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Gigabyte M34WQ Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Nov 18, 2021 at 10:51 am
Gigabyte M34WQ Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
8.5
Gaming
8.0
Multimedia
8.1
Media Creation
7.3
HDR Gaming
Size 34"
Resolution 3440x1440
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a 34 inch ultrawide monitor with a fast 144Hz refresh rate. It's part of Gigabyte's M Series gaming monitors, designed with both productivity and gaming performance in mind. It has a great selection of additional features, including a built-in keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM), so you can control two sources with a single keyboard and mouse. It's a great monitor for a bright room, with impressive reflection handling and high peak brightness in SDR. Motion looks fantastic, thanks to its fast response time at the max refresh rate, it has low input lag, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Sadly, it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity, so it's not the best choice for a dark room, and although it supports HDR, it adds very little.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a great monitor overall. It's an excellent gaming monitor with low input lag and a fantastic response time at the max refresh rate. It's very good for office use, as the ultrawide format is excellent for multitasking, and it has some excellent productivity features, including a built-in KVM switch. It's great for media creation, but it has limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. It supports HDR, but HDR doesn't add much, as it's not very bright in HDR and has a low contrast ratio.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Outstanding response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Stand can't be rotated to a portrait orientation.
8.0 Office

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a very good office monitor. The ultrawide format is excellent for multitasking, and visibility isn't an issue in a bright room, thanks to the impressive reflection handling and high peak brightness. It also has a great selection of additional features designed for productivity, including a built-in keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM), so you can control two sources with a single keyboard and mouse. It also has excellent gray uniformity and good text clarity.

Pros
  • Impressive reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Great selection of productivity features.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Stand can't be rotated to a portrait orientation.
8.5 Gaming

The Gigabyte M34WQ is an excellent gaming monitor. The ultrawide screen delivers a more immersive gaming experience, and it has a fast refresh rate with low input lag. It has an outstanding response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in clear motion with little blur behind fast-moving objects. It supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC VRR, which can help reduce tearing. It's great for gaming in a bright room, as it can easily overcome glare. Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity.

Pros
  • Impressive reflection handling.
  • Outstanding response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
  • Fast refresh rate.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.0 Multimedia

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a very good monitor for watching videos. The large, ultrawide screen delivers a more immersive movie-watching experience, and the wide viewing angles make it a great choice for watching it with other people. Visibility isn't an issue, as it has great peak brightness in SDR and impressive reflection handling. Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity, so blacks look gray.

Pros
  • Impressive reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
8.1 Media Creation

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a great monitor for media creation. The ultrawide aspect ratio and large screen make it easier to see more of your workflow at once. It has wide viewing angles, excellent gray uniformity, and incredible gradient handling. You can turn the stand to share your screen with someone else, but it can't rotate to portrait orientation. Unfortunately, although it has a superb SDR color gamut, it has limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which might disappoint some content creators.

Pros
  • Impressive reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Great selection of productivity features.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
  • Stand can't be rotated to a portrait orientation.
7.3 HDR Gaming

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a decent monitor for gaming in HDR, but mainly due to its excellent gaming performance. It has fantastic low input lag, a fast response time at the max refresh rate, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC VRR. Unfortunately, HDR doesn't add much, as it has low contrast, mediocre black uniformity, no local dimming, and it can't get very bright in HDR.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time at the max refresh rate.
  • Fantastic low input lag.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Not very bright in HDR.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 8.0 Multimedia
  • 8.1 Media Creation
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Nov 18, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 17, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
15.6 lbs (7.1 kg)
Weight (with stand)
22.7 lbs (10.3 kg)

The Gigabyte M34WQ looks very similar to the Gigabyte M32Q, with a simple, understated design that looks great in any environment. The stand is wide, but it supports the monitor well, and it's thin enough that you can still place things in front of it.

Design
Stand
Width
19.4" (49.3 cm)
Depth
9.6" (24.5 cm)

The stand is quite wide but thin enough that you can still place small objects in front of it. It supports the monitor well, but there's still a bit of wobble due to the size of the display.

6.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range -30° to 30°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The stand has okay ergonomics. It has the same swivel and tilt range as the Gigabyte M32Q, and a great height adjustment range, so it's easy to place in an ideal viewing position. Unfortunately, it can't rotate to portrait orientation, but most ultrawide monitors can't.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is fairly plain, with no RGB bias lighting. Like most of the M Series monitors, there's a band of glossy black plastic near the top of the display on the back. It looks good but also tends to show fingerprints easily. There's a hole in the stand for basic cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.9 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides, so it's a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.1" (18.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.6" (6.5 cm)

The stand leans back a bit, so the distance between the screen and the user varies depending on the height of the screen.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the Gigabyte M34WQ has good build quality. It's entirely plastic but still feels solid overall. The stand is well-made, and the ergonomic adjustments feel smooth and sturdy. It wobbles a bit due to the size and weight of the display, but it's not very noticeable overall.

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,074 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

As expected for an IPS panel, the Gigabyte M34WQ has mediocre contrast, so blacks look gray in a dark room. Unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve contrast. Contrast can vary between individual units, but we don't expect IPS panels to get much better than this.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Unfortunately, the Gigabyte M34WQ doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve contrast. We still film this video on the monitor, so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that does have local dimming.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
385 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
378 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
380 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
380 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
380 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
380 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
377 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
379 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
379 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
380 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
379 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Gigabyte M34WQ has great peak brightness in SDR, and it's more than bright enough to overcome glare in most viewing environments. There's very little variation in brightness with different content, which is great.

These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
380 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
373 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
372 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

Unfortunately, the Gigabyte M34WQ has just alright peak brightness in HDR. It's bright enough that HDR looks a bit better in games, but it's not bright enough to deliver an impactful cinematic experience in HDR.

These measurements were taken before calibration, with HDR enabled.

7.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
34°
Color Washout From Right
32°
Color Shift From Left
63°
Color Shift From Right
62°
Brightness Loss From Left
35°
Brightness Loss From Right
34°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
51°
Gamma Shift From Right
41°

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a good horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate even at a wide angle. It's great for sharing the screen with someone else, and the sides of the screen remain accurate if you like to sit close to it.

7.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28°
Color Washout From Above
28°
Color Shift From Below
64°
Color Shift From Above
64°
Brightness Loss From Below
32°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
28°
Gamma Shift From Above
29°

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a decent vertical viewing angle. The image fades and appears washed out at moderate angles above or below the monitor. Most people won't notice this with regular use, but it's not ideal if you often share your screen with someone standing beside you, for example.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.970%
50% DSE
0.106%
5% Std. Dev.
0.505%
5% DSE
0.052%

Like most monitors, the Gigabyte M34WQ has excellent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are quite a bit darker than the center, but there's not much dirty screen effect in the center. Near-black scenes look even better, with no noticeable dirty screen effect. Gray uniformity can vary between individual units, but it's rarely an issue on recent monitors.

6.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.731%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Sadly, the Gigabyte M34WQ has mediocre black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout, and it has a bit of a blueish tint due to the low contrast. There are also a few patches of backlight bleed, especially along the bottom edge. Note that black uniformity can vary between individual units.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
388 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6,672 K
White Balance dE
1.24
Color dE
2.50
Gamma
2.20

The Gigabyte M34WQ has amazing accuracy out of the box. The white balance is fantastic, with no noticeable issues, and the overall color accuracy is great. Gamma is close to the sRGB target curve, but dark scenes are over-brightened a bit, and bright scenes are a bit too dark. The color temperature is a bit cool, but not noticeably so.

Sadly, most colors are oversaturated, and although there is an sRGB mode that effectively limits colors to the sRGB color space, it's less accurate overall (sRGB results), and it locks down almost all picture settings.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
17
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
98-100-99
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6,507 K
White Balance dE
0.46
Color dE
0.35
Gamma
2.17

The Gigabyte M34WQ has superb accuracy after calibration. The white balance and color accuracy are nearly perfect after calibration, with no noticeable issues. Colors accurately clamp to the sRGB color space, and the color temperature is nearly perfect. Gamma is very close to the sRGB target curve, but very bright scenes are still over brightened a bit.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. It's provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.4%
Adobe RGB xy
82.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a superb SDR color gamut. It can display all of the sRGB color space used by the vast majority of desktop and web content. Coverage of the Adobe RGB color space is limited, though, and likely too low for most professional content creators.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.8%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
85.4%
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

Thanks to the wide SDR color gamut, the Gigabyte M34WQ has outstanding color volume in SDR. It's really only limited by the low contrast ratio, as it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

7.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
88.1%
Rec. 2020 xy
65.3%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a good HDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content. It has okay coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space, and it can display a wide color gamut, but just barely.

Note: The DCI P3 coverage is a bit lower than the advertised 91% coverage. It's normal and is due to the way we measure DCI P3. We measure DCI P3 by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors we're sending to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.

7.4
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
83.4%
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
63.6%
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The Gigabyte M34WQ has decent color volume in HDR. It's limited by the incomplete coverage of both color spaces, and it can't display dark saturated colors well due to the low contrast ratio.

9.9
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.03%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

Our Gigabyte M34WQ has a tiny bit of temporary image retention immediately after switching from our high-contrast static test image, but it's not noticeable and disappears almost immediately. This can vary between individual units, but it's rarely an issue.

9.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Gigabyte M34WQ has incredible gradient handling, with very little banding in areas of similar colors. The max refresh rate that supports a 10-bit signal over HDMI is 60Hz. If you're using an HDMI source at a higher refresh rate, it will only accept an 8-bit signal, so there will be more noticeable banding.

Although advertised as an 8-bit panel, this model accepts a 10-bit signal and displays it well, so it's most likely using dithering to approximate a 10-bit panel. It's also known as 8-bit + FRC.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001%
Pixel Column Error
0.004%

There's no noticeable color bleed on our Gigabyte M34WQ. This can vary between individual units, but it's rarely noticeable.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.0%
Indirect Reflections
4.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.8%

The Gigabyte M34WQ has impressive reflection handling. The matte anti-glare finish absorbs reflections, reducing their intensity but also spreading them out across the screen slightly. Combined with this monitor's high peak brightness in SDR, glare isn't an issue.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The Gigabyte M34WQ has good text clarity, but the matte coating adds a slightly hazy look. Running the Windows ClearType wizard helps improve text clarity (top photo), especially on diagonal or curved lines, which aren't as clear or easy to read without ClearType.

Motion
9.1
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Picture Quality
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
9.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
Smart ODChartTablePhoto
Picture QualityChartTablePhoto
BalanceChartTablePhoto
SpeedChartTablePhoto

The Gigabyte M34WQ has an outstanding response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in very little blur behind fast-moving objects. Like most monitors, you can adjust the level of pixel overdrive, but we recommend the 'Picture Quality' Overdrive setting, as it delivers the best results overall. The 'Balance' setting is very similar, with a slightly faster rise/fall time but more noticeable overshoot. If you prefer a bit of inverse ghosting over a blur trail, it's a good alternative. The 'Speed' setting is slightly faster than 'Balance' but also introduces significant overshoot in most transitions, so we generally don't recommend it.

There's a 'Smart OD' mode that's supposed to automatically adjust the overdrive depending on the refresh rate. This saves you from adjusting the Overdrive setting if you switch to a lower refresh rate or your frame rate drops. At both 144Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so it doesn't appear to be working properly.

8.1
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
7.2 ms
Total Response Time
14.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
15.2 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
Smart ODChartTablePhoto
Picture QualityChartTablePhoto
BalanceChartTablePhoto
SpeedChartTablePhoto

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a great response time at 60Hz, but it's noticeably slower than at the max refresh rate. The 'Overdrive' settings behave a bit differently at 60Hz, and we recommend the 'Off' setting. The 'Picture Quality' has more overshoot, but it's the best choice if you're looking for a "set and forget" mode.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a completely flicker-free backlight at all brightness levels, which is great, as it can help reduce eye strain.

7.8
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
85 Hz

The Gigabyte M34WQ has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion or BFI. Unlike most monitors, you can enable it simultaneously with the variable refresh rate (VRR) feature. With VRR disabled, BFI is only available with the refresh rate set to 120Hz or 144Hz. With VRR enabled, the backlight stops flickering if the frame rate drops below 85Hz. It can be distracting if your computer can't maintain at least 85 fps consistently, as the backlight flicker switches on and off as your frame rate goes above or below 85. Note that our BFI scoring is based only on the supported refresh rates and doesn't represent how well the BFI feature works.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a fast refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which can help reduce tearing. Although not officially certified by NVIDIA, it also works with their G-SYNC Compatible mode, but only over DisplayPort. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DisplayPort, but over HDMI, it's limited to a max refresh rate of 100Hz.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.3 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
4.3 ms

The Gigabyte M34WQ has fantastic low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. Enabling the VRR feature doesn't change the input lag noticeably, which is great.

Unfortunately, we can't test the HDR input lag at the maximum refresh rate, as we can only test HDR over HDMI, and the maximum refresh rate of this monitor isn't supported over HDMI. We don't expect HDR to make any difference to the input lag.

8.7
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3440 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Megapixels 5.0 MP
Pixel Density
110 PPI
Screen Diagonal 34.1"
Screen Area 414 in²

The Gigabyte M34WQ has an excellent amount of screen space to work with. The wide-format screen is fantastic for multitasking, and the pixel density is high enough for good text clarity.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C 1 (USB, USB PD, DP Alt Mode)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

The Gigabyte M34WQ has one USB-C port. It supports a few advanced USB-C features, including DisplayPort alt mode, 15W fast charging for supported devices, and you can use it as a KVM switch (keyboard, video, and mouse).

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
PIP + PBP

The Gigabyte M34WQ has a few additional features available. Some of them include:

  • Virtual Crosshair: There are four virtual crosshairs to choose from. Unlike software virtual crosshairs, these can't be detected by your games.
  • FPS Counter: Displays the current number of frames per second received from the source.
  • Black Equalizer: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot other players/enemies in shadows.
  • Eagle Eye: Zooms a section of the screen to make it easier to see where you're aiming.
  • KVM: The main feature of Gigabyte's 'M' series monitors, the KVM button at the back of the monitor allows you to quickly switch from controlling one device to another, with just one keyboard and mouse.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There's a dedicated button at the back that controls the KVM switch and a five-way joystick that you can use to navigate the OSD and adjust settings.

Features
In The Box

  • 3 different power cables (Type B, I, and J)
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B upstream cable
  • User manuals

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 34 inch Gigabyte M34WQ, part of Gigabyte's M Series gaming monitors, designed with productivity and gaming in mind. There are many other M Series monitors, some of which are listed below. Unlike some of the recent M series monitors we've tested, this one doesn't support HDMI 2.1.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh rate Panel Type HDMI Version 
M32Q 32" 1440p 170Hz IPS 2.0
M32U 32" 4k 144Hz IPS 2.1
M34WQ 34" 3440x1440 144Hz IPS 2.0
M28U 28" 4k 144Hz IPS 2.1
M27Q 27" 1440p 170Hz IPS 2.0
M27F 27" 1080p 144Hz IPS 2.0

If you come across a different type of panel or your Gigabyte M34WQ doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in Aug. 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The Gigabyte M34WQ is somewhat of a unique monitor with excellent gaming performance and some great office features. It's great if you're working from home and are looking for something that delivers great productivity during the day and excellent gaming performance at night. There are very few monitors on the market that offer this combination of features.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 34 inch + monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, or the best office monitors.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q and the Gigabyte M34WQ deliver similar performance overall but have a different form factor. The Gigabyte M27Q has a slightly faster refresh rate and a bit better motion handling. The M34WQ has an ultrawide aspect ratio that's better for productivity, and it delivers a more immersive gaming experience. The increased resolution requires a more powerful graphics card, though, so if your PC can't maintain high frame rates with a 16x9 aspect ratio, it'll be even worse with an ultrawide.

Dell S3422DWG

The Dell S3422DWG and the Gigabyte M34WQ use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Dell uses a curved VA panel, so it's a better choice for a dark room, as it has better contrast. The Gigabyte is a flat IPS monitor, so the image remains accurate at an angle. The Gigabyte also has better ergonomics and a better selection of additional features.

LG 34GN850-B

The Gigabyte M34WQ and the LG 34GN850-B offer similar overall performance, but each has a slight edge depending on your planned usage. The Gigabyte is better for productivity, as it has a few extra office features built-in, including a keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM), which allows you to switch between two sources with one set of input devices. If you only plan on gaming, the LG is a better choice, as it has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling, but it lacks a backlight strobing feature.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B and the Gigabyte M34WQ use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses, so the best one depends on your usage and viewing conditions. The ASUS looks better in a dark room, as it has much better contrast, and it's a bit brighter overall. The Gigabyte has much better viewing angles, ensuring the sides of the screen remain accurate. The ASUS can slightly compensate for this, though, as it has a curved screen.

Gigabyte G34WQC

The Gigabyte G34WQC and the Gigabyte M34WQ use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the M34WQ is better overall for most users. The M34WQ has better ergonomics, much better viewing angles, a faster response time, and a great selection of additional features. The G34WQC is better for a dark room, as it has much better contrast.

LG 34GP950G-B

The Gigabyte M34WQ is slightly better than the LG 34GP950G-B. The Gigabyte has better ergonomics, much better reflection handling, and a wider horizontal viewing angle. It also has an optional backlight strobing feature, which can improve the appearance of motion. On the other hand, some people might still prefer the LG, as it has a faster response time, especially at 60Hz, and it has native support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

LG 34GP83A-B

The Gigabyte M34WQ is better than the LG 34GP83A-B. The Gigabyte has better ergonomics, much better reflection handling, and an optional backlight strobing feature. The Gigabyte is better for productivity as it has a few extra office features built-in, including a keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM), which allows you to switch between two sources with one set of input devices. On the other hand, the LG is better for some gamers as it has a faster response time.

Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx

The Gigabyte M34WQ is a bit better overall than the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx. The Gigabyte has better viewing angles, is a lot brighter, and has a wider HDR color gamut. The Gigabyte also has a few productivity features built-in, including a keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM), which allows you to switch between two sources with one set of input devices.

Gigabyte M32Q

The Gigabyte M32Q and the Gigabyte M34WQ offer very similar performance but have slightly different designs. The M34WQ has an ultrawide aspect ratio, which delivers a more immersive gaming experience, and it's better for multitasking. The M32Q is also slightly better for gaming, as it has a faster response time, especially when gaming at 60Hz.

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