Test – Millenium MD34 PRO-2 screen

Millennium MD34 PRO-2 – A French UWQHD Gaming Display

Millenium is a French brand of equipment gaming† In 2020, our colleagues from overclocking.com tested the MD34 PRO. Today we test version 2, namely the Millenium MD34 PRO-2 which benefits from an update of the panel. On paper, this display is promising and we are assured that it offers the same performance as its predecessor, while correcting its flaws. Let’s see what it is.

Unboxing and content

For the box we are entitled to a beautiful packaging all white. We find pictures of the screen, as well as the various technical information, the UWQHD 3440x1440p resolution, the fact that it is curved, the latency and the refresh rate.

Inside the box we find:

  • The Millenium MD34 PRO-2 screen
  • The height-adjustable foot
  • An HDMI cable
  • A DisplayPort cable
  • Manuals, instructions and warranty card

Technical features

The Millenium MD34 PRO-2 screen has technical characteristics that are worth its price, we sit on a 400 € UWQHD screen with oriented characteristics gaming

  • Frequency: 144Hz
  • Resolution: 3440 x 1440 (UWQHD)
  • Curvature: 1500R
  • Panel: VA QLED 8bit + FRC
  • HDR Certification: HDR400
  • Video Ports: HDMI x2, DisplayPort x2
  • Dimensions: 34 inches (86.36 cm)
  • Thickness (without stand): 123.12 mm
  • Weight (with stand): 7.02 kg
  • Tilts: -5 / +15 degrees
  • Response Time (MPRT): 1ms

Quick reminder about VESA HDR certifications

Like many HDR monitors in this range on the market, the MD34 PRO-2 has VESA HDR400 certification. It therefore assumes a minimum sRGB gamut and a peak brightness of 400 cd/m². However, it should be noted that by taking advantage of the FRC it can broadcast at 10 bits (WCG) and the minimum black level is less than 0.05 cd/m². Here then, just the lack of local dim and clarity prevents it from accessing higher certification. Below is the comparative table of the different VESA HDR certifications.

Branch

Assembling the screen couldn’t be easier. You need to mount the base to the stand first, then the stand to the screen.

The base is quite elegant, but the plastic of this one creaks a bit and is unflattering. We’ll also notice a pretty substantial backlash in support. Passing through a third party screen support is therefore recommended as with many screens of this size.

Usage

To start with, the MD34 PRO-2 has an integrated power supply, which is connected directly to the mains without an intermediate transformer. Everything is hidden by a flap on the back of the screen.

So the MD34PRO-2 has four video inputs. All these ports are compatible with 4K 3440x1440p resolution and 10-bit HDR wide color gamut† However, you will need a recent graphics card to take advantage of 10 bits at 144Hz.

FYI, my GTX 970 was limited to 60 Hz in 10 bit RGB 3440x1440p 144Hz or 8 bit RGB 3440x1440p 120Hz. The 144Hz caused the screen to pass 8 bits 4.2.2, which greatly deteriorated the image due to the chromatic aberration of the 4.2.2 mode.

This MD34 PRO-2 is for me the best experience so far in terms of image quality and comfort. The curved 21/9 format is quite confusing at first because of the windows that are no longer straight. Nevertheless, the in-game experience is really enjoyable.

Black point regarding the HDR, on my model, activating this drastically increases the green, rendering it useless. The issue has escalated and has been resolved with new models leaving the factory.

Concerning Freesyncit can be activated via the drivers AMD, make sure to enable the “Adaptive-sync” option in the OSD on the front.

Then, no USB HUB here, an option that should not be on a screen in 2022 for 500 €. I hope that the next version will have its USB HUB with a USB-C connection that manages the Display Port, for example for minimizing cables and connecting keyboard and mouse to the screen.

On display interface or “OSD”

We round off the tour of this screen with the OSD, which can be controlled via 4 buttons at the bottom of the screen. Personally, I find this interface a bit outdated and not very ergonomic. A Windows interface like MSI’s MS321UP would have been a real plus.

Test protocol

For panel testing, we use an Xrite Display Pro probe. Measurements are taken on the different base modes of the display and then measurements are taken after calibration on DisplayCAL.

Uniformity Measurement

The uniformity measurement of the screen is done via DisplayCal with the standard profile, a 5×5 grid is displayed on the screen and each box is measured with the probe.

Here, as can be seen, the uniformity is very good, the maximum variance is 10.6%. With more brightness loss on the right side of the screen.

As for light leaks, those are pretty good for a VA EDGE LED panel. The problem with the first version of this screen has been solved! Thank you Millennium!

Measurements before calibration

To know the colorimetric quality of this screen out of the box, we took measurements in the standard mode that the screen offers. Fashion with the best appearance for the eye.

It was tested on DisplayCal after 51 color patches.

As we can see the calibration at baseline is pretty bad, we got 7000K before the expected 6500K but it’s still within the limits. Specifications† There are deviations of up to 5 deltaE points. But we’re staying close to 2 with an average deltaE, which is pretty good.

Below are the measurement points with:

  • In white: the nominal target value.
  • In colour: the measured values.

In terms of brightness, all profiles are around 200cd/m² with a contrast ratio around 4000:1.

We now move on to factory calibration with HDR. With HDR it will be impossible to adjust the screen via the OSD. And an adaptation to the probe remains limited.

The factory calibration in HDR mode is different, but remains below 3 of deltaE.

Below are the measurement points with:

  • In white: the nominal target value.
  • In colour: the measured values.

Measurements after calibration

The calibration and calibration of a screen are important things to consider for content creation, as well as ease of use.

For the calibration of my screens I mainly use DisplayCal at 6500K, 150 cd/m2 and an enlarged test pattern.

For the settings we have:

  • Brightness 150 cd/m²
  • Black level: as is (about 0.05 cd/m²)
  • White: 6500K
  • profile: sRGB
  • Test Pattern: Large Test Pattern – 778 Patches

This is what this screen gives after calibration:

Calibration via DisplayCal software ensures a highly accurate profile. However, there is a blue point at the far end of the spectrum with an aberration.

Below are the measurement points with:

  • In white: the nominal target value
  • In colour: the measured values

Conclusion

Millenium’s equipment department offers us a good quality screen here with the MD34 PRO-2. It’s going to compete in the UWQHD segment for under $500 and therefore has a lot going for it to stand out. For this he proposes a design sober with a nice foot and a very good plate once calibrated. Because yes, once calibrated, this screen becomes almost perfect. However, do not schedule photos or videos without calibration. We also regret the unstable foot that will have to be replaced, for example with an articulated support. Finally, for its main use, which is the game, it comes out with flying colors with little ghosting, and with still the same performance as the MD34 PRO.

Vonguru Silver Award

The positives:

  • sRGb coverage and Display P3
  • deep black
  • The responsiveness of the plate
  • the design sober
  • UWQHD Resolution
  • the Ghosting acceptable for VA

The negatives:

  • Factory calibration
  • OSD not very ergonomic
  • Lack of USB hub
  • The foot a little cheap

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