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Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34 “review: how much is Xiaomi’s 144 Hz panoramic monitor worth?

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Ergonomics

The very sober design of the Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor.

The very sober design of the Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor.

For a dedicated gaming monitor, Xiaomi’s Mi Curved Gaming Monitor is clearly underestimated. The screen is completely black. The Y foot is large enough, but it’s still slim enough to free up desk space.

Height and inclination adjustment.

Height and inclination adjustment.

Rotating a few degrees left and right.

Rotating a few degrees left and right.

The Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor offers a height adjustment of over 12 cm and an inclination between -5 and + 15 °. The stand is also rotatable ± 35 °, but there is no portrait mode, a rare and almost useless feature on a widescreen monitor.

The back of the monitor.

The magnetic cover conceals the cables.

The magnetic cover hides the cables.

The rear is perfectly streamlined, especially with a cover at the level of the connectors. The monitor also offers a fairly advanced cable management system, which allows you to hide all cables in the holder.

A cover, also magnetic, also hides the connectors.

A cover, also magnetic, also hides the connectors.

The connection.

The connection is quite simple. It consists of two HDMI 2.0 inputs, two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs (required for a 3440 x 1440 px signal at 144Hz) and a headphone output. There is no USB hub for connecting peripherals and no USB-C port.

Buttons to access settings.

Buttons to access settings.

To change the settings, Xiaomi has chosen four buttons that are much less practical to use than the clickable joystick found in many competitors. Fortunately the menus are clear and the navigation is quite intuitive. The power button is also positioned a little lower, which limits handling errors.

The Xiaomi Mi curved gaming monitor on our desk.

The Xiaomi Mi curved gaming monitor on our desk.

On our 140 x 60 cm desktop, the Xiaomi Mi 34 “curved gaming monitor takes up a lot of space. The foot depth of 24.3 cm offers enough space to install the keyboard and mouse. The large high-definition Quad HD of 3440 x 1440 px is still pleasant to use, both for office activities with a comfortable workspace and in games where this definition remains in the good average for modern graphics cards, also providing a powerful card to properly exploit this definition at a frequency of 144 Hz.

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Colors and contrast



Out of the box and without changing the settings, the Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34 “produces a quality image. The color temperature curve is stable across the spectrum and the average measured at 6590 K is very close to the reference of 6500 K (standard video). The gamma curve also shows good stability, but the average measured at 2.1 is slightly below the target value (2.2). The gray levels are therefore very slight Finally, the colors can be considered faithful , since the average Delta E is measured at 2 – a value below 3, the threshold below which the human eye no longer perceives colorimetric drift remains visible. 9) Once the brightness has been lowered to 44 – to obtain a white at 150 cd / m² – and the gamma set to 2.4 the measurements taken remain very close, the gamma returns to 2.3 – always slightly above the target value – while the color temperature is a little fairer (6530 K) The use of a drop probe bration is key to further improving rendering. We therefore obtain perfectly stable temperature and range curves, with values ​​calibrated to those of the references. Colors have also improved (average Delta E of only 1.3), but blue remains at 5.9.
You can download the colorimetric profile by clicking on this link.

Contrast

Contrast

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

3370: 1

This monitor displays excellent contrast. Black down to 0.04 cd / m² results in a ratio of over 3300: 1. The Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor doesn’t perform as well as the best VA monitors, such as theAOC Q3279VWFthe MSI Optix MAG271CRthe Philips BDM4037UW or the Huawei MateView GT 34, whose contrast exceeds 4000: 1, but exhibits a much higher contrast than monitors equipped with an IPS panel. This is reflected in the image by sufficiently deep blacks, even in the dark.

The average difference in brightness homogeneity is measured at only 8% across the entire 34-inch panel; a reference value that few monitors reach. It should be noted in passing that the model we tested was not affected by any phenomenon of fogging.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Reactivity

This screen does not use Pulse Width Modulation (PWM or “Pulse width modulation“) to manage the LEDs of the backlighting system, which allows you to reduce the brightness without risking a flicker effect, then causing eye strain and headaches for people who are sensitive to it. This feature is commonly called flicker-free. It also includes a blue light reduction mode via software setting.

This monitor is compatible with FreeSync Premium between 48 and 144 Hz and therefore works best when the graphics card sends between 48 and 144 frames per second. However, we recommend a high-performance graphics card (such as the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or the Radeon RX 6700 XT) to take advantage of the native Ultra Wide Quad HD definition and a very high frame rate. In all cases the fluidity is there and the image does not suffer from tearing problems (tearing) or jerks (micro-stammering).

The monitor also has a backlight scanning black image insertion system called Motion Response Time (“Tps Response Time” in French in the OSD!) Which improves the sharpness of moving objects at the cost of a decrease in brightness. Note that this system disables FreeSync in passing.

Reactivity

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

7 ms

We measured the afterglow time at 7 ms with theoverdrive (“Response Time” in OSD) set to “Medium”. Pushing theoverdrive at the maximum level (High), an effect of reverse ghosting appears. The Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming 34 “is more responsive than theIiyama GB3461WQSU-B1, with its 8 ms after-glow time. Only Samsung models such as theOdyssey G7 27 where the 49G9 it is better to have a post-glow time limited to 4.5 ms. While this monitor isn’t the most responsive on the market, this afterglow time still limits the blur effect behind moving objects. Display lag is measured at 12.2 ms at 60 Hz, a very low value that results in almost no lag between the action performed with the mouse or keyboard and its impact on the screen.

Highlights

  • Image quality without changing the factory settings.

  • 34-inch 144 Hz panel.

  • Convenient definition.

  • Contrast.

  • Response time.

  • Consumption.

Weaknesses

  • No USB hub.

  • No USB-C port.

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