Huawei launches its first gaming monitor: the Mateview GT. Equipped with a 34-inch panel with a 21: 9 ratio, it wants to seduce with an engaging technical sheet. Its particularity is to embed a sound bar directly integrated into its stand. But is all of that enough to make it a good product?
Screens are no stranger to Huawei, but this is the first time that the Chinese manufacturer has launched into gaming with the Mateview GT. The latter seeks to offer the best in the segment at a price of less than 600 euros: a large curved panel, a definition in 1440p, a high refresh rate as well as a 21: 9 ratio, ideal for video game immersion.
Huawei is not the only manufacturer to offer such a thing in this price segment. Xiaomi for example sells its Mi Curved Gaming Monitor, which has roughly the same specs, for much less. Other brands, such as Gigabyte or Samsung, are also in the niche. To stand out, Huawei relies on two particular points: the finish of its product, first of all, but also the presence of an integrated sound bar directly in his foot. A highlight, some monitors do not even have speakers. But is that enough to justify its price? This is what we will see.
Pricing and availability
The Mateview GT will be available in France from August 16. It will be marketed on the Huawei site as well as on partner merchant sites at a price of 549 euros. A fair price for the product offered, even if it is not the cheapest on the market.
Engaging technical characteristics
The Mateview GT offers a nice spec sheet that, on paper, promises excellent value for money. First we have a 1500R curved slab (this means that the curvature gives a radius of 1500mm if the circle is completed. The lower the number, the better), which is within the current average. The VA panel is 34 inches in size and adopts a definition of 3440 x 1440 pixels. The refresh rate is 165 Hz and is adaptive.
|Screen||Huawei Mateview GT 34|
|Resolution||3440 x 1440 pixels|
|Refresh rate||165 Hz|
|Connectivity||1 DisplayPort 1.4 port
2 HDMI port
2 USB Type-C ports, one for power
Still concerning the image, Huawei promises 5000: 1 contrast as well as an average Delta E of less than 2, which we will of course check. Finally, note the presence of a stereo sound bar with touch control and integrated microphone. In fact, we have an extremely engaging datasheet, but what about in use?
For the design, Huawei relies on solidity and simplicity
Huawei sells a product dedicated to gamers here, but still chose to stay sober when it comes to design. We don’t have aggressive lines, chunky vents, ostentatious prints, or even “peculiarities” (we think of the orb of the Samsung Odyssey G7, for example). However, we can’t escape the LEDs, but these materialize as a discrete line for sound, we will come back to this below.
Huawei has made its design as simple as possible, as well as the installation of the monitor. No screws to put, since the screen is simply wedged on the foot using a system of metal notches. If we were doubtful at the beginning, it turns out that the slab is very well hung and that the maintenance is extremely reliable. When it comes to strength, the screen fulfills its contract. He doesn’t move at the slightest shock and remains stable even if manipulated. It is also possible to hang it on a VESA bracket if you wish. With the foot, the product weighs 9.5 kilos.
The Mateview GT is also very flexible. Thus, the screen part can rise and fall to a height of 14 centimeters to almost stick to your desk in its lowest position. It can also tilt up to 25 degrees. Convenient to place it exactly how you want it. However, it should be noted that he does not rotate and that it should therefore be used exclusively in landscape mode.
As for the back cover, Huawei does it in simplicity. We have a brushed plastic shell with the simple branding above the clip. The connection is hidden under a magnetic cover and is therefore easy to remove if necessary. The ports are on the bottom, which doesn’t make them very accessible, but on this type of screen, it’s not that big of a deal.
The connection, precisely, get to the point. We have two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm jack port as well as a second USB Type-C port, this one only dedicated to power. Moreover, note that the screen has an external power supply the size of an ultraportable, so discreet.
We regret the absence of a “channel” or special notch to bring together and hide the different threads. There’s only a velcro fastener to remedy this, which is fair for quality cable management and a bit unworthy when you see the overall finish of the screen. We wouldn’t have spat on a second DisplayPort as well as a USB Type-A port.
The MateView GT offers a 34-inch curved panel in 21: 9 format, which is a real highlight for the game. The manufacturer has of course worked on its facade by reducing the edges as much as possible. These remain visible all the same (almost 8 mm) but we are in the average of the current gamers screens. Note that the lower edge is slightly thicker (almost 2 centimeters).
Under the Huawei logo sits the only button on the monitor. It is used as well to turn it on as to wander through the options, since it is directional. It should be noted that the navigation is not optimal, since you have the reflex to put your hand on the soundbar to use it, inadvertently activating the touch volume controls (which also clears the on-screen menu). We must therefore be vigilant about this in the early stages.
The sound bar, precisely, is the big peculiarity of this Mateview GT. This 4 cm diameter tube allows the product to be perfectly positioned and includes two 5 Watt speakers (which is not the case on all screens of this type). We note the presence an RGB line that is actually used to control the volume with a swipe of a finger. Practical and very effective, it really brings a special feature to the product. It can of course be personalized directly via the integrated menus. It is possible to change the effect (fixed, breathing, spectrum) as well as the color. It is still a gadget, but an appreciable gadget. It is not possible to deactivate it.
Only this bar distinguishes Huawei’s screen from another. But overall, we appreciate the care taken in the practicality and solidity of the product. As for sobriety, it’s a matter of taste.
An exemplary image, but a sound that is less
The Mateview GT has a VA panel with a definition of 3440 x 1440 pixels with a 21: 9 aspect ratio, which means that the display is much larger than on a conventional 16: 9 screen. Its refresh rate is 165 Hz. This is sufficient in most cases and is very comfortable to play, but there are screens with a higher refresh rate to appeal to ultra-competitive gamers. Note that this rate is adaptive, in order to save energy, but this data ultimately has little impact for the consumer here.
We put the slab under the lens of our probe and the results obtained are very satisfactory. The promised contrast ratio is respected, since it is at 5300: 1 (thank you VA panel). The blacks are deep and the whites are brilliant. The temperature of the screen is perfect, at 6500K all round. On a white display, the Mateview pulls neither blue nor red.
The average Delta E is 3, which is fine. This means that the colors displayed are natural and respected. When we look in detail, we still notice that the harsh blues as well as the greens would have deserved more attention, but we are quibbling. The response time is 6 ms. Finally maximum brightness was measured at 415 cd / m², which is good but not exceptional for a PC monitor.
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It should be noted that we analyzed the panel with the default settings. By digging through the options, it is possible to customize some aspects such as contrast or temperature. Predefined profiles are also present in order to adapt to FPS, strategy games, movies ect. There are eight in total. For example, the colors are accentuated in FPS mode to better jump in the eyes of the player. In film mode, the temperature is lower while in sRGB mode, the Delta E goes down to 2 and the screen is more color-friendly. This is the mode that should be used to process photos. In all profiles, the maximum brightness remains the same. In short, a well calibrated screen. Nice work.
Regarding the audio part, Huawei is somewhat disappointing. If the sound itself is just correct most of the time, there is high distortion at very high volumes. The two speakers provide some power, but poorly exploited. We also regret a slightly tight stereo as well as low mids not very present: the voices are therefore slightly nasal and the music a little washed out. If players prefer a good old helmet for immersion, this bar will still be sufficient to serve as a backup solution. The sound delivered is not catastrophic either.
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A software part that goes to the basics
The software part she goes straight to the point. The user accesses it via the single button and easily navigates through the menus (few in number) as long as they do not touch the sound bar with the side of the hand. This single button system allows you to access what you are looking for more quickly since you do not get lost through several keys that are sometimes not very intuitive.
For the menus themselves, Huawei does not scatter and offers to calibrate the image yourself, to access a predefined profile (even if they are a little hidden) and also to modify the LED bar with several effects and twenty colors. However, we would have liked more options in the image calibration as well as more detailed submenus. A summary of the options enabled on the top or the side would also not have been too much. We do not know for example what the current refresh rate is without checking it in the menus. Likewise an on-the-fly profile change could have been a good idea.
An ideal screen for gaming
Those who already own a 21: 9 screen will know that once you’ve tasted it, it’s hard to go back. Yours truly knows this, having been using this ratio for years now. It is ideal for both play and work. The curvature of the panel here reinforces even more visual comfort, especially for the data which is on the sides. On such a slab but in a flat version, the texts to the right or to the left can sometimes give the impression of being far away, which is not the case here.
The 21: 9 brings a real plus to all types of games, both for strategy titles and for FPS, adventure or racing. Combined with the curvature (quite slight, however), such a display greatly enhances the immersion. Even more, enlargement brings a real plus to competitive software, given that the player benefits from an enlarged peripheral vision. In short, we cannot praise too much the merits of this ratio in the field of gaming, especially since in 2021, almost all of the games that come out give the possibility of exploiting it.
The 165Hz refresh rate is a bit odd (we’re more used to 144Hz or 240Hz on the market), but it delivers on all of its promises. If your PC allows it, you can enjoy up to 165 frames per second in the middle of a game. A real plus for nervous games like Forza Horizon 4, Overwatch or DOOM Eternal. Coupled with a definition in 1440p as well as with a very high contrast, using the Mateview GT is a real pleasure. Note that it is also HDR10 compatible and it shows a lot on titles designed for, like Sea of Thieves. In short, Huawei is flawless on the gaming side.
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In terms of office automation, the Mateview GT fulfills its contract perfectly. With such a format, it is almost useless to get a second screen, the dual display finding its place perfectly over such a length. It’s hard to find a major flaw in this Mateview GT that is not related to its format (for example, the screen is very limited in height, which means that the vertical windows are reduced, and the videos have black bands on the sides). The only thing we could really fault with it might be the fact that the color profile does not automatically change depending on usage or an HDR that deserves to be worked better.
In use, Huawei’s monitor is therefore a success. If screens provide the same characteristics for a lower price, the Mateview GT has the advantage of offering a much higher contrast than the competition as well as the presence of a sound bar. While the latter isn’t necessarily amazing, we said, it can still help out. A screen without a speaker is not necessarily ideal for showing a funny video or the latest big game on your PC to a third party.