Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 32-inch QHD 165 Hz Gaming Monitor Review: Color For Days

Big screen, huge color gamut.

Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165
(Image: © Corsair)

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HDR is the one place where the 32QHD165 disappoints. It’s not that it looks bad, but with so much color available, some extra contrast would put the image over the top. With no dynamic feature though, HDR content looks about the same as SDR.

HDR Brightness and Contrast

The 32QHD165 meets its DisplayHDR 400 spec with just over 425 nits peak. But, black levels are quite high at 0.4738 nit. This value is too high, and you’ll see that error in the EOTF trace below. While HDR content looks OK, it could be so much better if dynamic contrast were included. This monitor is strong enough in other areas of image quality that it should be updated so the HDR picture reaches its full potential.

Grayscale, EOTF and Color

HDR grayscale and EOTF accuracy are both solid. Grayscale errors are small and barely visible throughout the brightness scale. Luminance tracks close to the reference line except for the darkest steps, 0-10%, which are too light. This is why we recorded such a high black level score. Tweaking that one parameter would make a visual improvement.

The color charts show good hue tracking, but most colors are oversaturated. While this makes for a vivid palette in HDR mode, it sometimes looks a little too colorful. Natural shades are slightly overdone, especially reds. Overall, the HDR picture looks good but as in the contrast tests, there is room for improvement.

Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • closs.sebastien
    32" and less than 4k...
    ok, for old people who are half-blind..
    = 5mm-pixel
  • thepersonwithaface45
    Wow, was really excited at first but then I remembered QHD isn't 4k
  • Jake Hall
    closs.sebastien said:
    32" and less than 4k...
    ok, for old people who are half-blind..
    = 5mm-pixel
    Yeah, I didn't think about pixel density when I got my monitor, but it's not really that bad. You have to be unreasonably close to the screen.