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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The Canvas 32Q has good accuracy out of the box in its Standard picture mode. The other presets vary color and brightness to suit different game types or tasks. Standard is the most natural-looking mode for all content.

Grayscale and Gamma Tracking

Our grayscale and gamma tests use Calman calibration software from Portrait Displays. We describe our grayscale and gamma tests in detail here.

Looking at the default grayscale chart, one would say it’s pretty good with room for improvement. Only the 10% and 20% steps have any visible error with their slight coolness. Gamma runs too light for the labeled 2.2 setting. It’s tracking closer to 2.0, which makes the picture a bit washed out, not befitting a VA panel.

Unfortunately, I could make no headway with the RGB sliders. They simply would not fix the entire brightness range, only one step at a time. I eventually went back to the default Normal color temp preset and changed gamma to 2.4, which made a noticeable improvement. Aside from the slight dip at 10%, gamma is on-point.


Though the Canvas 32Q’s before and after grayscale numbers are different, it’s not enough to make a visual impact. Both values are below the visible threshold, so I rate its performance here as acceptable. If the RGB controls behaved properly, this result could be improved.

Luckily, gamma correctly tracks once you change the preset to 2.4. With a reasonably tight 0.23 range of values and only a 0.45% deviation from 2.2 (actual value 2.19), I can’t complain about the Canvas 32Q’s gamma performance. That has a positive impact on color saturation which I’ll show you below.

Color Gamut Accuracy

Our color gamut and volume testing use Portrait Displays’ Calman software. For details on our color gamut testing and volume calculations, click here.

The Canvas 32Q’s default color chart shows good hue results but there is a slight under-saturation across the board. This is due to the light gamma. The second chart shows the effect of changing the preset from 2.2 to 2.4. Red is still a bit under but it’s much closer and it hits the 100% saturation point, which is a good thing. Only magenta is slightly off hue, but that is a minimal issue. The final average error is quite low.


When a monitor can achieve such a low color error by changing a gamma preset, that’s excellent performance. I’ve measured all the monitors here against the DCI-P3 standard, and they all come very close to the reference level. The Canvas 32Q has one of the more accurate gamuts out there.

DCI-P3 coverage is about average among value-oriented displays. The Corsair is extremely colorful thanks to its Quantum Dot film but also costs around $250 more. Since there is no sRGB mode, the Canvas 32Q will need a software LUT if you plan any color-critical work. But for gaming and entertainment, the extra saturation is a good thing.

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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. 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.

  • 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.