NZXT Canvas 32Q Gaming Monitor Review: Style and Substance Meet Value

The NZXT Canvas 32Q is a 32-inch curved QHD/VA gaming monitor with 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color.

NZXT Canvas 32Q
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I’ve managed to find a few other VA QHD 165 Hz panels in my test database to compare the Canvas 32Q. They are Monoprice’s 42891, Viotek’s GNV32DBE and BenQ’s EX2710R. To fill out the group, I’ve included the IPS-based Cooler Master GM32-FQ and Corsair 32QHD165.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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165 Hz will give you a response time between six and seven milliseconds. The Canvas 32Q is in the 7ms category, giving it the same level of motion blur as a 144 Hz monitor. Its overdrive helps some, and if you want even more reduction, you’ll have to forgo Adaptive-Sync and use the MPRT backlight strobe. Overall motion resolution quality, in either case, is on par with other 165 Hz QHD screens.

For overall lag, the Canvas 32Q is one of the quicker 165 Hz monitors I’ve tested, coming in a total time of 31ms. That’s very responsive from a casual gamer’s standpoint like mine. Very skilled players will want to consider a 240 Hz screen, but most enthusiasts will have no problems racking up frags on the Canvas 32Q.

Viewing Angles

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VA screens aren’t known for great viewing angles, but the Canvas 32Q does a respectable job. Light is reduced by around 30% at 45 degrees off-center and the color shifts to green, like an IPS monitor. From the top, you can see green and red shifts, a 50% light reduction, and washed-out detail.

Screen Uniformity

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My Canvas 32Q sample was a tad hot in the upper left and center zones, while the rest of the screen had an even tone. Brighter gray and color patterns showed no issues. I could not see any problems with actual content during dark scenes. Bright highlights also looked white and neutral in tone.

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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.

  • digitalgriffin
    It's specs and performance remind me of the panel used by the dell s3220dgf. But the dell is a lot cheaper.
    your link is broken that monitor isnt yet listed on amazon, also yall wrote a news clip bout monitor sales being down does this mean monitors will get more expinsive or will they get cheaper?
  • dk382
    I think it's time Tom's Hardware does more comprehensive response time testing than the single value they're showing. 0 - 100% doesn't even come close to showing the whole story with response times. What are the other black and near-black rise times, for instance? Black or near-black to other near-black shades are often slower than 0 - 100% on VA panels, and you get smearing in dark shades as a result, which is something not even mentioned in this review.