budget pick

Philips 325E1C

philips 325e1c
  • 1440p 75Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • High contrast, wide color gamut
best value

AOC CQ32G1

Aoc Cq32g1
  • 1440p 144Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • High contrast, wide color gamut
best overall

Samsung C32HG70

Samsung C32hg70 monitor
  • 1440p 144Hz
  • AMD FreeSync 2
  • DisplayHDR 600

So, you want a big monitor for gaming, videos, work, or everyday use, but not sure which model to go for or what specifications are right for you?

We can help you out with that! In this guide, you’ll find all the best 32-inch monitors currently available as well as everything you need to look out for when buying a display of this size!

12 Best 32-inch Monitors For 2020

TypeMonitorPanelResolutionRefresh
Rate
VRRHDR 
Best 1080p MonitorsIPS1920×108060HzN/AYes
VA1920×108075HzFreeSyncNo
VA1920×1080144HzFreeSyncNo
Best 1440p MonitorsIPS2560×144075HzFreeSyncNo
VA2560×144075HzFreeSyncNo
VA2560×144075HzFreeSyncYes
Best 1440p 144Hz MonitorsVA2560×1440144HzFreeSyncYes
VA2560×1440144HzFreeSyncNo
VA2560×1440144HzFreeSyncNo
Best 4K MonitorsVA3840×216060HzFreeSyncYes
VA3840×216060HzFreeSyncNo
VA3840×216060HzFreeSyncYes

You’ve probably noticed that most 32-inch monitors in our guide use VA panels! That’s because there aren’t any 32-inch high refresh rate IPS models available at the time of this writing.

What’s more, almost all 32-inch 4K IPS panel monitors are intended for professional color-critical work – in case that’s what you’re looking for, we have a more specific guide for you with the best photo/video editing monitors.

The VA panel technology actually provides the best contrast ratio as well as very good colors and viewing angles. In addition, they are more affordable than the IPS variants, so they make for very cost-effective 32″ monitors.

VA monitors have a bit slower pixel response time, but unless you’re a really competitive gamer, this won’t be an issue.

Other things to keep in mind include screen resolutionpixel density, refresh rate, HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, and VRR (variable refresh rate) performance, but we’ll get into all that in the monitor reviews below!

Best 1080p 32-inch Monitors

Keep in mind that 32″ monitors with 1920×1080 resolution have a rather low pixel-per-inch ratio (pixel density) which causes the picture quality to be pixelated. So, we don’t recommend this combination for regular desktop use.

However, when looking at the screen from a distance, the individual pixels won’t be as noticeable. So, if you just want a big monitor for console gaming, watching videos, and similar use, 32″ 1080p monitors can be useful for that.

LG 32ML600M - HDR On A Budget

lg 32ml600m

About the Monitor

The LG 32ML600M is one of the cheapest 32″ 1080p monitors you can get yet it features an IPS panel for wide viewing angles and entry-level HDR support with wide color gamut!

Image Quality

Now, to make something perfectly clear right away – this monitor won’t provide you with an eye-catching HDR viewing experience that you’d get with a much more expensive monitor or TV.

The LG 32ML600M can accept the HDR10 signal and display it, but for a ‘true’ HDR viewing experience, it would need a significantly higher peak brightness, a higher contrast ratio, and local dimming.

However, it’s not one of the ‘fake’ HDR monitors either as it has a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut which will provide you with more vibrant and lifelike colors.

Furthermore, since it has an IPS panel, the colors will be consistent across the entire screen and thanks to the wide 178° viewing angles, the picture won’t shift in color, contrast, nor brightness when you look at the monitor off-axis.

It has a peak brightness of only 300-nits, so it doesn’t qualify for VESA’s entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification, but due to its wide color gamut support, it actually offers a better HDR picture than certain HDR400-certified screens.

Next, the LG 32ML600M has a static contrast ratio of 1,200:1. It may not have as deep blacks as that of VA panel monitors, but it is actually better than most IPS monitors at this (or even higher) price range when it comes to contrast.

Lastly, the monitor has a quick pixel response time speed and low input lag, so it’s great for console gaming as you’ll get no prominent motion blur nor perceptible delays.

Features

LG packs a bunch of useful features in their monitors, and the 32ML600M is no exception.

You’ll find their standard features such as On-Screen Control and Screen Split which allow you to adjust the monitor’s settings in a desktop application and to split the screen into different layouts for easier multitasking.

Additionally, there are customizable crosshair overlays for FPS games and Black Stabilizer which improves visibility of objects in shadows by altering the gamma curvature.

Design & Connectivity

lg 32ml600m back

The tilt-only stand of the monitor is the only thing we hold against it as many users have reported that it breaks easily. So, we recommend getting any budget third-party monitor stand just to be sure.

Other than that, the LG 32ML600M has reasonably thick bezels, a low-haze anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections but preserves the picture quality, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

Despite its poor stand quality, the LG 32ML600M is the best 32″ 1080p IPS monitor you can get. It’s the only model that supports HDR as well as a wide color gamut, and all the other models with these specs are a lot older. 

The Pros:

  • Precise, consistent, and vibrant colors
  • HDR support with wide color gamut
  • Wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Not ideal for regular desktop use due to low pixel density
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Tilt-only stand
  • Stand prone to breaking

Philips 328E9QJAB - Curved Screen With Deep Blacks

philips 328e9qjab monitor

About the Monitor

The Philips 328E9QJAB is the best budget 32″ 1080p monitor with a VA panel which has both its advantages and disadvantages in comparison to the LG 32ML600M IPS display.

Image Quality

The main asset of the VA technology is the superior static contrast ratio.

With a contrast ratio of 3,000:1, the Philips 328E9QJAB delivers deeper blacks, brighter whites, and a more vivid relation between the darkest and the brightest shades.

As a result, you get a more immersive viewing experience, especially in dark rooms as the details in shadows and highlights of the picture become more pronounced.

The Philips 328E9QJAB even supports a wide 128% sRGB color gamut (~90% DCI-P3) for more saturated and true-to-life colors.

Now, the colors aren’t as consistent as they are on IPS panels, but this won’t be an issue for gaming, watching movies, and other everyday use.

Further, VA monitors have 178° viewing angles specified, but they aren’t quite as wide as those of IPS panel displays. Some very minor shifts in contrast are expected when looking at the screen at skewed angles, but nothing extreme.

All in all, you get an exceptional viewing experience for the price with deep blacks and rich colors. The Philips 328E9QJAB, however, isn’t as bright as the LG as it has a peak brightness of 250-nits.

So, if you intend on using the monitor in a particularly bright room, the LG 32ML600M will suit you better.

Another disadvantage of the Philips 328E9QJAB, and all VA panel monitors for that matter, is the pixel response time speed. Basically, some pixels won’t be able to change from deep blacks into lighter shades in time with the refresh rate.

As a result, there is visible black smearing behind fast-moving objects which is mostly noticeable in darker scenes. However, this doesn’t occur all the time and unless you’re a professional or hardcore FPS gamer, it won’t be an issue.

Features

Amd Freesync

Moving on, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync which provides a variable refresh rate (VRR) if you have a compatible GPU which includes most AMD graphics cards, NVIDIA 10-series or newer cards, and the Xbox One consoles.

VRR allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically in order to synchronize with GPU’s frame rates. By doing so, all screen tearing and stuttering is gone with virtually no input lag penalty.

FreeSync only works within the VRR range of the monitor which in this case amounts to 48-75Hz/FPS.

This means that if your FPS rate falls below 48FPS, FreeSync will stop working until your FPS rate recovers. So, video games that are limited to 30FPS won’t benefit from this technology.

Since FreeSync is royalty-free, it doesn’t cost you anything to have this feature on your monitor.

Design & Connectivity

philips 328e9qjab back

The screen of the monitor has an anti-glare coating, ultra-thin bezels, and a 1800R curvature for a more immersive viewing experience. The stand is tilt-only, but the screen is 100x100mm VESA mount compatible.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, a headphones jack, and dual 3W built-in speakers. FreeSync works over both DisplayPort and HDMI with a 48-75Hz VRR range. With NVIDIA cards, you’ll need to use DP.

Alternatives​

You may also be interested in the Philips 322E1C which is a similar monitor. It doesn’t have as wide color gamut (it has 102% sRGB as opposed to 128% of the 328E9), but it has a more aggressive 1500R screen curvature. 

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • Wide color gamut
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Not ideal for regular desktop use due to low pixel density
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mostly in darker scenes
  • Tilt-only stand

AOC C32G1 - Affordable 32-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor

aoc c32g1 monitor

About the Monitor

For a truly responsive gaming experience, you’ll need a monitor with 144Hz, and the AOC C32G1 offers the best value for the money in this category.

Image Quality

Again, you should keep in mind that 1920×1080 looks quite pixely on 32″ sized monitors if you’re sitting close to the screen. In fact, you’d need to be 4 ft away from the screen in order not to be able to distinguish the individual pixels.

So, for PC gaming, consider getting the 27″ model instead, the AOC C27G1, or even the 24″ C24G1.

If you really want a 32″ sized screen, there’s a 1440p version of this monitor called the AOC CQ32G1 which we’ll get into a bit later in this buyer’s guide.

Naturally, if you cannot afford the 1440p variant or if your PC cannot run high frame rates at that resolution, and you don’t mind the low pixel density, the AOC C32G1 will be a good pick for you.

Just like with the Philips 328E9QJAB, you get a high 3,000:1 static contrast ratio and a wide color gamut (122% sRGB).

Some black smearing will be visible in fast-paced games, especially in darker games, but thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate, motion will be more fluid making the gaming experience much more enjoyable and responsive.

Features

The AOC C32G1 supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range meaning that LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) is supported as well.

This means that even when your FPS rate dips below 48FPS, FreeSync will still work by doubling the frame rate (47Hz = 94FPS) for smoother performance.

The monitor also supports the 1ms MPRT Motion Blur Reduction technology which via backlight strobing further reduces the amount of visible motion blur and ghosting.

Using 1ms MPRT, however, limits the maximum brightness of the picture, but you can manually adjust the trade-off between the brightness and motion clarity via the MBR setting in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor.

Note that 1ms MPRT and FreeSync cannot work at the same time on this and most gaming monitors.

Other noteworthy features include AOC Shadow Control for better visibility of objects in shadows, Game Color for quick color saturation adjustments, custom crosshairs, and various pre-calibrated picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

aoc c32g1 monitor back

The stand of the monitor is sturdy, but you can only tilt the screen by -5°/21.5° or VESA mount it as far as the ergonomics go. Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, and a headphones jack.

FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs up to 144Hz at 1920×1080.

The screen has a 1800R curvature for added immersion, an anti-glare matte coating which eliminates reflections, and ultra-thin bezels ideal for multi-monitor setups.

Alternatives​

Overall, the AOC C32G1 is the best 32″ 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor you can get. You may find some 165Hz models, but these aren’t worth the extra cost because the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz isn’t noticeable.

However, depending on region and availability, you may want to check out the MSI AG32C which uses the same panel as the AOC C32G1, but with a 165Hz factory-overclockable refresh rate.

The difference is also negligible in comparison to the 180Hz models as pixels can barely keep up with the 144Hz refresh rate (when it comes to black to lighter pixel shades) on these VA panel monitors, let alone 180Hz.

The MSI MAG322CR, for instance, has a 180Hz refresh rate and a more aggressive 1500R curvature, but it’s significantly more expensive – at that price range, you can even get a 32″ 1440p 144Hz model.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of gaming features including MBR and FreeSync up to 144Hz

The Cons:

  • Not ideal for regular desktop use due to low pixel density
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mostly in darker scenes
  • Tilt-only stand

Best 1440p 32-inch Monitors

With the WQHD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, the image quality becomes much sharper on 32″ sized monitors.

You get a pixel density of around 93 PPI which is equivalent to 1080p on 24″ monitors in terms of sharpness and clarity, but you also get a much bigger screen!

AOC Q3279VWFD8 - Inexpensive 1440p IPS Monitor

Aoc Q3279vwfd8 monitor

About the Monitor

If you want a 32″ 1440p monitor with consistent and accurate colors as well as wide viewing angles, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 is by far the most affordable option.

Image Quality

The AOC Q3279VWFD8 is based on an IPS panel with a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, a 250-nit peak brightness, and ~100% sRGB color gamut with 10-bit depth support for 1.07 billion colors!

So, you get a bright picture quality (under normal lighting conditions) with vivid colors that will remain perfect at basically any angle. The monitor is also fit for entry-level color-critical work after proper calibration.

Next, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 has a quick 5ms response time speed, so there will be no visible smearing or motion blur in fast-paced games. Alas, it is limited to 75Hz.

Note that, at the time of this writing, there aren’t any 32″ 1440p 144Hz models using the IPS technology. So, if you want both 1440p and 144Hz, you’ll have to settle for either a 27″ IPS monitor or a 32″ VA model.

Features

Just like with the C32G1, the AOC Q3279VWFD8 offers Shadow Control, Game Golor, pre-calibrated picture presets, and AMD FreeSync (48-75Hz VRR range) – but no Motion Blur Reduction.

Design & Connectivity

aoc q3279vwfd8 monitor back

The design of the monitor is very slim, but you can only tilt the screen by -3.5°/23.5° and there’s no VESA mount compatibility. The bezels are reasonably thick and there’s an anti-glare screen coating.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, DVI, and a headphones jack. FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

The Pros:

  • Precise and consistent colors
  • Wide viewing angles
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • No VESA mount compatibility

Philips 325E1C - Curved 1440p Screen With Deep Blacks

philips 325e1c

About the Monitor

The Philips 325E1C is essentially the 1440p version of the Philips 328E9QJAB; you get a significantly higher screen resolution for just ~$50 extra.

Image Quality

The monitor is based on a VA panel with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, a 250-nit peak brightness, 178° viewing angles, a wide 123% sRGB color gamut, and 8-bit depth for 16.7 million colors.

Note that the difference between 8-bit color depth and 10-bit color depth of a monitor such as the previously-mentioned Q3279VWFD8 isn’t that noticeable.

Gradients may appear smoother, but since most content uses 8-bit color, it’s not worth picking a monitor solely because it supports 10-bit color.

With 1440p resolution on 32″ screens, you get a decent amount of screen space as well as sharp details.

Overall, the image quality is much better than that of 32″ 1080p monitors, but not quite as sharp as that of 27″ 1440p displays or 32″ 4K monitors.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-75Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort while the specified response time amounts to just 4ms, but naturally, some smearing behind fast-moving objects will be visible in darker scenes.

Design & Connectivity

philips 325e1c monitor back

The Philips 325E1C has a steep 1500R curvature which adds extra depth to the picture while the low-haze anti-glare coating prevents reflections without making the screen appear grainy as more aggressive coatings do.

You can tilt the screen by -5°/20° or mount it via the 100x100mm VESA pattern. Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives​

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • Wide color gamut
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

HP Pavilion Gaming 32 - Affordable HDR Monitor

hp pavilion gaming 32 monitor

About the Monitor

Now that we’re done with budget monitors, we’ll get into some better displays ranging from $300 to $400.

At this price range, you can either get the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 with Display HDR600, one of the 1440p 144Hz models, or a 4K UHD monitor.

The Samsung CHG70 offers both HDR600 and 144Hz at 1440p, but it goes for ~$500. Similarly, the ASUS CG32UQ features both HDR600 and 4K UHD resolution, but it’s even more expensive at ~$800.

So, if your budget is between $300 and $400, make sure to read the monitor reviews below to ensure that you’ll get the perfect 32″ display for you.

Image Quality

The HP Pavilion Gaming 32 features a flat-screen VA panel with 178° viewing angles, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, 1440p resolution, and a 75Hz refresh rate with FreeSync support.

So, what makes it better than the other VA monitors mentioned so far?

To start with, it has a notably higher peak brightness of 400-nits which can get a boost up to 600-nits for HDR content!

Additionally, it features local dimming. There are 8 zones which can dim parts of the picture that need to be dark without affecting parts of the image that need to remain bright.

This effectively makes blacks even deeper and further increases the contrast ratio of the monitor. As a result, you get much more vivid details in shadows and highlights of HDR picture.

Naturally, the picture quality won’t be nearly as good as that of displays with considerably more dimming zones or that of OLED monitors, but these displays are also significantly more expensive.

For the price, the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 offers an excellent picture quality with a notable improvement for HDR content. It’s actually the cheapest monitor with a meaningful HDR support.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-75Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort. Besides the standard picture adjustment tools and several pre-calibrated picture presets, there aren’t any other interesting features.

Design & Connectivity

hp pavilion gaming 32 monitor back

The stand of the monitor only offers tilt adjustment, but it’s VESA mount compatible. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub (2 downstream + 1 upstream).

Alternatives​

The HP Pavilion Gaming 32 goes for around $400, so we highly recommend investing another $100 for the Samsung C32HG70 which we’ll get into next. It has a higher 144Hz refresh rate and it’s a generally better monitor for the price.

Some users also report that HDR cannot be enabled on the Xbox One X as it requires a 4K signal to be sent which the HP monitor can’t deliver. We can’t confirm this as we don’t test monitors with consoles.

HDR works with PS4 Pro and PC without issues though.

The next monitor, the Samsung CHG70, can send a 4K signal and therefore allows for HDR to be enabled on the Xbox One X.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and brightness
  • Wide color gamut and local dimming
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

Best 1440p 144Hz 32-inch Gaming Monitors

For most gamers, 1440p and 144Hz is the perfect combination.

You get a significant boost in motion clarity and responsiveness thanks to the high refresh rate while 1440p is not nearly as demanding as 4K, but still provides a crisp image quality. 

Samsung C32HG70 - Best 1440p 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

Samsung C32hg70 monitor

About the Monitor

If you want both an immersive HDR picture quality and a responsive gaming experience with 144Hz, the Samsung C32HG70 is the only such 32-inch monitor currently available; luckily, it’s awesome!

Image Quality

With the Samsung CHG70, you get the same HDR viewing experience as that of the HP Pavilion Gaming 32.

You get a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, a high 600-nit peak brightness, a superior 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, and localized dimming with 8 dimming zones.

It’s also one of the rare monitors that actually supports the 1440p 120Hz mode for the Xbox One X and that can send a 4K signal allowing you to enable HDR on the X1X as well (but not at the same time as 1440p 120Hz).

Features

Moving on, the Samsung C32HG70 supports AMD FreeSync 2 (FreeSync Premium Pro) which ensures minimum input lag for HDR games as well as that you can run FreeSync and HDR at the same time while the VRR range is 48-144Hz.

The monitor also supports the 1ms MPRT backlight strobing technology for even smoother clarity in fast-paced games.

Naturally, using 1ms MPRT decreases the monitor’s maximum brightness and it cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync.

Other features include Black Equalizer for better visibility in darker games, the Arena Lighting RGB technology, pre-calibrated picture presets, and other standard picture adjustment tools.

Keep in mind that the Samsung C32HG70 uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness below 100%.

This introduces flickering at lower brightness settings which is invisible to the human eye, but those particularly sensitive to it may experience headaches after prolonged use.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Chg70 Back

The Samsung C32HG70 has a sturdy and versatile stand with up to 145mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 15° swivel, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

There’s a light anti-glare matte coating which eliminates reflections while the screen curvature amounts to 1800R for added immersion.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0b ports, a dual-USB 3.0 hub (2 downstream + 1 upstream), a headphones jack, and a microphone jack. 

Alternatives​

There’s also the 27″ variant of this monitor, the Samsung C27HG70, which is a bit cheaper and doesn’t use PWM for brightness dimming; it has a DC backlight, so it’s flicker-free.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and brightness
  • Wide color gamut and local dimming
  • MBR and FreeSync 2 up to 144Hz
  • Crisp image quality
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Monitor uses PWM to regulate brightness below 100%

AOC CQ32G1 - Best Budget 32" 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

Aoc Cq32g1

About the Monitor

In case the Samsung CHG70 is out of your budget and/or you don’t care for HDR, the AOC CQ32G1 is an excellent alternative! It’s a lot cheaper yet it offers an equally responsive gaming experience.

Image Quality

The AOC CQ32G1 doesn’t have local dimming nor as high peak brightness as the CHG70.

However, its static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 will still provide you with an engaging picture quality with deep blacks and vivid details while its peak brightness of 300-nits will be plenty under normal lighting conditions.

Another good thing is that the CQ32G1 has a wide 125% sRGB color gamut, so the colors will be quite vibrant!

When it comes to gaming performance, the AOC CQ32G1 is on par with the CHG70 thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync support, and 1ms MPRT Motion Blur Reduction technology. 

Features

The AOC CQ32G1 is the 1440p variant of the AOC C32G1 we’ve mentioned earlier, and it has all the same features including Shadow Control, Game Color, custom crosshairs and presets, and adjustable backlight strobing frequency.

Design & Connectivity

Aoc Cq32g1 Back

The stand of the monitor offers only tilt adjustment, but you can mount its 1800R curved screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 (max 75Hz at 1440p), HDMI 2.0, and an audio line-out port for headphones or external speakers. 

Alternatives​

Now, you may find some displays that are in-between the CQ32G1 and the CHG70. Namely, the Dell S3220DGF and the AOC AG322QC4 with DisplayHDR 400 certification.

The only advantage these monitors have over the AOC CQ32G1 when it comes to performance and image quality is a slightly higher 400-nit peak brightness which isn’t worth the extra ~$100.

So, the AOC CQ32G1 offers the best value if you’re on a limited budget, and if you want a better display, you should skip the HDR400 models and invest in the C32HG70.

Note that these DisplayHDR 400 models don’t support the 1440p 120Hz mode for the Xbox One X.

If you’d like something similar to the AOC CQ32G1, but with a flat screen instead, check out the next monitor!

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

LG 32GK650F - Flat-Screen 32" 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

lg 32gk650f monitor

About the Monitor

Some users prefer flat screens at this screen size, in which case we recommend the LG 32GK650F.

Image Quality

Unlike the AOC CQ32G1, the LG 32GK650F doesn’t support wide color gamut yet it is more expensive, so we are more inclined to recommend the AOC model here as it does offer better value for the money.

If you are worried about the screen curvature, be sure to check out how curved monitors look in person before jumping to any conclusions.

Although the curvature isn’t as necessary here as it’s on ultrawide monitors, we actually prefer it on 32″ sized monitors as it does make the viewing experience more immersive.

On the other hand, if you’ve experienced curved screens and would rather stick to flat-screens, the LG 32GK650F is an all-around solid display.

It has the standard 100% sRGB color gamut, and it’s factory-calibrated, so you’ll get accurate and rich colors without over-saturation for sRGB content which includes most video games and web content anyway.

Next, the monitor has a high contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for deep blacks as well as a decent 350-nit peak brightness.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-144Hz VRR range via DisplayPort and 48-100Hz via HDMI.

Other useful features include Motion Blur Reduction, Black Stabilizer, customizable crosshairs, and various pre-calibrated picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

lg 32gk650f monitor back

The LG 32GK650F features a robust and versatile design with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 20° swivel, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives​

There are three more 32-inch 1440p 144Hz flat-screen displays by LG with similar specifications:

  • LG 32GK850F – With FreeSync 2 and DisplayHDR 400. It has a slightly higher peak brightness and a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, but its HDR picture quality doesn’t come close that that of the Samsung CHG70
  • LG 32GK650G – G-SYNC version of the GK650F, requires an NVIDIA card for VRR. It has a bit faster pixel response time, but it’s significantly more expensive. Not worth the extra cost as you can now use FreeSync with NVIDIA cards
  • LG 32GK850G – Same as the LG 32GK650G but with added RGB lighting

You can find out more about these four LG gaming monitors in our LG 32GK850G review.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons:

  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

Best 4K 32-inch Monitors

4K UHD resolution looks significantly sharper on 32-inch monitors as opposed to 1440p, but it’s also a lot more demanding to drive when it comes to PC gaming yet you’re limited to just 60Hz. So, we mainly recommend 4K monitors for console gaming, entertainment purposes such as watching videos, everyday use, and office-related work.

LG 32UK550 - Best Value 32" 4K Monitor

Lg 32uk550

About the Monitor

The LG 32UK550 is the best 32″ 4K monitor with a VA panel for the money! It offers a high contrast ratio, a wide color gamut, and HDR support – plus, it has an affordable price!

Image Quality

For most people, 4K resolution is ideal for 32-inch monitors. You get a rich pixel density of 140 PPI, so everything will be crystal-clear and you’ll have plenty of screen space available!

Some users don’t use any scaling at this pixel density while others will prefer at least a 125% scale. Either way, you get sharp and vivid details.

The LG 32UK550 has a high contrast ratio of 3,000:1, a decent 300-nit peak brightness, 10-bit color depth support for 1.07 billion colors, and a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut.

Since it doesn’t have at least 400-nits of peak brightness, the monitor doesn’t have VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 certification.

However, thanks to its wide color gamut and high contrast, HDR content will look much better in comparison to certain HDR400-certified displays which may have a higher brightness, but lack contrast and colors.

Naturally, as the peak brightness is 300-nits and since there is no local dimming, HDR on this monitor just provides a glimpse of what HDR can really do on more expensive and capable displays.

In fact, the Samsung CHG70 and the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 offer a better HDR picture quality – if you’re sitting at least 3 ft away from the screen for the individual pixels to be indistinguishable.

From a normal viewing distance, the LG 32UK550 4K monitor will have a lot more vivid details due to its higher pixel density, but it won’t be able to display certain highlights the way HDR600 monitors do.

The lack of high brightness and local dimming also make for inferior HDR color volume, that is, the display’s ability to produce proper colors at different brightness levels.

As it’s the case with most VA panel monitors, there’s some smearing visible in fast-paced games and the viewing angles aren’t quite as wide as that of the IPS variants.

Features

Moving on, the LG 32UK550 supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort for AMD cards and the Xbox One consoles while the VRR range is limited to 48-60Hz over DP for NVIDIA GPUs.

Other features include On-Screen Control, Screen Split, various pre-calibrated picture presets, Black Stabilizer, and advanced picture adjustment tools such as 6-axis hue/saturation, gamma, and color temperature settings.

Design & Connectivity

Lg 32uk550 B Review

The design of the monitor includes a matte black finish, reasonably thick bezels, and a height-adjustable stand (up to 110mm). You can also tilt the screen by -5°/15° or VESA mount it via the 100x100mm pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 5W built-in speakers. HDCP 2.2 is supported too meaning that you’ll be able to stream protected content in native 4K UHD resolution.

Alternatives​

If you’re looking for something cheaper, check out the Samsung U32J590 though it doesn’t have a wide color gamut, HDR support, built-in speakers, nor a height-adjustable stand.

Another good 32″ 4K VA monitor is the BenQ EW3270U. It has a wider 40-60Hz VRR range for NVIDIA cards as well as a USB-C port with DP Alt Mode, but it’s a bit more expensive.

Keep in mind that 32″ 4K displays with IPS panels are much more expensive ($600+) as they are mostly intended for color-critical work.

In case that’s what you need, we recommend checking out the BenQ PD3200U that’s included in our best monitors for photo/video editing buyer’s guide.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut and HDR support
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync
  • High pixel density

The Cons:

  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options, the stand is prone to wobbling

Philips 328E1CA - Curved 4K UHD Monitor

philips 328e1ca monitor

About the Monitor

Want something a bit different? Check out the Philips 328E1CA, a curved 4K monitor!

Just like the LG 32UK550, the Philips 328E1CA supports a wide 120% sRGB color gamut, but it has a bit lower 2,500:1 contrast ratio and no HDR support while its peak brightness is around 300-nits.

It supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-60Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

All in all, the LG 32UK550 offers a bit better image quality and smoother performance at the same price, but the Philips 328E1CA has a curved screen – whether that’s a worthy trade-off is entirely up to your personal preference.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the Philips 328E1CA has excellent factory-calibration with Delta E < 2 accuracy and a provided sRGB emulation mode.

Design & Connectivity

philips 328e1ca monitor back side

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but you can VESA mount the screen via the 100x100mm pattern.

Next, the screen curvature is 1500R, the bezels are ultra-thin, and there’s a light anti-glare coating which eliminates reflections without ruining the image quality.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 3W integrated speakers. 

Alternatives​

  • MSI MAG321CURV – A more gamer-y 32″ 4K curved monitor based on the same panel. It supports HDR, but it doesn’t even have a wide color gamut, so its HDR support is useless.
    Since it’s also more expensive, we don’t recommend it over the Philips unless you really prefer its design; It’s height-adjustable, has a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a USB-C port with DP Alt Mode, but no Power Delivery.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • AMD FreeSync
  • High pixel density

The Cons:

  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • Tilt-only stand

ASUS CG32UQ - Best 4K HDR Console Gaming Monitor

asus cg32uq monitor

About the Monitor

The ASUS CG32UQ is the best 32″ 4K monitor for gaming and other entertainment purposes you can get right now, but it doesn’t come cheap.

Image Quality

Thanks to its 600-nit peak brightness, wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, 16-zone local dimming, and 4K UHD resolution, the ASUS CG32UQ delivers an exceptional HDR picture quality.

In fact, it offers the best HDR picture quality out of all 32″ monitors available if you exclude the professional displays such as the ASUS PA32UC.

However, it has one big flaw – the price of ~$800.

For PC gaming, you can just get the Samsung CHG70 for ~$500 which offers a very similar HDR picture quality and a lot more responsive gaming experience thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate.

There are also numerous excellent ultrawide gaming monitors and even 4K 144Hz displays at this price range which are a lot better for PC gaming.

When it comes to console gaming, for around $800, you can get a 55″ 4K TV such as the Hisense H9F with significantly higher contrast and brightness or the Samsung Q60R with 120Hz at 1080p/1440p and FreeSync support.

Granted that these TVs are much larger and not quite as responsive as the CG32UQ, but they are more than fast enough for an enjoyable gaming experience – plus, they are TVs!

Now, if you really want a 4K monitor for an immersive HDR picture as well as for other mixed use such as editing, work, or even PC gaming, the ASUS CG32UQ is the only viable option currently available.

Features

There are plenty of additional features available as well including LED RGB lighting at the back of the monitor which you can synchronize with on-screen content or with other AuraSync peripherals.

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 40-60Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort, and you get other standard gaming features such as custom crosshairs, picture presets, a refresh rate tracker, etc.

Design & Connectivity

asus cg32uq monitor back

The design of the monitor is another exceptional thing about it. It has two textured pads where you can place your controllers and right next to them, you will find two USB ports (one at each side) for battery charging.

There are four additional USB ports (2 upstream and 2 downstream) as well as three HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and dual 12W integrated speakers with excellent audio quality.

The stand is height-adjustable by up to 100mm and you can tilt the screen by -5°/20° or VESA mount it (100x100mm).

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and brightness
  • Wide color gamut and local dimming
  • Plenty of extra features including FreeSync
  • High pixel density quality
  • Height-adjustable stand with rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

Conclusion

If you’re still not sure which 32-inch monitor is perfect for you, leave us a comment below, and we’ll gladly help you out!

All in all, if you’re on a tight budget, we recommend investing in one of the 1440p models as 1080p really looks pixel-y on 32″ monitors – unless you just need a screen to view photos and videos at a distance.

That’s why we recommend the Philips 325E1C as the best budget model. It’s only slightly more expensive than the 1080p models yet it offers a significantly sharper picture quality, plus many extra features such as FreeSync.

To take your gaming to the next level, a high refresh rate is a must, and the AOC CQ32G1 simply offers unbeatable value for the money in this category whereas the Samsung C32HG70 kicks it up a notch with excellent HDR picture.

For console gaming and other use such as watching movies and/or editing, one of the 4K monitors we’ve included will suit you well, depending on your budget and preference.

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