About a week ago I had the opportunity to open the box, in my hands the latest screen from Huawei is Mateview GT Sound Edition. This product must be said to make a strong impression from the first try thanks to its large 34-inch size and integrated soundbar so that we do not need to buy additional speakers.
After 1 week of experience, will the initial impressions that the product make even better, or has it been faded by weaknesses in the process of use?
The first thing that I like about the MateView GT Sound Edition is its versatility in connectivity. In addition to standard ports like HDMI and Display Port for desktop computers, the monitor also has a USB Type-C port for other devices.
I often use the monitor with my laptop, just 1 wire from the machine is able to expand the workspace a lot, along with taking advantage of the screen’s soundbar. A friend came to my house to play and was also able to connect the new iPad Pro to the display, although this connection does not take advantage of its 21:9 wide ratio and 165Hz frequency.
You’ve probably also noticed that the screen uses an external charging source, not built in, and this charger is also quite large in size. This is also understandable when the MateView GT Sound Edition has a capacity of up to 135W, providing power for a large screen with soundbar and a strip of lights. The small downside here is that the charger will use a lot of space in the socket and sometimes will block the surrounding sockets, you will need to arrange accordingly so as not to cause problems.
The feature that the company talks about a lot and is also the point that makes the MateView GT Sound Edition special lies in the soundbar integrated right on the stand. In fact, the integration of speakers on the screens is not new at all, there are many high-end monitors of other brands that do this.
However, most of the built-in speakers on the screen up to now are facing downwards (down-firing) or on the back of the screen, giving the quality is not high. Placing the speaker on the front like this will help direct the sound to the user, promising higher quality.
This soundbar also has a special feature that is the main light strip is a touch bar to control the volume. The touch surface is quite sensitive, we can press in different positions or slide it exactly like the volume bar on a smartphone or tablet.
In practice, how is the quality of this soundbar, can it replace computer speakers? I will rate it at “okay”, enough to use in a room of about 15-20m2, a bit lacking in bass and if the volume is turned to the highest level, distortion will occur. It can completely replace portable speakers, but it cannot be said to be equal to computer speakers with their own sub-woofer.
As mentioned in the post on hand, the screen uses a Joystick to control. Features that we can control with the MateView GT Sound Edition include: adjust brightness, contrast, color temperature, turn on blue light reduction (eye protection), adjust volume, and turn the soundbar’s lights on and off. , switch between image sources.
Besides that, there are some game support features including overdrive (increasing the response speed of the screen), dark level (increasing the brightness of dark areas to make the game more visible) and crosshair (using crosshairs to aim). different for FPS games).
Integrating the soundbar into the stand means that you will definitely have to use the stand that the company comes with, not being able to remove it to use with other types of desk mounts. This will become a drawback for those of you who want to “free up” desk space, or already own sets of attachments for other screens.
The stand of the monitor has 2 features: changing the height and flipping the screen up and down, which means it lacks the ability to rotate and rotate vertically. For other monitors, this will become a big drawback, but with a curved ultrawide monitor like the MateView GT Sound Edition, it shouldn’t be a problem, because we will definitely use it in the front direction and horizontal.
Equipped with many auxiliary features, but the most outstanding feature of MateView GT Sound Edition will still be visibility. The panel used by the company has a large size of 34 inches with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and a ratio of 21: 9. Such a wide ratio brings many benefits during use, such as when working and dividing the screen for 2 applications, the content of each application will not be as narrow as the 16: 9 screen, manipulation also more convenient.
In terms of entertainment, the 21:9 screen ratio will have both its strengths and weaknesses. For Youtube videos that usually have a 16: 9 ratio, we will have 2 large black patches on both sides, the display area is much smaller. Contrary to movies that take advantage of this 21:9 “cinema” aspect ratio, it’s a completely different story, we seem to be enjoying them on large TVs without 2 bezels on the top and bottom.
MateView GT Edition also has the advantage of scanning frequency, as high as 165Hz. I’m not someone who doesn’t play many computer games, but just doing simple actions like hovering on the screen, scrolling the page can see a difference compared to standard 60Hz monitors. To take advantage of the 165Hz frequency at 3440 x 1440 resolution (between 2K and 4K 16:9) in the game, you will definitely have to invest in an expensive video card, so those who invest in this monitor. to play the game will also have to calculate before “down the money”.
In terms of specifications, the screen can cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut, 83% AdobeRGB, 90% P3 and 80% NTSC. These aren’t the best specs on the market as there will be monitors dedicated to graphics with a wider color gamut, but considering the high resolution and frequency response, we can’t complain much. . Moreover, most content today on computers and networks is still in sRGB format.
Color accuracy is the strength of the MateView GT Sound Edition when it has an average Delta-E of 0.98, for comparison, the threshold of <2 is the common standard of high-end monitors. We see a slight deviation in the blues and dark greens with Delta-E surpassing 2.57 and 3.49, still within acceptable ranges.
The screen will have a contrast ratio of 1:690 at the lowest brightness level of 1:3070 at the highest brightness. This is a good contrast, “helped” in part by the fact that the MateView GT Sound Edition uses a VA panel with much deeper blacks than IPS.
The use of VA panels also has its own weaknesses, most notably the viewing angle issue. When sitting in the right place, the curvature of the screen will help to keep the distance between the pixels to the user’s eyes equal and then we will have optimal image quality. But if you sit diagonally, the color on the screen will be changed, the contrast will also decrease significantly.
Perhaps before I end I will also talk a little bit about the curved feature of the screen. As mentioned, the curved screen will benefit the image quality and also help us reduce neck strain when viewing content at the corner of the screen. But I’ve found that when using the monitor for photo editing, it’s harder to get straight lines (for tilt correction) than with a flat screen. Everything is a trade-off, nothing is perfect!