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Gigabyte M32Q Review: Fast 170 Hz, IPS Panel

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The Gigabyte M32Q measures at 32-inches and will give you the spacious real estate space for you to maneuver around the screen.

4.5/5

In addition, the M32Q is an IPS with a quick 170Hz refresh rate, which is fast enough to overcome your average TN panels. Along with its nice FreeSync and G-Sync capability features.

The M32Q is a well-rounded gaming monitor, which will provide you the performance and quality that it has to offer you.

And with an incredibly wide range of viewing angles, the Gigabyte M32Q will be advantageous for you when viewing the screen from different angles and sides.

Before picking up an M32Q model, let’s first check out the display’s specifications, performance, design, and features.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 32-Inches
  • Resolution: 2560×1440
  • Refresh Rate: 170 Hz
  • Response Time: .8ms
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Built-In Speakers: Yes, 2x 3-Watts
  • Stand Height, Swivel, Tilt: Yes
  • Stand Pivot: No
  • VESA Mount: Yes, 100x100mm
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C 3.2, 3x USB 3.2, 1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Weight: 22.9-lbs

Display Design

The 32-inch Gigabyte M32Q has an excellent aesthetic overall built and look. The screen size will give you more than enough screen real estate for you to maneuver around with and have multiple windows open at the same time.

If you check the back, the display has a nice glossy build on the top and the Gigabyte logo on the top center, along with a nice matte-black finish on the middle body of the display. You’ll also see the M32Q model number located on the right-hand side.

Additionally, the bezels on the monitors’ three sides are very thin, making the display great for the screen immersion experience. And with thin bezels, you can also connect a second M32Q if needed as well.

The screen has a nice matte-black texture, which can handle reflections and glares well if the screen hits a direct light source.

The Gigabyte M32Q, including the stand, weighs around 22-lbs, so it’s a bit heavy if you’re planning on relocating the monitor from place to place. But the monitor itself weighs at 16-lbs.

However, the M32Q doesn’t have a curve design but would be nice for a more excellent immersion experience; however, a standard straight design should be sufficient.

The M32Q’s stand has an excellent V-shaped base, and the monitor sits on top of a great foundation; the monitor doesn’t wobble at all.

Also, the stand is well ergonomically designed; you’ll be able to adjust the monitors’ height, swivel, and tilt. However, you won’t be able to pivot the screen due to its size.

Suppose you’re not fully on board with the default stand. In that case, you can always invest in a 100x100mm VESA mount, which will allow your M32Q display to have more movement flexibility and greater ranges of motion in terms of display positioning.

You’ll be able to find the OSD panel on the bottom left-hand side of the back of the display. The OSD consists of a joystick and a KVM button if you plan to use a KVM switch. The joystick is very convenient when navigating through the displays features as well.

In addition, the M32Q has an abundance of connectivity, consisting of one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, one USB-C 3.2, three USB 3.2, and one 3.5mm audio jack. Along with the USB-C, you’ll be able to quickly charge any electronic device that’s connected to this port, thanks to its 15-watt power.

Performance and Features

The Gigabyte M32Q has a resolution of 2560×1440, with a 170Hz refresh rate and a speedy 0.8ms response time. Being an IPS, you’ll be able to experience both worlds of performance and picture quality.

The display will also provide you crisp text and clear images thanks to its 3.7 MP and 93 PPI pixel density. Along with giving you a lot of screen real estate, so you’ll have more than enough room to maneuver around your projects and have multiple windows open at the same time.

The M32Q is GPU-friendly and won’t burden your graphics card too much when it boils down to processing as well, which is another plus.

Additionally, the M32Q has a great native refresh rate of 170Hz, which you can also overclock the refresh rate slightly. You’ll be able only to achieve a 144Hz refresh rate when connecting to HDMI.

The contrast ratio sits at 1000:1 along with a brightness level of 350 cd/m². However, the darks aren’t as rich and deep, so you’ll see a bit of grayish color to them. Along with a good brightness level, the M32Q does have a potent brightness straight from the box.

In addition, the M32Q will provide you very accurate and life-like colors, thanks to its 100% sRGB coverage. The M32Q is decent enough for creative and professional uses.

The Gigabyte M32Q has FreeSync and also is G-Sync certified. The display supports VRR (20Hz to 170Hz) as well. However, the monitor won’t support G-Sync when connecting via an HDMI port.

Input lag (5ms) is very low and will give you a rapid response time when gaming.

Also, pixel response times are outstanding, and you’ll consistently get buttery and fluid-like gaming.

The monitor also comes equipped with an ‘overdrive’ feature, consisting of 4 different overdrive modes from Smart OD, Picture Quality to Balance, and Speed.

However, it’s not recommended to go for Speed overdrive due to its overshoots and graphical artifacts that you may experience in the highest overdrive settings.

Choosing Picture Quality mode as the overdrive feature will be sufficient to have smoother, and no motion blurs during your gaming sessions.

Pros

  • Fast 170 Hz refresh rate
  • Spacious and lots of screen real estate
  • Well-rounded gaming monitor
  • Great for professionals and creatives
  • KVM capable

Cons

  • Contrasts can be improved
  • Black uniformity can be improved

Thoughts and Conclusion

The Gigabyte M32Q is a taste of the art IPS gaming monitor and provides you with excellent features.

The quick refresh rate and fast response times are outstanding when it boils down to gaming sessions. Along with low input lags making your hardware to monitor very responsive.

Additionally, the M32Q comes equipped with FreeSync and is also G-Sync capable as well.

Overall, the M32Q is solid and will give you the bang for your buck.

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