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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level
Among desktop monitors, VA panels are usually not as bright as similar-sized and spec’d IPS displays. It’s more common to see a bright VA television, as evidenced by the 43-inch Asus in the comparison group. But the M32UC is an exception when considering smaller screens. It’s rated for 450 nits in SDR mode, and my sample topped 500.
That’s a lot of light, considering its 32-inch size. Add in those deep VA black levels and you have a recipe for high contrast, 2,381.3:1 in this case. Though some VA screens I’ve tested have a greater dynamic range, like the Asus XG43UQ, this is still more than double the best IPS monitors, and the difference is easily seen with the naked eye.
After Calibration to 200 nits
Calibration cost me a little contrast, but a less than 100-point difference is insignificant. The M32UC still has more than twice the dynamic range of a good IPS panel. Only the Asus boasts more due to its extremely deep blacks
ANSI contrast drops below 2,000:1 but barely. The M32UC is a quality display and performs extremely well for the price.
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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.
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You cannot have HDR without any type of local dimming.Reply
Pretty much false advertisement and should make an instant no recommendation IMO.
I own the GigabyteM32U which RTratings names as the best 32-inch 4K mid-range gaming monitor with HDR 10, 144 Hz, and IPS for a year and a half now at $650 on Amazon. Going for VA and curved and the hokey HDR 400 sounds like a big step backward.Reply
VESA DisplayHDR400 is not HDR - in my opinion.Reply
I take Vesa DisplayHDR400 as a VESA definition of a good-non-HDR monitor for a base comparison to the other VESA DisplayHDR standards. It's a helpful marketing tool.
Really, VESA DisplayHDR500 is the lowest level of VESA DispayHDR - in my opinion.
I've been using a 27", 1080P, 8-bit, 60Hz monitor for the last 12 years. When I upgrade, it will probably be to a 32", 4k, 10-bit, 144Hz monitor, VESA Display500 (with NO speakers).
@truerock I recently got Dell G3223Q for $500 on black firday and I think it meets all your criterias.truerock said:When I upgrade, it will probably be to a 32", 4k, 10-bit, 144Hz monitor, VESA Display500 (with NO speakers).
expert_vision said:@truerock I recently got Dell G3223Q for $500 on black firday and I think it meets all your criterias.
Thanks... but, I don't think that monitor is VESA Display500.
It says it's VESA DisplayHDR™ 600. Is that not better than 500?truerock said:Thanks... but, I don't think that monitor is VESA Display500.
Or are you reffering to the lack of local dimming? In that case, yeah, it lacks.
Personally, I don't care about HDR. I have it disabled and brightness set to 0-10%, lol.