Xiaomi Curved Gaming Monitor 34

As posted earlier I had plans to upgrade my monitor to 1440p to match my new graphics card. I was shopping around for a new monitor and I initially had my sights on several 2560x1440p IPS high refresh rate monitors. Shopping around means you tend to see things you were not supposed to see :). I eventually ended up shopping around for ultrawide displays not sure what happened but I saw myself checking several online and youtube reviews for different UW monitors, resolutions, brands and what not.

I ended up buying a Xiaomi Curved Gaming Monitor which is a 34 inch 3440x1440p monitor. I did consider getting other displays but because of the price, availability and simplistic design of this monitor, I ended up buying one. I love the all black simple elegant design compared to other gaming monitors with RGB and what not. This monitor only had 1 Mi logo and it’s found at the back making it a very minimalist kind of display

Display Specifications

  • Resolution: 3440 × 1440
  • Screen curvature: 1500R
  • Response time: 4 ms (Gray scale response time)
  • Colors: 16.7 million (8-bit)
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m²
  • Display: 21:9
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz
  • Color gamut: 85% NTSC (NTSC CIE 1931 Standard)
  • Contrast ratio: 3000:1 (TYP)

Window modes

  • Single window
  • Left/right split screen
  • Picture-in-picture mode

Number and Type of Ports

  • HDMI 2.0 x 2
  • DP1.4 port x 2
  • AUDIO port x 1
  • AC power cable IN port x 1

Bracket

  • Supports: height adjustment / rotation / wall mounting

I did read and watched a lot of reviews regarding this monitor including hardware unboxed review. From what I read this is using a Samsung VA panel (yep its VA and not IPS) which is good enough for my needs. It’s running 144hz out of the box and doing a quick UFO refresh rate test confirms that. The monitor also has a fast response time for serious gamers more regarding this below. The stand is really heavy but I didn’t use it anyway since the desk arm I am using was able to carry the weight of the monitor. The bezels are standard sized bezels common with monitors nowadays. For the price they are offering cable management is really nice with this monitor as the ports at the back has a cover that doesn’t use any plastic clips but magnets for easy installation and removal. The stand also has routing for the cables to keep your desk clean. As far as performance goes I am happy with this monitor and being my first ultrawide monitor, I can’t really comment or compare this to other brands/models right now.


This monitor do come with some cons though. Color needs some calibration out of the box because for me the colors look dull. Not really sure if it’s because I am from using IPS panels for a long time or the monitor just needs calibration but its quite easy to change the settings to your liking. Depending on your eyes, you might need to choose the correct response time. I have this set to medium as it was recommended by most people who gave their reviews including hardware unboxed. The major flaw/con about this monitor is the flickering issue when you freesync enabled and you are using a Nvidia graphics card which uses Gsync. During game loading screens you will see faint flickering on certain parts of the screen, I did find during my testing that this only happens on low fps screens and most games have anywhere between 30-60fps during loading screens and sometimes on the menu. I did find some suggested possible solutions online but unfortunately none of them work. To be fair this monitor wasn’t really marketed as a Gsync compatible montior so I never really expected Gsync to work properly. For my gaming needs the high refresh rate and medium response time is enough for me.

Having ultrawide monitor for the first time is really life changing. I never noticed how much I clicked and alt+tab programs and windows when I was using a 1980x1020 monitor because I had several windows and programs opened all at the same time. After I have used this monitor for a few weeks, having that added screen real estate is really life changing. I can now have 2-4 programs or windows opened up at the same time without the need for clicking minimize or maximize or alt+tab keys on my keyboard.

For people looking into this monitor, if you can get it during sale or at a lower price, I would say this is worth your money. If you are not really into real competitive gaming and just want high refresh rate with ok resposne time this monitor would be for you.

Xiaomi Router 3 Pro

Recently I felt it was time to upgrade my aging network that was using an old Dlink DIR-615 router. I didn’t really have the urge to upgrade for a long time since I didn’t really have enough devices that can take advantage of wireless ac and gigabit lan. I only have a small room network for my pc, playstation and my phone. I did have a laptop at one time but I have since given that to my wife.

We recently upgraded to a 500Mbps fibre connection and I felt like it was time to up my network game to take advantage of the internet speed that was about to come. I was shopping for cheap but feature packed router locally. I didn’t care if it was new or used (as long as it was in full working order).

My D-Link DIR-615 was running DDWRT for the longest time and it was so stable I didn’t have to bother with it after install. The longest uptime I had with that router was 1 year and I only had to shut it down because I was going on a long holiday.

I did my due diligence in researching for routers that would take advantage of one of the custom router firmwares available (ddwrt, openwrt, tomato, padavan, asusmerlin etc). I had a lot of options from the 2nd hand market since for some reason a lot of people were upgrading theirs to Wifi 6 (wireless ax). Luckily I stumbled upon this Xiaomi Router 3 Pro being sold locally for a very good price. I will consider this bang for the buck interms of what you are getting for the amount you are paying. See the specs below

Xiaomi Mi Pro (R3P)

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CPU: MediaTek MT7621A MIPS
  • RAM: 512MB DDR3
  • NAND: 256MB Flash
  • 1x Gigabit WAN
  • 3x Gigabit LAN
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 1x Power
  • Protocols: IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, IEEE 802.3 / 3u / 3ab
  • MU-MINO: Yes
  • 2.4G WiFi: 4x4 up to 800Mbps
  • 5G WiFi: 4x4 up to 1733Mbps
  • 2.4G channels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • 5G channels: 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165
  • NAS: Yes
  • OpenWRT compatible
  • Aluminum Case
  • Size: 195 145.6 x x 66 mm
  • Weight: 932.2g

As you can see it has a very minimalistic design. The aluminum housing is also not just for show, it is form and function as it is being used to cool down the chips on this device. You can also have a drive connected to the USB3.0 port as the router supports samba and it can serve as a nas drive. I tested the speeds and I am getting close the advertised speed.

The only drawback would be the all Chinese router portal to configure the router but there is an easy work around for that by using google chrome and translating the page. If you feel brave enough you can always flash the Taiwan firmware which has an option to change the language to english. There is also a phone app which is in english and you can configure the settings of the router from your phone if you wish.

The stock firmware of the router should suffice regular users as it has most if not all of the options they need. If you require more advanced option and settings, there is always the openWRT route. OpenWRT Support for this router has been confirmed but make sure you read the page and follow instructions. I would like to highlight the part that says your need to verify what type of chip you have because it might brick your router and you will have to go the UART route to unbrick it.

Right now I haven’t decided if I will install openWRT on mine. I have been testing the router for a week now and the stock firmware seems to be stable (I am running the latest developement version) and I am happy with the performance of this router. I can saturate our 500Mbps connection when downloading (depends on the source ofcourse). I find that I normally max it out when I download games from uplay or epicgames. I haven’t tried steam because I haven’t bought any new games from that platform.

I will make a new post with instructions on how to install openWRT if I decide to go that router. Until then I will enjoy my upgraded network for now.