The Best 32-Inch Monitors (2021 Reviews)

Looking for a 32-inch monitor? Check out all the best models currently available with various specs including 144Hz, 4K, 1440p, curved and more.

So, you want a large monitor for gaming, videos, work, or everyday use, but you’re not sure which model to opt for or what specifications are the right ones for you?

We can help you out with that!

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

TypeMonitorPanelResolutionRefresh
Rate
VRRHDR 
Best 1080p MonitorsIPS1920x108060HzN/AYes
VA1920x108075HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
No
VA1920x1080144HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
No
Best 1440p MonitorsIPS2560x144075HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
No
VA2560x144075HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
No
Best 1440p 144Hz MonitorsVA2560x1440165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
Yes
VA2560x1440165HzFreeSyncYes
IPS2560x1440170HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
Yes
Best 1440p 240Hz MonitorsVA2560x1440240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
Yes
IPS2560x1440270HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
Yes
Best 4K MonitorsVA3840x216060HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
Yes
VA3840x216060HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
No
IPS3840x216060HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
Yes
Best 4K 144Hz MonitorsIPS3840x2160144HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
Yes
IPS3840x2160144HzG-SYNC Ultimate + FreeSyncYes
*Recommended monitor - a review section will be added soon
best value

Gigabyte M32Q

Gigabyte M32Q
  • 1440p 170Hz
  • FreeSync and MBR
  • Wide color gamut
budget pick

Philips 325E1C

philips 325e1c
  • 1440p 75Hz
  • FreeSync
  • High contrast, wide color gamut
premium pick

Samsung C32G75T

samsung odyssey g7 monitor
  • 1440p 240Hz 1ms
  • FreeSync Premium Pro
  • DisplayHDR 600

You’ve probably noticed that most 32-inch monitors in our guide use VA panels! That’s because there aren’t many 32-inch high refresh rate IPS models available at the time of this writing except for the Acer XB323U GP.

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 excellent colors and viewing angles. In addition, they are more economical than the IPS variants, so they make for very cost-effective 32″ monitors.

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

Other aspects 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!

Further, most 32-inch monitors use VA panels developed by Samsung. Unfortunately, these panels are prone to brightness flickering when FreeSync is enabled.

This brightness flickering is mostly visible when your FPS fluctuates a lot or when it gets below ~48FPS and triggers LFC. It doesn’t affect all units of monitors, and it’s not visible in all video games.

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

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.

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

About The Monitor

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

Image Quality

Now, let’s 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.

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

Even so, 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.

On the other hand, 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 change in color, contrast, nor brightness when you look at the monitor off-axis.

Further, 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 or perceptible delays.

Features

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

This means you’ll find their standard features such as On-Screen Control and Screen Split, allowing 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 the 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 that eliminates reflections but preserves the picture quality and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA and a headphone 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:

  • 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

About The Monitor

The Philips 322E1C 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 superb static contrast ratio. With a contrast ratio of 3,000:1, the Philips 322E1C 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 distinct.

The Philips 322E1C even offers a slight extension beyond the sRGB color space (~104%). Now, the colors aren’t as consistent as they are on IPS panels, but this won’t be an issue for gaming, watching films 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 small 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 vibrant colors. The Philips 322E1C, however, isn’t as bright as the LG as it has a peak brightness of 250-nits. So, if you intend to use the monitor in a particularly bright room, the LG 32ML600M will suit you better.

Another disadvantage of the Philips 322E1C, and all VA panel monitors for that matter (at least at this price range), 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.

This being the case, there is visible black smearing behind fast-moving objects, which is most 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 logo

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 to synchronize with GPU’s frame rates. By doing so, all screen tearing and stuttering is gone with virtually no input lag penalty.

Now, 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 falls below 48FPS, FreeSync will stop working until your frame rate recovers. As a consequence, 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 322E1C Monitor Back

The screen of the monitor has an anti-glare coating, ultra-thin bezels and a 1500R 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 and a headphone jack. FreeSync works over both DisplayPort and HDMI with a 48-75Hz VRR range. With NVIDIA cards, you’ll need to use DP.

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

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

Here’s the deal: you should keep in mind that 1920×1080 looks quite pixelated 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 the Gigabyte G32QC which is basically a 1440p version of this monitor.

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 choice for you.

Just like with the Philips 322E1C, you get a high 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, but also a wider 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. As a result, even when your FPS 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.

Nevertheless, using 1ms MPRT 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 headphone 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 that 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.

Best 1440p 32-Inch Monitors

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

Simply put, 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!

The Pros:

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

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

Looking for a 32″ 1440p monitor with consistent and accurate colors as well as wide viewing angles? The LG 32QN600 is by far the most affordable option.

Image Quality

The LG 32QN600 is based on an IPS panel with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 350-nit peak brightness and ~99% sRGB color gamut with 10-bit depth support for 1.07 billion colors!

In other words, you get a bright picture quality 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 LG 32QN600 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.

Features

The LG 32QN600 offers Black Equalizer, various pre-calibrated picture presets and AMD FreeSync (48-75Hz VRR range). It also supports HDR, but it’s only software-emulated due to lack of wide color gamut and local dimming, among other things.

Design & Connectivity

LG 32QN600 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but you can mount the screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern. Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4 ports and a headphone jack.

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

About The Monitor

The Philips 325E1C is essentially the 1440p version of the Philips 322E1C, but what does this mean for you? 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 32QN600, 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 headphone jack.

Alternatives​

Best 1440p 144Hz 32-Inch Gaming Monitors

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

Here’s why: 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. 

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 165Hz
  • Crisp image quality
  • Height-adjustable stand

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

The Gigabyte G32QCA is the most cost-effective 32″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a curved VA panel.

Image Quality

The monitor’s high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 will still provide you with an appealing picture quality with deep blacks and vivid details. At the same time, its peak brightness of 400-nits will be plenty under normal lighting conditions.

But that’s not all, the G32QCA has a wide 94% DCI-P3 color gamut (~125% sRGB), so the colors will be quite vibrant!

When it comes to gaming performance, the Gigabyte G32QCA has some noticeable ghosting in dark scenes of fast-paced games, but its high 165Hz refresh rate makes for a responsive gaming experience. Most gamers, except those who are highly competitive or extremely sensitive to smearing, will find the amount of ghosting tolerable.

AMD FreeSync is supported as well, with some units exhibiting brightness flickering with fluctuating frame rates. Alternatively, you can use the Aim Stabilizer MBR technology for less motion blur.

Features

Besides FreeSync and MBR, the Gigabyte G32QCA offers standard gaming features such as Black Equalizer, pre-calibrated picture presets and custom crosshairs.

It also supports Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture, and the exclusive Dashboard feature, which allows you to display various system parameters (GPU/CPU temperature, fan speed, etc.) on the screen.

Visit our Gigabyte G32QC review for more information. Note that G32QC-A is the refreshed version of the G32QC, but there’s no meaningful difference. So, if one is considerably cheaper than the other, go with the more affordable model.

Design & Connectivity

gigabyte g32qc design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 100mm, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility while the screen has a steep 1500R curvature.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, an audio line-out port for headphones or external speakers and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives​

If you’d like something similar to the Gigabyte G32QCA, but with a flat-screen instead, check out the next monitor!

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 165Hz
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

Do you prefer flat screens at this screen size? In that case, we recommend the LG 32GN650.

Image Quality

Unlike the Gigabyte G32QCA, the LG 32GN650 doesn’t support a wide color gamut, yet it is more expensive, so we are more inclined to recommend the Gigabyte model here as it does offer better value for the money.

Here’s some friendly advice: 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 32GN650 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 vibrant 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 48-165Hz VRR range via DisplayPort and 48-144Hz via HDMI.

Other useful features include Motion Blur Reduction, Black Stabilizer, customizable crosshairs and various pre-calibrated picture presets. HDR support is available as well, but it’s only software-emulated.

Design & Connectivity

LG 32GN650 Monitor Back

The LG 32GN650 features a robust and versatile design with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 and a headphone jack.

The Pros:

  • Wide color gamut
  • DisplayHDR 400
  • Plenty of gaming features including Freesync + MBR up to 170Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Inferior contrast ratio to that of VA panel monitors

About The Monitor

If you don’t want to deal with dark-level smearing and VRR brightness flickering issues of VA panels, the Gigabyte M32Q is an excellent yet affordable 32″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor with 170Hz OC.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel, the M32Q offers vibrant, consistent, and accurate colors with 94% DCI-P3 gamut and an sRGB emulation mode.

Further, its rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed will ensure that there’s no prominent ghosting in fast-paced games.

Other specifications are standard for an IPS panel at this price range, including a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, and true 8-bit color depth.

Features

The Gigabyte M32Q supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-170Hz VRR range and even though it’s not certified as G-SYNC Compatible, VRR works without issues with NVIDIA cards.

It also offers the Aim Stabilizer Sync technology, which allows you to use VRR and backlight strobing at the same time! This way, you get less motion blur without sacrificing VRR for tear-free gameplay.

Other useful gaming features include custom crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets and Black Equalizer for better visibility in darker games.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M32Q Monitor Design

The monitor boasts good build quality as well as versatile ergonomics with up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphone jack, a USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream + 3 downstream), USB-C with DP 1.4 Alt Mode and an integrated KVM switch.

Alternatives

Looking for a better 32″ 1440p monitor? Check out the ASUS PG329Q with DisplayHDR 600 and Adobe RGB color gamut. It offers more vibrant colors and better HDR support. However, it goes for $200 – $300 more.

Best 1440p 240Hz 32-inch Monitors

Want to future-proof your system with a gaming monitor that has both high resolution and high refresh rate? In this category, we’ll keep you posted about the best 32″ 1440p 240Hz models available.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and strong peak brightness
  • Wide color gamut
  • FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • 1000R curvature too steep for some users
  • VRR Control option might cause micro-stuttering on some units

About The Monitor

With the Samsung C32G75T, you get the same HDR viewing experience as with the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 and the Samsung CHG70, but you also get a higher 240Hz refresh rate, faster response time and more cool features!

Image Quality

Thanks to the monitor’s 600-nit peak brightness for HDR content, a high 2,500 static contrast ratio with 8-zone local dimming, and a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, you’re getting an immersive image quality with deep blacks, bright highlights and vibrant colors.

But there’s more, what makes the Samsung Odyssey G7 so special is, first of all, the rapid 240Hz refresh rate, which may not offer an as noticeable improvement over 144Hz as 144Hz does over 60Hz, but the difference is definitely noticeable.

More importantly, the Samsung G7 monitors are the first VA panel displays to deliver a 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, which makes them just as quick as some fast IPS and TN panel monitors. So, you can enjoy both deep blacks provided by the high contrast ratio and quick response time for minimal ghosting thanks to the quick response time.

But here’s the kicker: the pixel response time performance remains consistent at all refresh rates. So, regardless if you’re using the monitor at 60Hz or with a variable refresh rate, you won’t get any prominent ghosting or overshoot!

Features

Further, the Samsung C32G75T supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, and it’s certified as G-SYNC Compatible by NVIDIA. With the 1009.3 or newer firmware, there’s also no brightness flickering while VRR is enabled.

Other standard gaming features such as custom crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets and Black Equalizer are available too.

Keep in mind that to get 240Hz at 1440p 10-bit color, you’ll need a graphics card that supports DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to 240Hz at 1440p with an 8-bit color depth or 144Hz at 1440p 10-bit color.

Design & Connectivity

samsung c32g75t monitor

The design of the monitor includes a steep 1000R curvature which matches the curvature of the human eye for added immersion, though some people might find that the curvature is too aggressive.

Next, the stand is robust and versatile with up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 15° swivel, -9°/13° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. There’s also RGB lighting at the front and back of the monitor.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, HDMI 2.0 (max 144Hz at 1440p), a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

The Samsung C32G75T is also available as a 27″ variant, the Samsung C27G75T.

If you’re interested in a 32″ 1440p 240Hz monitor with a flat screen, there’s the Acer XB323UGX with an IPS panel. It has DisplayHDR 600, a wider 99% Adobe RGB color gamut, and it’s overclockable to 270Hz.

Overall, in comparison to the G7, you get more vibrant colors, but a lower contrast ratio and IPS glow, so the viewing experience won’t be as immersive in dark rooms. So, it mainly comes down to personal preference.

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.

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
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The LG 32UL500 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!

While some users don’t use any scaling at this pixel density, and others prefer at least a 125% scale, one thing’s for sure, you’ll get clear and vivid details.

The LG 32UL500 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 32UL500 4K monitor will have a lot more vivid details due to its higher pixel density, but it won’t be able to display specific 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 32UL500 supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort for AMD cards and the Xbox One console 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 32ul500 monitor back

The design of the monitor includes reasonably thick bezels and limited ergonomics including tilt by -5°/15° and VESA mount compatibility via the 100x100mm pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone 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.

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

About The Monitor

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

Just like the LG 32UL500, 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 32UL500 offers slightly 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.

It gets better: 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 that eliminates reflections without ruining the image quality.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone 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:

  • Wide color gamut and viewing angles
  • High pixel density
  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Plenty of extra features including FreeSync

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options
  • No sRGB mode
  • Inferior contrast ratio to that of VA panel monitors

About The Monitor

The LG 32UN650 is the only 32″ 4K IPS monitor available for under $500 because it doesn’t have professional-grade factory-calibration like most models with these specifications, which go for over $700.

This makes it a great pick for gaming, everyday use, and basic content creation.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel, the LG 32UN650 has wide viewing angles for perfect image quality regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen. It also has a faster pixel response time speed, so you won’t get dark smearing behind fast-moving objects in darker scenes.

A wide color gamut is supported as well with 95% DCI-P3 (~125% sRGB) color space coverage. Sadly, there’s no sRGB emulation mode that would restrict the gamut to ~100% sRGB. So, if you want to use the LG 32UN650 for any type of serious color-critical work, you will need a colorimeter to profile the display yourself.

However, for basic content creation, it will work just fine.

Features

The LG 32UN650 supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

Other features include Black Stabilizer, various picture modes and Dual Controller for simultaneous control over two separate PCs connected to the monitor via just one set of keyboard/mouse.

Design & Connectivity

LG 32UN650 Monitor Design

The design of the monitor features ultra-thin bezels, while the stand is height-adjustable by up to 110mm. You can also tilt (-5°/20°) the screen or VESA (100x100mm) mount it.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 inputs, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphone jack and two 5W built-in speakers.

Alternatives

If you’re looking for a 32″ 4K gaming monitor with a high refresh rate, check out the Gigabyte Aorus FI32U (DisplayHDR 400, $1000) and the ASUS PG32UQX (with a mini LED backlight, $3000).

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 pixelated 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.

To take your gaming to the next level, a high refresh rate is a must, and the Gigabyte M32Q simply offers unbeatable value for the money in this category.

The Samsung G7 and the Gigabyte FI32U kick it up a notch further, but at a higher price.

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.

If budget is not an issue, the ASUS PG32UQX is the best 32″ monitor currently available thanks to its mini LED backlight, 1152-zone FALD, G-SYNC Ultimate, and DisplayHDR 1400.

Updates +

  • August 5, 2021:
    – Replaced the AOC Q3279VWFD8 with the LG 32QN600; the LG 32GK650F with the LG 32GN650; and the Acer XB323UGP with the Gigabyte M32Q.
    – Removed the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 and the Samsung CHG70.
    – Added the Acer XB323UGX, the Gigabyte FI32U, and the ASUS PG32UQX to the table; dedicated review sections will be added soon.
  • May 1, 2021:
    – Improved readability across the board and fixed spelling/grammar issues.
  • February 24, 2021:
    – Replaced the Philips 328E9QJAB with the updated Philips 322E1C model.
    – Removed the ASUS CG32UQ.
    – Added the LG 32UN650.
  • February 10, 2021:
    – Added the LG 32GN650 as an alternative to the LG 32GK650F.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.