Iiyama Unveils Its First Curved Gaming Display: 31.5-inch, FHD, 144 Hz, FreeSyncby Anton Shilov on December 16, 2017 9:00 AM EST
Iiyama has announced the G-Master G3266HS-B1, its first curved monitor for gamers. The new display belongs to entry-level class and offers an FHD resolution along with dynamic refresh rate of up to 144 Hz enabled by AMD’s FreeSync technology. Pricing of the LCD looks rather competitive in Europe, but the U.S. MSRP remains to be seen.
The Iiyama G-Master G3266HS-B1 monitor is based on a 31.5” VA panel with a 1920×1080 resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 3 ms response time as well as a 1800R curvature. Brightness, contrast and viewing angles offered by the monitor are typical for modern inexpensive VA panels: 400 nits, 3000:1, and 178°/178°, nothing unexpected. The display supports AMD’s FreeSync technology, but Iiyama does not disclose its ranges. The manufacturer says that the G-Master G3266HS-B1 can display 16.7 million colors, but remains tightlipped about supported color spaces. Since the monitor is aimed at gamers, it is safe to say that it will be used with Windows-based PCs, which is why it has to support sRGB.
When it comes to connectivity, the monitor features everything an inexpensive LCD has to: a D-Sub and a DVI-D for legacy systems, as well as DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI for modern computers. In addition, the monitor has 3.5-mm audio-in/out connectors, and two integrated speakers. As for ergonomics, the G-Master G3266HS-B1 has a fixed stand and cannot regulate its height, tilt, swivel, but can be attached to a VESA wall mounting that supports appropriate adjustments.
|Iiama G-Master 31.5" Curved Gaming Monitor|
|Native Resolution||1920 × 1080|
|Refresh Rate Range||144 Hz|
|Dynamic Refresh Rate||AMD FreeSync|
|Response Time||3 ms (gray-to-gray?)|
|Pixel Pitch||0.3632 × 0.3632 mm²|
|Pixel Density||69.93 PPI|
|Audio||3.5 mm audio in/out jacks
The G-Master G3266HS-B1 is listed on Iiyama’s website, but is not yet available for sale or pre-order anywhere in the U.S. Meanwhile, a number of stores in Austria and Germany offer the monitor for €390 - €400 ($461 - $473), which is lower compared €485 that Acer charges for its XZ321Q (with similar specs) in Germany. We are not sure about the MSRP of the G3266HS-B1 in the USA, where it has not been officially announced yet, but it is logical to expect Iiyama to maintain a similar pricing policy as in Europe.
Iiyama is a bit late to the curved displays party that began in 2014 – 2015, but it definitely needed to get there to stay relevant on the market of gaming monitors. The G-Master G3266HS-B1 seems like as good start as any to see whether its clients bite a curved gaming display. The company went with rather moderate specs, and judging by the price of the product in Europe, it wanted to make its monitor competitive in terms of affordability.
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ddrіver - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - linkIiyama still exists?
damianrobertjones - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - linkYes they do. You might need to get out more.
ddrіver - Sunday, December 17, 2017 - linkLots of monitors in the street?
Alexvrb - Monday, December 18, 2017 - linkDisplay gang wars in Chicago.
Hinton - Friday, December 22, 2017 - linkI can sense you get good grades in school.
guidryp - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - linkWhen will this curved monitor fad just die?
Thankfully TVs seem to be leaving this behind.
bubblyboo - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - linkWe need more 10-bit VA monitors ASAP. HDR does not happen on a 1500:1 IPS display.
Lolimaster - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - linkIPS was always shitty with their pathetic contrast, even if you find an IPS monitor with a bit more than 1000:1 it still has the ips glow cancer and probably with matter grainy antiglare.
Beaver M. - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - linkThe thing is, curved panels reduce IPS glow greatly. But the other thing is, that the production process of those seems to still be in its infant stages, because they are even more prone to backlight bleeding.
Wolfpup - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - linkUgh, yeah, how did people get the idea IPS was better than VA? Like I bought in to the "IPS is just as good" thing until I started TV shopping again a year ago, and it's like umm, no, they're not even close. IPS just has shittastic contrast, and even a bad VA panel destroys it. My VA TV I bought last year has LITERALLY 10x the contrast of a GOOD IPS TV/monitor. *LITERALLY*. And even a bad one would have 2x to 4x the contrast of the best IPS monitors/TVs
I was looking at supposedly high-end TVs using IPS that couldn't display any detail at all in Lucifer, like it was just a murky, mushy mess, while like a low end Sony 1080p VA set that was dirt cheap *DESTROYED* the "higher end" IPS sets. Not even close (while of course salesmen were trying to tell me they looked great LOL)
Thankfully I found a set that's both 4K/HDR AND VA, but you have to be careful...