In today’s article, I am testing one of the largest gaming monitors I have dealt with so far. The Iiyama G-master G4380UHSU is 43 inches tall. However, these are not its only features. Is it worth buying? You will find out from the reviews.
I must admit that the size of this monitor surprised me. When I was offered to test the Iiyama G-master Red Eagle G4380UHSU along with other interesting devices, I did not pay attention to its size. This one is hidden among the first digits of its long name. The 43-inch matrix (exactly 42.5 inches) is quite a large screen for a classic computer desk. It quickly turned out that the gaming monitor is so large that I had to figure out where to put it. Sitting too close in front of a large screen is not comfortable and does not allow it to spread its wings. What screen weight? A modest 13 kilograms.
The monitor has no height adjustment. It is so large that it is not necessary anyway. We can only slightly adjust the angle of inclination, but it is only 2 degrees down and 10 degrees up. It stands on a fairly large leg in the middle of the shape that looks like the letter U. From its central point there is a mount to the screen housing. The whole thing is quite solid and does not shake when typing on the keyboard. It is also worth mentioning a special tab on the leg. It serves as a cable organizer.
The screen housing is thick. On its upper part, Iiama used a ventilation grille so that this huge monster could breathe easily. On the back of the screen there are also holes in the VESA standard (200x100mm) for attaching to a wall holder.
On the right side of the monitor there are navigation buttons for the main menu. However, if you do not want to use them, the set also includes a remote control.
I must add, remote is terrible. It works with a long delay, and the number of buttons does not even correspond to 1/4 of what can be set using the menu. It’s fair to say that most of the buttons are … texture. It quickly turned out that it was easier for me to use the buttons on the housing, and the remote control went to the box.
IIyama G-master G4380UHSU main menu
Here, I can confidently admit that the number of options to be set in the monitor menu is huge. We have image adjustment, input selection, audio adjustment, color temperature, language change, additional settings at our disposal. Everything is in Polish, although the translation is so-so, because among the main tabs we have … image adjustments twice, but there are different things here.
Delving into the individual tabs, we will set the contrast, brightness, over drive function, ACR contrast, eco mode, blue light reduction level, black depth, MBR (strobe backlight) function, or we can set the gamma level.
On the other side of the screen, there are a pair of USB inputs, including one (yellow) that allows 1.5 amps to be charged! Oddly enough, exactly in the same place is the USB-B input, which must be connected to the computer for the entire hub to work. Why on the side of the case and not on the back? Exactly, You can see my point.
IIyama G-master G4380UHSU in practice
The monitor turned out to be so large that I had to modify my rather small desk a bit. Another one that turned out to be helpful – a mini laptop desk, which I put in the front. Thanks to this, I was able to sit at least 160 centimeters from the screen.
What I immediately noticed was the brightness of the screen (550 cd / m2). I am used to fairly bright IPS screens in two monitors that I use every day. I like when the white is white and there are no weird colored or gray tones. Here we have a VA matrix, but I have not seen it at all. The screen is bright, white, evenly lit and has surprisingly good viewing angles (178 degrees). Sitting too close to the monitor, I noticed that the edges of the matrix seem slightly concave, which slightly distorts the image. From a distance of at least 150 centimeters, it was no longer visible.
The monitor also has two 7W speakers. It is a nice addition when we do not have access to better audio equipment, and we want to take part in a conference or watch a movie on YouTube. For people who use headphones on a daily basis, Iiama has a special place on the back of the housing. There is a silver handle for headphones in the set.
IIyama G-master G4380UHSU at work
A large screen allows you to manage your workspace more efficiently. You can divide the screen into, for example, two segments and use it as on two smaller monitors. This is a very good solution, because I got used to working on two screens and here I did not miss it so much. Good brightness, high resolution (3840×2160 UHD 4K) makes it possible to work comfortably. The fonts aren’t distorted or too sharp, so there’s nothing to pick on here. When using this monitor at night, you don’t need to turn on a different light in the room – the screen shines so brightly that it is quite bright in the room.
I don’t know why, but despite replacing the DisplayPort cable, uploading the latest graphics drivers, the monitor was able to gently flicker when moving the mouse, e.g. in Photoshop. It was visible mainly in the darker parts of the painting. Restoring default settings and reconfiguring reduced but did not eliminate the problem.
IIyama G-master G4380UHSU in games
This monitor is dedicated primarily to gamers. It supports HDR (Display HDR 400 certified) and has a fairly fast matrix (0.4ms). In games, I especially appreciated the 144 Hz support and good contrast. I tested both in World of Warships and during long sessions in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. However, I quickly gave up the HDR mode, which made the image too dark. The overall impression was very good, although sometimes I had the problem with flickering described above, e.g. while loading a battle in World of Warships.