As life began to return to normal, I finally found myself having time to sit down and look at some of the monitors we have accumulated over the past six to twelve months. In today’s article, we will test AOC’s 32-inch 1440p 144Hz curved gaming monitor at a competitive price. Although curved monitors may not be everyone's first choice in most gaming scenarios, curved gaming monitors are becoming more and more popular due to high immersion and falling market prices. Good value for money in this particular category.
For AOC CQ32G1, we will carefully study the color accuracy, gameplay, response time and panel uniformity to understand how good this competitively priced option is. Therefore, let us stop wasting time and let us get to work!
Like most modern displays, the AOC CQ31G1 is unassembled. The stand consists of two parts, which are located next to the monitor, and there are several cables inside the box. The CQ32G1 uses a tool-less design, which means construction (and deconstruction) is quick and easy. In addition to the display, the AOC CQ32G1 is also equipped with an HDMI cable, a DisplayPort 1.2 cable, a British kettle power cord, and a European kettle plug, as well as a user manual, warranty details and controllers.
The following sections will detail the general design, build quality, and functions of this monitor. As with all displays in this price range, the following factors are very important in determining overall display quality.
When we unpacked the AOC CQ32G1 box, the first thing I noticed was how "game" it actually looked. AOC chose the theme of black text on a red background for this monitor, setting the theoretical scene well. The
32-inch monitor has a curvature of 1800R, making it stylish and suitable for office and gaming spaces. You can see the AOC logo at the bottom of the panel and next to it are some subtle OSD control markings. The back of the
continues the theme of black text on a red background, and the stand doesn't provide much of a flair in terms of design, save for cable management that will soon be involved.
In terms of manufacturing quality, AOC CQ32G1 is almost entirely made of plastic, and a thin piece of metal is used to strengthen the center of the bracket. In other words, the plastic is of good quality and only provides minimal movement during the test.
The frame on this monitor feels very sturdy, but a small gap can be seen between the bottom of the panel and the frame itself, which is almost certainly problematic from a construction point of view. dust. The rear of the
monitor does not feel as strong as the frame (and stand), but it still provides enough support in the event of a collision or collision. There was almost no squeak during the test, and most mechanics worked at an efficient and stable level. Even though the stand does not provide height adjustment, it still provides a fair amount of tilt adjustment and some neat cable management options. The physical tilt mechanism is very rigid, and according to my best judgment, it seems to stand the test of time.
As stated in the specifications, the panel adopts a matte 3H hardness anti-reflective coating, which can reduce the reflection of sunlight and ambient light sources to an extremely high level. I tested the monitor near the window (it can be directly exposed to sunlight) and was very surprised by the effectiveness of the coating. The
AOC CQ32G1 provides an almost borderless design and a very slim frame, making it an excellent choice for dual or triple monitor setups. The size of the top and side frames is 9mm, while the size of the bottom is 23mm.
Regarding the original aesthetic design, the stand certainly adopts and accompanies the aesthetics of the "game". It retains the red and black themes, and is as angular and sharp as you would expect from a monitor designed for gaming. As mentioned above, the stent is quite limited in terms of adjustability. However, when the fit is insufficient, it compensates for stiffness and stability.
You can freely tilt the monitor forward 5 degrees and backward 23 degrees, to provide an appropriate range for most viewing positions.
All inputs are on the back of the display and cables must be connected vertically. Regarding the video input, AOC CQ32G1 is equipped with a DisplayPort 1.2 connection, 1 HDMI 2.0 and 1 HDMI 1.4 connection; the latter of the three only provides 144Hz at 1080p and lower. If you want to increase the resolution and still get a high refresh rate, you should use the available HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 options. Fortunately, the monitor is equipped with HDMI and DisplayPort. The
monitor also provides a 3.5mm audio input for users who want to connect directly to the monitor via a PC, maybe you have a short cable or something.
I won't lie, the OSD is probably my least favorite aspect of this monitor, and most people in the office describe it as quite confusing and a bit difficult to navigate. Unlike other screens that allow you to press any button to access the menu, each button on the AOC CQ32G1 has a dedicated function. The first opens the input options (HDMI 1, HDMI 2, DP), allowing you to switch between various connected devices.
The second from the left shows different game mode profiles, just click on the left side and
-Mainly because the buttons are not properly labeled. However, once you spend some time navigating the menu, it becomes easier. Users can change the brightness, color settings, image enhancement, general OSD settings, game modes, and additional functions within the OSD; however, some configuration files will limit the number of customizations you actually have.
One of the main features advertised by this display is dynamic contrast, which measures approximately 80,000,000:1. Although it is a feature, we have not seen display manufacturers use this particular feature correctly, including AOC. By using it, you can physically remove the upper white and lower black details, and the distortion can be considered a very good color out of the box.
When buying any monitor, image quality and color accuracy are arguably the two most important factors, especially if you want the highest level of immersion while gaming.
Next, a series of different tests will be used to thoroughly analyze the image quality and color accuracy. The
out-of-the-box settings are usually very normal. The contrast is very good, as is the white point. In other words, the black (0.472cd / m²) is not as deep as you would expect from a monitor with a VA panel, and the gamma value is on the low side of 2.16. There is no doubt that sRGB is the best setting to use among the available default options. However, once you turn on the sRGB preset, your brightness customization is completely restricted. User settings provide you with the highest degree of customization, but also provide values that are similar to out-of-the-box results. User profile
is used for the calibration process because it allows us to fully customize the red, blue and green channels, and the brightness. For the next calibration, we adjusted the monitor's RGB settings until they were as close to the real situation as possible. The following are the depth calibration results and the preset depth results of sRGB.
For the calibration result, we set the RGB to 48/48/50 and got very good results. The white point and gamma are almost perfect, reaching the ideal value of 2.2. The average delta dropped to an impressive 0.31 while maintaining a strong 2635:3:1 contrast ratio. The
panel uniformity is a test we conducted to check the uniformity of brightness and color on the entire screen. During this test, the central square was used as the reference space. Then test every two squares to see how different it is from the reference value. In an ideal world, we want each square to be green, which means that it does not exceed the difference threshold; we can set it at the beginning of the test.
Note: Results will vary from panel to panel.
As can be seen from the results above, we ran a 5 x 5 grid test on this particular panel to provide us with a more detailed report on brightness and color accuracy. In this test, the AOC CQ32G1 actually performed quite well, with only two squares (upper right/middle) classified as "exceeding the difference threshold". In most cases, the uniformity of the panel is very good, always showing fairly accurate colors and brightness. The
AOC CQ32G1 has a very good viewing angle, with almost no loss of color or contrast when viewed from a fairly wide angle. However, this is not a real surprise, as VA panels are known for having good viewing angles, especially when compared to other panel technologies.
You can easily sit two or three people in front of this monitor without complaining about the viewing angle of this panel. After
uses DisplayCal software to calibrate the monitor, we see the color gamut coverage and volume figures of sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCIP3. The results are shown below. The
result shows that 129.6% of the color gamut exceeds the advertised AOC value of 119%, covering an impressive 99.7% of the sRGB color space. Adobe RGB and DCIP3 are equally impressive, with coverage rates of 81.5% and 90.5%, respectively.
With this quality of numbers, I can easily recommend this monitor to anyone who likes video editing, content creation, or general entertainment usage scenarios.
After completing the image quality and color accuracy tests, we decided to test the AOC CQ32G1 in several games to see how it performs. With its high-performance response time and low input latency, I can say with certainty that I am very happy to see what it offers. The 2,560 x 1440 screen resolution is a big improvement from your daily full HD, but it doesn’t require as much computing power as 4K. That being said, you still need a fairly powerful GPU to run the game at 144 FPS in QHD. I recommend using RX 5700XT to take full advantage of the FreeSync stand that comes with this monitor. However, it also provides good Gsync compatibility, which means that the GeForce RTX 2060SUPER (soon to be considered obsolete) is sufficient for most situations.
I first loaded my go game CounterStrike: Global Offensive which is a fast paced first person shooter that benefits greatly when played on a fast monitor. The first thing I noticed is the fluidity of the game experience. Thanks to the combination of its 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms MPRT response time, CounterStrike feels super smooth no matter how chaotic the situation is. When playing many different games, I did not experience any signs of anti-ghosting or screen tearing, and FreeSync can see these screen artifacts very well.
To further improve the fluidity of the game, the user can manually select the overload setting on the panel screen display. This
Blur Reduction (MBR) is another option that users can utilize when purchasing a CQ32G1 monitor.
When it comes to colors, although this monitor does not support HDR, the colors are still very vivid and accurate. The large free roaming map looks very realistic and enhances the immersion provided by this monitor during gameplay.
So there you have it, our comprehensive understanding of the AOC CQ32G1 gaming monitor, a competitively priced alternative to the 31.5-inch, will have buyers in the curved monitor category consider it.
Finally, I was impressed with the results I found after testing the monitor for 3 days. Color accuracy out of the box is very good, and the default sRGB mode is the most accurate with what we think is true color. However, the only downside to using this profile is that it prevents you from changing the brightness settings. We calibrated the monitor shortly after using the "user" profile and got very good results after doing so. For those who want to use that specific color profile, we have attached it.
From a gaming point of view, the panel is absolutely outstanding: it provides an excellent level of immersion and responsiveness, you can almost see it entering the field of competitive gaming. Combine the 1800R curvature of this panel with low input delay, high refresh rate and excellent color, and you will have an impressive all-round panel. The
AOC CQ32G1 is a very affordable curved gaming monitor that provides a fast refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of 1 millisecond. When using this monitor, the playback of fast-paced FPS games becomes very smooth, especially when using the FreeSync technology it is equipped with.
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