KFA2 Vivance-01 – Testing the latest gaming monitor with an IPS matrix. The set includes a 165Hz WQHD display with HDR support

KFA2, a company previously known mainly for graphics cards and non-reference computer peripherals, is now also entering the gaming monitor market. The first announcement of the equipment called KFA2 Vivance-01 appeared last year, but the subject quickly calmed down. We returned to the subject in recent weeks, when the Polish price and availability of the monitor were announced. The equipment is characterized by the use of a 27-inch WQHD matrix with high refresh and support for HDR mode. There are many similar configurations on the market, so KFA2 starts with brands such as AOC, Acer, LG and Dell. Perhaps the price that will be the currency of exchange in our country will be 1299 PLN. Of course, even a good price will not help if the matrix turns out to be of average quality. Therefore, we will check the operation of the KFA2 Vivance-01 model daily.

Author: Damian Marusiak

The KFA2 Vivance-01 is a typical 27-inch IPS flat panel gaming monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It also offers a high refresh rate of 165Hz and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible technology via Adaptive-Sync. Visually, the KFA2 Vivance-01 looks extremely minimalistic – we won’t even find an RGB LED backlight here (which for many potential recipients shouldn’t be a disadvantage). The sale of the monitor will begin in May, but the potential success will mainly depend on the quality of the matrix. Here we get the mentioned IPS with support for the DCI-P3 wide color space. The declared level of coverage of the range is 95%. There’s also HDR support, although we’re talking about the most basic implementation, where as we know from experience it won’t have a significantly different effect compared to SDR.

The KFA2 Vivance-01 is a first gaming monitor with a screen diagonal of 27 inches, a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. You could say – a classic of the genre.

KFA2 Vivance-01 - Testing the latest gaming monitor with an IPS matrix.  The set includes a 165Hz WQHD display with HDR support [nc1]

The KFA Vivance-01 monitor uses an IPS-type matrix, i.e. In-plane Switching. The IPS screen is characterized by a specific arrangement of liquid crystals relative to the surface of the screen – they are arranged parallel to the surface, therefore differently than, for example, in TN type matrices, where the crystals are distributed more perpendicular. The main features of IPS panels are more faithful color reproduction and very good viewing angles – these are just as wide when viewed from the top, bottom or sides. Monitors with IPS arrays are often recommended for graphic designers due to the aforementioned viewing angles, which do not distort colors, and due to the possibility of a wider representation of the Adobe RGB color palette. However, it’s not flawless technology – the relatively low contrast makes black look more like gray tones.

KFA2 Vivance-01 Monitor Specification
Matrix type IPS (in-plane switching)
Screen diagonal 27 inches
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Refresh Technology NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility
Refresh rate 165Hz
Screen curvature
The depth of color 10-bit / 1.07 billion shades of color
Matrix response time 1ms MPRT
Static contrast 1000:1
Brightness 350 rivets
HDR support HDR10, VESAHDR 400 display
Matrix surface Mast
Color space mapping 99% sRGB, 95% DCI-P3
Digital outputs 2x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other connectors 1x 3.5mm audio jack
Weight with stand 4.9kg
RGB backlight
Guarantee 36 months door-to-door

KFA2 Vivance-01 - Testing the latest gaming monitor with an IPS matrix.  The set includes a 165Hz WQHD display with HDR support [nc1]

In the KFA2 Vivance-01 monitor test, we focus on some of the most important aspects from the point of view of daily use. So let’s take a close look at the build quality and usability of the OSD menu. There will be a color check of sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 color spaces with an indication of errors in color representation. We will also check for backlight uniformity, luminance across multiple scenarios, and for backlight bleed. There will also be a discussion of viewing angles, input lag, smearing, and power consumption.

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