Gigabyte G32QC – budget 32″ for gaming

Details

Gaming monitors are available in various sizes, formats and curvatures. We’ve had a few 27″ models here lately, representing the current mainstream. But what if you want something bigger, but ultrawide isn’t right for you? In that case, you’ll probably reach for a 32″ display. Would you also like a curve, a lot of Hz and various gaming features? Then you may be interested in Gigabyte G32QC.

Basic specs


Packaging and equipment

A cardboard box showing the front and back of the monitor comes in a dual-use packaging.

   

In addition to the monitor, the package includes a power adapter, documentation, HDMI and DisplayPort cables, and even a USB cable for connection to a PC.

The massive stand will have to deal with the higher weight of the panel, so its dimensions are larger than usual. However, its profile is relatively low and although it takes up quite a lot of space on the table, you can easily put some things on its feet.

The second part of the stand is relatively standard, it also offers an opening for cabling.

You can join together both parts of the stand without the need to use a screwdriver.

The monitor offers compatibility with VESA 100 × 100.

However, you will already need a screwdriver to attach the stand to the monitor body. The package includes four screws that connect the stand to the panel. The installation is therefore a bit longer than with some of our last monitors, where the installation was completely tool-free. Why Gigabyte did not use the same approach with G32QC, I can only ask. I would guess that screws are necessary due to the higher weight of the panel.

When you look at the screen for the first time, you can see that thanks to the classic 16:9 format, the monitor looks completely normal. Unconventional is the curvature, which is more common with widescreen monitors with an aspect ratio of 21:9.

The stand only offers height adjustment and panel tilt, but you will not find side tilt or pivot here.

The back does not have an RGB backlight, so the monitor looks more decent and “stealthy” which is not the case with most gaming monitors.

The entire port selection is located in the middle of the rear. A pair of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 ports together with audio jack are on the left, on the right there is only a pair of USB 5 Gb ports together with USB type B for connection to a computer and, of course, the power connector.

On the right side of the rear there is also a 5-way joystick, which is used to control the OSD menu. We will look at this in more detail in the next chapter.

The display offers 85 mm flexibility in height. At the lowest point, its bottom edge is 48 mm from the base and the top edge 471 mm. In the highest position, it is 133 mm and 556 mm. However, on the manufacturer’s website you will find that the adjustment in the vertical direction should be up to 100 mm.

In addition to the height, you can also adjust the tilt of the monitor from -5 to +20 degrees. As already mentioned, you will not find a side tilt or pivot here.

Returning to the panel itself, its large curve will be best demonstrated as follows, when placed on a flat surface. The 1500R curvature is among the largest on the market, but considering that it is a 16:9 monitor, it is not overdone. The goal of curved panels is to offer the same distance of the panel from your eye at every single point at large diagonals.

Backlight bleed when displaying a black background proved to be a major weakness of the monitor. Light deviations are really significant and cannot be ignored. I always mention that panel by panel is different, but with this monitor, I have found criticism of this uniformity in other foreign reviews. It therefore looks like the panels used by the manufacturer belong to a lower quality category or the exit control fails.


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