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Gigabyte M32QC 170Hz WQHD VA with 1500R curve

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For an immersive experience with a nod towards contrast, ~32″ VA models can be an attractive option. The Gigabyte M32QC provides such an experience, with a moderate curve added to the experience to help create draw the viewer in a bit. Styling is simple, in keeping with others from the ‘M’ series. Plenty of matte black plastic, including a low-profile angled stand base. A glossy plastic element in the centre of the stand neck adds a touch of visual contrast, as does the light grey brand logo in the centre of the bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen. As well as a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front. A dedicated KVM button is also included, allowing rapid switching (and USB assignment) between two systems.

Simple styling

A 31.5″ VA panel with 1500R (moderate) curve and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution is used. This includes support for a 170Hz refresh rate (165Hz + mild internal factory overclock) and Adaptive-Sync. Including AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, with a 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC. A 3000:1 static contrast ratio is specified alongside 178°/178° viewing angles and 8-bit colour support. A light matte screen surface is used, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight offers a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 94% DCI-P3 colour gamut. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, a basic HDR level that allows 10-bit colour processing to be used and the reasonable colour gamut to be put to good use. It doesn’t require local dimming to enhance contrast or a particularly high luminance level, so is only a very basic HDR experience.

Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to providing a more relaxing viewing experience. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using ‘Aim Stabilizer Sync’, a strobe backlight setting which can be used in a VRR environment. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and can be quickly removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The stand includes tilt and height (100mm or 3.94 inches) adjustment. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (18W PD, DP Alt Mode, USB upstream), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a DC power input (external ‘power brick). 2-source PiP/PbP is also supported.

VESA holes at the rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Details on price and availability still to come.

Gigabyte M32QC