Monoprice Dark Matter 42772 Review: Big Color, Contrast and Value

A 34-inch Ultra-Wide that's packed with color, contrast and value.

Monoprice Dark Matter 34-inch 42772
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

Monoprice specs the 42772 at 400 nits, but our sample couldn’t quite get there, topping out at 365 nits for SDR. This is still plenty of output for any ordinary situation. What’s really impressive here are the black levels, which lead the field by a visible margin. The default contrast measurement of 5,162.4:1 is superb. All highlight and shadow details are clearly visible.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration reduces the contrast number a bit, but since I improved gamma tracking in the process, the image looks far better with more vibrancy and better color saturation. The 42772 is one of the best-looking VA monitors I’ve reviewed, with tremendous depth and dimension.

The ANSI score is similarly high at 4,546.9:1. It doesn’t get much better than that, certainly not in the LCD category. Only a few of the jumbo monitors I’ve reviewed score higher in this test. This is excellent performance and a real selling point for the Dark Matter 42772.

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.

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    Monoprice’s latest Ultra-Wide gaming monitor is the Dark Matter 42772 with 3440x1440 resolution, 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color. It sports a high-contrast VA panel with one of the largest color gamuts available.

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    Awesome review, I'm trying to calibrate both the G34WQC and Dark Matter side by side.. but I'm confused as to what settings you would set in the Nvidia Control Panel in the bottom of the Resolution section: 8 bit full rgb... ybcbcr 4:4:4 limited 10 bit... 10 bit full rgb etc..? Theres so many variations I don't know which is correct for these monitors. Thanks!