VIOTEK GN27DB Monitor Review: Cost Efficient Curved Crispiness

Gaming in style doesn’t need to be discouragingly expensive Manufacturers smartly exploit monitor market opportunities today. The ‘gaming grade’ label is thrown left, right, and center much to buyers’ frustration and confusion. How deep is …

Gaming in style doesn’t need to be discouragingly expensive

Manufacturers smartly exploit monitor market opportunities today. The ‘gaming grade’ label is thrown left, right, and center much to buyers’ frustration and confusion. How deep is your pocket?

If you’re on a big budget, chances are you’ll hit a decent buy. The right choice when on low funds is a different story. A gaming-grade monitor at an affordable price? Is it possible?

The Viotek GN27D curved gaming monitor is a possible solution. Is it brave or crazy to rank it as an affordable gaming grade monitor?

Skeptical as I was, I decided to put this panel to the test to see if Viotek’s is a catchpenny or great buy. Don’t dive in before reading the whole story.

VIOTEK GN27DB 27-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor
  • Pro-Level Gaming – One of the best gaming monitors on the market, the GN27D boasts a robust QHD (2560x1440p) 27-inch display. 
  • Enhanced Gaming Experience – The FPS/RTS optimized GN27D desktop monitor also sports GamePlus targeting crosshairs for game-winning accuracy. 
  • Game-Streaming Ready –  Coupled with a 1440p monitor, this feature is perfect for YouTube or Twitch game streaming.
  • Viotek Gold Standard Support – 100% U.S.-based customer service support, available 7 days a week. All new LED monitors are protected by our Zero-Tolerance Dead Pixel Policy and 3-Year Limited Warranty.

Specifications

  • Resolution: 2560x1440p
  • Screen Ratio: 16:9
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 4.8ms with Overdrive
  • Display Colors: 16.7M colors
  • Color Gamut: 110% sRGB / 85% NTSC
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 1000000:1
  • Curvature: 1800R, VESA: 75x75mm
  • Ports: 1xDP1.2 (cable included) / 1x HDMI 1.4 / 1x HMDI 2.0
  • Backlight: E-LED
  • Speaker: Yes, 2x 4Ω/3W
  • Tilt adjustable: Yes, -5° ~ 15°
  • Dimensions (with stand): 24.13 x 17.89 x 9.51 in (L x W x H)
  • Color availability: black & white

Design and build

For a company that is not as “loud” as the big guns, Viotek has done a great job. The panel is slim at only 24.1 x 9.5 x 17.9 in, weighing just under 10 lbs. I like how it doesn’t take too much space, so there’s more room for whatever knick-knacks you might have.

If you are a gamer who just have to set their display at a precise angle, then the tilt-adjustable stand will serve you well. This monitor also comes in two color options – black and white. That will surely match most battle stations.

The built-in speakers do not offer much. It would be better to stick with your own sound system.

Controls

The monitor controls are at the bottom, marked by printed icons. Before diving right into the controls, this monitor automatically adjusts its setting according to configurations and hardware specs. If you want more adjustments just tweak them using the OSD menu.

Performance

Being suspicious when buying hardware is common. The GN27D proves to be a decent choice. Not the most curved or the best out there but within this price range it is a solid contender in the ‘cost effective curved display’ category.   

Though the monitor will pick up your previous settings and hardware specs, prepare to tweak if you are like me – very particular, when it comes to colors. I mean, justice must be served to that awesome ‘modded’ Skyrim armor, right?

The GN27D uses a Samsung VA type display panel. The blacks are deep, and you can play with colors if you fancy that over-saturated look. You can choose to set the RGB range to full or limited. If you choose limited, you’ll see deeper blacks, but I noticed loss in details, so go easy on those.

For AMD users the FreeSync is not on default, so make sure to enable that first. The GN27D also has pre-configured picture modes: Standard, Text, Movie, Game, FPS, RTS.

Final verdict

TheViotek GN27D is a curved monitor for better gaming experience without leaving you destitute. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or a casual after-hours fighter, your hardware can be a factor in your victorious and pleasant gaming session.

The Samsung VA panel is evident in this monitor, in terms of performance. It might not be the best gaming panel out there, but it performs great and given the price tag it is sitting on, that says a lot.

If buying a monitor is all new to you, and you need help, then head over to our monitor buyer’s guide for more info.

VIOTEK GN27DB 27-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor
  • Pro-Level Gaming – One of the best gaming monitors on the market, the GN27D boasts a robust QHD (2560x1440p) 27-inch display. 
  • Enhanced Gaming Experience – The FPS/RTS optimized GN27D desktop monitor also sports GamePlus targeting crosshairs for game-winning accuracy. 
  • Game-Streaming Ready –  Coupled with a 1440p monitor, this feature is perfect for YouTube or Twitch game streaming.
  • Viotek Gold Standard Support – 100% U.S.-based customer service support, available 7 days a week. All new LED monitors are protected by our Zero-Tolerance Dead Pixel Policy and 3-Year Limited Warranty.
Andrew is arguably the geekiest member of our team. He has a knack for new gaming hardware and awesome gadgets. Although Overwatch is his current favorite, he thinks the Counter Strike Global Offensive is the best shooter of all times. He is constantly hunting for news about new hero releases and patches. Andrew believes that playing video games is not just a hobby but a way of life. He regards his job at RealGear as a way of helping fellow gamers make the most of their gameplay by writing reviews about the hardware he uses and the FPS/ RTS he plays.

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