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Hands-On: Viotek Gaming Monitors

Choosing the right monitor for your battlestation is tough, especially if you want all the bells and whistles at a reasonable cost. For too long, shopping for a monitor felt like this: Curved panel. 120Hz+ Refresh Rate. 2K Resolution. Affordable. Pick two. Fortunately, Viotek has a lineup of gaming monitors replete with a full suite of features you’d normally find on a much pricier display.

We got our hands on three of Viotek’s screens, the GN27D, the GN32LD, and the GN35LD. (Seriously, when are display manufacturers going to start giving their products catchier names?)

Let’s dive into the details on this monitor lineup that offers a little bit of everything for gamers.

Viotek’s Gaming Display Trifecta

These three Viotek monitors have a lot in common: All three feature 1800R curved screens, a refresh rate of 144Hz, and native 2k resolutions. (The GN35LD has a 2560x1080p panel, while the other two are 2560x1440p.) The whole lineup supports AMD FreeSync, so if you have a modern AMD card in your build, screen tearing shouldn’t be a concern. Another core element is Viotek’s Game Plus, which overlays a green or red crosshair over the center of the screen. This is supposed to help with accuracy in shooting titles, but personally, I think it’s a rather significant cheat. Some other shared features include Picture-In-Picture mode, and VESA mount compatibility.

The GN27D is the smallest of the trio, with a total screen size of 27’ and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has two HDMI ports and one Displayport, a 4.8ms response time, and rests on a rigid, non-adjustable metal stand.

The GN27D is currently available for $369.99.

Viotek’s middle child is the 31’5” GN32LD, which like its smaller cousin maintains a 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a faster response time of 3ms. The real buzz here is the RGB lighting on the back of the panel housing, which features two lighting strips. Lighting is adjusted by buttons on the monitor, which cycle through a handful of colors and a couple of patterns. Not content with a monoposition stand, the GN32LD features height and tilt adjust.

You can pick up a GN32LD for $539.99.

Saving the best for last, we have the GN35LD, which measures in at 35”. This ultra-widescreen monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio, and still manages a 3ms response time. It also features the same ambient RGB lighting elements and the same adjustable, multi-position stand as the 31.5” version.

Of these three displays, the GN35LD was the one I played with the most. (After all, go big or go home right?) I played a few rounds each of Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Fortnite. There’s a lot to be said for having a big screen in these games, and this monitor really drove the point home. I felt like a screen this large did wonders for my situational awareness, and the curve was just enough where I felt like I was still engaging all of my peripheral vision. Finally, while 144Hz can be tough for larger monitors to keep up with, the GN35LD felt buttery-smooth the whole time.

The GN35LD is available on Newegg for $489.99.

Viotek Gaming Monitor Wrap-Up

Featuring 1800R curved monitors, 144Hz Refresh Rates and 2K resolutions, Viotek’s GN27D, GN32LD and GN35LD displays feature a combination of premium elements at extremely modest price points. The two large models also have some more exciting design choices, like RGB lighting for some additional ambiance.

Any one of these monitors will enhance your viewing experience, be it watching a movie, or racking up a few hours of gaming. A high refresh rate keeps on-screen movement fluid and smooth, while a curved panel helps to keep the periphery in focus.

Get the most out of these FreeSync enabled monitors by pairing them with AMD graphics, like the Vega M GPU in Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC.