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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  • olafgarten - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    The issue with TVs is that they usually have much lower accuracy and a much higher input lag.
  • Valantar - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    And much worse image processing, poor text rendering, etc, etc. There are definitely TVs out there that can work great as huge monitors, but a $200 TV ain't that. I would expect a smeary image, poor colors, screen door effect from the huge pixel pitch, terrible input lag, and a generally poor experience from any TV in that price range. Decent enough for TV content or at 3 meters viewing distance, but nowhere near acceptable for monitor usage.
  • MrVibrato - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    > I would expect a smeary image, poor colors, screen door effect from the huge pixel pitch [...]

    That's probably why he's going for a 4K TV -- to finally get an image quality that's roughly on par with a proper 1080p monitor. Which for the price he paid is okay, i think...
  • close - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    At $200 a 4K TV is about as good as a cheap/average smallish 1080p monitor, but it's big. And I say this as someone who owns one. You don't get something for nothing and people who think they do just don't understand what they lost.
  • Valantar - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    Looks nice for the price, but I'm holding out for whenever ~32" UHD >120Hz monitors with HDMI 2.1 start arriving. Not a single one on the market yet, which is a damn shame. I would want one to get a good experience out of the new consoles from day 1, but my guess would be 6-12 months from the consoles launch till monitors like these start arriving. A damn shame really. Could of course buy an LG CX 48" OLED, but that's way too big for a desk.
  • supdawgwtfd - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    Lol. Thinking the new consoles would be able to push 4k native above 60hz...

    Sure on simple looking games which will look that same at 720p...
  • Vitor - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    Incredible how pc monitos try so hard to ignore hdmi 2.1.

    Such a good standard with incredible bandwith.
  • Valantar - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    Not ignoring, just skipping it due to the added cost (newer controllers are more expensive and require more work to integrate vs. a familiar older chip). Monitor makers tend to choose the lowest end interface that is still suitable for the resolution and refresh rate desired, and unlike UHD120 you don't _need_ HDMI 2.1 for 21:9 1440p144, sadly. The bad part is that this also means you miss out on all the other features of HDMI 2.1. But given how conservative monitor makers tend to be I doubt we'll see a wide selection of 2.1 monitors for at least another year.
  • TelstarTOS - Saturday, July 18, 2020 - link

    First of all this panel has poor contrast for a VA, around 800:1 in real use. Which in _real use_ is a problem only to watch movies.
    It is employed on a few other displays which are also pretty cheap between 450 and 600€.
    That said they are a very good value, particularly for gaming.
  • Hxx - Sunday, July 19, 2020 - link

    another VA panel. I wish they would start with a cheaper IPS option to compete with the gaming models LG has been coming out with.

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