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When life started to get back to normal, I finally found that I had time to sit down and review some of the monitors that we had accumulated over the past six to twelve months. In today's article, we'll be testing AOC's competitively priced 32-inch 1440p 144Hz curved gaming monitor. Although curved monitors may not be everyone's first choice in most gaming scenarios, curved gaming monitors are becoming increasingly popular throughout the gaming community due to a high degree of immersion and market prices. Lower. Great value for the price.

For AOC CQ32G1, we will carefully study color accuracy, gameplay, response time, and panel uniformity to understand how good this competitively priced option is. So, let's stop wasting time and go straight in!

Like most modern displays, 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 opened the packaging of the AOC CQ32G1, the first thing I noticed was how "juicy" it actually looked. AOC chose the theme of black text on a red background for this monitor, which sets the theoretical scene well. The

32-inch monitor has a curvature of 1800R, with stylish features suitable for gaming and office spaces. You can see the AOC logo and some subtle OSD control marks at the bottom of the panel. The back of the

continues the theme of black text on a red background. In addition to cable management, the mount does not provide much in terms of design, which will be introduced later.

In terms of build quality, the AOC CQ32G1 is made almost entirely of plastic: the center of the bracket is reinforced with a thin piece of metal. That being said, the plastic is of good quality and only provides minimal movement during testing.

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 a problem from a dust accumulation point of view. The back of the

monitor doesn't feel as strong as the frame (and stand), but it still provides enough support to avoid impact or impact. There was almost no squeal during the test, and most of the mechanics were working efficiently and smoothly. 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 top and side borders are 9 mm, and the bottom is 23 mm. Booth

, in terms of the original aesthetic design, of course adopts and accompanies the "game" aesthetics. It maintains the color theme of black on a red background, and is as sharp and angular as expected from a monitor designed for gaming. As mentioned above, support is very limited in terms of adjustability. However, where the adjustment is insufficient, it makes up for it in terms of 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 marked correctly. 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 yet to see a display manufacturer capable of performing this particular function well, 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 a bit low at 2.16. Of the available default options, sRGB is undoubtedly the best setting you can use. However, once you turn on the sRGB preset, your brightness customization will be completely restricted. User settings provide you with the most customization, but also provide values similar to the out-of-the-box results. The

user profile is used for the calibration process because it allows us to fully customize the red, blue and green channels and brightness. For the next calibration, we changed the monitor's RGB settings until they were as close to reality as possible. These are the depth calibration results and the sRGB preset depth results.

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 increment drops to an impressive 0.31 while maintaining a strong 2635: 3: 1 contrast ratio.

Panel Uniformity is a test we run to verify the brightness and color uniformity of the entire screen. During this test, the central square was used as the reference space. Then test all other squares to see how far it differs from the reference value. In an ideal world, we would like each square to be green, which means it did not break the differential threshold, which we can set at the beginning of the test.

Note: The results will vary from panel to panel.

As you can see 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 corner / center) classified as "exceeding the difference threshold". In most cases, the uniformity of the panel is very good, always displaying fairly accurate colors and brightness. The viewing angle of the

AOC CQ32G1 is very good, with almost no loss of color or contrast when viewed from a considerable angle. This is not surprising, because VA panels are known to have good viewing angles, especially compared to other panel technologies.

You can easily seat two or three people in front of this monitor without complaining about the viewing angle of this panel. After

uses the DisplayCal software to calibrate the monitor, we see the gamut coverage and volume figures for sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCIP3. The following is the result. The

result showed a color gamut volume of 129.6%, which exceeded 119% of AOC's advertising value, covering an impressive 99.7% of the sRGB color space. Adobe RGB and DCIP3 are equally impressive, showing coverage of 81.5% and 90.5% respectively.

With this data quality, you can easily recommend this monitor to people who like video editing, content creation, or general entertainment usage scenarios. After the

color accuracy and image quality tests were completed, we decided to test the AOC CQ32G1 in several games to see how it performed. With its high-performance response time and low input latency, I can say with certainty that I am very happy to see the features it provides. 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. In other words, you still need a fairly powerful GPU to run the game at 144 FPS in QHD. I would recommend the RX 5700XT to take full advantage of the FreeSync stand equipped with this monitor. However, it also provides good Gsync compatibility, which means that the GeForce RTX 2060SUPER (which is about to be considered obsolete) is sufficient for most situations.

I first loaded my goto game, CounterStrike: Global Offensive, which is a fast-paced first-person shooter game that benefits a lot when played on fast monitors. The first thing I noticed is the smoothness of the game. Thanks to the combination of its 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms MPRT response time, CounterStrike feels very smooth no matter how chaotic the situation is. When playing several different games, I did not experience any signs of reverse ghosting or screen interruption, 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

When purchasing a CQ32G1 monitor, another option available to users is Blur Reduction (MBR). In terms of

colors, although this monitor does not support HDR, the colors are still very vivid and accurate. The large free roaming map looks very realistic, adding to the immersion provided by this monitor during the game. This is the case with

. Our comprehensive review of the AOC CQ32G1 gaming monitor, which is a competitively priced 31.5-inch alternative, will indeed make buyers in the curved monitor category consider it.

Finally, I was very impressed with the results after 3 days of testing this monitor. The color accuracy out of the box is very good, and the default sRGB mode is more accurate for what we believe to be true colors. However, the only disadvantage of using this profile is that it prevents you from changing the brightness setting. We calibrated the monitor shortly after using the "user" profile and obtained very good results after doing so. For those who want to use that specific color profile, we have attached it to it.

From a gaming point of view, the panel is absolutely outstanding, providing an excellent level of immersion and responsiveness, and can almost allow you to enter the competitive gaming industry. Combine the 1800R curvature of this panel with low input lag, high refresh rate, and excellent color, and you have an incredible full panel. The

AOC CQ32G1 is a very affordable curved gaming monitor that provides a fast 144Hz refresh rate and 1 millisecond response time. When using this monitor, playing fast-paced FPS games will be very smooth, especially when using the FreeSync technology that it is equipped with.

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