) the price instantly doubles because they bundle a lot of other stuff I don't particularly care about. I.e. adjustable height only for the model with IPS panel, some "fancier" speakers, and a remote control.
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  • dotjaz - Monday, July 20, 2020 - link

    I wouldn't call PLS an improvement over any current IPS technology. It might be better than the original IPS and cheaper to produce than, say, AH-IPS, but it's definitely not better than AH-IPS etc. Reply
  • close - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    @dotjaz, you just discovered that defining the quality of a product based on a specific technology name that evolves over the years is useless. You can very well have a shitty IPS or a good VA panel. Hence I do not care about "IPS" since IPS can be worse than IPS. That's exactly why I think I can live just fine with a VA panel.

    As long as I'm not shopping for the best I'm just trading off one thing for another. A modern good VA panel can be better than a few years old IPS panel. Also law of diminishing returns and all that...

    @Foeketijn, I also have a 43" 4K panel and toyed around with quite a few others. I found the quality always substantially worse than a good 27" and below panel. Colors, contrast, ghosting, they all seemed to be worse enough that I find myself not using it for anything other than media. Maybe newer models got better.
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  • Freeb!rd - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    You are better off getting a decent adjustable tilt/swivel gas powered arm. I only paid $50 for one for my Viotek 34" monitor and it works great. Unfortunately, I just looked on Amazon and the price is now $20 more!?! I just ordered it on 7/4/2020. Here is the model I bought and like i said works like a charm. I use the wire cable hole on my desk as the mount option, it can also use a desk clamp.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074DQYT25/ref=p...
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