Iiyama has announced the G-Master G3266HS-B1, its first curved monitor for gamers. The new display belongs to entry-level class and offers an FHD resolution along with dynamic refresh rate of up to 144 Hz enabled by AMD’s FreeSync technology. Pricing of the LCD looks rather competitive in Europe, but the U.S. MSRP remains to be seen.

The Iiyama G-Master G3266HS-B1 monitor is based on a 31.5” VA panel with a 1920×1080 resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 3 ms response time as well as a 1800R curvature. Brightness, contrast and viewing angles offered by the monitor are typical for modern inexpensive VA panels: 400 nits, 3000:1, and 178°/178°, nothing unexpected. The display supports AMD’s FreeSync technology, but Iiyama does not disclose its ranges. The manufacturer says that the G-Master G3266HS-B1 can display 16.7 million colors, but remains tightlipped about supported color spaces. Since the monitor is aimed at gamers, it is safe to say that it will be used with Windows-based PCs, which is why it has to support sRGB.

When it comes to connectivity, the monitor features everything an inexpensive LCD has to: a D-Sub and a DVI-D for legacy systems, as well as DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI for modern computers. In addition, the monitor has 3.5-mm audio-in/out connectors, and two integrated speakers. As for ergonomics, the G-Master G3266HS-B1 has a fixed stand and cannot regulate its height, tilt, swivel, but can be attached to a VESA wall mounting that supports appropriate adjustments.

Iiama G-Master 31.5" Curved Gaming Monitor
  G-Master G3266HS-B1
Panel 31.5" VA
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Refresh Rate Range 144 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Rate AMD FreeSync
G-Sync Range unknown
Response Time 3 ms (gray-to-gray?)
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Pixel Pitch 0.3632 × 0.3632 mm²
Pixel Density 69.93 PPI
Viewing Angles 178°/178°
Curvature 1800R
Inputs HDMI 1.4
DisplayPort 1.2
Audio 3.5 mm audio in/out jacks
Stereo speakers
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The G-Master G3266HS-B1 is listed on Iiyama’s website, but is not yet available for sale or pre-order anywhere in the U.S. Meanwhile, a number of stores in Austria and Germany offer the monitor for €390 - €400 ($461 - $473), which is lower compared €485 that Acer charges for its XZ321Q (with similar specs) in Germany. We are not sure about the MSRP of the G3266HS-B1 in the USA, where it has not been officially announced yet, but it is logical to expect Iiyama to maintain a similar pricing policy as in Europe.

Iiyama is a bit late to the curved displays party that began in 2014 – 2015, but it definitely needed to get there to stay relevant on the market of gaming monitors. The G-Master G3266HS-B1 seems like as good start as any to see whether its clients bite a curved gaming display. The company went with rather moderate specs, and judging by the price of the product in Europe, it wanted to make its monitor competitive in terms of affordability.

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  • Icehawk - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    1080p and 32"? Hard pass. 27" is as big as I am willing to go with that and even there I much prefer a 2k monitor.
  • abrowne1993 - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    I don't think 2K means what you think it means.
  • FullmetalTitan - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    I think you know he meant 1440p/QHD
  • Death666Angel - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    That's a stupid use of it though. 2k / 4k, 1080p / 2160p. 2560x1440 is closer to 3k than 2k.
  • FullmetalTitan - Saturday, December 16, 2017 - link

    I agree, the fact that every major resolution 'node' has like 4 names is endlessly frustrating. At least this is more sane than the mobile space where there is essentially a continuum of resolutions and aspect ratios
  • Lord of the Bored - Sunday, December 17, 2017 - link

    And that's why I still type a complete resolution out manually like a REAL MAN that knows how to configure IRQ lines with jumper blocks and all that other arcane crap that died out over a decade ago as people stopped needing to know how a computer actually WORKED and just started leaning on buzzwords.
    That said, I'm hooked to a 1920x1080 display right now. 16:9, as the resolution implies, but doesn't actually specify(Alert! Assumption of square pixels! Image distortion imminent! Danger! Danger!).
  • Hurr Durr - Sunday, December 17, 2017 - link


    I bet you also install gentoo in da club.
  • Icehawk - Monday, December 18, 2017 - link

    LOL, yeah I meant "whatever x 1440", "2k" was probably not the best way of saying that - I agree the naming conventions are super screwed and it's probably better to just spell out exactly what resolution you are calling out for. IMO, a vertical resolution under 1440 in 2017 is just not something I would ever buy again for personal use.

    So far IME the ultrawides can be a negative for gaming, Overwatch for example will actually shrink the amount you can see vertically on a 21:9 :(
  • piroroadkill - Monday, December 18, 2017 - link

    16:9, curved - huh? What for..
    31.5".. nice... 1920×1080... what the?
    Who is this product for?
  • valinor89 - Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - link

    People with seriously impaired vision, aparently...

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