Monoprice 49-inch Dark Matter 43305 Gaming Monitor Review: Jumbo Width and Color

The 49-inch Monoprice Dark Matter 43305 is a 32:9 mega-wide VA gaming monitor with 120 Hz, 5120 x 1440 resolution, HDR, extended color and Adaptive-Sync.

Monoprice Dark Matter 43305
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

Brightness is not an issue for the 43305, or any other monitor in the group. Only the Viotek failed to top 400 nits, but its 360-nit score is plenty bright enough for such a large panel. The Monoprice can light up a room easily and puts out enough light to hurt your eyes. Dialing it down to 200 nits or less is preferable, but it’s good to know that the extra headroom is there for HDR content.

The 43305’s black levels are second-best in the group, pipped only by the Viotek. You can see VA’s advantage clearly in this test. The resulting contrast is a decent 2,551.1:1, which is firmly in the hunt for this class. If you want more contrast than this, you’ll either need an OLED or a jumbo VA display like Philips’ 558M1RY.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration doesn’t affect contrast, which is a good thing; it’s still over 2,500:1 with a very low black level. My adjustments included a lower gamma setting which lightens up the picture in a good way. You’ll see the effect of that later in the color tests. Again, it doesn’t get much better than this. Only a few monitors have greater contrast.

The 43305 over-achieves in the ANSI test, which represents a more real-world image. The score has risen to 2,900.5:1, which is enough for first place. When you add in the huge color gamut, the resulting picture is very saturated, detailed and lifelike. Shadow and highlight details are clear, and there is no need for the dynamic contrast feature.

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.

  • Pollopesca
    The specs look solid for the price. The articles picture of it doesn't seem to do it justice 😕. Seriously though, someone at Tom'sHardware PLZ set the correct resolution and take a shot in decent lighting...
  • JTWrenn
    It just doesn't make sense considering 2 27 inch monitors are $500. Seems like a lot to ask for basically the same thing in one frame. This needs to be at the $750 price point to make sense if you ask me.
  • HideOut
    you can get the far superior Samnsung G9 on sale for that price if you look around (got mine for $800 back near black friday).
  • digitalgriffin
    No Premium Pro certification? What is it missing?
  • digitalgriffin
    15.7 degree diagonal. This is basically two 27" put together.
    I can have my 2x Dell 32" 165Hz with excellent color for less money. But having a single screen is nice.